Retief Goosen

Retief Goosen US Masters player profile

SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 11: Retief Goosen of South Africa eyes the sixth hole during the third round of the HSBC Champions tournament at the Sheshan International Golf Club on November 11, 2006 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Nationality: South African

Date of birth: February 3 1969

Place of birth: Pietersburg (now called Polokwane), South Africa

Turned pro: 1990

Last five Masters finishes: 3rd ('06), 3rd ('05), 13th ('04), 13th ('03), 2nd ('02)

Retief Goosen is known for his ability to remain calm under pressure. Goosen turned professional in 1990 after winning the South African Amateur Championship and has never looked back, winning the European Tour Order of Merit in 2001 and 2002.

He is widely regarded as one of the most consistent golfers in the world, having won a tournament every year since 1995. As a result he was a long-time fixture in the top five of the world rankings.

Amazingly, Goosen achieved all this without using a coach. However, for the 2007 season he has appointed Gregor Jamieson to help him with his swing.

Always a strong competitor at the Masters, Goosen's solid putting helps him on the ice-like greens of Augusta.

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