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George Coetzee |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 209
College: University of San Diego

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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

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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 europeantour.com 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

George Coetzee toured Golf du Palais Royal in 5-under-par 32=35=67 to assume the clubhouse lead on day one of the Trophee Hassan II.

Coetzee cruised clear at 6-under after birdies at 10, 11, 16, 17, 1 and 7 but went off the tracks with a messy double bogey-5 at 8. After missing the green, his chip came back to his feet and the South African took another three to get down. All credit to him, therefore, for bouncing back with a birdie at his final hole, a 20-foot putt giving the two-time European Tour winner the outright clubhouse lead. Coetzee is coming off a win and a third in his last two starts so is one of the hottest players in the field. He also has strong course form with a T4 and a T11 in his two appearances here. A victory would give him a second invite to The Masters so he has incentive too.
Mar 26 - 8:43 AM

With a flawless closing 5-under-par 32-33=65, George Coetzee edged out clubhouse leader Jacques Blaauw by a shot to capture the Tshwane Open at Pretoria CC with 14-under 266.

Despite a six-way tie for the lead at -9 after 54 holes, Sunday's storyline developed early -- could anyone catch Blaauw, who had set the target of -13 via a course record-equalling 61? The contenders fell away quickly, leaving Coetzee as the only realistic challenger to reel his compatriot in. A member of Pretoria CC since a boy and with the crowd and course knowledge on his side, the 28-year-old timed his run to the line perfectly. After five opening pars, Coetzee birdied four of the next five holes to tie for the lead. With the tension rising, he stayed there with six straight before before posting the go-ahead birdie at the short par-4 17th after a delicate chip from a tough lie and six foot putt. Two good blows to the long 18th and a calm two-putt and the local man had his fairytale ending and a second European Tour victory. "To win at your own club in front of all your friends and family... it's a very special day for me," said Coetzee, who hit 16 greens in regulation.
Mar 15 - 10:16 AM

Six golfers share the 54-hole lead of the Tshwane Open at 9-under-par 201.

Game on at Pretoria Country Club in Waterkloof, South Africa. Thirty-six-hole leader Adrian Otaegui settled for a 2-over 35-37=72 in his third round, but he's one of the co-leaders with one round to play. Along with the Spaniard, Craig Lee of Scotland and Wallie Coetsee of South Africa will also begin the final round atop the leaderboard and in pursuit of their first European Tour title. Last week's winner at East London, South Africa's Trevor Fisher, Jr., will be gunning for two in a row. He's also at 9-under tonight. David Horsey of England and George Coetzee of South Africa round out the pacesetters. The latter is chasing his second trophy on the circuit (2014 Joburg Open). "It’s lucky that no one has run away with it just yet," Coetzee said. "I’ll try to keep posting good rounds and hopefully I produce a really good one tomorrow and win." He speaks for all of the hopefuls.
Mar 14 - 12:05 PM

George Coetzee set himself up for a weekend challenge in front of family and friends with a 4-under-par 32-34=66 on day two of the Tshwane Open.

The South African has been a member at Pretoria since he was a youngster and finished runner-up in the last pro event he played there in 2011. He'll go into the final 36 holes four shots behind leader Adrian Otaegui after reaching 7-under 133 at the midpoint with a second round which featured five birdies and a bogey. Coetzee started strongly with par breakers at 12, 14 and 15. He bogeyed the third hole but got the shot back at the sixth and circled a final birdie of the day at the 549-yard par-5 ninth.
Mar 13 - 6:45 AM

George Coetzee is a member at Pretoria CC and will hope to turn his extra local knowledge into a trophy challenge at the Tshwane Open.

The 28-year-old has been involved in much of the pre-tournament publicity for the tournament which had previously been played at the Els Club in Copperleaf. In the last event to be held at this week's venue -- the Sunshine Tour's Vodacom Orgins - Pretoria in 2011 -- Coetzee finished runner-up off the back of a second-round 65. His latest form is concerning for gamers, however. The South African missed the cut in last week's Africa Open which extended his run without a worldwide top 10 to 13 tournaments. He's also not made the top 10 in his last eight events on home soil.
Mar 11 - 4:41 AM

Last year's winner George Coetzee toured the West Course in 5-under-par 32-34=66 to sit three shots back after day one of the Joburg Open.

Coetzee's lap of the easier layout at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington started with four birdies in his opening nine holes. He added another at 12 but then cooled off, mixing two par breakers with two bogeys over the final five holes. The South African now has three rounds to come at the tougher East Course although it shouldn't hold any fears for him. Coetzee closed with a 6-under 66 on the East to come from four back and win last year's title -- his first European Tour success after a series of near misses.
Feb 26 - 10:45 AM

The happy memories will come flooding back for George Coetzee when he returns to the Joburg Open this week.

After carrying the unwanted tag of 'best player yet to have won on the European Tour', the South African made the big breakthrough when charging from four shots back to claim this title last year. He did it with a flawless closing 66, the win coming in his 107th event and ending a string of near misses which included 24 top 10s. Coetzee had previous finishes of 7-14-3 in this event so it wasn't a surprise that Royal Johannesburg & Kensington was the scene of his first triumph. Ahead of his title defense, the local man is rounding into form after a T12 in Qatar and a T16 in last week's Dimension Data Pro-Am.
Feb 24 - 9:00 AM

George Coetzee unearthed just two birdies in a 2-under-par 36-34=70 but, at 11-under 205, remains in the hunt for the Commerical Bank Qatar Masters trophy.

Coetzee was tied for the lead at halfway after opening 68-67; he now trails by two after a difficult day at Doha Golf Club. The big South African was wayward off the tee, hitting just five fairways, but kept a bogey off his card after going 6-for-6 in scrambling. The tone was set with nine straight pars from the off before he finally found a first birdie at 10. He added another at 14 but failure to cash in further means he'll start the final round in tied fifth and two behind Marc Warren, Branden Grace, Emiliano Grillo and Bernd Wiesberger.
Jan 23 - 9:34 AM