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Retief Goosen

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (49) / 2/3/1969
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 185

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Playing this season on a Top 50 Career Money Exemption, World No. 372 Retief Goosen enjoyed a bogey-free, 4-under-par 32-34=66 in the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic to finish up on 7-under 273, up 20 spots to T9 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Goosen finished a season-best T6 and records his first top 10 since T2 at last season's Puerto Rico Open nearly 15 months ago.
After opening in 67-72-68, the 49-year-old began T29 on 3-under, three shy of the overnight top 10. He landed 10 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 1.764 strokes on approach and 3.275 tee-to-green. The South African carded four birdies (for a fourth straight lap), going back-to-back at 3 and 4, and 9 and 10. He recorded 1.769 putts per GIR and 1.954 SG: Putting with 27 total putts. For the week, the Orlando resident tallied 16 birdies against nine bogeys. He improves to 9-for-15 on the season with four top 25s and potentially a first top 10. Goosen is now 8-for-10 at the St. Jude with four top 25s and possibly a second top 10 (T3/2011). Jun 10 - 3:42 PM

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Course specialist Retief Goosen heads back to TPC Southwind for a 10th appearance at this week's FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Goosen is 7-for-9 at this week's venue. That includes six finishes of T32 or better, three of those inside the top 15. More recently, he picked up a T20 at the Valero Texas Open, his first top 30 since January. Playing this season on a Career Money Exemption, he could use a big finish sooner rather than later, currently ranked 144th in the FedExCup race. The South African ranks 45th on TOUR in strokes gained approaching-the-green. Gamers should give Goosen a look if they want a deep sleeper in DFS or another deep format.
Jun 6 - 4:03 PM

Retief Goosen didn't make much noise in round two of the Genesis Open but escaped with an even-par 36-35=71 to find himself in an early share of eighth place on 3-under 139.

Goosen started his day on the back nine and missed a 6'7" birdie chance on the opening hole. That was the story of the day as he missed five scoring chances from inside 15 feet while also missing a 3'5" par-saving attempt at his closing hole. Landing 11 greens in regulation, the ball-striking was actually steady, but a cold putter resulted in just one birdie today. Despite the quiet morning at Riviera CC, Goosen is still well-positioned for the tournament, potentially finding himself inside the top 10 thru R2 for the third time in his last five starts. The 49-year-old has some sneaky form brewing.
Feb 16 - 3:20 PM

Retief Goosen sprung up the round one leaderboard at the Genesis Open, compiling a 3-under-par 32-36=68 to throw his name into the mix.

The South African must feel right at home with kikuyu grass littering the property at Riviera Country Club. Splitting 11 (of 14) fairways, Goosen did not get out-of-line often today. From there he landed just nine greens but gained 2.634 strokes on approach. Taking advantage of that strong iron play, Goosen racked up five birdies to offset a pair of bogeys. Making his 10th appearance at this event, he arrived with an 8-for-9 record here that includes a pair of top 15s.
Feb 15 - 7:55 PM

Playing the South Course at Torrey Pines, World No. 386 Retief Goosen crafted a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open to post 6-under 138, up 26 places on the live leaderboard to T9, five back of 36-hole clubhouse leader Ryan Palmer.

Using his Top 50 Career Earnings Exemption, Goosen entered 3-for-4 on the season with progressively better results of 77th (last place), T34 and T29 in his last start at The RSM Classic. This is his fifth Farmers with two prior cashes and a best of T26 on debut in 2009. Beginning off No. 10 tee, the 48-year-old found nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 2.869 strokes approaching-the-green and 4.065 tee-to-green. He squared two bogey-5s at 12 and 7, offset by six circles at 10, 16, 18, 2, 3 and 9, two from between 13 and 29 feet. The South African posted 1.583 putts per GIR and 0.656 SG: Putting with 27 total putts.
Jan 26 - 6:26 PM

A late error cost Retief Goosen third place, but he heads into the weekend at the BMW South African Open T4 on 8-under 136 after a second round 5-under-par 31-36=67 at Glendower Golf Club.

The veteran South African is five shots back of the leaders Chris Paisley and Adrien Saddier, but was closer on the 18th tee after a wonderful lap which had reminded all watching of the good old days (he won the event at Fancourt in 2005). The first ten holes, indeed, saw him light the card like a flame, with red at 2, 4, 5 and 10, plus yellow for eagle at the 522-yard par-5 eighth. Bogey-6 at 13 was untimely, yet he bounced back with birdies at 14 and 16 to sit alone in third on 10-under. Whereupon the final hole, which he bogeyed in round one, cost him again; this time with a double bogey-6. T2 in last year's Puerto Rico Open, that was his only worldwide top ten since he was T4 here in January 2016. He can change that this weekend.
Jan 12 - 10:18 AM

Former winner Retief Goosen will make his annual trip home to contest the BMW South African Open.

