That fateful Sunday two years ago was a special day for the 28-year-old, who had made the 36-hole cut by sinking a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th. After a mediocre Saturday he went into the final round tied for 63rd, but what came next was magical.
The Johannesburger shot a flawless 62 that included 10 birdies on his way to a share of fifth place, which marked a 58-spot move up the leaderboard. While his friend Branden Grace will be remembered as the 2012 champion, the heroics that both players displayed must be remembered.
“Every kid dreams about it, it’s the home of golf,” said an elated Coetzee. Every time I step up, it’s just an unbelievable feeling. I’ll play the course any way they let me, and obviously 62, I’m very happy, especially to move up into the top ten only just making the cut.”
This week he’ll return to The Old Course, but the tournament includes a 18 holes at both Kingsbarns and Carnoustie as well, which means a totally rounded game is needed to succeed.