Last month George Coetzee finished fourth at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and then fifth at the Commercialbank Qatar Masters. He’s back in South Africa to play the Joburg Open this week, and there is no doubt that he’s brought the good form along with him.
At 27 years old Coetzee is mature, but his skill and patience have not resulted in European victory yet. In his four years on the European Tour he has, however, achieved some great feats, including matching the course record at the Old Course at St. Andrews.
Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club suits Coetzee’s eye and he shot 67 for the final round last year to finish tied for third on 19-under-par.
With 24 top-10s on the European Tour and four Sunshine Tour wins it is no surprise that Coetzee took a week off in preparation for the Joburg Open, which is a tournament he clearly wants to win.
Since his maiden victory back in 2007 at the Vodacom Origins of Golf Selbourne tournament Coetzee has added a further three trophies to the cabinet. His biggest win to date came at the Telkom PGA Championship in 2011, when his father caddied for him.
Three years later and the Pretoria Country Club representative has become a stalwart of the European Tour. Three weeks ago he was battling with Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson in Abu Dhabi and now that he’s returned home looking for that elusive first victory.