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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 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

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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

Local man George Coetzee will take on a rain-drenched Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC when he goes in search of a second victory at the Joburg Open in South Africa.

Heavy rain in the build-up has softened the two courses (East and West) used this week and caused the pre-qualifier at nearby Houghton Golf Club to be called off Tuesday with the course waterlogged. Coetzee has seen a variety of weather conditions in this event down the years but has connected six top 25s since 2011. The highlight was his three-shot win in 2014, the 19-under total giving him the first of a trio of European Tour wins (two coming in South Africa). Coetzee, who was also T3 at this venue in 2013, has finished in the top 55 on the Race to Dubai for the last six seasons. He's currently 43rd this time despite cashing in just 50% of his starts so far. The highlight of those six events was T7 in the Dubai Desert Classic earlier this month. He warmed up for this week with T14 in the local Sunshine Tour's Dimension Data Pro-Am last Sunday although the 30-year-old started the Sunday of that tournament in a tie for the lead. Gamers shouldn't hesitate to get him on board this week.
Feb 22 - 4:38 AM

George Coetzee led the Omega Dubai Desert Classic overnight Friday, but slipped back to T3 on resumption of the second round, eventually carding 2-under-par 33-37=70 for a 36 hole total of 8-under 136.

The burly South African had opened his second lap with three birdies in four holes from the 10th, only to drop a shot at the 14th. But he closed out the back nine with back-to-back birdies at 17 and 18 to turn in good shape. He gave a shot away at No. 2, but got it back at the 5th only for a 9th hole double bogey-6 to mar his late breakfast. With par he'd have been alone in second, as it is he will tee off the third round four shots behind leader Sergio Garcia. Usually solid in the desert the South African has gone T60-MC in the swing so far but he can now rekindle memories of his T5 here on the Majlis course in 2012.
Feb 4 - 4:40 AM

George Coetzee was leading at 9-under when Friday's play in round two of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic was called off early in the afternoon session after high winds battered the course.

The gusts were so strong that a tree fell at the edge of the sixth fairway. That led to an initial suspension at 14:26 local time and with no let up and driving rain adding to the mix officials decided that was that and to return on Saturday morning. When the call came, Coetzee was leading at 9-under after defying the poor conditions to make three birdies in the eight holes he managed of his afternoon round. That was a shot clear of Sergio Garcia, who had played five. Martin Kaymer and Rafa Cabrera-Bello were the leaders in the clubhouse on 4-under 140 after completing their rounds this morning. The second round will resume at 07:30 local time Saturday. With better conditions expected on the weekend it looks as if today's afternoon starters got a break. They played in the calmer winds of Thursday morning and should have favourable conditions in which to complete round two. The leaderboard certainly reflects that.
Feb 3 - 5:35 AM

George Coetzee showed his liking for Emirates GC again with an opening 6-under-par 33-33=66 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, good enough for T2 in the clubhouse.

That's just a single swing behind leader Sergio Garcia. Coetzee has finished T5 and T26 in two of his three starts in this event and today's lap matched the 66 he recorded in round two on his debut in 2012. That seemed unlikely when the South African started his day with a bogey-5 at No. 1 but he was soon under par after birdies at 3 and 4. Another gain at the tough par-4 8th hole was a bonus and Coetzee then attacked the easier back nine, picking up four more shots. That run featured circles on the par 5s at 10 and 13 along with back-to-back birdies at 16 and 17. Usually strong in the desert, Coetzee missed the cut in Abu Dhabi and was only T60 in Qatar so this is much more like it.
Feb 2 - 5:13 AM

George Coetzee thrashed a 7-under-par 36-29=65 in his second round at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek, posting 9-under 143 at the midpoint to sit one shot behind clubhouse leader Charl Schwartzel.

The South African has plenty of good form in his home event with a third place in 2011 and T10 the following year after a closing 65, a personal best lap of the track he matched today. Such a score didn't look likely when he wiped out early gains at 12 and 13 with a double bogey-6 at 17. But from that point Coetzee played his final 10 holes in 7-under via red at 18, 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 9. After finishing off with a 20 footer for birdie, the big Springbok reflected: "I made the putts that you're supposed to make and I made a couple of extra ones as well, which is always quite nice. You've got to hit good tee shots in these winds and if you do that you've got a pretty good chance of making birdies."
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 09:57:00 AM