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George Coetzee |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 209
College: University of San Diego

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George Coetzee alerted his followers on Instagram today that he's out until late fall after suffering a broken ankle.
The South African posted a picture of himself sitting in a wheelchair outside a hospital. His left ankle is wrapped and he's giving a thumbs-up. In part, he wrote the following in the caption: "So broke my ankle! 8-12 weeks depending on how it goes! ... well had a little fall in the waves! Thought it was just a brutal twist it ended up snapping clean through!" He's 18th in the Race to Dubai standings. The Final Series begin in Turkey on Oct. 29, which is eight weeks from now, so he's doubtful to return then. The season-ending DP World Tour Championship will be contested three weeks later on Nov. 19-22. Coetzee is also 65th in the Official World Golf Ranking. Sep 5 - 12:26 PM

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Four days after sharing seventh place at the PGA Championship, George Coetzee twirled a 5-under-par 33-32=65 in today's opening round of the Wyndham Championship.

With numerous career lows being set or tied today, it makes sense that the South African would join the party after Sunday's success. Today's aggregate matches his personal low on the PGA TOUR in 77 career rounds. He hit 14 greens in regulation and connected on an eagle (from 24'2" at the par-5 fifth hole) and five birdies, the longest dropping from 27'4" at the par-4 13th. Coetzee bogeyed two of the holes where he missed the GIR and came to rest three swings adrift of the clubhouse co-leaders. Since he's a non-member, he's not eligible for the FedExCup Playoffs unless he wins the Wyndham, but he can make a run at the top 125 in either FedExCup points or earnings to qualify for membership in 2015-16.
Aug 20 - 7:23 PM

George Coetzee has been added to the published field of this week's Wyndham Championship.

Coetzee's top 10 at the PGA Championship opened the door for entry. He'll be making his first appearance at Sedgefield. The South African is 17th in the Race to Dubai standings, so he'll return to the European Tour in short order. Of course, if he happens to win the Wyndham, he'd immediately become a PGA TOUR member and eligible for the Playoffs, which begin next week. The 29-year-old sits 62nd in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Aug 17 - 11:15 AM

George Coetzee fired a 5-under-par 35-32=67 in today's final round of the 97th PGA Championship to post 12-under 276.

Playing in his 13th major championship, including his fourth PGA (three missed cuts), Coetzee recorded his first career top 10 in a major on rounds of 74-65-70-67. His previous best was solo 15th in his 2011 Open Championship debut. Today's loop featured seven birdies, including five on his inward half. His split included three from outside 13 feet with a long of 33'8" coming at the par-4 ninth. The South African squared bogey at the par-4 fourth and not again until the last, where he missed a four-footer for par. The 29-year-old began the day at 7-under (T13) and currently sits T8 on the live leaderboard.
Aug 16 - 6:14 PM

George Coetzee blitzed Whistling Straits for a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in round two of the PGA Championship and assumed the clubhouse lead at 5-under 139.

The South African, who opened with a 74, hauled himself back up the leaderboard with six birdies against a single bogey in the first 11 holes and kicked again with an eagle-3 at 16 after hitting his second shot to inside six feet followed by another par breaker at 17. Despite a closing bogey at the tough 18th, that's still the low round of the week so far. Coetzee is a two-time winner on the European Tour this year but has lost his way recently with five missed cuts in his last six starts. He's also failed to crack the top 50 in seven major starts on U.S. soil but few in Europe doubt his enormous potential. Today he split 7 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation.
Aug 14 - 1:29 PM

George Coetzee has missed the cut on his three previous starts at the PGA Championship and will have another crack at Whistling Straits this week.

The South African drew blanks at Kiawah Island, Oak Hill and Valhalla and, indeed, has never managed a top 50 in seven major appearances on U.S. soil. He's a two-time winner on the European Tour this year but hasn't cashed in five of his last six events. He'll hope to turn that around in the company of Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen and American Ben Martin. That trio head out from the 10th tee at 1:20pm local time.
Aug 10 - 12:59 PM

George Coetzee has two top 20s in his brief Open career and heads to St. Andrews this week for another crack.

The South African was 15th on debut at Royal St. George's in 2011 and 18th at Hoylake last year. This will be his first start in an Open at St. Andrews but he knows the course well from playing it in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. In fact, in the 2012 event he shot a 62 on the Old Course to finish T5. If gamers understandably latch onto that, they should also be aware that he's in slump at present having missed three cuts and not finished better than T70 in five starts since he won the Mauritius Open in May. The three-time European Tour champion tees off at 12:28 alongside Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello and India's Anirban Lahiri.
Jul 13 - 4:33 PM

South African George Coetzee makes his second visit to the Memorial and plays this week on a sponsor exemption.

