The 2001 & 2004 US Open Champion Retief Goosen is one of the best golfers of his generation and a true global professional, holding membership on three PGA Tours; the US PGA Tour, the European Tour and the Southern African Tour and winning tournaments in every corner of the world.
In recognition of his 30 amateur wins, and for his outstanding contribution to amateur golf, he was awarded Springbok Colours before turning professional in 1990.
Since 1995 there has not been a year when Retief hasn't obtained a victory on one of the world's major Tours. With the new millennium came Retief's arrival as a truly world class player. The 2000 season saw him add the Trophee Lancome to his list of wins, and his first appearance at the President's Cup cemented his standing.
2001, was Retief's most successful year to date. In a dramatic 18 hole play-off he won the 2001 US Open by 2 shots from American Mark Brooks. Retief is one of only 5 foreign players to win the US Open since WWII; an amazing achievement. This first Major victory spurred him on to win The Scottish Open at Loch Lomond; secure a close 2nd to Sergio Garcia at the Trophee Lancome; and then win his third European Tour victory of the season at the Telefonica Open de Madrid.
He and Ernie Els finished off the year in style by taking the EMC World Cup in Japan for South Africa in a play-off with Denmark. This outstanding year was concluded when he was crowned 2001 European Tour Order of Merit Champion, winning the Harry Vardon Trophy, and moving into the top 10 of the World Rankings for the first time.
Retief notched up a further three wins in 2002, the first coming at the Johnnie Walker Classic in Perth and his second at the Dimension Data Pro Am in South Africa. He then went on to win the Bell South Classic on the PGA Tour, before taking his second Volvo Order of Merit, and Harry Vardon Trophy at the end of the season. At the start of 2003 he took some time out with his newborn son Leo, and his first win did not come until September at the Trophee Lancome. He secured his second victory in October on the PGA Tour at the Chrysler Championship in Tampa. It is worthy to note that only 4 other players have won in three or more consecutives seasons in the history of the PGA Tour.
He continued his run in 2004 by taking his second US Open title at the challenging Shinnecock Hills course, winning by two shots over Masters Champion Phil Mickleson. Two weeks later Retief was back in the winning circle by taking The European Open title at the K Club in Ireland. At the end of the PGA Tour season Retief won The Tour Championship by 4 shots from Tiger Woods. Retief finished 6th on the PGA Tour money list and 2nd on the European Tour Order of Merit. Retief finished the 2004 season at Sun City in South Africa where he won the Nedbank Golf Challenge by 6 shots.
In the 2005 season Retief had 3 victories; the first at the International played in Denver in August, then VW Masters in China and the German Masters in September. Retief won the 2006 South African Airways Open at Fancourt (although this was played in Dec 05), a third place finish at the Masters tournament at Augusta and runner up spot at the prestigious Players Championship at Sawgrass in March. In October Retief successfully defended his title when he returned to China to the VW Masters. At the inaugural Goodwill Trophy which was played at Mission Hills GC in China, Retief successfully captained his International team to victory against the Ryder Cup nations captained by Colin Montgomerie. It was a very exciting match which saw the Internationals win 6 ½ - 5 ½.
In 2007 , Retief won the Qatar Master and in the most dramatic style by finishing with an eagle on 18 to win by one shot. Retief also continued his good form around Augusta when he finished runner up. Statistically a win at the Masters is surely nearing as his finishes in the number of years have been, 3rd in 2005, 3rd in 2006 and 2nd in 2007! 2008 saw Retief win the Iskandar Johor Open in Malaysia towards the end of the season. The 2009 season started well with wins at the Africa Open and again in March at the Transitions Championship on the PGA Tour.
In 2010 Retief although didn't have a win he was consistent and finished 10th on the Fed Ex Ranking on the PGA Tour and in 2011 Retief was chosen to represent the International Team for the 6th time at the President's Cup against the Americans, held in Australia. Here he teamed up with country-man, Charl Swartzel to score 2 points for the Internationals, whilst also winning his singles match against Matt Kucher on the final day.
Retief is now rightly counted amongst the elite multiple Major winners.
For more information on Retief Goosen, please visit his personal website at www.retiefgoosen.com.
Retief teeing off at The Links at Fancourt, George, South Africa