George Coetzee

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George Coetzee
— Golfer —
23 BMW International Open bei Muenchen George Coetzee.JPG
Coetzee at the 2011 BMW International Open
Personal information
Full name George William Coetzee
Born (1986-07-18) 18 July 1986 (age 28)
Pretoria, South Africa
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 95 kg (209 lb; 15.0 st)
Nationality  South Africa
Residence Pretoria, South Africa
Career
Turned professional 2007
Current tour(s) Sunshine Tour
Canadian Tour
European Tour
Professional wins 6
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 1
Sunshine Tour 5
Other 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament CUT: 2013
U.S. Open T56: 2013
The Open Championship 15th: 2011
PGA Championship CUT: 2012, 2013, 2014

George William Coetzee (born 18 July 1986) is a South African professional golfer who plays on the European Tour and Sunshine Tour.

Coetzee was born in Pretoria. He started playing golf when he was 10 and won the first junior tournament he ever played in, shooting 49 in 9 holes. He finished 4th and 8th in the Callaway Junior World Championship in San Diego, where he attended the University of San Diego for one semester. He turned professional in 2007.

Coetzee joined the Sunshine Tour in 2007, and claimed his first win during his rookie season, in the Vodacom Origins of Golf Tour event at Selborne. His second and third wins came a year later at the SAA Pro-Am Invitational, and the Vodacom Origins of Golf Tour event at Humewood.

He earned a European Tour card for the 2010 season through the qualifying school, but had to return to qualifying school at the end of the season after finishing 126th on the Order of Merit and recording only two top ten finishes. Coetzee regained his playing rights in 2011 and enjoyed a successful season, with a runner-up placing at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, where he lost out to Thomas Bjorn on the fifth extra hole of a five man playoff. He also had three third place finishes at other tournaments and eight top 10's overall. Coetzee finished the season ranked 26th on the Race to Dubai.

Coetzee had a successful 2012 season, finishing 21st on the Race to Dubai and reaching the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking.

In February 2014, Coetzee won his maiden European Tour title in his 107th start with a three stroke victory at the Joburg Open. He came from four strokes behind in the final round with a six under par 66 to claim victory.[1]

Education[edit]

He attended Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Afrikaans High School for Boys, also known as Affies), a popular and renowned public school located in Pretoria.

Professional wins (6)[edit]

European Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 9 Feb 2014 Joburg Open1 65-68-69-66=268 −19 3 strokes England Tyrrell Hatton, South Korea Jin Jeong, South Africa Justin Walters

1 Co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour.

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2011 Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles Denmark Thomas Bjørn, England Mark Foster,
Spain Pablo Larrazábal, Austria Bernd Wiesberger
Bjorn won with birdie on fifth extra hole
Foster eliminated with par on fourth hole
Larrázabal eliminated with par on second hole
Wiesberger eliminated with par on first hole

Sunshine Tour wins (5)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 15 Jun 2007 Vodacom Origins of Golf Tour at Selborne 70-71-66=207 −9 2 strokes South Africa Ulrich van den Berg
2 23 Aug 2008 SAA Pro-Am Invitational 72-66-69=207 −9 3 strokes South Africa Warren Abery, South Africa Doug McGuigan
3 19 Sep 2008 Vodacom Origins of Golf Tour at Humewood 71-68-73=212 −4 1 stroke South Africa Jean Hugo
4 27 Feb 2011 Telkom PGA Championship 65-64-68-64=261 −27 2 strokes South Africa Neil Schietekat
5 9 Feb 2014 Joburg Open1 65-68-69-66=268 −19 3 strokes England Tyrell Hatton, South Korea Jin Jeong, South Africa Justin Walters

1 Co-sanctioned by the European Tour.

Other wins (1)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament DNP DNP CUT DNP
U.S. Open DNP CUT T56 DNP
The Open Championship 15 CUT T71 18
PGA Championship DNP CUT CUT CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 3
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 2 10 4
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 2 (2013 U.S. Open – 2013 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 0

Team appearances[edit]

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McEwan, Michael (10 February 2014). "Coetzee wins maiden title at last". Bunkered. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 

External links[edit]