The 32-year old South African's last appearance in the tournament was in 1999. That year he featured strongly and took sole possession of the eighth place, while Nic Henning claimed his maiden professional title.
This year Goosen joins his compatriots at Royal Cape as the reigning U.S. Open champion and the winner of the 2001 European Tour Order of Merit.
In June, Goosen followed in the footsteps of Gary Player and Ernie Els and took his place among the golfing elite when he defeated Mark Brooks in an 18-hole play-off to win the 101st U.S. Open Championship at Southern Hills in Tulsa.
Goosen proved his mettle when he was victorious five weeks later in The Scottish Open at Loch Lomond. He claimed his third title for 2001 and the European Tour of Merit title two weeks ago when he won the Telefonica Open de Madrid in Spain.
'It is fantastic to have both Ernie and Retief join the field for this year's Vodacom Players Championship. They are both truly international stars who have won all over the world,' said Selwyn Nathan, Managing Director of Vodacom Sports and Entertainment. 'We are truly delighted to have South Africa's numbers one and two in the field next month.'
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