Posted March 15, 2012 on AP on Fox

SUN CITY, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 05: Retief Goosen of South Africa on the green where he missed a birdie putt at the 17th hole during the third round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City, on December 5, 2009 in Sun City, South Africa. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Retief Goosen was about ready to give up. His lower back was in so much pain that he decided to withdraw next week from Bay Hill so he could get treatment. A double bogey late in his round knocked him nine spots down the leaderboard, which he figured was the end of his hopes to get into the Masters. One day later, everything changed. Goosen ran off three straight birdies on the back nine and closed with a tough par from the fairway bunker on the 18th hole Saturday for a 6-under 65 that put him atop the leaderboard with Jim Furyk in the Transitions Championship. Goosen is No. 52 in the world ranking, and he has to be in the top 50 after next week to avoid missing Augusta National -- along with St. Andrews, his favorite course -- for the first time since 1999. Or he can avoid the math and just win the tournament, which comes with an automatic invitation. Those prospects looked dim when he decided Friday to pull out of Bay Hill, and arranged for a protein injection in Virginia on...
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