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Retief Goosen wins Riffa Views Skins Game

Retief Goosen clinched the winner's trophy and $151,000 in prize money on the weekend at the Riffa Views Invitational skins game in Bahrain.

Playing at Bahrain's newest world-class golf course 'The Montgomerie' at Riffa Views Signature Estates, Goosen needed a shootout on the $50,000 par five 18th hole (hole number nine on the course) to break a tie and secure the prestigious title.

Goosen won more than half of the total $252,000 prize pot. The two-times major champion edged out Colin Montgomerie of Scotland, who pocketed $80,000, while Colombian Camilo Villegas took home $17,000, and Michael Campbell of New Zealander got the last prize takings worth $4,000.

Goosen's winnings will be donated to his nominated institutions including the Make a Difference Foundation, the South Africa Disabled Golf Association, the Retief Goosen Golf Academy, and LUPUS UK.

In turn, Montgomerie will donate his takings to the Elizabeth Montgomerie Centre, Villegas's to MOMO, and Campbell's to The Michael Campbell Foundation.

"It was great obviously," said Goosen. "Finishing down the stretch here was nice, getting a birdie on the fifth hole to get a big skin there, then on the last hole in the shootout for 50,000, it was nice to win it.

"If Camilo didn't make his putt, I could've missed my putt and won. But he made his, so I had to really do well in this shootout to win it, and it was nice.

"The golf course was already a big difference today than it was on Thursday during the Pro-Celebrity-Am. They've done a lot of work in the last few days, and the greens rolled so much better today than they did then and it shows you how quickly it can change."

The skins game was the grand conclusion to the star-studded three-day Invitational, which celebrated the completion of both the 18-hole championship course named 'The Montgomerie' after its designer, Colin Montgomerie, and the nine-hole par three academy course christened 'Wee Monty'.

Along with the four golfing stars, taking part in the festivities were iconic sportsmen Sir Steve Redgrave, Kapil Dev, and Boris Becker.

"I'd like to congratulate Monty on his design here; he's done a great job," added Goosen. "It's nice to see the game of golf growing in this area and I'm looking forward to coming back."

In Japan, Trevor Immelman claimed a share of fifth at the the Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters where Shingo Katayama made it win number 26 on the Japan Golf Tour when he defeated Yasuharu Imano in a playoff.

Immelman’s top-10 finish in Gotemba came on the back of a tie for 28th at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai and bodes well for the 2008 Masters champion with his title defence at the Nedbank Golf Challenge just three weeks away.


November 18, 2008

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