No. 14: Retief Goosen

2011 Golf Preview: The Top 20 Golfer Countdown

2011 Golf Preview: The Top 20 Golfer Countdown

2011 Golfer Countdown

BORN: Feb. 3, 1969, Pietersburg, South Africa


2010 PGA TOUR EARNINGS: $3,218,089

WORLD GOLF RANKING: 16 (as of Feb. 9, 2011)

GOLF CHANNEL’S BRANDEL CHAMBLEE GIVES HIS TAKE: Retief Goosen is the man who wormed his way into the Big Four of the early millennium, making it the Big Five, and who has two U.S. Opens to his credit. But at this point in his career, with his spotty ballstriking, he is unlikely to play well at the U.S. Open and the PGA. His high right-to-left ball flight and great putting are the reasons he plays so well at the Masters and the Open Championship. At 41 years old, he had his best season since 2004 in terms of consistency and is one of the most overlooked and underrated players on the planet. It will be interesting to watch what he does in 2011.

CAREER PGA TOUR STATS (as of Feb. 10, 2011)

  • Events — 199
  • Cuts — 163
  • 1st  — 7           
  • 2nd — 7          
  • 3rd  — 10        
  • T10  — 59     
  • T25  — 104
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