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Retief Goosen

  • Birthplace: Pietersburg, South Africa
  • Residence: Pietersburg, South Africa; South Ascot, London, England; Orlando, FL
  • Birth Date: February 3, 1969
  • height: 5-11
  • Turned Pro: 1990

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PGA TOUR Victories

(7) 2001,U.S. Open Championship. 2002,BellSouth Classic. 2003,Chrysler Championship. 2004,U.S. Open Championship, THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola. 2005,The INTERNATIONAL. 2009,Transitions Championship.

International Victories

(23): 1991 Iscor Newcastle Classic [SAf]. 1992 Spoornet Classic [SAf], Bushveld Classic [SAf], Witbank Classic [SAf]. 1993 Mount Edgecombe Trophy [SAf]. 1995 Phillips South African Open [SAf]. 1996 Slaley Hall Northumberland Challenge [Eur]. 1997 Peugeot Open de France [Eur]. 1999 Novotel Perrier Open de France [Eur]. 2000 Troph‚e Lanc“me [Eur]. 2001 The Scottish Open at Loch Lomond [Eur], Telefonica Open de Madrid [Eur], EMC World Cup [with Ernie Els]. 2002 Johnnie Walker Classic [Eur], Dimension Data Pro-Am [SAf]. 2003 Trophee Lancome [Eur]. 2004 Smurfit European Open [Eur], Nedbank Challenge. 2005 Volkswagen China Masters [Asia], Linde German Masters [Eur]. 2006 South African Airways Open [Eur], Volkswagen China Masters [Asia]. 2007 Comercialbank Qatar Masters [Eur]. 2009 Africa Open [SAf].

Other Victories

(3): 1997 Dunhill Cup [with Ernie Els, David Frost]. 1998 Dunhill Cup [with Ernie Els, David Frost]. 2001 World Cup [with Ernie Els].

2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$2,784,165 (10)

2009 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

1-- Transitions Championship. P2-- RBC Canadian Open. 3-- AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. T5-- British Open Championship.

PGA TOUR Best Round

64 at Round 2, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

PGA TOUR Highlights

Holed a five-foot par-saving putt on the final hole to win the Transitions Championship, his first TOUR victory in almost four years. Trailed Tom Lehman by one stroke entering the final round at Innisbrook but jumped into the lead for good with an eagle at the par-5 11th hole. 1-under 70 allowed him to avoid a playoff with Brett Quigley and Charles Howell III. Both missed birdie putts on the last hole in the groups ahead. Victory was his seventh on the PGA TOUR and moved him to fifth in the FedExCup points race. It was his second victory at Innisbrook, having won in 2003 when it was played in the fall. He also joined K.J. Choi as a multiple winner at Innisbrook...Also finished third at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am...Fired a final-round 65 to win the Africa Open at East London GC on the Sunshine Tour. Finished one stroke ahead of Darren Clarke, Michael Hoey, Branden Grace and Darren Fichardt...Was in contention all week at the British Open after a 3-under 67 in the first round but a final-round 72 saw him finish T5, two off the lead.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- U.S. Open Championship, BellSouth Classic, Chrysler Championship, U.S. Open Championship, THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola, The INTERNATIONAL, Transitions Championship.

2008 Season Highlights

Second consecutive season finishing outside of the top 20 on the money list (72nd). Made the cut in 13 of 18 starts with two top-10s...Finished T2, one stroke behind winner Geoff Ogilvy, at the World Golf Championships-CA Championship. Shot 64-68 on the weekend at Doral and has a string of five rounds in the 60s in his last six rounds, including the final two rounds at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard...His second top-10 came with a T4 at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. Held the first-round lead with a 4-under 66.

