Goosen bites back in Indonesia

Fri 29 Nov 2013

Goosen bites back in Indonesia

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Jakarta, November 29: Retief Goosen of South Africa made up for his lacklustre display on the opening day by battling to a second round six-under-par 65 at the weather-disrupted Indonesia Open on Friday.
The two-time Major champion opened with a 72 but bounced back with seven birdies against one bogey for a five-under-par 137 total to trail clubhouse leader Prom Meesawat of Thailand by four shots at the Pantai Indah Kapuk course at Damai Indah Golf.
Play was abandoned at 3.46pm local time due to lightning threats. A total of 54 players will return at 6.15am Saturday to complete their second rounds.
Spanish sensation Pablo Larrazabal posted a disappointing 75 for 148 after struggling with a back injury and will miss the weekend rounds at the US$750,000 Asian Tour event. The halfway cut is currently at one-over-par 143.
Goosen took advantage of the calm morning conditions when he turned in 34 with three birdies and one bogey. But it was his flawless homeward charge that really stood out when he marked his card with birdies on holes one, four, five and eight.
“It got quite windy in the afternoon yesterday and the grass was a bit crusty. It was a little bit smoother this morning. It was nice to make a couple of putts coming in.
“It’s a lot of work out there. I struggled on my first nine from the 10th but I managed to get into good rhythm after the turn where I got a few birdies,” said Goosen.
Pablo Larrazabal of Spain Pablo Larrazabal of Spain
The 44-year-old showed no signs of slowing down despite struggling with a back injury for most of last year and earlier this season. With his game and swing in control, Goosen reckons that it will all come down to putting as he aims for his first victory since 2009.
“I’m hoping for a good weekend. I’m glad to see my name on the leaderboard today but I would like my name to stay up there for tomorrow and Sunday as well,” he said.
“A lot of guys are playing well like Thongchai Jaidee who is playing extremely well. He is putting very good so it’s going to be hard to beat him,” added the South African.
The 39th edition of Indonesia’s national championship, which has a rich and illustrious history dating back to its first edition in 1974, is the nation’s oldest golf tournament.
Fans from around the world can also watch these world class golfers in action through the live broadcast on the Asian Tour Media platform. Asian Tour Media will produce 16 hours of live coverage from the event which will be seen across Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America plus further coverage and distribution generated via the highlights and magazine programmes from the event, resulting in global media exposure for all the sponsors involved in this prestigious tournament.
The 2013 Indonesia Open is supported by some of the most recognisable domestic and international brands, which include BANK BRI, Total E&P Indonesie, Japfa, PT. Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk, JS Luwansa Hotel & Convention Center, Pertamina, Harum Energy, Bintang, Sequislife, Subway, Beringer, Mazda, Srixon, Loewe, Danone, Hypernet, Ricoh, White Horse and Maui Jim.
For more details on the 2013 Indonesia Open, please visit the official tournament website www.indonesiaopen.net or its Facebook page www.facebook.com/indonesiaopengolf.
About Persatuan Golf Indonesia
Persatuan Golf Indonesia (PGI) is the National Golf Association which is the sole authority in charge of the national amateur golf in the country that was founded on April 8, 1966. In addition to shelter under the R&A Scotland, PGI is also a member of the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) which consists of 28 similar associations in the Asia Pacific region.
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.