Sunday, 20 January 2013
Jamie Donaldson   (Getty Images)
Jamie Donaldson (Getty Images)

Our Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship Summary Report analyses the performance of the winner Jamie Donaldson, plus tournament contenders Justin Rose, Thorbjørn Olesen, Ricardo Santos and Branden Grace.


Jamie Donaldson’s great driving on a course that demanded accuracy from the tee produced the desired knock-on effect through his game this week. Looking at his Genworth Statistics he ranked 15th for Driving Accuracy and 7th for Driving Distance (a great combination). His approach play was excellent hitting 75.0% Greens in Regulations (ranking 8th) and when he missed the green he Scrambled 77.8% of the time (ranking 6th). Jamie also converted on average 5 birdies per round and scored better on both the Par 3 holes and Par 4 holes than all but a couple of the other players.

Tournament StatsResultRank
Stroke Average68.501
Driving Accuracy60.7%15
Driving Distance295 yds7
Greens in Reg75.0%8
Sand Saves50.0%41
Putts per GIR1.72223
Putts per Round28.317
1 Putts per Rnd7.5024
Tournament StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring2.753
Par 4 Scoring3.882
Par 5 Scoring4.6915
Eagles per Rnd0.005
Birdies per Rnd5.005
Pars per Rnd11.50-
Bogeys per Rnd1.505
Others per Rnd0.001
Par 5s in 219

Justin ROSE -13

Justin Rose was not quite as sharp in the final round compared to the first three rounds. He missed out on a playoff following a lip-out on the 18th green and the chance for a wire to wire victory, Overall for the week though Justin finished on top of the Genworth Greens in Regulation statistic (a position he has become accustomed to) and our Genworth Ambassador Peter Hanson was the only player in the field to make more birdies (22 compared to Justin’s 21).

Tournament StatsResultRank
Stroke Average68.752
Driving Accuracy53.6%32
Driving Distance294 yds8
Greens in Reg80.6%1
Sand Saves100.0%68
Putts per GIR1.69016
Putts per Round29.334
1 Putts per Rnd6.7534
Tournament StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring2.753
Par 4 Scoring3.9816
Par 5 Scoring4.503
Eagles per Rnd0.005
Birdies per Rnd5.252
Pars per Rnd10.75-
Bogeys per Rnd2.0017
Others per Rnd0.001
Par 5s in 2031

Thorbjørn OLESEN -13

Denmark’s rising star Thorbjørn Olesen dropped shots on just two holes through the entire week, thanks to some fantastic scrambling (15/17). He ranked 1st for the Genworth Scrambles statistic and also 1st for Par 4 Scoring (with a 3.85 average). Considering the fact that Thorbjørn has changed equipment manufacture for 2013 (the same as Rory McIlroy), his second place finish (with a missed putt for a playoff on the 18th green) is a pretty good accomplishment.

Tournament StatsResultRank
Stroke Average68.752
Driving Accuracy55.4%26
Driving Distance288 yds25
Greens in Reg76.4%6
Sand Saves66.7%21
Putts per GIR1.72726
Putts per Round28.525
1 Putts per Rnd7.7514
Tournament StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring2.8825
Par 4 Scoring3.851
Par 5 Scoring4.6915
Eagles per Rnd0.005
Birdies per Rnd4.0015
Pars per Rnd13.50-
Bogeys per Rnd0.251
Others per Rnd0.2537
Par 5s in 219

Ricardo SANTOS -11

Ricardo Santos produced a bogey free final round of 68 to finish off an excellent week’s work. The 30 year old Portuguese player (who won the Madeira Islands Open last year) is cementing his position on the European Tour. Looking at his Genworth Tournament Statistics, his short game really stands out. He ranked 7th for Scrambles and 3rd for Sand Saves, and his putting was excellent too.

Tournament StatsResultRank
Stroke Average69.254
Driving Accuracy57.1%22
Driving Distance283 yds42
Greens in Reg69.4%23
Sand Saves85.7%3
Putts per GIR1.68015
Putts per Round27.511
1 Putts per Rnd8.509
Tournament StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring2.8112
Par 4 Scoring3.934
Par 5 Scoring4.6915
Eagles per Rnd0.005
Birdies per Rnd4.506
Pars per Rnd12.00-
Bogeys per Rnd1.253
Others per Rnd0.2537
Par 5s in 2031

Branden GRACE -10

Branden Grace birdied 5 out of his last 6 holes to shoot the best round of the day (65), spring-boarding him up the leaderboard into 5th position overall. His Genworth Tournament Statistics show a big contrast in his game though. His Driving Accuracy was just 37.5% for the week, ranking him in 68th out of the 70 players that made the cut, and his Greens in Regulation, Scrambles and Sand Saves rankings were all quite average. But just look at his Genworth Putting Statistics. Branden certainly took his chances when presented. He ranked 2nd for Putts per GIR, 6th for Putts per Round and 4th for 1 Putts per Round.

Tournament StatsResultRank
Stroke Average69.505
Driving Accuracy37.5%68
Driving Distance290 yds18
Greens in Reg62.5%52
Sand Saves41.7%58
Putts per GIR1.6002
Putts per Round26.86
1 Putts per Rnd9.004
Tournament StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring2.8112
Par 4 Scoring3.9816
Par 5 Scoring4.637
Eagles per Rnd0.005
Birdies per Rnd5.252
Pars per Rnd10.00-
Bogeys per Rnd2.7546
Others per Rnd0.001
Par 5s in 219

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Tournament Leaderboard

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