Retief Goosen

Professional golfer Retief Goosen

Retief Goosen is a South African professional golfer who has been in the top ten in the Official World Golf Rankings for over 250 weeks between 2001 and 2007. His main achievements have been two U.S. Open wins (in 2001 and 2004) and heading the European Tour Order of Merit (money list) in 2001 and 2002.
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Polokwane

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Golf-U.S. PGA Tour St Jude Classic scores
Yahoo News - over 1 year
June 10 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour St Jude Classic at the par-70 course on Thursday in Memphis, Tennessee -5 Shawn Stefani (U.S.) 65 Noh Seung-Yul (Korea) 65 Tom Hoge (U.S.) 65 -4 Brian Gay (U.S.) 66 Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 66 Steve Stricker (U.S.) 66 Colt Knost (U.S.) 66 Miguel Carballo (Argentina) 66 Jamie Donaldson (Britain) 66 -3 Henrik Norlander (Sweden) 67 Wes Roach (U.S.) 67 Scott Stallings (U.S.) 67 Retief Goosen (South Africa) 67 Justin Leonard (U.S.) 67 Brian Stuard (U.S.) 67 Brett Stegmaier (U.S.) 67 Daniel Berger (U.S.) 67 -2 Chad Campbell (U.S. ...
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Vegas in tie for lead at weather-hit New Orleans
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
(Reuters) - Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela surged into a share of the lead at the weather-hit Zurich Classic of New Orleans when the thunderstorm-delayed first round was finally completed on Friday. In pursuit of his second victory on the PGA Tour, the 31-year-old from Maturin birdied four of his last nine holes to shoot an eight-under-par 64 on a rain-softened layout at the TPC Louisiana. Veteran South African Retief Goosen opened with a 65, Swede Henrik Norlander returned a 66 and Australian Geoff Ogilvy was among a group of 12 players bunched at 67.
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Golf-European Tour Latest South African Open leaderboard
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Jan 9 (Infostrada Sports) - Latest leaderboard in the third round from the European Tour South African Open at the par-72 course on Saturday in Ekurhuleni holesplayed rounds -10 Brandon Stone (South Africa) 11 71 67 Daniel Brooks (Britain) 9 68 67 -8 Keith Horne (South Africa) 9 67 69 -7 Chris Swanepoel (South Africa) 14 70 71 Christiaan Bezuidenhout (South Africa) 11 70 69 -6 Jacques Kruyswijk (South Africa) 11 69 70 Renato Paratore (Italy) 17 74 69 Jbe Kruger (South Africa) 9 67 70 Justin Walters (South Africa) 10 68 70 -5 Retief Goosen (South Africa) 11 68 72 Craig Lee (Britain) 15 72 70 ...
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Golf-European Tour South African Open scores
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Jan 8 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour South African Open at the par-72 course on Friday in Ekurhuleni -7 Jaco Van Zyl (South Africa) 65 -6 Shaun Norris (South Africa) 66 -5 Jbe Kruger (South Africa) 67 Keith Horne (South Africa) 67 -4 Thomas Linard (France) 68 Justin Walters (South Africa) 68 Retief Goosen (South Africa) 68 Ross McGowan (Britain) 68 Estanislao Goya (Argentina) 68 Daniel Brooks (Britain) 68 -3 Anthony Michael (South Africa) 69 Laurie Canter (Britain) 69 Garth Mulroy (South Africa) 69 Nino Bertasio (Italy) 69 Branden Grace (South Africa) 69 Jacques Kruyswijk ...
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Riviera win would feel like a U.S. Open for Goosen
Yahoo News - about 3 years
By Mark Lamport-Stokes PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) - Retief Goosen has won two U.S. Opens in a stellar career and the chance to claim a first PGA Tour title in six years at the Northern Trust Open felt like he was in another U.S. Open campaign. Tough scoring conditions all week on a firm Riviera Country Club layout have forced the players to keep grinding in major championship style, ideal territory for Goosen who is known for his gritty, ice-cool approach to the game. "I have the experience, but it's been quite a long time ago now, 14 and 11 years ago since I won a U.S. Open. Most of my tournament wins came on the tougher golf courses." Goosen, 46, has not triumphed on the PGA Tour since the 2009 Transitions Championship and he did not hesitate when asked what a victory at Riviera on Sunday would mean to him.
