Was struck by lightning as an amateur in South Africa.
Introduced to golf at age 9 by his estate agent father, a 10-handicapper.
After U.S. Open win in 2004, made a media tour that included an appearance on "Regis and Kelly" among other shows.
Is involved in course design work, with his first course, Legend Golf & Safari Resort, open in his native South Africa and a proposed project in China.
Maintains a journal which can be found on his website, retiefgoosen.com. Also introduced the Retief Goosen itunes app, which keeps people up to date with related news, schedules and a game patrons can play.