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George Coetzee

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (31) / 7/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 209

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With the joint-low round of the week, George Coetzee thrashed a bogey-free 9-under-par 31-32=63 in his final lap at the Open de España, jumping 31 spots to solo fourth with a 72-hole total of 16-under 272.
After mixed rounds of of 73-66-71, the South African saved his best until last and played the first 10 holes at Centro Nacional de Golf in 7-under today. That run started with circles at 1 and 2, another pair at 5 and 6, a birdie-3 at the tough 8th and eagle-3 at the 522-yard 10th. Coetzee ticked 13 and, for the fourth day running, picked up another shot at the par-5 18th. "I actually told my caddie before the round, this is actually the first time I've looked forward to playing this week because I haven't been hitting it great, so it was nice to get a good hour of warm-up coming into today and it seemed to pay off. My golf has been kind of good leading up to this week, it is just funny how after five weeks you have a lot of rust to work off, so looking forward to next week (Trophee Hassan II in Morocco) now." Apr 15 - 11:24 AM

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Pretoria CC member George Coetzee put his local knowledge to the best possible use again, firing a final-round 4-under-par 35-32=67 to capture the Tshwane Open for a second time with a winning score of 18-under 266, two shots clear of England's Sam Horsfield.

Coetzee started the day with a two-shot advantage but early bogeys at 3 and 4 meant he trailed new leader Mikko Korhonen by the same margin. However, he used his putter just ten times over the next eight holes and birdied six of them (6, 8, 11, 12 and 13) to take control and another at 15 stretched the lead to three before his victory march was halted by two breaks for thunder and lightning. The interruptions could have contributed to a bogey at 17 but he put the tournament to bed with a closing birdie. The South African, who took victory in this event for a first time with 14-under in 2015, has won three of his four European Tour titles on home soil while the other came off the SA coast in Mauritius. He'd come into the week on the back of T8 in Qatar so was a popular pick with both gamers and bettors. For the week he finished 2nd in Driving Distance and 4th for Putts Per GIR.
Mar 4 - 11:17 AM

Despite a late mistake George Coetzee took control of the Tshwane Open at Pretoria CC with a Saturday 3-under-par 34-34=68; his 54-hole total of 14-under 199 giving him a two-shot advantage over Sam Horsfield and Mikko Korhonen.

The big South African has been a member of the Waterkloof club since he was 10 and will now chase a second tournament win on the track (after victory here three years ago). He made a steady start with birdie at 2 (from 20'0") followed by a bogey at 3, his only moves up to the eighth hole, allowing the fast-moving Horsfield to briefly take the lead. But he ticked 9 and 10 (the latter from 10'0") and then his approach at 15 was to kick-in range. He held a three-shot lead playing the vulnerable par-5 18th, but contrived to bogey it, handing the chasers some hope going into the final day. He's 2-for-2 in converting European Tour 54-hole leads. He shared the lead here in 2015 before claiming the win and two months later had sole leadership ahead of victory in the Mauritius Open, the last of his three successes at this level.
Mar 3 - 9:41 AM

Local hero George Coetzee thrashed a 7-under-par 30-34=64 in round two of the Tshwane Open to post the 36-hole clubhouse lead of 11-under 131, a shot clear of Mikko Korhonen and Felipe Aguilar.

Pretoria CC is the South African’s home course and he won there when it staged the 2015 edition. Coming in off a top 10 in Qatar last week, Coetzee was the favorite with the bookmakers to score a second triumph and he’s right on track after his second lap this morning. After a pair of opening pars, the three-time European Tour winner went on a birdie blitz with six red numbers in seven holes to turn in just 30 blows. He quietened down on his second nine but put his tee-shot at the par-3 8th to four feet to record his seventh birdie of the day. A closing par was enough to secure the lead for the World No. 140.
Mar 2 - 6:31 AM

Course horse George Coetzee showed his liking for Doha GC once more, blasting a 6-under-par 34-32=66 in Friday's second round at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters to jump 34 spots up the leaderboard to tied sixth after 36 holes.

