Also known as:The Goose
Born:Feb 3, 1969 in Pietersburg (now called Polokwane), Limpopo, S Africa.
Original/Home Club:Pietersburg, S Africa
Occupation:Professional golfer; golf course designer; wine producer (Goose wines).
MAJORS (2): US Open (2001, '04). Senior MAJORS (1): Snr Players Championship (2019). Presidents Cup player (2000, '03, '05, '07, '09, '11). South African Amateur champion (1990). Multiple wins on the world's major professional tours: PGA Tour (7), European Tour (14), Sunshine Tour (9) and Asian Tour (5). European Tour Order of Merit winner (2001, 2002). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2019).
Goosen-designed golf courses have been included in the masterplans for Lagoon Bay and Lizard Point in South Africa, and Dayi Smokey Mouuntain in China.
"The Goose" is a South African golfer who now plays mainly on the PGA Tour Champions and European Senior tours. His wins in major championships ensured his place among the golfing greats of the modern era. As an amateur, Goosen had to cope with a few health problems after being struck by lightning. Many attribute his calm demeanor to the impact of the lightning strike.
PGA Tr Chmpns
Retief Goosen (RSA) won the PGA Tour Champions 2019 Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player, based on the votes of his peers. Goosen finished 3rd on the Tour's money list, with earnings of $1,859,085.
The Bridgestone Senior Players Championship (37th) (July 11-14). Second-placed Jay Haas (USA) and Tim Petrovic (USA) finished 2 shots behind 50-year-old Goosen (RSA), who recorded his first PGA Tour Champions win and first senior major championship title. [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].
Goosen (RSA) won the Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average (69.14) on the PGA Tour Champions. Bernhard Langer (Ger) was second with 69.26; Jerry Kelly (USA) was third with 69.31.
Played as the Africa Open Golf Challenge (Jan 15-18; Sunshine Tr event). Second-placed Branden Grace (RSA), Darren Fichardt (RSA), Darren Clarke (N.Ire) and Michael Hoey (N.Ire) finished 1 shot behind Retief Goosen (RSA), who recorded the last of his nine Sunshine Tour wins. [East London GC, Eastern Cape, RSA].
Played as the Transitions Championship (March 19-22; formerly the PODS Championship). Second-placed Brett Quigley (USA) and Charles Howell III (USA) finished 1 shot behind Retief Goosen (RSA), who recorded the last of his seven PGA Tour wins. [Copperhead course, Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbor, nr Tampa, FL].
Played as the Iskandar Johor Open (Oct 30-Nov 2; Asian Tr event). Second-placed Thaworn Wiratchant (Thai) finished 2 shots behind Goosen (RSA). [Johor G&CC, Johor, Malaysia; at the time known as Royal Johor CC].
Played as the Commercialbank Qatar Masters (Jan 25-28; Eurpn/Asian Tours event). Second-placed Nick O'Hern (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Retief Goosen (RSA), who recorded the last of his 14 European Tour wins. [Doha GC, Qatar].
Played as the Volkswagen Masters China (Oct 12-15; Asian Tour event). Second-placed Michael Campbell (NZ) finished 3 shots behind defending champion Goosen (RSA). [Yalong Bay GC, Sanya, Hainan Island, China].
Played as the Volkswagen Masters China (Sept 1-4; Asian Tr event). Second-placed Michael Campbell (NZ) finished 6 shots behind Goosen (RSA), who recorded his first win in Asia. [Jinghua GC, Beijing, China].
Played as the Linde German Masters (Sept 8-11). Second-placed Nick Dougherty (Eng), David Lynn (Eng), Henrik Stenson (Swe) and José María Olazábal (Esp) finished 1 shot behind Goosen (RSA). [GC Gut Lärchenhof, Pulheim, nr Cologne, Germany].
Played as The International (Aug 4-7; modified stableford format). Second-placed Brandt Jobe (USA) finished 1 point behind Goosen (RSA). [Castle Pines GC, Castle Rock, nr Denver, Colorado].
Played as the South African Airways Open (Dec 15-18; Eurpn/Sunshine Trs event; Eurpn Tr 2006 season). Second-placed Ernie Els (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Goosen (RSA). [Links course, Fancourt, George, Western Cape, RSA].
The US Open (104th) (June 17-20). Second-placed Phil Mickelson (USA) finished 2 shots behind Goosen (RSA). Only Goosen and Mickelson finished under par, on a final day that saw the highest scoring average (78.9) since 1935; wind, unforgiving rough and billiard-table greens were all factors. [Shinnecock Hills GC, Southampton, Long Island, NY].
