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Retief Goosen

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (48) / 2/3/1969
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 185

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With tee times moved up due to the threat of inclement weather, Retief Goosen took advantage of the early tee time in round four of the Puerto Rico Open, styling a bogey-free, 8-under-par 31-33=64 to take his claim as the early clubhouse leader on 18-under 270. UPDATE: With play finished for the week, Goosen got passed up by winner D.A. Points, but still finished the week with a T2 next to his name.
The 48-year-old arrived on the heels of nine straight missed cuts but started his week with rounds of 68-67-71=206 (-10) to set aside that poor form. He saved the best for last, splitting 12 (of 14) fairways today to take full advantage of lift, clean, and place. Goosen parlayed that into 16 greens, allowing him a stress-free navigation around Coco Beach Golf & Country Club. On the week, he's swallowed just two bogeys which has allowed him to throw his name into the mix despite ranking just T14 in total birdies at the moment. The South African has put some pressure on the leaders by submitting this early clubhouse lead, but he'll need them to really tighten up for it to hold. Whether it holds for a win or not, this will be his first top 10 since the 2015 Barracuda Championship (Solo 6th). Mar 26 - 1:19 PM

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Two-time champ and World No. 257 Retief Goosen arrives for the Valspar Championship mired in a months-long-slide. UPDATE: With rounds of 76-73, Goosen missed the cut by seven, his eighth straight missed cut.

The 48-year-old has seven PGA TOUR titles in 308 career events, the most recent was here in 2009 at the then-named Transitions Championship. Overall, he's 10-for-13 with three top 10s, adding a win in 2003 and solo 5th in 2010, just missing out out a fourth top 10 last year with T11 (70-69-72-72). The South African arrives off seven straight missed cuts dating back to a T47 at the Travelers last August.
Mar 8 - 10:00 AM

World No. 208 Retief Goosen is 0-for-2 to begin the 2016-17 campaign, including a missed cut (by five) in his most recent start at the opposite-field Sanderson Farms Championship on rounds of 74-73.

Dating back to last season, the 47-year-old has missed five of his last six cuts, cashing only a T47 at the Travelers back in August. He ended 2015-16 at 141st in the FedExCup standings, missing the Playoffs for the first time in three years, but retained his card at 122nd on the money list, with five top 25s in 16 events. Although no top-10 finishes, his season was highlighted by three straight top 15s (T14-T12-T12). The South African's last of seven TOUR wins was the 2009 Transitions Championship in Tampa, 139 starts ago.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 01:47:00 PM

Seven-time PGA TOUR winner Retief Goosen is in Greensboro, North Carolina, for his fourth Wyndham Championship, and arrives at No. 140 in the FedExCup standings. UPDATE: Goosen shot 70-69=139 to miss the cut by two shots and will miss the Playoffs at a projected 140th in FEC points. TBD: He might retain his card however, entering the week 120th on the money list.

The 47-year-old took six weeks off after a missed cut at the U.S. Open, returning with T47 at the Travelers and a missed cut last week at the John Deere. The early departure at Oakmont ended a nice run of T12-T12-T14. Overall, the South African has five top 25s this season in 15 starts, but no top 10s. His season best is T11 at the Valspar 23 weeks ago. Goosen is 3-for-3 at the Wyndham with T17 in 2011 a lone top 25.
Wed, Aug 17, 2016 07:17:00 PM

Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen has been in the doldrums but will be hoping Oakmont CC inspires a re-run of the good old days.

The South African can win this tournament. He did it in 2001 and then he did it again in 2004; to win this thing twice means you’re some golfer. He also led going into the final round in 2005 before an 81 ruined his chances. Two missed cuts followed and although he then made the cut six times on the bounce, including four top 25 finishes, the reality is that the closest he came to contending was when T8 after 54 holes in 2009. Another missed cut last year highlights that Goosen is not the player he was 12 years ago, with just one PGA Tour top ten in his last 28 starts, but let’s end on positives: he arrives 11-for-11, he excels on quick greens, he’s as phlegmatic as they come and he’s finished top 15 in his last three starts, ranking top 5 for Total Putting every time (long game stats not so hot).
Tue, Jun 14, 2016 05:17:00 AM

Retief Goosen warmed up for his 18th U.S. Open with a final-round 3-under-par 33-34=67 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic to post 5-under 275, up eight places to T10 with play still in progress.

The South African is a two-time U.S. Open champion with victories in 2001 and 2004 and he'll tackle Oakmont CC next week on a special exemption. He'll head there with a bit of a tailwind after book-ending 70-71 with a pair of 67s. The 47-year-old began the final round on 2-under (T18), eight shy of 54-hole leader Daniel Berger but just three adrift of the overnight top 10. He raced out with a turkey on holes 1-3, highlighted by his long of the day from 15'5" at the par-4 second. Goosen squared a lone bogey at the par-4 fifth (failed scramble) and 11 pars later capped his scoring with a nine-footer for birdie-4 at the 16th. If the top 10 holds, it'll be his first of the season in 12 starts, supplanting T11 at the Valspar.
Sun, Jun 12, 2016 07:20:00 PM

Retief Goosen stumbled at the end of his round to post an even-par 36-34=70 during day two of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, entering the weekend at 3-under 137.