At 9-under 135, the South African is just two shots back from leader Adrian Otaegui. Coetzee had a run of 2-5-12-7 at this venue from 2013 to 2016 and today's 66, his third lowest round in Qatar, sets up him for another big finish. An opening pair of birdies set the three-time European Tour winner on his way and he bounced back from a bogey at 6 with another gain at 7. Coming home, he ticked 12, 13, 16 and 18 to climb into the top 10.
Feb 23 - 9:32 AM

George Coetzee returns this week to the location of his victory in the 2015 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open - the Heritage Golf Club in Domaine de Bel Ombre.

Two and a half years ago the South African began the week paddling in the Indian Ocean for promo photos and ended it in the same place, holding the trophy aloft. He warmed to the track all week, shooting 70-67-65-69 to catch the leader Thorbjorn Olesen and then defeat him on the second extra hole. Defending at Four Seasons he was T27. He finished the summer strong, with top tens in the KLM Open, Portugal Masters and Italian Open, but struggled in the end-of-season big money events: T27 in the Turkish Airlines Open, T37 in the Nedbank Golf Challenge and T58 at the DP World Tour Championship. He is a golfer who repeats good course form, however, so worth considering.
Tue, Nov 28, 2017 06:06:00 AM

South Africa’s George Coetzee made a closing birdie to put the seal on a round of 33-32=65, moving from outside the top 10 to T4 at 14-under 199 with one round remaining at the Italian Open.

Still seeking his first win outside Africa, the trimmed-down 31-year-old will have another opportunity on Sunday having taken care of the difficult par-4 closer to stay within three of the lead. Coetzee fired two eagles and two bogeys in the third round, while also making a pair of twos on the tricky par 3s, to match his first-round 65. His last three starts have been dogged by at least one 70+ round and he’ll seek to avoid that and win for the first time since February 2016.
Sat, Oct 14, 2017 12:01:00 PM

Fast starter George Coetzee was at it again Thursday, thrashing a 6-under-par 33-32=65 in round one of the Italian Open to lie just a single shot off the pace following the completion of the morning wave.

The South African has held the first-round lead at two of his last three events after opening with 64 at the Portugal Masters (finished T7) and 63 at the British Masters (finished T15). He was also in the top 10 on Thursday night after starting the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship with 69. Today's low 18 came despite a bogey-6 at No. 1. Coetzee rebounded from that early wake-up call with birdies and 5 and 7 before splashing eagle-3 at the ninth. Further birdies at 13, 14 and 17 left him just one back from the four-way tie for lead held by Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Alexander Bjork, Francesco Molinari and Jamie Donaldson.
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 08:54:00 AM

George Coetzee birdied four of the final eight holes in a 3-under-par 37-32=69 to post the clubhouse lead on day one of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.

Playing at St. Andrews today, the in-form South African (15-7-3 last three starts) found it tough going early on in cold and windy conditions and signed for eight straight pars from the 1st before dropping a shot at the 9th to turn in 1-over 37. But, after a par at 10, he found his first red number at 11 and then connected three more at Nos. 14-16. Coetzee has a seven-footer for a closing birdie on the iconic 18th but couldn't convert. Still, that's a fine start and, right now, puts him T6 on the live leaderboard. He'll now head to Carnoustie for his second round before taking on Kingsbarns and, providing he makes the cut, a return to the Old Course at St. Andrews for Sunday's finale. He's cracked the top 25 in three of his last four starts in this event, including T5 in 2012.
Thu, Oct 5, 2017 09:47:00 AM

George Coetzee thrilled the Newcastle crowds with a 7-under-par 31-32=63 to claim the first round lead midway through Thursday afternoon at the British Masters hosted by Close House GC.

When he signed his card the South African was one swing clear of four golfers also in the clubhouse. First out in the afternoon wave his group flew round the Lee Westwood Colt Course and Coetzee never looked back after ticking 1 and 2. An eagle-3 at the 497-yard par-5 uphill sixth hole launched his ascent even higher, as did birdie 2 at 10 to start the back nine. Towards the end of the round he posted three birdies in four holes at 14, 15 and 17, with a bogey in the middle at 16. Should he maintain his hold of the solo lead it would be his fifth on the European Tour. He's also had one share of the lead - and that was just last week in the Portugal Masters. He has never maintained the pace and turned an 18 hole advantage into a win (although he is 1-for-6 for doing so on the Sunshine Tour).
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 11:29:00 AM

George Coetzee smoothed his way into contention at the Portugal Masters with a third lap of 4-under-par 34-33=67; he heads into the final round one shot behind leader Lucas Bjerregaard on 13-under 200.