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Goosen keeps the lead at Riviera
Yahoo News - about 3 years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Retief Goosen made only two pars on the back nine Saturday at Riviera and survived a day of wild shots and bad breaks for a 2-under 69 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Northern Trust Open.
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Northern Trust Open: Retief Goosen tries to hold off field
LATimes - about 3 years
It took until late morning for the sun to break through the marine layer overhanging Riviera Country Club.
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Retief Goosen holds lead at Northern Trust Open
Chicago Times - about 3 years
LOS ANGELES — Retief Goosen handled the tough conditions at Riviera so well on Friday that it brought back some fond memories.
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 46
    After firing an opening round of 66 (−6) at the 2015 Open Championship to place him into second place, he would stay in the top 10 for the first three rounds, but a final round 74 saw him fall into a 20th place.
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    He held the lead at the 2015 Northern Trust Open for the first three rounds.
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  • 2014
    Age 45
    Goosen finished 2014 making 2 out of 3 cuts, finishing 33rd at the CIMB Classic and 65th at the OHL Classic.
    Goosen started off the 2014–15 PGA Tour season with a 3rd-place finish at the Frys.com Open.
  • 2013
    Age 44
    Goosen showed hopeful signs during the 2013–14 season.
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    Goosen started his 2013 campaign internationally, finishing 20th at the Volvo Golf Champions and missing the cut at the Qatar Masters.
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  • 2012
    Age 43
    Goosen started his 2012 campaign on the European Tour with three consecutive starts in January in South Africa.
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  • 2011
    Age 42
    Goosen had to deal with back injuries for the entire second half of the 2011 season.
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  • 2010
    Age 41
    He finished his 2010 PGA Tour season with 10 top-10s, and over $3.2 million in earnings.
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    Goosen finished 10th in the final standings of the 2010 FedEx Cup Playoffs.
    At the 2010 Open Championship at St Andrews, Goosen finished 6th, breaking par in all four rounds.
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    On 27 April 2010, Goosen broke his toe while playing with his children. /The injury caused Goosen to miss the Quail Hollow Championship and The Players Championship.
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    A week later at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Goosen finished in a tie for 4th, his fifth top-10 in seven 2010 PGA Tour events, and his 11th top-10 finish in his last 14 events worldwide.
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    Goosen started his 2010 campaign in January with 3 consecutive top-10 finishes.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Age 40
    Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.
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    Goosen had another close call at victory during the 2009 FedEx Cup Playoffs at the Deutsche Bank Championship, where he was the 54-hole co-leader with Sean O'Hair and Steve Stricker, but he shot a final round of Even Par to finish T8.
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    Goosen added a 3rd top-10 finish in as many starts worldwide at the 2009 Open Championship at Turnberry.
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    With his rededication to his game with his work with his swing coach, his newfound fitness regime and his renewed, refreshed sense of confidence, Goosen dramatically improved his statistics in 2009 from those of the 2007–2008 seasons before.
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    He then won his seventh PGA Tour title at the Transitions Championship in March 2009.
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    He started his 2009 season with two wins on two major tours.
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    His best finish in 2009 other than the runner-up at the WGC-CA Championship, was at the other stroke play WGC event, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, where he finished T4, two strokes behind winner Vijay Singh.
  • 2008
    Age 39
    Goosen continued his good form from late 2008 into 2009.
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    Goosen won the tournament for his only win of 2008.
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    Late in the 2008 season Goosen replaced Vijay Singh because of injury in the Asian Tour's Iskandar Johor Open.
    His game was on the rise in late 2008.
    In June 2008, he made controversial comments about fellow golfer Tiger Woods, alleging that Woods was faking the severity of his injuries at the 2008 U.S. Open.
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    At the start of 2008, Goosen withdrew from the Qatar Masters as defending champion due to problems with his vision after undergoing corrective laser surgery ten days before the tournament began.
