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Name: - Retief Goosen
Country: - South Africa
Born : - Feb 3, 1969 in Pietersburg (now called Polokwane), Limpopo, South Africa.
Original Home/Club: - Pietersburg, SA
Occupation: - Professional golfer; golf course designer; wine producer (Goose wines).
Turned Pro: - 1990
Web Address: - http://www.retiefgoosen.com
Sponsor / Attachment: - TaylorMade, Ashworth.

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (2): US Open (2001, '04). SENIOR MAJORS (1): Snr Players Championship (2019). Presidents Cup player (2000, '03, '05, '07, '09, '11). 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).


Golf course design

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.


Did you know?

"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 demeanour to the impact of the lightning strike.


Top tournaments won by Retief Goosen

2009Men AfricaAfrica OpenEast London GC267 (-21)R792,500
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 Goosen (RSA). [East London GC, Eastern Cape, RSA].
2009Men AmericaValspar ChampionshipInnisbrook Resort276 (-8)$972,000
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 Goosen (RSA). [Copperhead course, Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbor, nr Tampa, FL].
2008Men AsiaJohor OpenJohor G&CC276 (-12)US$79,250
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].
2007Men EuropeQatar MastersDoha GC273 (-15)€282,743
Played as the Commercialbank Qatar Masters (Jan 25-28; Eurpn/Asian Tours event). Second-placed Nick O'Hern (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Goosen (RSA), who recorded the last of his 14 European Tour wins. [Doha GC, Qatar].
2006Men AsiaVW Masters - ChinaYalong Bay GC267 (-21)US$47,550
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].
2005Men EuropeGerman MastersGut Larchenhof268 (-20)€500,000
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].
2005Men AfricaSouth African OpenFancourt282 (-10)€158,579
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].
2005Men AmericaThe InternationalCastle Pines32 pts$900,000
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].
2005Men AsiaVW Masters - ChinaJinghua GC266 (-22)US$47,250
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].
2004Men EuropeEuropean OpenK Club275 (-13)€550,000
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). [Palmer course, K Club, Straffan, nr Dublin].
2004Men AfricaNedbank Golf ChallengeGary Player CC281 (-7)$1,200,000
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].
2004Men AmericaTour Championship (PGA Tr)East Lake GC269 (-11)$1,080,000
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].
2004Men MajorsUS OpenShinnecock Hills276 (-4)$1,125,000
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].
2003Men EuropeTrophee LancomeSaint-Nom-La-Breteche266 (-18)€300,000
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].
2003Men AmericaValspar ChampionshipInnisbrook Resort272 (-12)$864,000
Played as the Chrysler Championship (Oct 30-Nov 2; formerly the Tampa Bay Classic). Second-placed Vijay Singh (Fiji) finished 3 shots behind Goosen (RSA). [Copperhead course, Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbor, nr Tampa, FL].
2002Men AmericaAtlanta ClassicTPC Sugarloaf272 (-16)$684,000
Played as the BellSouth Classic (April 4-7). Second-placed Jesper Parnevik (Swe) finished 4 shots behind Goosen (RSA). [TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Georgia].
2002Men AfricaDimension Data Pro-AmGary Player CC268 (-20)R317,000
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].
2002Men Aus/NZJohnnie Walker ClassicLake Karrinyup274 (-14)€243,641
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].
2002Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr€2,360,128see Score
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.
2001Men EuropeMadrid OpenClub de Campo, Madrid264 (-20)€233,330
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].
2001Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr€2,862,806see Score
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.
2001Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - Eurpn Trxn/a
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.
2001Men EuropeScottish OpenLoch Lomond268 (-16)€610,999
Played as the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond (July 12-15). Second-placed Thomas Bjørn (Den) finished 3 shots behind Goosen (RSA). [Loch Lomond GC, Luss, Dunbartonshire].
2001Men MajorsUS OpenSouthern Hills276 (-4)$900,000
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].
2000Men EuropeTrophee LancomeSaint-Nom-La-Breteche271 (-13)€218,461
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].
1999Men EuropeFrench OpenGolf du Medoc272 (-12)€141,660
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].
1997Men EuropeFrench OpenGolf National271 (-17)£100,000
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].
1996Men EuropeGreat North OpenSlaley Hall277 (-11)£50,000
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].
1995Men AfricaSouth African OpenRandpark GC275 (-13)R106,650
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). [Randpark course, Randpark GC, Johannesburg, RSA. Now called the Firethorn course].

 

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