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1969 Retief Goosen is born in Pietersberg, South Africa, the son of a keen amateur who introduced him to the game at an early age. At 15, he survived being hit by lightning on the golf course, although he has scars from the incident to this day. After winning the 1990 South African Amateur, he turned pro later in the year, and won his first title on the Sunshine Tour in 1991. Known as 'The Iceman' for his calm demeanour on-course, and also as 'The Goose', his first European Tour victory came in 1996, and in 2001 he won the US Open at Southern Hills in a playoff with Mark Brooks. He won the US Open again in 2004 at Shinnecock Hills on one of the toughest courses ever set up, which some claimed was "unfair", with only Goosen and runner-up Phil Mickleson finishing under par. It was his final major, and since then a slump and injuries have slowed his career, although he continued to notch up victories around the world. To date he has two majors, seven PGA, 14 European Tour, 9 Sunshine Tour and four Asian Tour wins to his name, as well as the 2001 World Cup, in partnership with Ernie Els. He now has an extensive and award-winning South African wine business under the 'Goose' brand name.

 

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