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Joggin' Goggin: Aussie runs into Open contention

Joggin' Goggin: Aussie runs into Open contention

Mathew Goggin shot a 1-under 69 to move within a stroke of the British Open lead on Saturday, yet he is likely to be remembered for his 200-meter run down the fairway to make sure his ball didn't roll off the green.
An allround sportsman who played football and field hockey but excelled at cricket, the 35-year-old Australian launched his second shot to the par-4 16th and saw his ball land on a slope near the edge of the green.
Worried it might start rolling again and end up off the putting surface, Goggin ran down the fairway and, to huge cheers from the gallery, managed to mark his ball.
He made par, followed up with a birdie at No. 17 and finished at 3-under 207 to be equal second with Ross Fisher of England.
Goggin briefly held the lead, but Tom Watson rebounded with back-to-back birdies for a 71 to go into the final round with a one-stroke advantage.
"It's been a long time (since I ran that far)," Goggin said. "I was (tired) after I did it, too. It probably wasn't a very good idea. But, when it landed where it did, I was a bit shocked and it just looked like it wasn't going to stay there, so I just had to make sure."


Updated : 2021-10-26 17:30 GMT+08:00