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Friday, 18 January 2013
Justin Rose   (Getty Images)
Justin Rose (Getty Images)

Following an enthralling first two days of play at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, which included penalty shots and the world number one and two missing the cut, we analyse the performances of the leaders plus list their Genworth Statistics side by side (ordered by Round 3 Tee Times).

Round 3 Tee Time 12:50 (final group)

Justin Rose and Gonzalo Fdez-Castaño are playing superb golf from tee to green. After two rounds Gonzalo is leading both the Par 4 Scoring statistic and the Genworth Greens in Regulation statistic, with Justin following close behind. They are making few mistakes and scrambling well but Justin has the edge on the greens so far. Saturday could well be an exhibition of quality ball striking with these two long game specialists playing together.

Genworth Statistics Justin ROSE
-8
Gonzalo FDEZ-CASTAÑO
-7
  Stat Rank Stat Rank
Stroke Average 68.00 1 68.50 2
Par 3 Scoring 2.88 18 3.00 49
Par 4 Scoring 3.85 2 3.70 1
Par 5 Scoring 4.50 5 4.88 49
Driving Accuracy 50.0% 57 60.7% 19
Driving Distance 291 yds 32 294 yds 19
Greens in Reg 80.6% 3 83.3% 1
Par 5's in 2 0 30 1 3
Scrambles 71.4% 15 66.7% 29
Sand Saves 100% 99 66.7% 16
Putts per GIR 1.690 16 1.767 45
Putts per Rnd 28.5 33 30.0 62
1 Putts per Rnd 6.50 54 5.00 100
Eagles per Rnd 0.00 4 0.00 4
Birdies per Rnd 5.00 3 4.50 8
Pars per Rnd 12.00 - 12.50 -
Bogeys per Rnd 1.00 3 1.00 3
Others per Rnd 0.00 1 0.00 1

Round 3 Tee Time 12:41 (penultimate group)

Jamie Donaldson is driving the ball long and straight. He is hitting a reasonable number of greens and is putting extremely well (ranking high in all of the Genworth Putting Statistics categories). His Par 5 Scoring is 4.38 (tied 1st) and his Birdies per Round is 5.50 (also tied 1st). Thorbjørn on the other hand is slightly less accurate off the tee, but still managing to hit enough greens to score well. And just look at his Genworth Scrambles statistic. He has made 10/11 up and downs for Par which is outstanding.

Genworth Statistics Jamie DONALDSON
-7
Thorbjørn OLESEN
-7
  Stat Rank Stat Rank
Stroke Average 68.50 2 68.50 2
Par 3 Scoring 2.75 8 2.88 18
Par 4 Scoring 4.00 15 3.85 2
Par 5 Scoring 4.38 1 4.63 13
Driving Accuracy 64.3% 11 46.4% 73
Driving Distance 296 yds 11 289 yds 41
Greens in Reg 69.4% 24 69.4% 24
Par 5's in 2 0 30 1 3
Scrambles 72.7% 13 90.9% 2
Sand Saves 50.0% 43 50.0% 43
Putts per GIR 1.640 5 1.720 30
Putts per Rnd 27.0 9 27.5 13
1 Putts per Rnd 8.50 13 9.00 5
Eagles per Rnd 0.00 4 0.00 4
Birdies per Rnd 5.50 1 4.00 14
Pars per Rnd 10.50 - 13.50 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.00 19 0.50 1
Others per Rnd 0.00 1 0.00 1

Round 3 Tee Time 12:32 (third to last group)

Statistically both Garth Mulroy and Joost Luiten are performing very well without any one facet of their games being outstanding. Garth has struggled a little on the Par 3 holes in comparison to the other players at the very top of the leaderboard, but he ranks tied 1st for Par 5 Scoring. Joost’s short game is very sharp and both players are single putting just about 50% of the time.

Genworth Statistics Garth MULROY
-5
Joost LUITEN
-5
  Stat Rank Stat Rank
Stroke Average 69.50 5 69.50 5
Par 3 Scoring 3.13 79 2.75 8
Par 4 Scoring 3.95 10 3.90 5
Par 5 Scoring 4.38 1 4.88 49
Driving Accuracy 50.0% 57 53.6% 41
Driving Distance 289 yds 41 293 yds 21
Greens in Reg 66.7% 35 63.9% 45
Par 5's in 2 1 3 1 3
Scrambles 66.7% 29 76.9% 9
Sand Saves 50.0% 43 71.4% 13
Putts per GIR 1.667 14 1.696 20
Putts per Rnd 27.5 13 27.5 13
1 Putts per Rnd 9.00 5 8.50 13
Eagles per Rnd 0.00 4 0.00 4
Birdies per Rnd 5.00 3 4.00 14
Pars per Rnd 10.50 - 12.50 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.50 32 1.50 6
Others per Rnd 0.00 1 0.00 1

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1DONALDSON, JamieWAL18-14
T2ROSE, JustinENG18-13
T2OLESEN, ThorbjørnDEN18-13
4SANTOS, RicardoPOR18-11
5GRACE, BrandenRSA18-10
T6LUITEN, JoostNED18-9
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