Goose won this event in 2005, edging out Ernie Els by a shot, and was runner-up to his great friend when the roles were reversed five years later. Overall, since first contesting his national Open in 1996 he's racked up 10 top six finishes. The promising news is that the most recent (T4) came at this week's venue, Glendower, in 2016. Goosen isn't the player he was of course but he ended 2017 with T29 at the RSM Classic and T34 in the OHL Classic and he could certainly play out the 'veteran rolls back the years' storyline this week.
Jan 9 - 6:45 AM

World No. 379 Retief Goosen tacked on a 1-under-par 36-34=70 in the second round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba to post 6-under 136, down four spots to T9 with play suspended due to darkness.

The 48-year-old, playing this season using his Top 50 Career Money List exemption, conjured five (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation. He squared two bogeys at holes 2 and 13, slightly outpaced by three circles at 7, 15 and 17. The South African recorded 1.727 putts per GIR with 27 total putts. He's currently four back of 36-hole clubhouse leader Patton Kizzire and five back of the leader on the course Patrick Rodgers.
Fri, Nov 10, 2017 07:14:00 PM

Retief Goosen breezed through El Camaleón Golf Club en route to a 5-under-par 33-33=66 during the opening round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

The South African split eight (of 14) fairways and landed 12 greens in regulation. Nothing earth-shattering there, but he did manage to swallow just two bogeys along his route. He easily offset those with a seven-pack of birdies, four on the front and three on the back. Goosen's only other appearance at this event was during the 2015 edition where he ho-hummed his way to a T65 finish. Entering the week with five straight finishes outside the top 40, this was a much-needed spark to potentially kick-start his season.
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 12:33:00 PM

Retief Goosen readies for his second look at TPC Summerlin as he preps for this week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

The seven-time winner from South Africa is just 0-for-1 at this event, with that start coming two years ago. He failed to record a round under-par that week but he's ready for seconds. It may not be an ideal fit for him but beggars can't be choosers when you're playing off a Career Money Exemption for status. The 48-year-old once reached No. 3 in the world rankings back in 2006 but currently sits at 365th. Going 7-for-19 last year, it was the first time Goosen had missed more cuts than made in a season. We could see Goosen bounce back this season, or this may be a sign of his decline with age. Gamers that are trying to invest now are taking on lots of risk.
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 04:26:00 PM

World No. 225 Retief Goosen birdied three of his final four holes en route to an even-par 36-34=70 in the third round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, dropping three spots to T9 on 6-under 204, three short of a 3-ball of 54-hole leaders.

The 48-year-old hit nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, losing 2.114 strokes approaching-the-green and 1.413 tee-to-green. He circled five birdies at Nos. 2, 6, and a hat-trick at 15-17, three from between 13 and 29 feet, posting 1.583 putts per GIR and 2.099 SG: Putting. Unfortunately for the South African, he cancelled them out with bogey-5 at five and a pair of double bogey-5s at 4 and 11 after putting his tee balls in the water.
Sat, Jun 10, 2017 08:19:00 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 225 Retief Goosen signed for a 2-under-par 33-35=68 after the second round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic and a two-day tally of 6-under 134, up one place on the live leaderboard to T6, three short of a trio of clubhouse leaders.

The 48-year-old mustered five (of 14) fairways and hit 11 greens in regulation, losing 0.654 strokes approaching-the-green but gaining 1.018 around-the-green. He circled four birdies at Nos. 15 and a hat-trick at 1-3, taking some luster off with bogeys at 12 (3-putt from 46'2") and 4, the latter after hitting his tee ball to the par 3 in the water. That would be it for the South African, finishing up with five straight pars. Three of his birdies were conventional, adding one from off the green (using the flat stick) at the par-4 first from 24'4" away. Goosen posted 1.818 putts per GIR and 0.960 SG: Putting, buoyed by four par-savers from between five and 10 feet.
Fri, Jun 9, 2017 07:06:00 PM

Retief Goosen breezed through TPC Southwind with a 4-under-par 34-32=66 in round one, positioning himself inside the top 5 early on Thursday afternoon.

The South African hit a ho-hum eight (of 14) fairways but was locked in with his irons and wedges, pelting 14 greens in regulation from there. That was good enough to gain 3.395 strokes approaching-the-green at the time he signed his scorecard. Goosen is no stranger to success at TPC Southwind. He finished T12 last year and also has finishes of T3 (2011) and T15 (2010) on his resume. Currently just 150th in the FedExCup race, a big finish would go along way for Goosen.
Thu, Jun 8, 2017 01:50:00 PM

Retief Goosen returns to Muirfield Village Golf Club for his fifth appearance at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide.

Goosen received a sponsor's invite into the field this week. He owns a 4-for-4 record at Jack's Place but has played just once since 2006 (T31, 2015). On the season, the South African is just 3-for-12 and currently ranks 149th in the FedExCup race. Without much season-long form, gamers should overlook Goosen when setting lineups this week in all but the deepest of fantasy formats.
Wed, May 31, 2017 08:26:00 AM

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).
Sun, Mar 26, 2017 01:19:00 PM