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Retief Goosen
Retief Goosen overcame what he called some "stupid" golf Saturday with a crucial eagle late in his round. (Franklin/Getty Images)

Late eagle pulls Goosen to within two shots of lead

TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) -- Retief Goosen is two shots off the lead after the third round of the Open Championship, making an eagle on the 17th on Saturday in shooting a 1-over 71.

The two-time U.S. Open champion from South Africa recovered from a double bogey at the 7th to sit fourth at 2 under, trailing leader Tom Watson, a five-time Open winner.

Watson leads on 4-under 206, Australia's Mathew Goggin and England's Ross Fisher are tied for second on 207.

"It depends on the weather tomorrow. I still think I've got to hit something under par to have a chance to win here," Goosen said. "It's been disappointing in the last couple of weeks, I have been just off the lead and didn't do it. But, third time lucky, this is the one I would really like to win."

In 14 previous visits to golf's oldest major, Goosen's best finish was a tie for fifth at St. Andrews in 2005 behind Tiger Woods.

"I played some stupid golf at the seventh where I tried to be too greedy and should have laid up," Goosen said. "But I think the putt I made at 15 (to save par) really made me feel good. I then felt I needed one birdie going in to go under par and I would be right in it. But I made eagle at 17, hit a 5-iron right in and holed the (20-foot) putt."


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