Golf: 4 -GET IT; EXCLUSIVE Goose: I'll fly under the radar to stun Tiger, Phil, Vijay and Ernie MASTERS COUNTDOWN 2 DAYS TO GO.
RETIEF GOOSEN wants the Fab Four to become the Famous Five this summer - with the script for this fantastic adventure starting at the Masters on Thursday.
The build-up to the season's first Major has been dominated by the fine form of the world top four; Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson.
World No.5 Goosen admits his play so far does not yet deserve a mention alongside them. But the quiet South African, US Open champion in 2001 and 2004, reckons his past form means he can still make a big noise at Augusta this week - and compete with the big boys all season.
"I think I'm in a great position coming into the start of the Majors," said the 36-year-old. "All the focus has been on the four guys at the top. Vijay, Tiger, Ernie and Phil have been playing some fantastic golf.
"So far I haven't quite played up to the same standard. I have had a finger injury and had some time off and I just haven't been making the putts.
"But I always say I like to hang around under the radar at tournaments. It's the same before the Majors.
"I believe I have the game to compete against these guys. I think I've shown in the past that when I'm playing well I can play at their level. I want to be in there with them. I don't want it to be a question of the top four dominating the Majors this season. I want it to be the Famous Five."
Goosen claimed his first Major at Southern Hills after missing a two-foot putt on the 72nd before destroying Mark Brooks in the play-off. He again displayed his unflappable temperament with a breathtaking display of putting to hold off crowd favourite Mickelson at Shinnecock Hills in June.
Goosen, runner-up to Woods at Augusta in 2002,
said: "Winning at Shinnecock Hills was important to me not only because I had a great battle with Phil Mickelson, but because I think winning a second Major puts you in the elite of golf."
Scotland's Sandy Lyle, hoping for a repeat of 1988 when he won the tournament, has had stitches removed after surgery to clear a "low-grade skin cancer" growth from his left arm. "The stitches restricted my practice to chipping and putting but now I can play the longer shots," he said.Retief Goosen has been preparing for the fairways at Augusta with the help of leading golf brand TaylorMade and will be armed with the revolutionary
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BETTING: 9-2 Woods, 13-2 Mickelson, 8-1 Singh, Els 16-1 Goosen 25-1 Love Others: 33-1 Garcia, Harrington, 40-1 Donald, Olazabal 66-1 Westwood, Clarke, 100-1 Poulter, McDowell, 125-1 Faldo