Player Profile

Retief Goosen

June 21, 2004: Winning the 104th U.S. Open extends Retief Goosen's run of years with a victory on the PGA Tour to four but 1994 and 1998 are the only years in his professional career that he didn't win a title somewhere in the world.
BIOGRAPHY
FULL NAME: Retief  Goosen
HEIGHT: 6-0 (182cm)
WEIGHT: 175 (80kg)
BIRTHDATE: February 3, 1969
BIRTHPLACE: Pietersburg, South Africa
RESIDENCE: Pietersburg, South Africa; South Ascot, England; Orlando, FL
FAMILY: Wife, Tracy; Leo (March 8, 2003)
SPECIAL INTERESTS: Water skiing, all sports
TURNED PROFESSIONAL: 1990
JOINED EUROPEAN TOUR: 1992
JOINED PGA TOUR: 2001
EXEMPT STATUS: 2001 U.S. Open winner (through 2006)


Goosen acknowledges the crowd after sinking the winning put at 104th U.S. Open. (Getty Images)


2001: Retief Goosen of South Africa with the US Open, Madrid Open and Scottish Open trophies. Getty Images

Retief Goosen currently holds second place behind Ernie Els in the European Tour Volvo Order of Merit having won it in 2001 and 2002.

His $1,125,000 earnings from his U.S. Open victory last week moved him up to 6th place on the PGA Tour money list and he also stands at 7th in the Official World Golf Rankings.

His four PGA Tour victories were achieved at the following events: 2001 U.S. Open Championship 2002 BellSouth Classic 2003 Chrysler Championship 2004 U.S. Open Championship.

In addition, he has recorded 16 other professional victories worldwide and has represented South africa 12 times in team competitions. His achievements are often overshadowed by the attention given to his countryman, Els but that seems to be the way that Goosen likes it. He rarely misses a cut and regularly finishes in the top ten but is a private, unemotional person who admits that he is not often recognized as he goes about his normal life. That may start to change now that he has joined the elite band of multiple major winners.


Retief Goosen and wife, Tracy, with the 2002 Order of Merit trophy after the Volvo Masters at the Valderrama Golf Club. Getty Images

For more information about Retief Goosen, read his PGA Tour bio and European Tour bio.

 

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Article by Andy Smith

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