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George Coetzee

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

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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

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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

George Coetzee has been a regular at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and pegs it up again in this week's edition at Dundonald Links in Troon, Ayrshire.

The South African is 3-for-6 overall having missed the cut in both 2015 and 2016 but he did finish third at Castle Stuart in 2011. He's also shown a real liking for Scotland with a T5 in the 2012 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and second and T10 at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles. He's reeled off five top 10s this season and was also T14 in last month's BMW International Open although with three missed cuts in his last four starts, his latest form will be a concern to those picking him on overall 2017 results.
Wed, Jul 12, 2017 08:49:00 AM

George Coetzee was the first-round leader on his Open de France debut in 2011 and is prominent again after starting his bid at Le Golf National with a 3-under-par 35-33=68 in Thursday's opener, good enough for T3 in the clubhouse and just one back from pacesetter Alexander Bjork.

Coetzee has been in fine form for most of 2017, cracking the top 15 in nine of his 13 starts since starting the run with T7 in February's Dubai Desert Classic. He couldn't make the cut at Erin Hills but bounced back with T14 in last week's BMW International Open in Germany and has carried that good form to France. The South African made an inauspicious start with four pars and a bogey in his first five holes but balanced the books with a first red number at 6 and then ticked 9, 11 and 13. He swallowed a bogey-6 at 14 but needed just two swings at 16, recording his second deuce of the round. Coetzee couldn't cash in on his quick start in 2011 (finished T37) but his current form suggests something much better this week.
Thu, Jun 29, 2017 08:06:00 AM

George Coetzee earned his spot in this week’s 117th U.S. Open at Erin Hills via the Walton Heath Sectional Qualifier.

The bulky South African, a two-time winner on the European Tour, has an outstanding record at the Qatar Masters, one of the blowiest tracks on the circuit which suggests that the predicted wind will not be a problem for him, but the USGA test might be. He’s 2-for-4 from previous starts in this championship and has never finished better than T56. He’s also just 1-for-5 in the PGA Championship and 0-for-1 at the Masters. If that bodes badly, he will hope that Erin Hills does play like a links course because he boasts two top 20 finishes in The Open (but he’s needed six starts to earn those). Formwise he is in great nick. T4 in the Nordea Masters two weeks ago, that was his best of the season but his sixth finish of T12 or better. His best major was the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, when T7 – the bunkering may (just may) trigger good memories of that result.
Tue, Jun 13, 2017 10:44:00 AM

Despite two early bogeys George Coetzee thrashed a course record 7-under-par 33-33=66 to finish T4 in the Nordea Masters on 9-under 283, two behind winner Renato Paratore.

The South African started the day at Barseback G&CC seven strokes back of the lead, yet briefly threatened to do an Alex Noren (at Wentworth last week) and post a score none of the pre-round leaders could match – and all that despite carding bogey at both 1 and 3 (he opened with three bogeys in round three so that stretch cost him dearly). But in circling 2, and adding more at 4, 5, 6 and 9 he put things right in some style. When he added more red at 11 and 12 he was eyeing the top of the leaderboard. He added a penultimate birdie at 14 and chipped in for a birdie-2 at 15. It was game on. But he couldn’t make headway at the par-5 16th and his birdie try at 18 slipped by the hole. "When I bogeyed the first hole I thought I might as well pack my stuff and go home," he said, "but then hit some good shots and just kept going."
Sun, Jun 4, 2017 11:28:00 AM

George Coetzee tacked on a 3-under-par 33-36=69 to his opening 67 to card 8-under 136 through two rounds of the Volvo China Open, currently good enough for second place in the clubhouse.

That’s three shots behind fellow South African Dylan Frittelli and T5 on the live leaderboard with the afternoon wave well into their rounds. Coetzee should be happy enough with that follow-up effort but will feel he left shots out there after playing the four par 5s in 1-over. Starting at the 10th hole, the three-time European Tour winner scribbled in an opening par and then birdied 11 but he gave the shot back with bogey-6 at the 12th. No matter, Coetzee played his next four holes in 2-4-3-2, picking up shots at 13, 15 and 16. That put him two shots from moving into double digits under par but he could never get there. He made eight straight pars from the 17th and, after breaking the sequence with a red number at 7, the 30-year-old finished 5-5. The latter was for bogey but he remains on target for a weekend challenge and a fourth top 10 in his last seven European Tour starts.
Fri, Apr 28, 2017 05:06:00 AM