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Retief Goosen |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (46) / 2/3/1969
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 185
College: South Africa

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Retief Goosen spun a bogey-free, 8-under-par 32-31=63 in today's opening round of the Quicken Loans National to establish outright possession of the clubhouse lead.
The South African was stranded in the fairway at the par-4 18th when play was suspended for inclement weather at 12:50 p.m. ET. He parred the hole after the restart at 2:27 p.m.. Overall, Goosen split 10 (of 14) fairways and missed only one green in regulation en route to his lowest aggregate on the PGA TOUR since he signed for the same following the third round of the 2012 RBC Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf & Country Club. Three of today's eight birdies found the cup from outside 10 feet, the longest taping off at 30'3" at the par-5 eighth hole. Jul 30 - 2:45 PM

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Retief Goosen authored a 3-under-par 33-36=69 in round three of the Open Championship and sits T6 with 18 holes to play.

That's just three swings behind co-leaders Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Day and Paul Dunne. Despite his fall down the world rankings in recent years, let's not forget that Goosen is a two-time major winner so has been there and done that despite the most recent of his U.S. Open wins coming 11 years ago in 2004. As has been the pattern this week, he made his forward move on the front nine by first holing a monster putt for eagle at the par-5 5th hole and following it with a birdie at the next. He climbed to 10-under with another par breaker at 13 but a bogey at 17, his only dropped shot of the round, saw the Goose settle at 9-under 207.
Jul 19 - 2:53 PM

Retief Goosen settled for an even-par 36-36=72 for his second round of The Open Championship.

St. Andrews yields a plethora of scoring chances with big greens, so it has to feel a bit dejecting when you can't break par despite piling up 14 greens in regulation. That was Goosen's fate today as he exchanged three birdies with as many bogeys. However, on the shoulders of his opening 66, he's at 6-under 138 entering the weekend, just three shots off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Jul 17 - 4:18 PM

Retief Goosen spun a 6-under-par 33-33=66 in today's opening round of The 144th Open Championship to join Robert Streb as clubhouse co-leaders.

Goosen raised eyebrows and delivered the goods when he captured his exemption at Final Qualifying on June 30. He wasn't the only notable at Woburn Golf Club that day, but he was the only notable that collected one of the three berths into the major. He's made it count thus far at St. Andrews. After opening birdie-birdie, he bogeyed the par-4 third hole, and then scattered five more birdies. He totaled 13 greens in regulation. This was Goosen's 64th career round in the season's third major but he has never scored lower. It's the third time he's signed for a 66, the second such occurrence at the home of golf (third round, 2005).
Jul 16 - 7:48 AM

Retief Goosen completed 36-hole Final Qualifying for The Open Championship in 5-under-par 67-72=137 at Woburn Golf Club's Marquess' Course, and then survived a 3-for-1 playoff for a berth into the tournament proper.

Goosen hasn't competed in the season's third major since 2012. In St. Andrews' last two turns in the rotation, he finished T5 (2005) and sixth (2010). Amateur Paul Dunne or Ireland paced this qualifier at 9-under 70-65=135. In his only previous start in a PGA TOUR event, he missed the cut at Royal Liverpool last year. European Tour veteran Robert Dinwiddie took runner-up honors today at 6-under 70-68=138. The 32-year-old from England will be making his debut in The Open. Notables that failed to qualify today include: 140--Robert Rock ... 141--Mikael Lundberg ... 143--Colin Montgomerie; Kenneth Ferrie ... 145--Richard Green ... 146--Nick O'Hern ... 147--Nick Dougherty ... 149--Thorbjørn Olesen.
Jun 30 - 6:54 PM

Retief Goosen hung up a 5-under-par 31-36=67 in the final round of the BMW International to post 14-under 274.

That won't be enough to win as Henrik Stenson is already in the clubhouse on 16-under but Goosen looks in good shape to post his first top five of the calendar year. The South African has certainly enhanced his reputation as a course specialist this week as he'd banked a second and two other top threes on his previous four visits to Golfclub München Eichenried. Today, he raced to the turn in 5-under 31 before losing momentum with bogeys at 11 and 14. However, birdies at 16 and 18 ended his week on a positive note and, for now, he currently sits T4.
Jun 28 - 9:53 AM

Retief Goosen will have plenty of good memories to draw upon when he returns to Golfclub München Eichenried for this week's BMW International Open.

The South African is 7-for-7 at the par 72 in Germany and has challenged for the trophy numerous times. He was T6 in 2004, runner-up in 2006 and T3 in both 2009 and 2011. He's not been back since his third place four years ago and, of course, since then he's tumbled down the world rankings (currently 236th). There have been a few promising signs of late, though, so gamers who weight course form heavily may see enough in his current form to get involved. Goosen was T38 at Wells Fargo, T31 at Memorial and came through sectional qualifying to reach the U.S. Open although he only played 36 holes at Chambers Bay.
Jun 23 - 2:48 PM

Retief Goosen shot 6-under-par 64-72=136 at today's U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Memphis, Tennessee, good for a share of eighth place and a berth into next week's major.

