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Goosen Defends China Masters Title

October 15, 2006

SANYA, China (AP) _ Retief Goosen shot a 1-under 71 Sunday to hold off Michael Campbell by three strokes and successfully defend his China Masters title.

Goosen, a two-time U.S. Open winner, finished with a 21-under 267 total at Yalong Bay Golf Club.

Goosen held a five-stroke lead coming into the final round. Campbell shot a 68 with six birdies and two bogeys to finish runner-up to Goosen for the second straight year.

``It’s the first time I’ve won a professional title back-to-back,″ Goosen said. ``I’ve done it before as an amateur, so it will be great coming back next year to give myself a chance of making it a hat trick.″

Simon Dunn of Scotland, who has only made one cut on the Asian Tour this season, was four strokes off the lead with 68, while Yasin Ali of England (69) and Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand (64) finished another stroke back.

Goosen started slowly, mixing two birdies with a bogey to finish his first nine at 1 under. He opened his second nine with a bogey before recovering with a birdie on the 11th.

The South African sank an 8-foot putt to save par on the par-5 13th after he hit his second shot in the water.

``It was an up-and-down day,″ he said. ``It was very frustrating as I felt I should have played a bit better, but at the end of the day you just want to finish ahead.″

Goosen won at the Jinghua Golf Club last year.

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