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George Coetzee

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 209

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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

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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

Last year's AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open winner George Coetzee opened his bid for a second straight title at one of the European Tour's remotest outposts with a 1-under-par 36-35=71 on Thursday.

Coetzee won 12 months ago at Heritage GC so had a new layout, Four Seasons GC, to tackle this time. With the winds up, the South African found the going tough on occasion and dropped shots at 16, 17 and 4. However, he splashed red at 10, 13, 7 and 9 to be one of just 21 players to break par. At 1-under, he's T9 and within striking distance of Andrew Dodt (-6). Coetzee piped only 7 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation. He was 4-for-6 in scrambling and took 29 putts.
May 12 - 9:58 AM

George Coetzee won last year's inaugural Mauritius Open in a play-off at Heritage GC but puts his title on the line at a new course this week.

The tournament moves to the Ernie Els-designed Four Seasons GC at Anahita so Coetzee will be facing a different test. He's more than capable of passing it with flying colors again given the weak field but managers need to note that he hasn't teed it up since posting T35 at the PGA TOUR's Puerto Rico Open at the end of March. Coetzee captured the Sunshine Tour's Dimension Data Pro-Am three starts earlier so should still be carrying plenty of confidence. Twelve months ago he won this event by outlasting Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen at the second extra hole after birdieing the 18th hole three times in succession (once in regulation play and twice in the play-off).
May 10 - 7:27 PM

George Coetzee looks to connect on a big payday as he sets his eyes on Coco Beach Golf and Country Club at this week's Puerto Rico Open.

The World No. 77 golfer is the second-highest ranked golfer in the field, behind only Ian Poulter (#67). His sparkling record on the European Tour has yet to translate stateside. This week could change that as he takes on a much weaker field than he's used to. In 30 PGA TOUR starts, 23 of them have come in majors or WGC events. It's hard to make a big splash against that level of competition, but this week poises a much better opportunity for Coetzee to showcase his talents.
Mar 22 - 7:47 PM

George Coetzee finished the defense of his Tshwane Open title with a 1-over-par 32-39=71 to finish 1-under 279 for the week and T14 on the leaderboard.

The South African made three birdies on the front nine at 3, 8 and 9, but rattled up four bogeys on the home straight: one at 12, and three in a row from the 14th. He struggled hit the fairways all week, going 19-for-56. That impacted on his greens in regulations stats, he was 48-for-72. On Sunday he took 32 swings of the putter in his disappointing finish.
Feb 14 - 9:03 AM

Last year's winner George Coetzee posted a 2-under-par 35-33=68 in his opening round at the Tshwane Open.

That puts the 2015 winner in T7 on the live leaderboard, five swings behind fellow South African Justin Harding. To give it context, Coetzee opened with a 67 when winning last year so he's very much on target to win back-to-back events on the course he grew up on. The 29-year-old made a slow start with a seven pars and a bogey-5 at 13 in his first eight holes. But he circled four birdies against one bogey after that to ensure an under-par lap of Pretoria CC. Coetzee's round was also three shots better than that of perceived main rival Charl Schwartzel so all in all it was a good day for the champ.
Feb 11 - 8:37 AM

George Coetzee put his local knowledge to the best possible use when winning last year's Tshwane Open and he'll return home to try and repeat the feat this week.

Coetzee learned to play the game at the Pretoria CC and he's still the touring professional there. It couldn't have gone to plan any better 12 months ago when he edged out Jacques Blaauw by a shot to win with 14-under 266 and secure his second European Tour title. After a broken ankle kept him off the course from August until the end of 2015, Coetzee returned to action in January and has played himself into form with a T13 in the Joburg Open and a 3-for-3 jaunt in the desert, highlighted by a T7 in the Qatar Masters. Most UK bookmakers make him second favorite this week behind 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel.
Feb 9 - 7:32 AM

George Coetzee again showed his liking for Doha GC with a 5-under-par 31-36=67 in his opening round at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

Coetzee was runner-up in 2013, T5 in 2012 and again in the top dozen last year. After roaring out of the traps with six birdies in his first 10 holes today, it looked as if he could match or better the first-round 64 he posted three years ago. Eventually he had to settle for a 67 after losing momentum with back-to-back bogeys at 12 and 13 before getting one back with a birdie at 16. Coetzee missed just one green in regulation after splitting 9 (of 14) fairways. On the live leaderboard, he's currently T4 and just two shots off the lead.
Jan 27 - 6:59 AM

George Coetzee will be looking to maintain his stellar form at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters this week.