The two-time U.S. Open champion opened on Germantown Country Club before moving over to Ridgeway Country Club today. Medalist honors at 9-under 133 were shared by Blayne Barber (66-67), Brad Elder (63-70) and Tyler Duncan (67-66). Tom Hoge (69-65) and Brandon Hagy (65-69) finished T4 at 8-under 134. Charlie Beljan (67-68) and Brian Harman (65-70) placed T6 at 7-under 135. Andres Romero eagled his final hole to post 6-under 136 to match Goosen. Amateur Davis Riley secured the last of the 10 spots, also at 136. The plethora of notables nearest on the outside looking in includes: 137--J.J. Henry ... 138--David Toms; Martin Laird; Harris English; Bill Lunde; Tyrone Van Aswegen; Byron Smith; Andrew Loupe ... 139--Will MacKenzie; Josh Teater ... 140--Scott Stallings; Jhonattan Vegas; Alex Prugh; Whee Kim; Zack Sucher; Woody Austin ... 141--Scott Piercy; John Merrick; Spencer Levin; Brice Garnett; Shaun Micheel.
Jun 8 - 8:30 PM

Retief Goosen shot 2-under-par 32-38=70 in his opening round of the Memorial and sits three strokes back of the clubhouse quad-leaders.

This is rather solid given that the 46-year-old called it quits before his second round last week with a neck injury. Goosen hit only 11 greens in regulation today but limited the damage to two bogeys on his inward side. Going out, he picked off four birdies, including a roll from 12'4" at the par-3 fourth hole. His longest conversion of the walk disappeared for par from 12'8" at the par-4 14th.
Jun 4 - 3:02 PM

Retief Goosen withdrew from the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship prior to the second round, citing a neck injury.

Goosen was slated to go off the first tee at 10:30 a.m. CT, which is three hours later than originally planned due to the overnight rain and subsequent delay due to unplayable conditions. He opened with a 7-over-par 37-40=77 during which he went 0-for-10 in scoring chances and squared seven bogeys. This is his fifth mid-tournament WD in 279 PGA TOUR starts. If he's able, he'll try again at next week's Memorial.
May 29 - 11:28 AM

Retief Goosen catapulted up the Wells Fargo Championship leaderboard with a 5-under 33-34=67 during his third navigation of Quail Hollow Club this week.

Goosen split just five (of 14) fairways but made up ground on the greens as his putter when unconscious. On the day he connected on eight putts from outside six feet including four from beyond 11 feet. The South African walked off the 18th green with 3.561 strokes gained:putting for the round. At 7-under 209, Goosen has a shot to post his third career top 15 in six tries at Quail Hollow.
May 16 - 1:59 PM

Retief Goosen spun a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-34=66 in today's second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to post 8-under 136 at the halfway point, two shots back of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Now 46 years of age, Goosen's in the twilight of his playing career on the game's biggest stage. However, since returning to full health following back surgery, he hasn't been a pushover either. Today's effort is evidence of that. He totaled 15 greens in regulation and converted six birdies, the longest disappearing from 24'2" at the par-4 sixth hole. Today's aggregate equals his season low (third occurrence) in 44 rounds. He's bogey-free 6-under with six birdies on the par 5s this week.
Apr 24 - 1:41 PM

Retief Goosen is back for his third consecutive attempt at the Valero Texas Open title.

Goosen tied for 53rd at TPC San Antonio in 2013 before missing the cut last year. The Florida Swing was not kind to the South African. He went MC-T69-MC at The Honda Classic, Valspar Championship and Arnold Palmer Invitational. Perhaps a departure from the the Sunshine State is just what he needs.
Mar 25 - 9:12 PM

Retief Goosen could only conjure up a 4-over-par 37-38=75 in the final round of the Northern Trust Open, falling into a tie for eighth at 4-under 280.

That wasn't what the veteran had in mind when his day began at Riviera Country Club. There were highlights, as he circled five birdies, but the mistakes were too much to overcome. He squared five bogeys and two double bogeys. Worth noting, four of his birdies were from between nine and 18 feet, but he barely gained anything on the field with the flat stick. The ball-striking was the larger issue. as he split just half of the 14 fairways and landed half of the greens in regulation. He moves from 79th to 54th in the FedExCup standings.
Feb 22 - 6:51 PM

Retief Goosen crafted a 2-under-par 32-37=69 in the third round of the Northern Trust Open and holds a two-stroke lead through 54 holes at 8-under 205.

The two-time U.S. Open winner's round featured only seven greens in regulation, but he holed six birdies to assist in easing the sting of four bogeys. Highlights included a 33'9" birdie on the par-4 eighth hole and a chip-in birdie from the rough on the par-3 16th. Goosen tops the tournament in strokes gained: putting and ranks third in driving distance. Both of those stats are somewhat surprising considering that he entered the week 105th in driving distance and 57th in strokes gained: putting. He last won on the PGA TOUR at the 2009 Transitions Championship, so expect him to feel some butterflies that haven't been around for quite some time.
Feb 21 - 6:00 PM