The South African has been on a health kick in recent weeks and it seems to be bubbling to a boil this week at the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura, a track he has enjoyed in the past. He was T3 in 2011, T6 in 2012, T21 in 2014 and T31 12 months ago. No less than 15 of his 17 laps of the layout have reaped sub-70 scores and his last circuits have been particularly strong: 65-67-67-68. A repeat would be nice, but this is the first time he has been inside the top ten with 18 holes to play. On Saturday his early progress was steady, with ticks at 1, 9 and 11 (a kick-in effort that was very nearly an eagle-2) offset by a dropped shot at 8. However a late eagle-3 at the par-5 17th drew him clear of a pack of three at 12-under and confirmed a spot in the final group out as he chases a fourth European Tour title.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 03:40:00 PM

Joint-overnight leader George Coetzee tacked on a 2-under-par 35-34=69 to his opening 64 to reach 9-under 133 after 36 holes of the Portugal Masters, currently good enough for a share of the clubhouse lead with Eddie Pepperell.

Both Coetzee and Pepperell finished in the top five at last week's KLM Open in the Netherlands and the pair have carried that good form to Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura. It was more a morning of consolidation for the South African, who could only pick out three birdies on his early lap. His first came at No. 2 but a string of pars along with bogey-5 at No. 6 meant he reached the turn still on 7-under for the tournament. Coetzee birdied the 10th for the second day running to get his score going forward again and found a final circle of his round by ticking the par-3 16th. On the live leaderboard, he's a shot behind Lucas Bjerregaard, who still has five to play.
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 07:55:00 AM

George Coetzee was briefly on '59 watch' before hoisting up a 7-under-par 30-34=64 in his opening lap at the Portugal Masters, good enough for a share of the day-one clubhouse lead with Joost Luiten.

The European Tour is still to witness an official sub-60 round and Coetzee was the latest to threaten that impregnable barrier after playing his first eight holes at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in 6-under. Those red numbers came at 10, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 17. But a bogey at No. 2 halted his momentum and the South African had to settle for a 1-under 34 coming home after finding just two more circles at 5 and 8. Today's round continues the return to form he showed when tied for third in last week's KLM Open in the Netherlands. Right now, Coetzee and Luiten are a shot clear of six players but there's still a chance they could be passed.
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 01:01:00 PM

George Coetzee crafted a final lap of 4-under-par 35-32=67 to finish T3 in the KLM Open on 13-under 271, two shots behind winner Romain Wattel at The Dutch.

The (less) burly South African (he has trimmed down of late) made little headway on the front nine, swapping two birdies (at 5 and 6) with two bogeys (at 2 and 7). But he caught fire on the way home, allowing him to join the six way tie for third. The par breakers came at 10, 13 (his fourth of the week there), 16 and 18. The result elevates him to 64th on the Race to Dubai and with his strong record at next week’s tournament (the Portugal Masters) he can start to realistically eye up full involvement in the run-up to the DP World Tour Championship; a boost having not made the weekend in his last four starts.
Sun, Sep 17, 2017 12:16:00 PM

After being off the course since July's Scottish Open, George Coetzee tees it up in this week's Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre in Switzerland.

The South African enjoyed some strong form during the early/middle part of the season with five top 10s in the space of nine events. Also T14 in June's BMW International Open, he missed the cut in the French and Irish Opens and withdrew from the Scottish Open after retiring in round two following an opening 79. Coetzee didn't take his place in the Open field (reasons unknown) but feels ready to return this week although a watching brief is advised. He has a mixed bag of form at Crans with three missed cuts and two top 25s in his five starts. That includes T18 last year.
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 12:48:00 PM