Retief Goosen and Phil Mickelson put away Tiger Woods and John Daly so convincingly that they barely needed the lights in the final installment of Monday night golf.
Goosen, a late substitute for the exhibition, birdied four of the last six holes and five overall as he and Mickelson beat Woods and Daly, 5 and 3, in the "Battle at the Bridges" last night in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Woods was a loser in the seventh and final installment of the yearly event, which was started to get him on prime time. He wants to take a break from these exhibitions -- in which he was 4-3 -- and focus on majors. He was playing eight days after his dominating British Open win. He also won the Masters and was second in the U.S. Open.
Organizers had portable lights set up on the 15th green and along the final three holes. But Goosen ended the match in the fading twilight when he hit an approach shot within four feet on the par-4, 411-yard 15th, then sank a birdie putt.
Woods and Daly needed to win the 15th to keep the best-ball match going, but both got into trouble with errant tee shots.
Organizers tried to get the Big Four for this year's exhibition, but Vijay Singh didn't want to play and Ernie Els pulled out. They had to settle for three of the top five in the world rankings plus the ever-popular Daly.
Daly and Goosen flew in from Germany on Sunday night after playing in the Players' Championship of Europe. Daly tied for third and Goosen missed the cut of the rain-delayed tournament, meaning he had to wait around a day to catch a ride on Daly's private jet.
The exhibition at the exclusive Bridges club north of San Diego was fairly unremarkable until Goosen made consecutive birdie putts on the par-4 10th and the par-3 11th -- Woods missed birdie putts on both holes -- for a 3-up lead. Goosen had missed his first three greens of the match.
-- From News Services