South African Retief Goosen finished the season No. 4 in the Official World Golf Ranking, with wins on both the PGA and European Tours. Goosen is one of only two players (Tiger Woods) to collect a win in each of the last five seasons on Tour. He earned his sixth career PGA Tour victory at The International, playing 36 holes on the final day to surpass 54-hole leader Brandt Jobe.
Goosen's 2005 campaign may best be remembered for his roller-coaster performance at the four Majors. Goosen got off to a great start, tying for third at the Masters and leading the U.S. Open heading into the final day. But a disastrous 81 at Pinehurst No. 2 on the final day dropped Goosen a tie for 11th place. He rebounded at the British Open with 6-under 66 in the third round to finish tied for fifth, but once again stumbled on the final day at the PGA Championship to finish tied for sixth. All in all, Goosen has finished in the Top-10 in five of the last six majors.
Goosen was a bright prospect growing up, but was struck by lightning as an amateur in South Africa, and the health problems that resulted wound up delaying his rise to prominence.
2005 PGA Tour Earnings: $3,494,106
2005 Money List Rank: No. 8
2005 Tournament Wins: 1
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