Name:George William Coetzee
Born:July 18, 1986 in Pretoria, S Africa.
Original/Home Club:Pretoria CC
South African Amateur champion (2005). Multiple wins on the European, Sunshine and Asian Tours. Sunshine Tour Order of Merit winner (2015, 2017/18).
Coetzee attended the renowned Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Afrikaans High School for Boys), a public school located in Pretoria, known locally as Affies. Its alumni include many famous South African cricketers and rugby players.
Played as the PGA Championship (Nov 3-6; Sunshine Tr event). Second-placed Casey Jarvis (RSA) finished 3 shots behind George Coetzee (RSA), who recorded his 14th Sunshine Tour win. [St Francis Links, St Francis Bay, Eastern Cape, RSA].
Played as the Portugal Masters (Sept 10-13). Second-placed Laurie Canter (Eng) finished 1 shot behind George Coetzee (RSA), who recorded his fifth European Tour win and first on European soil. [Victoria GC, Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal].
Played as the Tshwane Open (March 1-4; Eurpn/Sunshine Trs event). Second-placed Sam Horsfield (Eng) finished 2 shots behind George Coetzee (RSA), who enjoyed this home-country win at his home golf club. [Pretoria CC, Waterkloof, Gauteng, RSA].
2017/18 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit (and associated Sid Brews Trophy). Won by Coetzee (RSA) with season earnings of R2,937,225. Second was Erik van Rooyen (RSA) with R2,359,846. Third was J.C. Ritchie (RSA) with R2,033,965.
Played as the Dimension Data Pro-Am (Feb 18-21; Sunshine Tr event). Second-placed Dean Burmester (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Coetzee (RSA), who finished birdie-birdie-eagle on the Montagu course in the third and fourth rounds of the tournament. [Montagu course, Fancourt, George, Western Cape, RSA. Earlier rounds also use the Links and Outeniqua courses].
Played as the inaugural AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open (May 7-10; Eurpn/Asian/Sunshine Trs event). George Coetzee (RSA) beat Thorbjørn Olesen (Den) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. [Heritage GC, Bel Ombre, Mauritius].
2015 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit (and associated Sid Brews Trophy). Won by Coetzee (RSA) with season earnings of R5,470,684. Second was Charl Schwartzel (RSA) with R3,302,972; third was Jacques Blaauw (RSA) with R3,080,301. Coetzee and Schwartzel played in seven Sunshine Tour events in 2015, the minimum number to qualify for the Order of Merit title.
Played as the Tshwane Open (March 12-15; Eurpn/Sunshine Trs event). Second-placed Jacques Blaauw (RSA) finished 1 shot behind George Coetzee (RSA), who recorded his second European Tour win, which again came in South Africa. [Pretoria CC, Waterkloof, Gauteng, RSA].
Played as the Joburg Open (Feb 6-9; Eurpn/Sunshine Trs event). Second-placed Tyrrell Hatton (Eng), Jin Jeong (S Kor) and Justin Walters (RSA) finished 3 shots behind 27-year-old George Coetzee (RSA), who recorded his first European Tour win. [East course, Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC, Johannesburg, RSA. Earlier rounds on East & West courses].
Played as the Telekom PGA Championship (Feb 24-27; Sunshine Tr event). Second-placed Neil Schietekat (RSA) finished 2 shots behind Coetzee (RSA). [Woodmead course, The CC Johannesburg, Jo'burg, RSA].
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