Retief Goosen US Masters Golfers

Mr Consistent – that’s the name that best describes Retief Goosen, a native of South Africa and arguably one of the most unflappable players on the professional golf circuit today. He has a superb swing and is a fantastic iron player. But most of all he has the single-mindedness and motivation to be a truly great player.
Goosen, or ‘The Goose’ as he is known in the States, has had an unbelievable career. He turned professional in 1990, and played the far more relaxed European Tour for nine years, with success, before moving to the wealthier US PGA Tour in 2001.
In his debut year he raised eyebrows with his victories – he won the US Open, the European Order of Merit, the World Cup and rocketed an impressive twenty-seven places in the official World Golf rankings from 36 to 9! His one weakness was his putting. He found himself a putter he really liked and has since taken his putting stats to new levels.
Since then Goosen has gone from strength to strength. He has won 30 tournaments around the world, picked up his second US Open Championship and topped the European Order of Merit for the second time. At the 2005 Masters he shot an excellent 69 in the final round to finish in a tie for second place.
“My golf is getting better and I have been working hard on my swing,” he said. Goosen believes he is a late developer and didn’t think he had a shot at the Majors until he was in his 30s – he won his first US Open at 32. “In terms of competing with the best, I still have a lot of time left. Vijay Singh started playing his best golf once he had turned 40 and I have 18 months left before I turn 40,” he said. So, punters be warned, Retief Goosen could very well come to the fore in the 2008 US Masters. He is certainly heading that way.
Goosen has the luck to match the talent – he has incredibly survived being struck by lightning on two occasions in his youth, and his best scores at the Majors are:

  • The US Masters – T2 in 2002 & 2007
  • US Open – winner in 2001 & ‘04
  • The Open Championship – T5 in 2005
  • PGA Championship – T6 in 205

How do you rate Retief Goosen and other US Masters golfers this year?