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  • 2007
    Age 38
    He was again a part of the International team at the 2007 Presidents Cup at the Royal Montreal Golf Club, just outside Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
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    However, after the Masters Goosen's best finish throughout the rest of the year was a tie for 15th at the BMW Asian Open, and he ended 2007 having slumped down to 26th in the world rankings.
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    2007 was an average season for Goosen's standards; a victory at the Qatar Masters in January – when he finished birdie-eagle for the win, looked to be a sign of things to come along with being the European Tour player of the month in January.
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    But from early 2007 to late 2008 he had had a dip in performance.
  • 2006
    Age 37
    Additionally, he has spent a long period of time in the top 5 of the Official World Golf Ranking, and in 2006 reached a career-best third place after a runner-up finish at The Players Championship to Stephen Ames and 5 other top 10s on the season.
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  • 2005
    Age 36
    Goosen played in his 3rd Presidents Cup in 2005, at an event where he defeated Tiger Woods in Sunday's singles matches and finished with 4 points.
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    His 2005 season included 8 top 10s, and over $3.4 million in earnings.
    Even though Goosen threw away the U.S. Open in 2005 finishing T11, it was his worst finish in a major in 2005, finishing T3 at The Masters, T5 at The Open Championship and a T6 at the PGA Championship. he would win The International by one point over Brandt Jobe for his 6th career win.
    In 2005 Goosen was in pursuit of his third U.S. Open and his second in a row, leading by three strokes after three rounds of golf at the Pinehurst No. 2 course.
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  • 2004
    Age 35
    It was his second Tour win on the season and it secured him a career high 6th-place finish on the 2004 money list.
    Goosen would win the Tour Championship in November 2004, coming from four strokes behind on the final round with a 6-under-par 64 to win by four strokes over Tiger Woods.
    He only needed 24 putts on the day in what is remembered as one of the most clutch putting performances in U.S. Open history. 2004 was the start of the "Big Five Era" which is used in describing the era in golf where Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, and Phil Mickelson dominated the game of golf.
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    Goosen's second major title came at the 2004 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.
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  • 2003
    Age 34
    Goosen played in the Presidents Cup for the International team where he scored 3 points for the week that ended with a tie because Tiger Woods and Ernie Els were involved in a playoff that was not over at sundown, so captains Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus decided that the 2003 matches would be a draw.
    His 2003 season included 17 of 19 cuts made, 9 top-10s, a win and over $3,100,000 in earnings.
    It was his lone win on the European Tour in 2003, though he had five other top-10s on the season. 2003 was the first season where he played most of his events in the United States.
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    In 2003, Goosen won his second Trophee Lancome title in its final playing.
  • 2001
    Age 32
    Goosen was in contention in the U.S. Open in 2001 all week, and battled Mark Brooks and Stewart Cink during the final round.
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    This win secured Goosen the Player of the Month for June 2001 on the European Tour.
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    Two weeks after the U.S. Open win of 2001, Goosen won on the European Tour at The Scottish Open at Loch Lomond.
    He won on the PGA Tour each year from 2001 to 2005 with six wins, and he added a seventh win in March 2009 at the Transitions Championship.
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    After his third win of the 2001 season, he rose to a career-high 11th in the world rankings.
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    He finished 2001 with three wins, 11 top-tens and the European Tour Order of Merit and followed it up with another in 2002.
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  • 2000
    Age 31
    Goosen played in the 2000 Presidents Cup where the U.S. team won, but Goosen scored 2 points in total in his 1st appearance in the event.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1996
    Age 27
    He nearly lost his chance at victory after three putting from 12 feet, missing a two-foot put on the final green, but managed to recover to make a playoff with the 1996 PGA Championship winner Mark Brooks.
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  • 1992
    Age 23
    He was medalist at the European Tour's Qualifying School in 1992 and enjoyed success on the Tour between 1992 and 2000, but it was not until 2001 that he made his name in America with a U.S. Open win on a very tough Southern Hills Country Club golf course.
  • 1990
    Age 21
    Goosen turned professional in October 1990, following a win in the South African Amateur Championship of the same year in July.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Age 0
    Born on February 3, 1969.
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