Height – 5 ft 11″
Date of birth – 6th August 1991
Turned pro – 2014
Family – Wife: Carolina
Residence – London, England
Ricardo turned professional in July 2014 after a tremendous career at The University of Central Florida, culminating in him attending the NCAA National Championships at Prairie Dunes as the low scoring individual from the regional stage.
As a 3 time NCAA All-American selection, he recorded 5 college victories, including the FAU Slomin Autism invite in 2014 and finished 10th or better on 28 occasions during his college career. Ricardo’s final event as an amateur was part of the victorius Palmer Cup team at Walton Heath.
In only his 7th start as a professional Ricardo won the EMC Golf Challenge Open in Rome, Italy on the Challenge Tour after a nail biting 3 hole playoff. This victory securing him full playing rights for 2015, and, showcasing his true potential.
Ricardo won twice on the Challenge Tour in 2015, securing victory at the AEGEAN Airlines Challenge tour event and also the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final in Oman. His performances throughout the season earned him the title of the Road to Oman Champion and secured his European Tour card for the 2016 season with full playing rights.
Ricardo’s maiden season on the European Tour was fantastic and he played his way up to 54th on the finished 2016 Race to Dubai rankings which meant that he comfortably retained his European Tour card for 2017.
Early on in the year, Ricardo had a T7 finish at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters and also later on in the year had a T8 finished at the Made in Denmark.
Gouveia represented Portugal at the Rio Olympic games in the summer of 2016, and finished in a tie for 59th. This was the first time that Portugal were represented in Golf at the Olympics Games.
Ricardo made it into the Final Series on the European Tour, by playing his way into each tournament, week by week. At the Turkish Airlines Open, Ricardo had a T13 finish, which meant that he qualified for the Nedbank Golf Challenge the week after. A fantastic performance from Ricardo in Sun City saw him finish in a tie for 3rd. This meant that Ricardo would make it to the final event of the year due to his playing. At the DP World Tour Championship, Ricardo ended his maiden season on the European Tour in a tie for 46th position.
Ricardo then went on to represent Portugal in Australia at the World Cup of Golf with partner Jose Filipe-Lima. In this foursomes and fourball format, they shot rounds of 74, 68, 72 and 70 which put them in a tie for 26th.
The 2017 Race to Dubai season has been full of highs and lows for Ricardo, and he has secured his card for the 2018 European Tour season, by finishing 9th on the Access List.
A T5 finish for Ricardo at his national tournament, the Portugal Masters, was a season highlight. A final round 65 catapulted Gouveia up the leaderboard to finish on -14. This was thanks to 5 birdies and an eagle in his final round, which gave the home crowd something to cheer about.
In the final event on the normal Race to Dubai season at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters, a solid week ending in T23 was enough to secure Ricardo’s card for next season.
Ricardo is the highest ranked Portuguese golfer of all time, reaching a career high of 77th in the Official World Golf Rankings.
DID YOU KNOW?
Ricardo is an avid follower of Sporting Lisbon. You can normally find him and his close friend Pedro Figueiredo arguing over who supports the better team.