Retief Goosen

Born Feb 3, 1969
Nationality South Africa South Africa
Nickname The Goose

Retief Goosen is a well-known figure in golf today. He was introduced to golf at the tender age of 9 by his father, a real estate agent. As an amateur golfer in South Africa, he was struck by lightning on the course, a particularly painful experience that had all his clothes melting to his body. It did not deter him from playing golf however, picking up his clubs after recovering from his burns.

Goosen turned professional in 1990 and went on to win the South African Amateur Championship. He joined the European Tour in 1992 winning his first title in 1996 at the Slaley Hall Northumberland Challenge. Wins followed at the Peugeot Open de France (1997), Novotel Perrier Open de France (1999) and the Trophee Lancome (2000).

In 2001, he broke into the US golf scene claiming the US Open Championship title in the Southern Hills Country Club defeating Mark Brooks. He continued playing in the European Open winning the Scottish Open and the Telefonica Open de Madrid in 2001. In January 2002, he claimed another victory with the prestigious Johnny Walker Classic against Pierre Fulke and another win at the Trophee Lancome in 2003.

2004 proved to be another great year for Goosen winning the US Open title for the second time over Phil Mickelson. In June of the same year, he won the Smurfit European Open. In the Linde German Masters in 2005, he defeated Nick Dougherty for the title as well as Ernie Els for the South African Airways Open.

He took the Qatar Masters in the first season of 2007 as well as a T2 average score in the Omega Mission Hills World Cup in the PGA Masters Tournament. His other PGA Tour victories included a 2002 Bellsouth Classic win and a 2003 Chrysler Championship. In 2008, he opened with a T2 finish in the World Golf Championship-CA Championship and was ranked 21st in the PGA Tour career earnings.

Currently, Goosen has 44 professional wins that includes 7 PGA Tour victories, 14 European Tour titles, 4 Asian Tour titles, 9 Sunshine Tour titles, and 14 titles from other tournaments. He also has two Major Championship victories, which was the 2001 and 2004 U.S. Open tournaments.

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