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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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George Coetzee endured a frustrating finish at the Trophee Hassan II when poised to take the halfway lead at Golf du Palais Royal.
The South African had to settle for an even-par 35-37=72 in Morocco on Friday after handing in a card littered with errors. That said, at 5-under 139 he's just one shot off joint clubhouse leaders Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Richard Green and on track to gain the win he needs to book himself a ticket to The Masters. His peaks-and-troughs round started with a birdie at the first but he dropped three shots with a double bogey-6 at the third and a bogey at the fourth. Coetzee rallied strongly with a run of four birdies in five holes to take the lead at 7-under but his hopes of kicking clear of the bunched pack were undone with bogeys at 14, 15 and 18. He squeezed in a birdie at 16 but cut a disappointed figure walking off the course. The recent Tshwane Open winner will need to sharpen up his iron play on the weekend after hitting just nine greens in regulation in round two. Mar 27 - 1:40 PM

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George Coetzee toured Golf du Palais Royal in 5-under-par 32=35=67 to assume the clubhouse lead on day one of the Trophee Hassan II.

Coetzee cruised clear at 6-under after birdies at 10, 11, 16, 17, 1 and 7 but went off the tracks with a messy double bogey-5 at 8. After missing the green, his chip came back to his feet and the South African took another three to get down. All credit to him, therefore, for bouncing back with a birdie at his final hole, a 20-foot putt giving the two-time European Tour winner the outright clubhouse lead. Coetzee is coming off a win and a third in his last two starts so is one of the hottest players in the field. He also has strong course form with a T4 and a T11 in his two appearances here. A victory would give him a second invite to The Masters so he has incentive too.
Mar 26 - 8:43 AM

With a flawless closing 5-under-par 32-33=65, George Coetzee edged out clubhouse leader Jacques Blaauw by a shot to capture the Tshwane Open at Pretoria CC with 14-under 266.

Despite a six-way tie for the lead at -9 after 54 holes, Sunday's storyline developed early -- could anyone catch Blaauw, who had set the target of -13 via a course record-equalling 61? The contenders fell away quickly, leaving Coetzee as the only realistic challenger to reel his compatriot in. A member of Pretoria CC since a boy and with the crowd and course knowledge on his side, the 28-year-old timed his run to the line perfectly. After five opening pars, Coetzee birdied four of the next five holes to tie for the lead. With the tension rising, he stayed there with six straight before before posting the go-ahead birdie at the short par-4 17th after a delicate chip from a tough lie and six foot putt. Two good blows to the long 18th and a calm two-putt and the local man had his fairytale ending and a second European Tour victory. "To win at your own club in front of all your friends and family... it's a very special day for me," said Coetzee, who hit 16 greens in regulation.
Mar 15 - 10:16 AM

Six golfers share the 54-hole lead of the Tshwane Open at 9-under-par 201.

Game on at Pretoria Country Club in Waterkloof, South Africa. Thirty-six-hole leader Adrian Otaegui settled for a 2-over 35-37=72 in his third round, but he's one of the co-leaders with one round to play. Along with the Spaniard, Craig Lee of Scotland and Wallie Coetsee of South Africa will also begin the final round atop the leaderboard and in pursuit of their first European Tour title. Last week's winner at East London, South Africa's Trevor Fisher, Jr., will be gunning for two in a row. He's also at 9-under tonight. David Horsey of England and George Coetzee of South Africa round out the pacesetters. The latter is chasing his second trophy on the circuit (2014 Joburg Open). "It’s lucky that no one has run away with it just yet," Coetzee said. "I’ll try to keep posting good rounds and hopefully I produce a really good one tomorrow and win." He speaks for all of the hopefuls.
Mar 14 - 12:05 PM

George Coetzee set himself up for a weekend challenge in front of family and friends with a 4-under-par 32-34=66 on day two of the Tshwane Open.

The South African has been a member at Pretoria since he was a youngster and finished runner-up in the last pro event he played there in 2011. He'll go into the final 36 holes four shots behind leader Adrian Otaegui after reaching 7-under 133 at the midpoint with a second round which featured five birdies and a bogey. Coetzee started strongly with par breakers at 12, 14 and 15. He bogeyed the third hole but got the shot back at the sixth and circled a final birdie of the day at the 549-yard par-5 ninth.
Mar 13 - 6:45 AM

George Coetzee is a member at Pretoria CC and will hope to turn his extra local knowledge into a trophy challenge at the Tshwane Open.

The 28-year-old has been involved in much of the pre-tournament publicity for the tournament which had previously been played at the Els Club in Copperleaf. In the last event to be held at this week's venue -- the Sunshine Tour's Vodacom Orgins - Pretoria in 2011 -- Coetzee finished runner-up off the back of a second-round 65. His latest form is concerning for gamers, however. The South African missed the cut in last week's Africa Open which extended his run without a worldwide top 10 to 13 tournaments. He's also not made the top 10 in his last eight events on home soil.
Mar 11 - 4:41 AM

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

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