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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 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. Sep 23 - 3:40 PM

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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.
Sep 22 - 7:55 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.
Sep 21 - 1:01 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.
Sep 17 - 12:16 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.
Sep 6 - 12:48 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.
Jul 12 - 8:49 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.
Jun 29 - 8:06 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.
Jun 13 - 10:44 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."
Jun 4 - 11:28 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.
Apr 28 - 5:06 AM

George Coetzee kept the big numbers off his card today and completed an impressive 5-under-par 34-33=67 in round one of the Volvo China Open to sit in a tie for third, four behind leader Alexander Levy.

The South African fought back from a pair of 7s in round two of last week's Shenzhen International to tie for the lead with one hole to play. However, he ended with a disastrous quad to slip back to T11. He made just a single blemish today, a bogey-5 at his third hole of the day. That was sandwiched between birdies at 2 and 4 and he added another at 6 to continue his climb up the leaderboard. Coetzee would go on to tick 11, 12 and 18 and, despite the afternoon winds picking up, it was all pars elsewhere. This is his course debut but the three-time European Tour winner has cracked the top 12 in three of his last four starts in China so, allied to his good recent form, it's no surprise to see him high on the leaderboard again.
Apr 27 - 6:00 AM

George Coetzee had a wild ride around Genzon GC today, swallowing a double and a triple but still managing to post a second-round 4-under-par 34-34=68 to jump into the top 10 through 36 holes of the Shenzhen International.

At 6-under 138, that's six swings behind leader Bernd Wiesberger and good enough for T7. To break par by four shots was quite a feat given that he racked up double bogey-7 at 9 and triple bogey-7 at 14. Thankfully, there was lots of the good stuff as he balanced those significant setbacks with a rash of birdies. Those par breakers came at 1, 2, 6 and 7 while he added three more (10, 11 and 13) between his pair of unwelcome 7s. The South African had one more trick up his sleeve as he signed for a 10th '3' of the round at 17. This one was for eagle and meant he ended his rollercoaster on a high. Coetzee is making his course debut so hopefully he'll be able to avoid the damaging big numbers on the weekend. If so, he could be a contender to land his fourth European Tour title.
Apr 21 - 3:47 AM

Local hero, former winner and pre-tournament betting favorite George Coetzee slumped to a 5-over-par 38-38=76 in his second round at the Tshwane Open in South Africa, dropping 79 spots on the leaderboard to finish at 2-over 144 and missing the cut by two shots.

Where did that come from? All looked good for the 2014 champ when he opened with 3-under 68 at a venue where he's been a member since childhood. But Pretoria CC jumped up and bit him today as Coetzee swallowed a double at 13 and six other bogeys. Even with shots to play with, that was too much damage and couldn't be offset by just three birdies. Others to miss the cut include: 143- Ryan Fox, David Howell, Jaco Van Zyl ... 144- Hao Tong Li ... 145- Jbe Kruger, Ashun Wu ... 146- Rikard Karlberg, Felipe Aguilar ... 147- Mark Foster ... 148- Joakim Lagergren ... 151- Darren Clarke.
Mar 3 - 12:32 PM

George Coetzee tops the betting for this week's Tshwane Open in South Africa and it's not hard to see why; he won the event two years ago and has been a member at Pretoria CC since the age of 10.

The South African put all that acquired knowledge to the best possible use in 2015 when shooting 67-66-69-65 to finish at 14-under and score a one-shot win over compatriot Jacques Blaauw. Defending last year, he managed T14. Coetzee loves a home game and has scored two of his three European Tour wins in South Africa. The other came in Mauritius, a short flight from the SA coastline. He seeks another 'W' on the back of a fast-finishing T7 in last week's weather-hit Joburg Open where he carded a 65 in the third and final round to leave us wondering what he might have achieved if it had gone all four. Coetzee was also T7 in the Dubai Desert Classic so that strong combination of current and course form makes him the obvious favorite with the bookies.
Feb 28 - 5:59 AM

George Coetzee was 5-under through 13 holes in his first round at the Joburg Open and four behind clubhouse leader Paul Peterson before play was suspended for the day due to a waterlogged course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club in South Africa. UPDATE: Coetzee returned Friday to complete a 6-under 66 and end round one three off the lead.

Heavy rains had already hampered the build-up to this week's European Tour event, causing the cancellation of Tuesday's Pro-Am, and further downpours in the afternoon session left 103 players still to complete their rounds. Coetzee, the 2014 winner here, was T7 on the leaderboard after ticking five birdies. They all came on his opening nine on the tougher South Course as Coetzee circled red at 1, 4, 6, 8 and 9 before adding four pars after the turn. Play is set to resume at 6.45am local time Friday morning. A place in this summer's Open Championship at Royal Birkdale is available to the top three players in the top 10 who are not already exempt. Coetzee has yet to qualify so that gives him even more incentive as he looks to battle it out for the claret jug for the seventh straight year.
Feb 23 - 9:06 AM