Played as the Nedbank Golf Challenge (Dec 2-5; unofficial event; limited field of 12 top tour professionals). Second-placed Ernie Els (RSA) and Stuart Appleby (Aus) finished 6 shots behind Goosen (RSA). [Gary Player CC, Sun City Resort, North West Prov, South Africa].
Played as the Tour Championship presented by Coca-Cola (Nov 4-7). Second-placed Tiger Woods (USA) finished 4 shots behind Goosen (RSA), who claimed his fifth PGA Tour win. [East Lake GC, Atlanta, GA].
Played as the Smurfit European Open (July 1-4). Second-placed Lee Westwood (Eng), Richard Green (Aus) and Peter O'Malley (Aus) finished 5 shots behind Goosen (RSA). [Ryder Cup course course, K Club, Straffan, nr Dublin; at the time known as the Palmer course].
Played as the Trophée Lancôme (Sept 11-14). Second-placed Paul McGinley (Ire) finished 4 shots behind Goosen (RSA). This was the last Trophée Lancôme, the French perfumes and cosmetics company ending their 34-year sponsorship of this iconic European Tour event. [Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, nr Paris, France].
Played as the Chrysler Championship (Oct 30-Nov 2; formerly the Tampa Bay Classic). Second-placed Vijay Singh (Fiji) finished 3 shots behind Retief Goosen (RSA). [Copperhead course, Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbor, nr Tampa, FL].
Played as the Johnnie Walker Classic (Jan 24-27; Asian/Eurpn/Aus Trs event). Second-placed Pierre Fulke (Swe) finished 8 shots behind Goosen (RSA). [Lake Karrinyup CC, Perth, WA, Aus].
Played as the BellSouth Classic (April 4-7). Second-placed Jesper Parnevik (Swe) finished 4 shots behind Goosen (RSA). [TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Georgia].
Goosen (RSA) won his second straight Harry Vardon Trophy as the European Tour 2002 Volvo Order of Merit winner, with earnings of €2,360,128 on the Tour. Padraig Harrington (Ire) was second with €2,334,655; Ernie Els (RSA) was third with €2,251,708.
Played as the Dimension Data Pro-Am (Jan 31-Feb 3; Sunshine Tr 2001/02 season). Second-placed Scott Drummond (Scot) finished 3 shots behind Goosen (RSA). [Gary Player CC, Sun City Resort, North West Prov, RSA].
Played as the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond (July 12-15). Second-placed Thomas Bjørn (Den) finished 3 shots behind Retief Goosen (RSA). [Loch Lomond GC, Luss, Dunbartonshire].
Goosen (RSA) won the Harry Vardon Trophy as the European Tour 2001 Volvo Order of Merit winner, with earnings of €2,862,806 on the Tour. Padraig Harrington (Ire) was second with €2,090,166; Darren Clarke (N.Ire) was third with €1,988,055.
Goosen (RSA) won the European Tour Golfer of the Year Award, determined by a panel of representatives from the European Tour, golf writers, and TV and radio commentators.
The US Open (101st) (June 14-18). Goosen (RSA) beat Mark Brooks (USA) in an 18-hole playoff: Goosen 70 (E); Brooks 72 (+2). [Southern Hills CC, Tulsa, Oklahoma].
Played as the Telefonica Open de Madrid (Oct 25-28; played for the first time since 1993). Goosen (RSA) beat Steven Webster (Eng) with a birdie at the third playoff hole. The win also confirmed Goosen as the European Tour's 2001 Order of Merit winner. [Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, Madrid, Spain].
Played as the Trophée Lancôme (Sept 14-17). Second-placed Michael Campbell (NZ) and Darren Clarke (N.Ire) finished 1 shot behind Goosen (RSA). [Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, nr Paris, France].
Played as the Novotel Perrier Open de France (May 6-9). Goosen (RSA) beat Greg Turner (NZ) with a par at the second playoff hole. [Châteaux course, Golf du Médoc, nr Bordeaux].
Played as the Peugeot Open de France. Second-placed Jamie Spence (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Goosen (RSA). [Albatros course, Golf National, Guyancourt, nr Paris].
Played as the inaugural Slaley Hall Northumberland Challenge (June 13-16). Second-placed Ross Drummond (Scot) finished 2 shots behind first-time European Tour winner Goosen (RSA). [Hunting course, Slaley Hall Resort, Hexham, Northumberland].
Played as the Philips South African Open (Feb 9-12; S African Tr 1994/95 season). Second-placed Ernie Els (RSA) finished 5 shots behind Goosen (RSA). [Firethorn course, Randpark GC, Johannesburg, RSA; known at the time as the Randpark course].
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