Retief Goosen is going for the win at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades.
Retief stamped his Major qualifications all over the Northern Trust Open, carding a third round -2 under par 69, for tournament total of -8 under par, a lead of two shots gong into the final round tomorrow.
Retief said major patience played a big part in his effort today, along with a behaving putter;
“Patience is a big, big key on a course like this.”
“I have the experience, but it’s been quite a long time ago now, 14 and 11 years ago since I won a U.S. Open.”
“It wasn’t easy out there for me. Mentally-wise, I had to work hard to try and stay positive and focused. But I’m still in the lead, so that’s a good place to be.”
“Just try and play solid tomorrow and keep the putter warm and see what happens.”
Graham DeLaet is still in second place, his third round -1 under par slipping him back a bit, to finish at -6 under par on his own. He feels the pressure of becoming only the second Canadian to win this title;
“I just feel support from 35 million people north of the border, and I’m going to do everything I can for them tomorrow.”
“I’ve slept on either leads or final group pairings before and I know like laying in bed, you’re thinking about what a win can do and this and that.”
“I’m past that now in my career. I know I have to take it one shot at a time. I know the most important shot for me is the one coming up next, that tee shot on one tomorrow.”
“But more than anything, it’s just staying in the moment and knowing that I’m obviously playing good golf right now.”
“I know that this is a tough golf course and it’s a pretty tight leaderboard, and there’s one guy in there that’s going to shoot a good round tomorrow, and I just hope that it’s me.”
There are four players tied in third position at -5 under par, Sang-Moon Bae, Carlos Ortiz, Sergio Garcia and J.B. Holmes.
Sang-Moon is looking forward to the challenge tomorrow;
“I find out where I can hit and where I can’t. So I really look forward to playing tomorrow.”
Sergio rescued a par on thirteen, from the bunker on the 10th green;
“I probably had a couple yards, I would say between the TV tower and the trunk of the tree.”
“The difficult part about it was that I was in a little bit of a downslope in the bunker, ball a little bit above my feet, having to hit like a low, low cut that went underneath the branches. So it just clipped one little branch.”
“But I was thrilled to, I mean, I would have been happy with five, so four was a bonus.”
“It’s kind of been like that, all week I guess. I’ve hit some beauties and I’ve hit some shockers. It was a little bit Seve like, I would guess, the way I saved some of those pars, where you know, it looked like I was going to make bogey or double, something like that.”
“So to be able to kind of get away with it, and manage to shoot the round I shot, under the conditions, which the course was playing really tough, too, so I’m happy with that.”