Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Q&A with PGA golfer Retief Goosen

Retief Goosen hits to No. 14 at the Match Play Championship, where he beat Soren Hansen 3-2 in his first-round match.

Associated Press

Retief Goosen hits to No. 14 at the Match Play Championship, where he beat Soren Hansen 3-2 in his first-round match.

Retief Goosen broke a three-year winless streak when he won the 2009 Transitions Championship on Innisbrook's Copperhead Course. It was Goosen's second PGA Tour win on the course. He also won the 2003 Chrysler Championship when it was a fall series event. Goosen, 41, went on to make 19 of 20 cuts last year, finish tied for fifth at the British Open and bank $3,232,650 to end up 11th on the money list. Goosen is currently playing in the WGC Match Play Championship in Arizona, where he easily beat Soren Hansen on Wednesday. When Goosen arrives in Palm Harbor next month, he will try to become the first three-time winner at Innisbrook. Goosen has also won two U.S. Open championships among his seven PGA Tour wins. The South African, who also has a home in Orlando, took some time before the Match Play Championship to talk about Tiger Woods, his shaky putting stroke, playing at Innisbrook and his winery, the Goose Wines.

Are things quieter than usual (at the WGC Match Play) without Tiger playing?

Actually, there are still a lot of people here …

When do you think Tiger will return?

Who knows? None of us really know. But if I had to make a guess, I'd say second half of the year sometime. Not the Masters (April 8-11). I'm thinking it will be around U.S. Open (in June) or maybe British Open (in July). I don't see it happening any time soon.

But you haven't talked to him …

No. I don't have any inside knowledge or anything.

Do you like playing in this match play format?

I do like match play. I like trying to match an opponent shot for shot. It's a challenge. And it's something different. It's nice to have a tournament like this during the season.

So far you have two top-10 finishes in three tournaments, although you did miss the cut last week at Pebble Beach. Is that an acceptable start for you or is there still work to do?

I started off playing pretty well in Hawaii. Then at Pebble Beach (AT&T Pro Am) I completely lost my confidence on the greens. Those poana greens, when they get bumpy, can be very tricky. I absolutely made nothing all week. I kind of lost my stroke. So I've been working very hard on my putting this week.

You're obviously coming back to Innisbrook to defend, but are you playing much leading up to the Transitions?

I'm going to be playing the two weeks before at the Honda (Classic in Palm Beach Gardens) and Doral (WGC CA Championship in Miami) and then come to Tampa for the Transitions and then up to Bay Hill (Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando) as well. It's going to be a four-week run for me, then a week off, and then the Masters. For me, I need to play. I've had enough time off. I've had five weeks off at the end of the year and then a week off next week.

You've been a pro for 20 years. Do you still get excited when January rolls around and a new season begins?

I do, but it is hard to leave South Africa. Sometimes it's hard to get yourself motivated, but I had a good time in Hawaii this year. It's a great place to start, that's for sure. The way I look at it, if I can get off to a good start then I can build on it for the rest of the year.

How much did the Transitions win turn your 2009 season around and make you believe you can still win in your 40s?

There are a number of golfers who are playing great golf in their 40s. You have to keep yourself in shape, and right now I think I am in good shape. For me, it's always been about putting. I wasn't putting very well leading up to the Transitions, but during that week it all fell into place. I was making putts and it gave me confidence for the rest of the year. It gave me something I could build on.

Do you still have the winery (the Goose Wines)?

We do. It's doing well right now. We're still trying to get it into the States. Getting that done is proving to be a rather tricky thing. But it's selling well in South Africa. We think we may have a distributor for the States and hopefully we can get it here soon.

Are you as competitive in the wine business as you are in golf?

I am. I want to make sure we have the best wine possible and that things are being done properly. I'm the same way in golf.

Q&A with PGA golfer Retief Goosen 02/17/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 9:50pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Alex Faedo, Florida advance to face LSU in College World Series finals


    OMAHA, Neb. — Alex Faedo pitched three-hit ball for 71/3 innings in a second straight strong performance against TCU, and Florida moved to the College World Series finals with a 3-0 win Saturday night.

    Florida’s Austin Langworthy scores on a single by Mike Rivera in the second inning during a 3-0 victory over TCU.
  2. Jones: Bucs need success to get national respect


    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones offers up his Two Cents on the world of sports.

    No respect

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter walks the field during the second day of mandatory minicamp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  3. Rays journal: Jumbo Diaz falters after getting within a strike of ending rally

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday's game got away starting with a leadoff walk in the seventh inning by Rays LHP Jose Alvarado, who was brought in exclusively to face Baltimore's lefty-swinging Seth Smith.

    Rays reliever Jumbo Diaz wipes his face as he walks off the mound after the Orioles score four during the seventh inning to give them a 7-3 lead. Diaz was one strike away from working out of the jam before he allowed a two-run double and a two-run homer on back-to-back pitches.
  4. Rookie Jake Faria dissatisfied with performance in Rays' loss to Orioles

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The rookie pitcher walked to his locker Saturday after tossing the fourth quality start in as many tries to begin his career. He held the potent Orioles bats to three runs and for six innings gave his team a chance to win.

    Orioles third baseman Manny Machado tags out the Rays’ Mallex Smith at third after a rundown in the first inning.
  5. Roger Mooney's takeaways from Saturday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    It was refreshing to see RHP Jacob Faria take the blame after the loss even though he gave the Rays a chance to win. Too often young pitchers are encouraged by what they did and not necessarily the outcome, but Faria, making just his fourth big-league start, came to the Trop to win, didn't, and pointed the finger …