The South African has a clear affinity with the Doha GC layout. He was T35 on debut, T2 in 2013, T5 in 2014 and solo 12th this time last year (when he also held the joint lead at halfway). The secret to his success? He’s ranked top ten in both putting categories on all four visits - and was ranked first for them in 2013 and 2014. The big question this week surrounds his fitness, after he broke his leg in September. He missed the cut on re-appearance at the South African Open, was T13 in Joburg and T35 last week (and, for what it's worth, his putting stats were his worst yet in five visits there).
Jan 25 - 3:10 PM

George Coetzee had to settle for a 3-over-par 39-36=75 on his return to competitive action at the BMW South African Open.

A fit Coetzee would have been expected to push strongly for the title at Glendower this week but expectations were tempered following a broken ankle which has kept him off the course since August. The inevitable rust manifested in an opening lap which featured three bogeys, a double bogey-6 and just two birdies. At least the South African could joke about his wayward hitting that left him 10 shots behind leader Jaco Van Zyl. He tweeted after his round, "Might have to rethink my game plan of keeping it in the shade in this heat. #10back @JacoVanZylGolf anytips?". Coetzee ended the day T107 so has plenty of work to do to make Friday's cut.
Jan 7 - 3:33 PM

George Coetzee is scheduled to compete in next week's BMW SA Open.

The event at Glendower Golf Club in Johannesburg serves as the European Tour's restart to its 2016 season. It's also co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour. Coetzee hasn't played anywhere since a T38 at the Wyndham Championship. He then suffered a broken ankle for which he had surgery shortly thereafter. During his time away, he fell 27 spots to 89th in the Official World Golf Ranking but still collected exemptions into the WGC-Cadillac Championship and Open Championship in 2016 for leading the Sunshine Tour's Order of Merit this year. (We relayed that news to you earlier this month.) So, if there's such a thing as a productive sabbatical, he enjoyed it. Best of all, he'll presumably return rested and recharged.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 02:37:00 PM

By virtue of finishing atop the Order of Merit on the 2015 Sunshine Tour, George Coetzee has punched tickets into the 2016 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and Open Championship.

The top finisher in earnings booked the tee time at Royal Troon, while the top two secured starts at Trump National Doral. It was a foregone conclusion weeks ago, but Coetzee had to wait until the season-ending Nedbank Golf Challenge was complete before the exemptions were officially extended. The 29-year-old hasn't played since undergoing surgery for a broken left ankle in early September. In seven tournaments on his home circuit, he won twice (in March and May) and added a T3 to clear 5.4 million rand. Charl Schwartzel claimed runner-up honors more than 2.1 million rand in arrears, but he was already eligible to compete at Doral. This is Coetzee's first money title. He's finished second once (2012) and third twice (2011, 2014).
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 11:11:00 AM

George Coetzee withdrew prior to the start of this week's Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Just a little housekeeping here. He had verbally committed to the European Tour's season opener, but gave way for a peer. Coetzee would have been making his first start since breaking his left ankle and having surgery in early September. He's not scheduled to compete in next week's Australian PGA Championship and he's not included in the preliminary field of the Nedbank Challenge the week after, so it'll likely be 2016 before we see the 29-year-old back inside the ropes.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 12:25:00 AM

George Coetzee is included in the published field of next week's Alfred Dunhill Championship.

The European Tour wastes no time in turning over seasons. It would be a home game for the South African, who has been sidelined since early September with a broken left ankle. He expected to be out 8-12 weeks, so he's not a guarantee to give it a go at Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane. He would have been in Dubai for this week's DP World Tour Championship as he sits 32nd in the standings. Coetzee is currently 86th in the Official World Golf Ranking, 21 spots worse than when he was injured.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 05:38:00 PM