Height: 5 ft 11″
Date of birth: 6th August, 1991
Turned pro: 2014
Family: Wife – Carolina
Residence: London, England
Manager: Rory Flanagan
Ricardo turned professional in July 2014, after a tremendous career at The University of Central Florida.
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 final 2016 Race to Dubai rankings which meant that he comfortably retained his European Tour card for 2017.
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.
He 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 was full of highs and lows for Ricardo and he secured his card for the 2018 European Tour season, by finishing 9th on the Access List.
In 2018, Ricardo recorded his best finish of the year at the Portugal Masters, where he finished tied 7th. The following week he finished tied 16th at the Sky Sports British Masters and this was enough to secure his European Tour card for the 2019 season.
2019 saw Ricardo once again compete on the European Tour, where his best performances were at the Hong Kong Open (T20) and the Portugal Masters (T27). Unfortunately these performances were not enough to retain Ricardo’s main tour status for 2020, so he will now compete on the Challenge Tour this season, as he looks to rise back up the rankings.
Ricardo is the highest ranked Portuguese golfer of all time, reaching a career high of 77th in the Official World Golf Rankings.
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.