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George Coetzee |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 209
College: University of San Diego

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Last year's winner George Coetzee toured the West Course in 5-under-par 32-34=66 to sit three shots back after day one of the Joburg Open.
Coetzee's lap of the easier layout at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington started with four birdies in his opening nine holes. He added another at 12 but then cooled off, mixing two par breakers with two bogeys over the final five holes. The South African now has three rounds to come at the tougher East Course although it shouldn't hold any fears for him. Coetzee closed with a 6-under 66 on the East to come from four back and win last year's title -- his first European Tour success after a series of near misses. Feb 26 - 10:45 AM

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The happy memories will come flooding back for George Coetzee when he returns to the Joburg Open this week.

After carrying the unwanted tag of 'best player yet to have won on the European Tour', the South African made the big breakthrough when charging from four shots back to claim this title last year. He did it with a flawless closing 66, the win coming in his 107th event and ending a string of near misses which included 24 top 10s. Coetzee had previous finishes of 7-14-3 in this event so it wasn't a surprise that Royal Johannesburg & Kensington was the scene of his first triumph. Ahead of his title defense, the local man is rounding into form after a T12 in Qatar and a T16 in last week's Dimension Data Pro-Am.
Feb 24 - 9:00 AM

George Coetzee unearthed just two birdies in a 2-under-par 36-34=70 but, at 11-under 205, remains in the hunt for the Commerical Bank Qatar Masters trophy.

Coetzee was tied for the lead at halfway after opening 68-67; he now trails by two after a difficult day at Doha Golf Club. The big South African was wayward off the tee, hitting just five fairways, but kept a bogey off his card after going 6-for-6 in scrambling. The tone was set with nine straight pars from the off before he finally found a first birdie at 10. He added another at 14 but failure to cash in further means he'll start the final round in tied fifth and two behind Marc Warren, Branden Grace, Emiliano Grillo and Bernd Wiesberger.
Jan 23 - 9:34 AM

George Coetzee is one of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters' course horses so it's no surprise to see him tied for the lead at the midpoint.

The South African spun a 5-under-par 35-32=67 in round two to reach 9-under 135 and share top spot at halfway with playing partner Bernd Wiesberger. Coetzee has finished fifth and second in the last two years here and is in position again to have another crack at the title. Today he circled birdies at 10, 13, 16 and 18 to shoot 32 on his opening nine. Two more par breakers and a bogey at five for the second day running meant he added a 67 to his opening 68. One thing of note is that the big-hitting 28-year-old is only evens for the week on Doha Golf Club's par fives. If he can cash in on the longer holes over the final 36 holes, Coetzee could be hard to stop.
Jan 22 - 5:06 AM

George Coetzee was a runner-up in his last South African Open and this week will attempt to scoop the top prize.

Touted as a future major winner by many in the game, Coetzee has still only shown his potential in flashes. He did though secure a first European Tour win last year and, not surprisingly, it came in his native South Africa when he landed February's Joburg Open. Previously, one of his numerous near misses came in this event, that a second-place finish behind Henrik Stenson in 2012. The 28-year-old missed the cut in the Alfred Dunhill Championship on his most recent start.
Jan 6 - 6:27 AM

George Coetzee submitted a 3-under-par 32-37=69 for his final round of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

It matched Saturday's aggregate and lifted him into the top 15 on the leaderboard at 5-under 283. Coetzee arrived in Shanghai having logged top 25s in his last four starts worldwide, so he'll collect another healthy check. His personal best in a WGC is a T16 at the 2014 Cadillac Championship. In today's finale at Sheshan International, the South African offset four bogeys with seven birdies, including on each of the four par 5s.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 01:28:00 AM

George Coetzee signed for a share of 10th place at the BMW Masters last week and will now turn his attention to Sheshan International for the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

The South African sandwiched two rounds of 67 with rounds of 71 as the crust at last week's BMW Masters, finishing four strokes back of the leader when all was said and done. His history at this week's event has been mediocre to put it generously. He finished T56 at Mission Hills in 2012 and got introduced to Sheshan International last year with a 74th place finish. He's too strong of a golfer to finish in the bottom-five a second year in a row, but his track record isn't promising.
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 08:11:00 AM

George Coetzee shot just 3-under-par 36-33=69 in his opening round of the Barracuda Championship, but made it count for 11 points.

