Wednesday, 05 February 2014
The Desert Swing in Numbers  (EuropeanTour)
The Desert Swing in Numbers (EuropeanTour)

After another enthralling edition of The European Tour’s annual ‘Desert Swing’ concluded last Sunday in Dubai, took a numerical, and sometimes sideways, look back at three memorable weeks in the Gulf…


366,870 – The amount of euros won by Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher in finishing T8 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, T28 at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters and 1st at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic

832 – Shots and a cumulative 32 under par Gallacher was for the Desert Swing

441 ­– Euros earned by the 39 year old per strike in 3 weeks in the Gulf

1 – Gallacher was the biggest earner on the 2014 Desert Swing

37 – Where the Scot has moved to in the Official World Golf Ranking, his highest career position

2 – Out of the 3 events won by Spaniards (Pablo Larrazabal in Abu Dhabi and Sergio Garcia the week after in Qatar)

840 – World Ranking Points available in the Gulf

45 – Places Pablo Larrazabal leapt up the OWGR after three Desert Swing events – from 101st to 56th – the biggest rankings mover in this time on The European Tour  

63 – The low round of this year’s Desert Swing, jointly held by Phil Mickleson and Danny Willett in Abu Dhabi and Stephen Gallacher and Rory McIlroy in Dubai

21 – Number of former winners reunited last week for the 25th edition of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic

1 – Albatross on the Desert Swing (Steve Webster, on his first hole, the 10th, during round 1 in Qatar), the first time any player has started an event with an albatross in European Tour history

1 – Hole in 1 in the Gulf this year (Brandon Stone, on the 13th hole during round 2 in Qatar)

4.27 – The average score on the par 4 9th at Abu Dhabi Golf Club – statistically the hardest hole on the 2014 Desert Swing

98 – Bogeys and 21 double bogeys or worse were made on the 456-yard hole

4.52 – The average score on the par 5 10th at Emirates Golf Club – statistically the easiest hole on the 2014 Desert Swing

11 – Eagles and 192 birdies yielded on the 549-yard hole

439 – Round trip mileage for those players to have contested in all 3 Desert Swing events

39 – Events and 9 or so months until The European Tour returns to the UAE for the 2014 season finale – the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai

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