Ishikawa crumbles as Goosen putts for win

Compiled From Kyodo, AP

TAMPA BAY, Fla. — Teenager Ryo Ishikawa had another rough streak Sunday en route to carding a 5-over 76 at the Transitions Championship for a disappointing finish to his second tournament on the U.S. PGA circuit.

Ishikawa, who on Friday became the youngest Japanese and the fifth-youngest player to make the cut on the world’s toughest tour, made two birdies with five bogeys and a double bogey on the ninth — the same hole that gave him trouble in the third round.

The popular 17-year-old made the turn on 39 and had consecutive bogeys on Nos. 15 and 16 on his way to finishing in 71st with a total of 9-over 293.

“This was my most disappointing round of the four days. But I have trained my body and I am moving well, so I am really looking forward to next week. I have to have a solid practice next week and if things go smoothly I believe I will be ready for the Masters,” Ishikawa said.

Countryman Ryuji Imada shot a 72 to finish in a share of 46th on 4-over. Retief Goosen fired a 70 to win his first title in four years on 8-under 276.

The greens were so firm and fast that Goosen felt as though he was back at Shinnecock Hills, where his putting carried him to victory in the U.S. Open.

Needing only two putts from 25 feet to win, he was thankful it didn’t turn out like Southern Hills. Goosen ran his putt 5 feet past the hole, steadied his nerves and curled in the par putt for a one-shot victory.

“It was great to see that putt go in,” Goosen said. “The greens got scary. Down those last few holes, they were definitely getting like Shinnecock was. You just cannot hit them soft enough. It was really tough.”

Equally famous in Goosen’s career was a three-putt bogey from 12 feet on the final hole at Southern Hills, which nearly cost him the 2001 U.S. Open until he won it in a playoff.

“It was disappointing to hit it that far past. I didn’t want to have another U.S. Open there,” Goosen said.