The South African is getting acclimated to the U.S. for next week's PGA Championship, so any success at Montrêux is entirely gravy. Coetzee squared three bogeys and a double to lose six points, but he scored 17 thanks to an eagle-3 at the 13th hole and six birdies. He signed his card sitting five points in pursuit of the clubhouse co-leaders.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 06:30:00 PM

George Coetzee fashioned a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in his second round of The Open Championship to post 5-under 139 at the break, good for very early possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Coetzee turns 28 years of age today. All that was missing from the celebration was a Beatles' cover band jamming on "Birthday" in the outskirts of Liverpool, England. The South African traded one bogey for one birdie going out, but he circled five birdies on the inward nine to help offset two bogeys, one of which on the par-5 16th. While he's garnered attention worldwide over the last couple of years, he arrived in Hoylake in a 2-for-5 slump with no top 25s. With a late tee time on Saturday secured, he can now thoroughly enjoy the one day of the year when he's guaranteed to be a star.
Fri, Jul 18, 2014 07:15:00 AM

George Coetzee will have a crack at Royal Liverpool this week at the 143rd Open Championship.

The South African is 2-for-3 in his career at The Open, including a 15th place finish in his 2011 debut. Coetzee is enjoying a nice 2014, with nine top 30s in 14 events played, internationally. While his form has simmered over the past few months, his overall season form makes him an interesting sleeper for salary-cap gamers.
Tue, Jul 15, 2014 10:15:00 AM

George Coetzee has qualified for the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship for sitting inside the top 10 on the Race to Dubai through the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

The South African went 2-1 at Dove Mountain and sits eighth in the European Tour's R2D. (All of the other nine were already eligible through another conduit.) In his debut at Trump National Doral last year, Coetzee placed T53. The field at the no-cut, money and points grab will be completed with next week's top 10 in FedExCup points and top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Mon, Feb 24, 2014 09:26:00 AM

George Coetzee defeated Patrick Reed in 21 holes in the Jones Bracket in the second round of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Coetzee stood tall early, winning holes 1, 3 and 6, all with pars. Reed picked off only the par-5 second with a birdie and sat 2 down before taking the par-4 seventh with par (to his counterpart's double bogey). After matching birdie-4s at 8, the American circled wins at 9, 10 and 11 to establish his own 2-up advantage. Coetzee cut it in half with a par-3 at 12, but the duo halved the next five, including the par-3 16th with bogeys. Fittingly, Coetzee took his fifth hole of the day with a par at the par-4 18th to force sudden death. After they traded bogeys at the par-4 first and settled for pars at the par-5 second, Coetzee ended it with a birdie-2 at 3. It secured a third-round match with Jason Day.
Thu, Feb 20, 2014 06:17:00 PM

With a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-33=66 in the final round of the Joburg Open, George Coetzee ran away to a three-stroke victory at 19-under 268, his first on the European Tour.

The South African started the day four strokes off the pace held by 54-hole leaders and fellow countrymen Thomas Aiken and Justin Walters. Aiken blew up for a 74 at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club's East Course -- the West Course hosted one round pre-cut -- while Walters managed but a 73 to settle for a share of second place with Tyrrell Hatton of England and South Korea's Jin Jeong. "I don’t know what I’m feeling," Coetzee said. "I’m lost for words. I’ve been waiting a while (107 Euro Tour starts) and I started doubting, so I’m very happy." The victory secures a berth into The Open Championship in July. Coetzee will also slide inside the top 64 of the Official World Golf Ranking and qualify for next week's World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.
Sun, Feb 9, 2014 01:06:00 PM

George Coetzee makes his first appearance at Sheshan International Golf Club for his second World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

The South African competed in the 2012 edition, which took place at Mission Hills. He's had his struggles of late, with his last top 10 coming in February in the Joburg Open. After missing the cut at the PGA Championship, he took a lengthy sabbatical before tying for 57th at last week's BMW Masters.
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 08:46:00 PM

George Coetzee makes his seventh start of the season in the U.S. at the Memorial.

The South African has quietly cashed checks in five of his six starts, with a T17 in Tampa his highlight. The only miss came at Augusta National. At 54th in the Official World Golf Rankings, American fans would be wise to familiarize themselves with the emerging star.
Tue, May 28, 2013 09:15:00 PM