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Retief Goosen

Player Data

  • Birthdate: February 2, 1969
  • Birthplace: Pietersburg, South Africa
  • Residence: Pietersburg, South Africa & Sunninghill, England
  • Age: 37 Ht: 5' 11' Wt: 175
  • Turned Pro: 1990

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Player Notes

Started playing golf at age 11. Struck by lightning as an amateur in South Africa and suffered health problems for some time. Also sustained a broken left arm in a skiing accident in Switzerland prior to 1999 season. Was rookie of the Year on the South African tour in 1991. Winner of the 1990 South African Amateur, he has won six times in South Africa. Member of 2000, '03 & '05 Presidents Cup Team

Career Victories

PGA Tour
6 - 2001 U.S. Open; 2002 BellSouth Classic; 2003 Chrysler Championship, 2004 U.S. Open, Tour Championship, 2005 The International

South African Tour
1991 Iscor Newcastle Classic; 1992 Spoornet Classic, Bushveld Classic, Witbank Classic; 1993 Mount Edgecombe Trophy; 1995 Phillips South African Open; 2000 Nelson Mandela Invitational (teamed with Allan Henning); 2002 EMC World Cup (with Ernie Els)

Career Summary

1993 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 19; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 71.81; money £147,256 (ranked 44th); best finish 2nd at Dubai Desert Classic.

1994 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 18; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 71.98; money £140,821 (ranked 39th); best finish T-2nd at Portuguese Open.

1995 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 72.62 (ranked 93rd); money £62,744 (ranked 94th); best finish T-5th, Open Catalonia Turespana Series.

1996 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; in money - 20; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 72.16 (ranked T-59th); money £2,42815 (ranked 25th); Winner Slaley Hall Challenge.

1997 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 19; Top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average - 70.47 (ranked 8th); money £394,598 (ranked 7th); Winner French Open.

1998 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 71.02 (ranked 22nd); money £191,250 (ranked 33rd); best finish 3rd, Johnnie Walker Classic and T3rd Alfred Dunhill South African PGA Championship.

1999 Notes
Played in four PGA Tour events, missed cut in U.S. Open and PGA Championship, T10th in British Open and T25th in American Express Championship. Sidelined the first months of 1999 with a broken left arm.

1999 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 25; Top-10 finishes - 13; scoring average - 70.49 (ranked T5th); money €1,059,983 or £757,131 (ranked 5th); winner, Novotel Perrier Open de France.

2000 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 21; Top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average - 71.11 (ranked 20th); money €892,759 or £530,946 (ranked 15th); winner Trophee Lancome.

2000 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 13; rounds played - 40 ; in money - 9; top-10 finishes - 0; money $337,926 (ranked 139th - unofficial); best finish T12th at the U.S. Open

2000 Stats
Scoring - 71.21 / (n/a); driving distance - 271.6 / (n/a); driving accuracy -63.1% / (n/a); GIR - 60.8% / (n/a); putting - 1.777 / (n/a); birdie average - 3.18 per rd / (n/a) / total birdies - 127; sand saves - 61.5% / (n/a); scrambling - 56.7% / (n/a); all-around rank - / (n/a).

2001 Notes
Beat Mark Brooks in a 18 hole playoff to win the U.S. Open

2001 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 21; Top-10 finishes - 12; scoring average - 69.32 (ranked 2nd); money €2,862,806 or £1,779,976 (ranked 1st); winner U.S. Open, The Scottish Open at Loch Lomond, Telefonica Open de Madrid.

2001 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 10; rounds played - 28 ; in money - 6; top-10 finishes - 2 money $1,176,985 (ranked 47th); Winner at the U.S. Open;

2001 Stats
Scoring - 69.94 / (n/a); driving distance - 284.3 / (n/a); driving accuracy -60.7% / (n/a); GIR - 65.0% / (n/a); putting - 1.779 / (n/a); birdie average - 3.36 per rd / (n/a) / total birdies - 94; sand saves - 41.7% / (n/a); scrambling - 54.3% / (n/a); all-around rank - / (n/a).

