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Retief Goosen

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (47) / 2/3/1969
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 185

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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). Jun 14 - 5:17 AM
Source: USOpen.com

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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.
Jun 12 - 7:20 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.
Jun 10 - 6:33 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).
Jun 9 - 2:28 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.
May 14 - 6:27 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.
May 7 - 5:04 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.
May 5 - 1:09 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.
Apr 28 - 7:00 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.
Mar 11 - 12:05 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.
Mar 10 - 7:49 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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 16 - 11:55 PM

Retief Goosen made eight birdies and two double bogeys in a 4-under 35-33=68 to open his account at the BMW South African Open.

A day of contrasts for the two-time U.S. Open champion. A double bogey-5 on No. 3 made for a bad start only to bounce back with birdies on 5, 6, 9 and 11. But then he took two steps back again with a double bogey-6 on 12. No matter, he immediately added three straight par breakers and closed with a birdie-3 on 18 to slot in three behind leader Jaco Van Zyl. He played the Franklin Templeton Shootout last month, but before that was last seen finishing top six in the Barracuda Championship. That result tied up his PGA Tour card and he promptly took the rest of the year off to be with the family. He was 6th at Glendower in 1997.
Jan 7 - 10:10 AM

Retief Goosen and Danny Lee partnered for an 8-under-par 64 in the first round of the Franklin Templeton Shootout in at Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida.

They're four strokes off the blistering clubhouse lead of Charley Hoffman and Daniel Berger, but there are still 36 holes to play. This was Goosen's first public competition since the Barracuda Championship four months ago. He stepped aside for personal reasons, the nature of which have not been explained. He's fully exempt on the PGA TOUR in 2015-16 but doesn't warrant an investment beyond rounding out a deep roster in a full-season format.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 03:15:00 PM

Retief Goosen is scheduled to lace it up for next week's Franklin Templeton Shootout.

He's partnered with Danny Lee in the format featuring 12 pairings. Goosen will be making his third consecutive appearance at Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida. After taking runner-up honors with Freddie Jacobson in his debut in 2013, Goosen finished a distant last with Mike Weir last year. The South African hasn't competed anywhere since finishing sixth at the Barracuda Championship in early August. He qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs, but didn't play due to a family matter. It's a little hard to believe but the two-time U.S. Open champion will turn 47 years of age in two months.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 12:05:00 AM

Retief Goosen is among the qualified who won't tee it up at next week's Barclays.

Goosen is 108th in the FedExCup standings, so he won't advance in the Playoffs. According to GolfChannel.com's Rex Hoggard, the South African is sitting out the lid-lifter due to a "family matter." Goosen went 16-for-25 on the season with three top 10s. He hadn't recorded more than two top 10s since netting a career-best 10 in 2010. As of now, the 46-year-old is not committed to compete anywhere in the near future, but we'll alert you when he's scheduled to return.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sat, Aug 22, 2015 03:01:00 PM