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Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/18/1986
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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

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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

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.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 12:26:00 PM

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.
Thu, Aug 20, 2015 07:23:00 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.
Mon, Aug 17, 2015 11:15:00 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.
Sun, Aug 16, 2015 06:14:00 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.
Fri, Aug 14, 2015 01:29:00 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.
Mon, Aug 10, 2015 12:59:00 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.
Mon, Jul 13, 2015 04:33:00 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.
Wed, Jun 3, 2015 09:30:00 AM