Career Highlights

2007: Recorded one top-10 in 14 starts on the PGA TOUR and finished outside the top 20 on the money list (93rd) for the first time since rookie season in 2001...Ninth on European Order of Merit, with 14th career European Tour victory at the Commercialbank Qatar Masters. Was two back with two holes remaining before pulling off a birdie-eagle finish at the Doha GC to defeat Nick O'Hern...Despite an opening 4-over-par 76, finished T2 at the Masters Tournament, marking his third straight top-five finish at Augusta and the fourth of his career. Closed with rounds of 70-69. Lost to winner Zach Johnson by two shots after playing the par-4 18th in 4-over par for the week...Represented International Team at The Presidents Cup for the fourth consecutive time. 2006: Finished out of the top 10 on the PGA TOUR money list for the first time since rookie campaign in 2001...Streak of five consecutive seasons with a TOUR victory was snapped...Finished eighth on the European Tour Order of Merit with a victory at the South African Airways Open...Recorded his first career top-10 in at THE PLAYERS Championship. Finished as the runner-up, six strokes behind Stephen Ames. One of only two players to post four sub-par rounds for the week at TPC Sawgrass...Battled to T3 finish at the Masters, three strokes behind Phil Mickelson. Finish was third top-10 in eight starts in Augusta...On Asian Tour, successfully defended Volkswagen China Masters title. 2005: Finished the season No. 4 in the Official World Golf Ranking, with wins on both the PGA TOUR and the European Tour...First top-10 was third at the Accenture Match Play Championship. Only No. 1 seed to advance past the third round. Fell to Chris DiMarco 2 and 1 in the semifinals. Went on to top Ian Poulter in 20 holes in the consolation match...Finished T3 at the Masters...Defending champion and third-round leader shot a final-round 81 at Pinehurst No. 2 to fall to T11 at the U.S. Open...Finished T5 at the British Open thanks to a third-round 6-under 66...Earned sixth career TOUR victory at The INTERNATIONAL at age 36 years, 6 months and 4 days. Forced to play 36 holes on Sunday due to Thursday's first round being washed out, scored 15 points on Sunday in the Modified Stableford scoring system to finish with 32 points and overcome 54-hole leader Brandt Jobe...Was among the leaders all week at the PGA Championship at Baltusrol GC, but a closing 2-over 72 dropped him to T6...Went wire-to-wire to win the Volkswagen China Masters by six strokes over Michael Campbell. Opened and closed with a Jinghua GC course record of 8-under 64...Week later, picked up his first European Tour victory of the season by defeating four players by a stroke at the German Masters. The win moved him back to the top of the European Tour's Order of Merit...Lost to eventual champion Michael Campbell in the semifinals of the HSBC World Match Play Championship in Wentworth, England. Campbell jumped past Goosen to No. 1 in Europe with the win...Led International squad with a 4-0-1 record at The Presidents Cup, including a 2-and-1 Sunday singles victory over Tiger Woods. 2004: Became the 21st player to win multiple U.S. Opens after finishing two strokes ahead of Phil Mickelson at Shinnecock Hills. After holding two-stroke 54-hole lead over Mickelson and Ernie Els, trailed Mickelson by one stroke with three holes to play. Took lead for good when Mickelson double bogeyed the par-3 17th hole and he birdied the par-5 16th hole. Needed only 24 putts, including 11 one-putts, in the final round and recorded 32 one-putts for the tournament...Won the Smurfit European Open by five strokes, two weeks after taking the U.S. Open...Posted his third consecutive top-10 on TOUR and back-to-back top-10s in a major with his T7 finish at the British Open in Scotland...Injured in a jet-ski accident in Barbados in late July that caused him to pull out of The INTERNATIONAL and the PGA...Captured the season-ending TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola at East Lake GC. Entered final round four shots off the lead of Tiger Woods and Jay Haas after opening 70-66-69. Posted a bogey-free, 6-under-par 64 on Sunday to win by four shots and collect a paycheck of $1.08 million. 2003: Rode second- and third-round leads to a three-stroke victory over Vijay Singh at the Chrysler Championship, the third win of his career on TOUR...Continued a decade of consistency on the European Tour, winning the 34th and final Lancome Trophy to continue a string of nine consecutive years with at least one victory. 2002: Won on three different Tours and three different continents-PGA TOUR, European Tour and Southern Africa Tour...Won Volvo Order of Merit on European Tour for second straight season...Won the Johnnie Walker Classic in Australia on the European Tour by eight strokes. Fired a course-record, third-round 63 and led by 13 entering the final round...Won the Dimension Data Pro-Am at the Gary Player CC, his second win in as many weeks...Third-round 68 moved him to 14-under 202 and gave him a two-shot lead over Phil Mickelson at the BellSouth Classic. Closed with a 70 to earn a four-stroke victory over Jesper Parnevik. Moved up to career-best No. 4 in Official World Golf Ranking following the BellSouth Classic. 2001: Earned more than $1.1 million in 10 starts during official rookie campaign on PGA TOUR. Became fourth rookie in TOUR history to earn $1 million in his first season...Won U.S. Open in 38th start in a TOUR event, defeating Mark Brooks, 70-72, in 18-hole Monday playoff at Southern Hills CC. Overcame three-putt on 72nd hole on Sunday to become the eighth player in past 50 years to make U.S. Open first TOUR title. Held first-round lead and shared second- and third-round leads...Joined TOUR as member week of July 30...Won Volvo Order of Merit on European Tour, first South African winner since 1975 (Dale Hayes). 2000: Continued love affair with France by winning Troph‚e Lanc“me, his third in France...Won the Nelson Mandela Invitational with Alan Henning. 1999: Suffered broken left arm in skiing accident in Switzerland prior to season...Won third European Tour title-Novotel Perrier Open de France-in playoff with Greg Turner. 1997: Won Peugeot Open de France. 1996: First European Tour win came at Staley Hall Northumberland Challenge. 1995: Collected sixth victory on Southern Africa Tour at the Philips South African Open. 1991: Southern Africa Tour Rookie of Year. Amateur: Won 1990 South African Amateur Championship.


Regarded as one of South Africa's brightest young prospects in his generation. However, was struck by lightning as an amateur in South Africa...Introduced to golf at age 9 by his estate agent father, a 10-handicapper...After U.S. Open win in 2004, made a media tour that included an appearance on "Regis and Kelly" among other shows.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record


National Teams

The Presidents Cup (4), 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007; Dunhill Cup (6), 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000; World Cup (5), 1993, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2007.

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