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George Coetzee

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 209

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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

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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

Middle Eastern specialist George Coetzee will try to turn around his record in the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai at Jumeirah Golf Estates this week.

For a man with a strong desert golf pedigree Coetzee has an ordinary, if consistent, record at The Earth Course. Four visits have seen him never finish worse than T32, but never better than T22 (on debut back in 2011). This is despite four FPs of T12 or better in the Qatar Masters, a T5 in the Dubai Desert Classic and three top tens in the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. He's in a curious trot of form too. Four sub-70 rounds in the Portugal Masters for T31, then a second round 79 marred his effort in the WGC-HSBC Champions (T40), T5 in the Turkish Airlines Open even though he posted a second lap 73, and then two 69s (which left him T2) last week were followed by 82-70 to end the week T25. There is good golf there, but there is frequently some shocking stuff thrown in as well.
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 05:39:00 AM

George Coetzee pieced together a 3-under-par 34-35=69 to reach 6-under 138, T2 in the Nedbank Golf Challenge heading into the weekend.

On a course full of wildlife, the burly South African added to it with two eagles in his first round, but the second lap of the week was rather more sedate. Three early birdies at the 2nd, 4th and 6th made for a strong start, but he then made a bogey-5 at the 8th, a hole that has now cost him three shots in two rounds. Nine straight pars followed before a last hole birdie drew him into the pack of five two shots behind the halfway leader Alex Noren. Coetzee is playing the Gary Player Country Club for a fifth time, but with the exception of a smart opening round in this tournament in 2014, it is the first time he has ever been in contention.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 12:10:00 PM

George Coetzee had a pair of eagles and a double bogey on his card in an eventful opening 3-under-par 34-35=69 at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in his native South Africa.

A walk-off bogey at Gary Player Country Club denied the home star a share of the early clubhouse lead with Felipe Aguilar but it was still a fine morning's work. Coetzee made his first leap forward with an eagle-3 at No. 2 and jumped to the top of the leaderboard with birdies at 4 and 5. A double bogey-6 at 8 halted his momentum but, after trading a birdie at 10 with a bogey at 13, he hit top spot again with a second eagle of the round, this one at the 550-yard par-5 14th. A closing bogey-5 at 18 meant he had to settle for T2 in the clubhouse but this was a continuation of the fine form he showed in Turkey last week when solo fifth. Coetzee is 51st on the Race to Dubai so all set to make the top 60 who contest the big-money closer in Dubai next week.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 07:39:00 AM

George Coetzee notched a third sub-70 round of the week - a 4-under-par 33-34=67 - to finish alone in fifth at the Turkish Airlines Open on 14-under 270.

The South African had three smart laps of the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort track, but will smart every time he remembers the second round 73 which derailed his title challenge. However the result does breathe life into a season which has largely failed to reap rewards since the Tour departed South African soil in March. He made back-to-back birdies at the 4th and 5th, then added a hat-trick at the 10th, 1tth and 12th. A bogey in between, at the 7th, was his only error of the day.
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 08:27:00 AM

George Coetzee thrashed a 7-under-par 34-30=64 in his opening round at the Turkish Airlines Open, good enough for the clubhouse lead.

Due to the layout of the course at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, the South African launched his opening tee shot from the 11th, making par. After another at 12 he hit the birdie trail with circles at 13, 15 and 16 before giving a shot back at 17. Coetzee, who has managed just a single top 10 this season after winning twice in the previous campaign, splashed further red at 1, 3 and 7 and signed off with two more birdies at 9 and 10. Right now, he leads by a shot from Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen. "It hasn't been a good year but I feel comfortable out there now! I just want to stay happy, stay in a good mood and play well all week," said the 30-year-old after walking off the course. He started this week's Final Series at 85th on the Race to Dubai. Coetzee needs to break into the top 60 to punch his ticket to the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 08:47:00 AM

George Coetzee was T12 on his last start at the WGC-HSBC Champions in 2014 and returns to China for another crack this week.

The South African closed with a pair of 69s at Sheshan International GC two years ago to boost his final payout, a big jump from the T74 he posted on debut in 2013. Coetzee is 96th on this year's Race to Dubai so needs to make a serious move to take his spot in the top 60 who qualify for the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. He shot four rounds in the 60s at last week's Portugal Masters although the birdie-fest there meant that was only good enough for T31. Prior to that he's had top 25s at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and Portugal Masters since the start of September. A look back through Coetzee's form in the country shows a T4 in the 2012 China Open and T6 in the BMW Masters that same season so if does have a big week, several clues have been dropped.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 02:25:00 PM

George Coetzee has plenty of course form at Oceanico Victoria Golf Club ahead of this week's Portugal Masters, but very little recent form.

When this tournament has gone the distance, the burly South African has always delivered: he was T3 in 2011 after rounds of 70-69-66-65, then T6 in 2012 thanks to shooting 69-73-67-67. Even when the event was disrupted and took in no more than 36 holes he played well, notching 68-67 to end the week T21 so it's safe to say the course and his game are a neat fit. The concern if you're looking to pick him this week is underwhelming form. In each of the last five seasons he has finished 54th or better in the Race to Dubai; currently he drifts in 96th - and he has just one top 20 (T18 at the European Masters) since the South African events early in the year.
Tue, Oct 18, 2016 11:41:00 AM

George Coetzee is 3-for-4 in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and will look to show up well again after top 25s in his last two visits to the Scottish event.

The South African last played it two years ago when T25 but prior to that had finished T5 after a stunning final-round 62 at St. Andrews which stages two of the four rounds in this pro-am tournament. Scotland has been kind to Coetzee down the years and he was also runner-up in the 2011 Johnnie Walker Championship and third at the Scottish Open that same year. Having peaked at 41, Coetzee is now over 100 spots lower on the world rankings (148) after suffering loss of form and injury. However, there have been flashes. He was T21 in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational , T32 in the Canadian Open after closing with a 63 and T18 in last month's European Masters in Switzerland. He definitely has sleeper pick potential this week.
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 03:03:00 AM

After a long absence George Coetzee heads to the Netherlands for his second appearance in the KLM Open at new venue The Dutch.

Six years ago the big South African made his only previous visit to this tournament, pegging three rounds in the 60s around a Saturday 76 which led him to finish T57. Coincidentally he had three rounds in the 60s last week at Crans-sur-Sierre GC (70-69-67-66) in ending the week T18, which represents his best effort on the European Tour since the Tshwane Open in February. It's been a year of struggles, with too many weeks stymied by high scores. Crumbs of comfort: he finished T12 at the Montgomerie layout Maxx Royal in 2013 and T14 at the Ross McMurray designed Celtic Manor 2010.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 10:27:00 AM