Goosen pulls out of Qatar Masters for emergency eye surgery in London


Last updated at 16:43 24 January 2008

Retrief Goosen rushed from Qatar to London yesterday to have an emergency eye operation after a setback with his latest bout of laser surgery. The two-time U.S. Open winner had been planning to make his seasonal comeback today as the defending champion at the Qatar Masters, but the 38-year-old South African suffered blurred vision in his left eye after arriving at the course to practise.

After using his private

jet to seek medical

advice in nearby Dubai on Tuesday, he was told

to leave for London

immediately for more

laser treatment.

Retief Goosen

Like Tiger Woods,

Goosen was one of

golf's pioneers seven

years ago when he first

underwent laser eye

surgery, believing it

would help his putting

in particular.

It was his decision to go

back for a 'touch-up'

earlier this month that

led toyesterday's scare.

Goosen said: "The eye

is causing problems. I

thought it would come

good but it hasn't.

There has been a bit of

growth with fibre in the

left eye."

A spokesman for his

management company

said: "It has been a

worry but Retief hopes

it should all be cured

within seven to 10 days."

Goosen's absence from

Qatar should not

detract too much from

a strong tournament

featuring nine of the

world's top 25 players.

Sergio Garcia starts the

year insisting that he is

not haunted by the

nightmare of his final

round collapse in The

Open at Carnoustie.

Having led by three

going into the final day,

Garcia lost a play-off to

Padraig Harrington and

the 28-year-old has

now finished in the top

10 in 13 Majors, without

ever winning.

Hesaid: "The Carnoustie

disappointment was

short term, but the

education long term."