Goosen denies O'Hern with eagle on 18th

Updated: January 30, 2007, 2:27 AM ET
Associated Press

DOHA, Qatar -- Retief Goosen eagled the final hole Sunday to win the Qatar Masters, beating Nick O'Hern by a stroke for his first title in more than a year.

Qatar Masters Final Scores
Retief Goosen
Goosen

1. Goosen (-15)
2. O'Hern (-14)
T-3. Els (-13)
T-3. Appleby (-13)
T-5. McDowell (-12)
T-5. Green (-12)
T-5. Romero (-12)

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The South African birdied the 17th and closed with a 3-under-par 69 and finished at 15-under 273.

"It feels good to be the champion after such a long while," said Goosen, who has won 32 tournaments. "This win sets me up nicely for the rest of the season."

Goosen had been tied with O'Hern (70) and Richard Green (72) entering the final day.

"The birdie on 17 set me up nicely for the 18th," Goosen said. "I told my caddie that an eagle can do it for me. And I did it."

Ernie Els, the 2005 Qatar Masters winner, shot a 67 and finished two strokes behind Goosen. He was hurt by bogeys on the second and sixth holes.

Stuart Appleby (66), Graeme McDowell (67) and Green were at 276. Sergio Garcia, playing in Doha for the first time, shot a 67 for 281.

O'Hern was leading by two shots before Goosen's birdie-eagle finish.

"I didn't hit the ball well today," O'Hern said. "But I kept hitting because that's what you've got to do when you are not playing well."


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