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Goosen wins the Transitions Championship

Peyton Manning, Quail Hollow
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"We've played a bunch of times, and he's gotten better," Woods said of Manning. "You can see he's been playing all summer, actually all winter. Now it's time for him to start focusing on football."

"When greens get so crusty and fast, I just tend to be able to control my stroke better on these quicker putts,'' Goosen said. "I think if I putted on greens like this all year long, I'll enjoy it.''

Goosen finished at 8-under 276 and won for the seventh time on the PGA Tour. It was his second victory at Innisbrook, having won in 2003 when it was played in the fall.

This looked more like June with greens that had patches of brown and developed a yellow sheen going into the weekend.

"It definitely got like Shinnecock,'' he said. "You couldn't hit them soft enough.''

Lehman, who turned 50 two weeks ago, had a one-shot lead going into the final round as he tried to become the first ex-Ryder Cup captain since Tom Watson in 1998 to win on the PGA Tour.

He hit a poor chip on the second hole that led to bogey and cost him the lead. That led to a revolving door of challengers, with five players atop the leaderboard at various points during the final round.

But the back nine was more about hanging on than forging ahead.

And for so many, it was about falling apart.

Steve Stricker rallied from a four-shot deficit to tie for the lead, but he couldn't sustain it. After two solid par saves, he flew the green from a bunker on the par-3 17th for bogey, then missed the green from the middle of the 18th fairway and made another bogey. He closed with a 69 and tied for fourth.

It was the third time this year Stricker had the lead on the back nine and failed to win.

Charlie Wi chipped in twice on the front nine and made the turn with the outright lead, reaching 9 under until he was undone on the par 3s. He shot a 69 and tied for fourth with Stricker and Mathew Goggin (67).

"You ride on such a thin line on a track like this, where you just know every bogey hurts more than most, because you know it's so much harder to make up,'' Howell said.

Divots: Alvaro Quiros had eight drives over 300 yards in the final round, including one at 325 yards when he tried to clear the water on the 12th hole, and barely did. It didn't help on the card, though. He closed with a 72. ... A sign hanging from the bleachers behind the 17th green said, "We miss you JD. Get back soon.'' That would be John Daly, who was seen having a few beers and signing autographs next to the 17th green after missing the cut last year. He is serving a six-month suspension.

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