Coetzee enters the week No. 57 in the Official World Golf Ranking and has two wins on the European Tour in 13 starts on the season. He followed his second win with a T74 at the BMW PGA and a missed cut at last week's Irish Open. The 28-year-old has made 24 career starts on the PGA TOUR and is still looking for his first stroke-play top 10 (he did however, finish T9 at the WGC-Accenture Match Play in 2014). In his only other start in the U.S. in 2015, the South African carved out a 2-1 record at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play but was eliminated after the round-robin stage. Coetzee went T65 at his Memorial debut in 2013 posting rounds of 70-75-72-79.
Jun 3 - 9:30 AM

George Coetzee beat Thorbjørn Olesen at the second extra hole to capture the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open in a playoff.

The South African birdied the last to close with a 2-under 33-36=69 to match Olesen's clubhouse total of 13-under 271. The pair returned to the par-5 18th and traded birdies before Coetzee's third four on Heritage Golf Club's 572-yard final hole was enough after Olesen had to lay up and could only par. This is Coetzee's third European Tour win and his second of the 2015 season. It's also the 28-year-old's first outside his native South Africa. He looked to have the title sewn up long before it went to a playoff after starting Sunday's final round with three birdies in the first five holes. But a reload off the seventh tee led to a bogey-6 and killed his momentum before a dropped shot at 16 left him one behind. Two big blows to the 18th and a two-putt got him into the playoff and he repeated the trick twice to finally get over the line. "I actually felt more nervous during the day [than the playoff] and I’m happy to have pulled through it," said Coetzee.
May 10 - 9:30 AM

With a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in round two, George Coetzee moved to within three shots of the clubhouse lead at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at Heritage Golf Club.

After a horror start on Thursday, the South African is now justifying his status as the pre-tournament favorite after reaching 5-under at the midpoint. Coetzee slumped to 3-over after four holes on Thursday but repaired the damage by circling six birdies against two bogeys to post a 71. He built on that today with another half-dozen par breakers and limited the damage by dropping just two shots elsewhere. His red numbers included a walk-off birdie at the ninth although no stats are available in either of his rounds on at present.
May 8 - 6:36 AM

George Coetzee is listed as the favourite by British bookmakers going into this week's inaugural AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at Heritage GC.

The South African looks in a different class to most of his rivals at the tournament which is tri-sanctioned by the European, Asian and Sunshine Tours and can boast a win and two top three finishes from his last three strokeplay events. Despite winning two of his three matches, he didn't make the knockout phase of the WGC-Cadillac Match Play in San Francisco last week although at least the Group stage exit meant he was done and dusted by Friday and could head home to his South African base to prepare for this. He slots in at 16th on the Race to Dubai and will tee off in the event's marquee group alongside Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Ryder Cup star Thomas Bjørn.
May 5 - 6:46 PM

George Coetzee took out Thongchai Jaidee in 21 holes in today's third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

When Jim Furyk beat Martin Kaymer, Coetzee's fate was sealed, but if Jaidee won today, the Thai would have advanced. So, Coetzee dashed Jaidee's hopes on the scoreboard, but the 45-year-old's damage was self-inflicted as he bogeyed the par-4 third hole the second time through to put an abrupt end to his week. The duo bogeyed the par-3 second (as the 20th hole), so Jaidee let that chance slip through his fingers. Coetzee closes out at 2-1, but he lost to Furyk (2-1) on Wednesday. Jaidee finished 1-2.
May 1 - 8:29 PM

George Coetzee shook hands with Martin Kaymer after taking down the German in 19 holes in today's second round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

There's no such thing as fairness in match play, but justice was served in a way in this duel. With a birdie-4 at the first hole, Coetzee established a lead that would reach 3-up. He'd then lose Nos. 12, 13 and 14 to even the match. With a bogey at the par-3 17th, Kaymer had the advantage heading to the last, but Coetzee rebounded with birdie to extend. They returned to the par-5 first hole where the South African recorded an eagle to Kaymer's par. Both are now 1-1 on the week, as are their third-round opponents. Coetzee will conclude his rotation again Thongchai Jaidee on Friday. Kaymer draws Jim Furyk.
Apr 30 - 5:18 PM

George Coetzee is one of the form players heading to this week's WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

The South African has a win and a T3 from his last two European Tour starts and also made the top three in a home Sunshine Tour event inbetween. After first-round exits in both 2012 and 2013 at this event, Coetzee beat Steve Stricker and Patrick Reed at Dove Mountain last year before losing 3&1 to eventual winner Jason Day in the last 16. His career singles record in all match-play events is 5-7-1. The new round-robin format guarantees every player three games at least and Coetzee will line up in Group 5 alongside Jim Furyk, Martin Kaymer and Thongchai Jaidee.
Apr 28 - 3:54 AM

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