2002 Notes
Was runner-up at the Masters and WGC-American Express, won the European Tour Order of Merit for the 2nd straight year.

2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 21; Top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average - 70.15 (ranked 3rd); money €2,360,128 or £1,504,848 (ranked 1st); winner Johnnie Walker Classic.

2002 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 15; rounds played - 54 ; in money -14; top-10 finishes - 5; money $2,617,004 (ranked 10th); Winner at the BellSouth Classic

2002 Stats
Scoring - 69.69 / (6th); driving distance - 279.8 / (105th); driving accuracy -68.6% / (80th); GIR - 68.9% / (28th); putting - 1.734 / (15th); birdie average - 4.11 per rd / (7th) / total birdies - 222; sand saves - 56.5% / (24th); all-around rank - 277 / (3rd).

2003 Notes
Six Top-5 finishes was runner-up at the International. On the European Tour won the Trophee Lancome, he has now won at least an event a year for the last five years.

2003 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average - 70.15 (ranked 4th); money €1,115,886 or £778,006 (ranked 12th); winner Trophee Lancome.

2003 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; Rounds Played - 64; in money - 17; top -10 Finishes - 9; money $3,166,373 Rank (10th); Best finish: Won at the Chrysler Championship

2003 Stats
Scoring - 69.20 / (6th); Driving Distance - 299.4 / (13th); Driving Accuracy - 61.5% / (158th); GIR - 69.8% / (9th); Putting - 1.770 / (76th); Birdie Average - 4.17 per rd / (6th) / Total Birdies - 267; Sand Saves - 39.8% / (174th); All-Around Rank - 501 / (25th)

2004 Notes
One of only two players to collect a win in each of the last four seasons on TOUR (Tiger Woods - nine straight).

2004 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 13; in money - 13; Top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average - 69.86 (ranked 4th); money €2,325,202 or £1,607,935 (ranked 2nd); winner U.S. Open & Smurfit European Open.

2004 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; Rounds Played - 55; in money - 13; top -10 Finishes - 9; money $3,885,573 Rank (6th); Best finish: Win at the U.S. Open & The Tour Championship

2004 Stats
Scoring - 69.32 / (5th); Driving Distance - 294.2 / (38th); Driving Accuracy - 62.5% / (125th); GIR - 68.7% / (17th); Putting - 1.743 / (11th); Birdie Average - 4.05 per rd / (5th) / Total Birdies - 223; Sand Saves - 54.6% / (28th); All-Around Rank - 374 / (6th).

2005 Notes
Finished the season No. 4 in the Official World Golf Ranking, with wins on both the PGA Tour and the European Tour. One of only two players to collect a win in each of the last five seasons on TOUR (Tiger Woods, 10 consecutive).

2005 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 13; in money - 13; Top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average - 70.48 (ranked T12th); money €2,261,211 or £1,528,351 (ranked 4th); winner Linde German Masters.

2005 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 18; Rounds Played - 61; in money - 44; top -10 Finishes - 8; money $3,494,106 Rank (8th); Best finish: Win at The International

2005 Stats
Scoring - 70.06 / (12th); Driving Distance - 295.4 / (44th); Driving Accuracy - 59.2% / (157th); GIR - 67.4% / (37th); Putting - 1.768 / (61st); Birdie Average - 3.75 per rd / (28th) / Total Birdies - 229; Sand Saves - 54.5% / (43rd); All-Around Rank - 437 / (10th).

PGA European Tour Win
13 - 1996 Slaley Hall Challenge; 1997 French Open; 1999 Open De France; 2000 Trophee Lancome; 2001 U.S. Open, The Scottish Open At Loch Lomond, Open De Madrid; 2002 Johnnie Walker Classic, 2003 Trophee Lancome, 2004 U.S. Open, Smurfit European Open, 2005 Linde German Masters, 2006 South African Airways Open.

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