The South African used his approach play to score today. The first instance was right off the bat, stiffing his 97-yard wedge to 17 inches for a tap-in birdie. Right after the turn, he circled his second birdie, this time sticking a 160-yard approach shot to 15 inches for another tap-in birdie. He would add two more birdies before the day was over to reach 5-under on the tournament, before closing with bogey-bogey. He found water on his tee shot on the closing par-4 18th, so he's likely happy to escape with just a bogey. Goosen will enter the weekend six strokes off the leader Daniel Berger, but just two strokes from a share of second-place.
Fri, Jun 10, 2016 06:33:00 PM

Retief Goosen twirled a 3-under-par 34-33=67 to start strong at this week's FedEx St. Jude Classic.

The South African landed 12 greens in regulation today, 11 percent higher than the field average. From there, he circled four birdies, converting twice from outside 13 feet and twice from inside six feet. His lone bogey at the par-4 fifth hole where he missed right and short on his approach and fell just short on his scrambling approach which explains a portion of his -0.67 figure in strokes gained around-the-green. If Goosen can tidy up his short game, he may find a sixth career top 35 here at TPC Southwind (eighth start).
Thu, Jun 9, 2016 02:28:00 PM

Retief Goosen bobbed and weaved to a 2-under-par 34-36=70 in the third round of THE PLAYERS for a three-day total of 8-under 208, up 15 places to T5 with play still in progress.

Goosen began his 17th PLAYERS in 70-68 to sit T20 on 6-under, nine adrift of 36-hole leader Jason Day. He mustered six (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation for a second straight lap, posting a stellar 1.417 putts per GIR. The South African is currently pacing the field in that stat at a cumulative 1.441. He circled five against two and added a hole-out eagle-3 from 32'2" away in the rough at the 16th. Unfortunately, he dampened the outing with a triple bogey-7 at 14.
Sat, May 14, 2016 06:27:00 PM

Retief Goosen patched together a 1-under-par 34-37=71 in today's third round of the Wells Fargo Championship for a three-day tally of 4-under 212, up four on the live leaderboard to T9.

This is Goosen's seventh visit to Quail Hollow with a best of T10 on debut in 2006. He began the third round on 3-under (T13) after opening with 69-72. The 47-year-old found eight (of 14) fairways and for a second time this week, landed just nine greens in regulation. Thru 54 holes, he's currently T70 (of 78) in GIR at 51.85 percent (28/54), but he's No. 1 in putts per GIR at 1.536, including 1.556 in R3. The South African circled five on the card, four the conventional way all from inside of nine feet, and added a pitch-in from 47'1" away for birdie-2 at the second. He squared the first, seventh, 13th and 18th, all on failed scrambles.
Sat, May 7, 2016 05:04:00 PM

Retief Goosen grinded out a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in the opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club.

Goosen got his week started with three birdies in the first five holes before saving par from 12'9" at the par-3 sixth hole. He rinsed his approach shot on the par-5 seventh to swallow a bogey on one of the easier scoring opportunities. The South African bounced back with a pair of par-savers between 5-and-7 feet, first at the par-4 eighth and then at the par-4 ninth. This wasn't a flashy round out of the PGA TOUR veteran, but some clutch putting has him him great position, just four strokes off the early lead, heading into round two of the Wells Fargo Championship.
Thu, May 5, 2016 01:09:00 PM

Retief Goosen thrashed TPC Louisiana with a bogey-free, 7-under-par 30-35=65 during the first round of this week's Zurich Classic to sit just one stroke off the current leader Brian Stuard.

The South African came out guns blazing this week, rattling off six birdies on his outward nine. That all started with birdie rolls of 18'8" and 20' on the par-4 first and par-5 second holes, respectively. Overall he just needed four putts made from outside five feet today. Goosen's tee-to-green game was on point as well, striping nine (of 14) fairways in route toward 15 greens in regulation. He arrived with top 30s in each of his last three Zurich starts and now he's on his way to a fourth straight.
Thu, Apr 28, 2016 07:00:00 PM

Retief Goosen kept his foot on the gas with a second round 2-under-par 36-33=69, reaching the midpoint of the Valspar Championship at 3-under 139.

Goosen took care of business tee-to-green in today's round, striping eight (of 13) fairways and landing 11 greens in regulation. He kept his mistakes to a minimum, carding just one bogey. It came on the par-4 ninth hole where his approach shot found a greenside bunker, and he could only splash it out to leave 11'7" from the pin. Goosen saved his best putts for last as he walked off the course with back-to-back birdie drops, the first from 13'9" on the par-3 17th and closing from 10'10" on the last. The South African remains very comfortable around Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead Course, the site of his 2003 and 2009 Valspar victories.
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 12:05:00 PM

Retief Goosen sprinted out to the races with a 1-under-par 36-34=70 during the first round of this week's Valspar Championship.

The South African split seven (of 13) fairways on the day, turning that into 12 greens in regulation. From there, his flat stick was able to do the work, combing in three birdie-putts between the ranges of 13'11" and 14'8". Overall, Goosen exited the course with 2.593 strokes gained:putting. The 2003 and 2009 Valspar champion is off to another good start on a very familiar venue.
Thu, Mar 10, 2016 07:49:00 PM

Retief Goosen gallops into Pacific Palisades, California, in preparation of this week's Northern Trust Open.

The South African was last seen collecting a T51 paycheck at the WM Phoenix Open. It was his second start of the season, and just his first payday. Goosen should be happy to return to Riviera Country Club this week as he held a two-shot lead through 54 holes last year. He could have posted a 1-over-par 72 on the final day and hoisted the trophy. Instead, he settled for a T8 after carding a 75. Goosen is known to play well on difficult courses so he may find himself in the mix yet again this week.
Tue, Feb 16, 2016 11:55:00 PM