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Goosen set to defend Qatar title
'The Goose' will be hoping that his 2008 tournament is as golden as 2007 in Doha.
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2007 12:41 GMT

Retief Goosen sunk a pearl of a putt to win the 2007 Qatar Masters on the final hole [GALLO/GETTY]

Retief Goosen, 2007 Qatar Masters champion, has confirmed he will be out to defend the title he won twelve months earlier when he lines up at the 2008 tournament at Doha Golf Club next month.
No player in the ten-year history of the tournament has managed to win it twice, but Goosen will be out to rewrite history as dramatically as he won the crown earlier this year.
'The Goose' won the 2007 event with a stunning birdie-eagle finish on the final two holes to snatch the title from Australian Nick O'Hern courtesy of a pin-point 35-foot eagle putt on the 72nd hole that saw him finish fifteen under-par for the tournament.
 
"There was definitely a little bit of excitement at the end last time I was in Doha," said Goosen, who had no hesitation in agreeing to return to the scene of his last PGA European Tour win.
 
"Because of that result I have wonderful memories of my first visit to Qatar where the course was superb... "

Retief Goosen,
2007 Qatar Masters champion
"Obviously you feel for the guy when you make the putt but that's happened to all of us. I just happened to make the right shot at the right time to win the tournament.
 
"Because of that result I have wonderful memories of my first visit to Qatar where the course was superb, the line-up as good as any tournament and the people extremely welcoming. I certainly had no hesitation in agreeing to come back."
 
Goosen's first visit to the 7,374-yard course saw him become the third South African to lift one of the most prestigious titles on the PGA European Tour's overseas calendar.
 
More stars to be named
 
After securing the 14th European Tour title of his career, Goosen went on to finish fourth in the Johnnie Walker Classic and was joint runner-up just two shots behind winner Zach Johnson at the Masters in Augusta.
 
This season, the two-time Major winner has notched up two top-twenty finishes, and heads for Doha determined to stage a serious defence of his title in the face of a star-studded field that will include the likes of Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott.
 
"It was good to see Retief enjoy a successful season after winning the Qatar Masters here last year as he also went on to finish in ninth place in the Order of Merit," said Andrew Stevens, Group CEO of tournament sponsor Commercialbank.
 
"No-one who was at the tournament last year will forget that amazing last hole finish, which was probably the most dramatic ending we have ever had to the event since it started back in 1998."
 
Goosen is the latest golfing superstar to commit to the January 24 to 27 Qatar Masters, one of three back-to-back PGA European Tour events staged in the Middle East next month.
 
As well as Garcia and Scott, the event organisers and title sponsors are set to announce more big names before entries to the tournament close in January.
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