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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 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." Dec 2 - 9:57 AM

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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.
Nov 15 - 5:39 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.
Nov 11 - 12:10 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.
Nov 10 - 7:39 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.
Nov 6 - 8:27 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.
Nov 3 - 8:47 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.
Oct 24 - 2:25 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.
Oct 18 - 11:41 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.
Oct 5 - 3:03 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.
Sep 6 - 10:27 AM

George Coetzee needs a good result but the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre GC might not provide it.

The sturdy South African is well into his seventh straight year on the European Tour and after needing a return to Q School at the first time of asking he has easily retained a card every subsequent year, indeed three times he finished 26th or better in the rankings. This year that run is under some threat as he languishes at 95th with just one top ten (T7 at favored venue Doha). There have also been five missed cuts in his last nine starts and a best of T21 at the Bridgestone Invitational (which doesn't count on this year's European Tour schedule). It is hard to believe he won't keep his card but it might not happen this week if his past record in these mountains is anything to go by. He's just 1-for-4 in Crans Montana, with T25 back in 2011 his exception.
Aug 30 - 12:22 PM

George Coetzee goes into this week's PGA Championship on the back of a Sunday 63 in the Canadian Open.

Where did that come from? The South African had carded a 77 the day before and looked to be limping home near the back of the pack. He'd also missed the cut in three of his previous four starts although a T21 in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone suggested there might be some good golf around the corner after a poor run of form. Coetzee will be playing his fourth PGA Championship and showed he could thrive when T7 at Whistling Straits last year (his best finish in the majors) after halfway exits in the previous three PGAs. He's inconsistent but clearly has the talent to reward gamers who want to take a chance. The 30-year-old has an 08:50 tee-time Thursday (from the 10th) alongside American Rod Perry and Japan's Hideto Tanihara.
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Jul 26 - 11:32 AM

Sponsor invite and non-member George Coetzee fired a 9-under-par 28-35=63 in today's final round of the RBC Canadian Open to conclude his tournament debut on 4-under 284, tying the low round of the week with Brian Harman/R4 and Geoff Ogilvy/R4.

The South African celebrated his 30th birthday last week (July 18th) and arrived at the RBC off a missed cut at The Open. He celebrated his birthday a week late, carding one eagle and eight birdies against a lone bogey-4 at the 12th, vaulting 49 places on the live leaderboard to T25. The European Tour member, who owns seven international titles, was playing his 102nd career round on the PGA TOUR and this sets a new low, previously 65 two times, most recently in R1 at the 2015 Wyndham Championship. Coetzee is in the field at next week's PGA Championship.
Jul 24 - 1:58 PM

After making the cut at Memorial on his last start, George Coetzee returns to the European Tour to contest this week's BMW International Open.

The South African was going nicely at Muirfield Village after opening 71-69 but shot 77-75 on the weekend to drop back to T73. With missed cuts in the BMW PGA Championship and Irish Open before that, he needs a spark. This tournament has been kind to him previously and he took third spot on debut in 2011. However, that came at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried whereas his one start at this week's venue, Gut Larchenhof, resulted in a missed cut (72-79) in 2014. Coetzee does have bundles of talent and can suddenly get hot as shown when T7 in last year's PGA Championship at Whistling Straits having gone into the event on the back of five missed cuts and a T70.
Jun 22 - 5:05 AM

George Coetzee missed his first cut in 11 events when shooting 72-77 in the Irish Open but has an immediate chance to start a new streak at this week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Poor putting cost the South African at the K Club which is unusual so it might be fair to just view that as a blip. Coetzee has compiled a win at the Sunshine Tour's Dimension Data Pro-Am and four other top 15s since January and returns to a Wentworth venue where he's cashed in all four visits. The former University of San Diego grad cracked the top 25 in both 2012 and 2013 before adding a T30 in 2014. A poor weekend led to his worst finish of T74 last year.
May 25 - 8:06 AM