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Retief Goosen looks for win in Thailand

World number eight Retief Goosen aims to emulate Tiger Woods and Ernie Els this week by becoming a multiple winner of the Johnnie Walker Classic in Thailand.

"I have good memories of the course," the 2002 champion told the European Tour's official Web site.

"When we played the skins game we had a lot of people come and watch so I would imagine that with the tournament there itself there will be good support."

The 38-year-old South African shared the trophy with Dane Thomas Bjorn when the Tiger Skins was held in Phuket two years ago.

The Johnnie Walker Classic, which was first played in 1992, returns to the spectacular Blue Canyon Country Club after a nine-year absence.

Goosen finished third the last time the tournament was staged on the holiday island.

He said the two par-three holes on the back nine, the 194-yard 14th and 221-yard 17th, could prove pivotal if the wind gets up.

World number six Els, winner in 1997 and 2003, bids for his third victory. 

The 37-year-old South African also lost in a playoff to Woods in 1998. The American world number one followed up his victory by winning again two years later when the event was played at the Alpine Golf and Sports Club.

Also competing this week is world number four Adam Scott of Australia, who lifted the trophy two years ago when the tournament was staged at the Pine Valley course in Beijing.

Canadian left-hander Mike Weir, the 2003 U.S. Masters champion, makes his debut in the event.

Britain's Paul Casey and Thai trio Thongchai Jaidee, Thaworn Wiratchant and Prom Meesawat are other likely challengers for the first prize of 310,000 euros.

The tournament starts on Thursday.


February 27, 2007

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