Thursday, 31 January 2013
Richard Sterne prepares to play his second shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic  (Getty Images)
Richard Sterne prepares to play his second shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic (Getty Images)

A perfect first day at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic saw no less that 22 players (16.7% of the field) play the Emirates course without dropping a single shot. We analyse the first round performances of Richard Sterne and Stephen Gallacher, plus round up the early leaders of the Genworth Statistics.

Richard STERNE -10

Richard Sterne fell one short of the course record with his round of 62, which consisted of 10 birdies and no drop shots. He led the Genworth Greens in Regulation statistic with 94.4% (17/18) and topped the Par 3 Scoring with a 2.25 average (alongside Thorbjørn OLESEN, Andreas HARTØ and Craig LEE). The 5 time winner on the European Tour may not have achieved quite as much as his compatriots Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel over recent years, but if you watch him on the range, you will see that Richard is most definitely a big talent.

Tournament Stats Result Rank
Stroke Average 62.00 1
Driving Accuracy 78.6% 6
Driving Distance 285 yds 41
Greens in Reg 94.4% 1
Scrambles 100.0% 1
Sand Saves - -
Putts per GIR 1.529 17
Putts per Round 27.0 32
1 Putts per Rnd 9.00 15
Tournament Stats Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 2.25 1
Par 4 Scoring 3.60 2
Par 5 Scoring 4.25 8
Eagles per Rnd 0.00 12
Birdies per Rnd 10.00 1
Pars per Rnd 8.00 -
Bogeys per Rnd 0.00 1
Others per Rnd 0.00 1
Par 5s in 2 2 1

Stephen GALLACHER -9

Stephen Gallacher holed from off the green 3 times during his round of 63 over the Emirates course. In the 18 holes he made 2 eagles, 7 birdies and 2 bogeys, in doing so leading the Par 4 Scoring with a 3.30 average. Stephen began his 2013 campaign at the start of the Middle East Swing and his results from the first two events have been quite average. His fast start to this week presents him with an ideal opportunity to finish the Swing in style.

Tournament Stats Result Rank
Stroke Average 63.00 2
Driving Accuracy 64.3% 38
Driving Distance 290 yds 29
Greens in Reg 77.8% 23
Scrambles 75.0% 25
Sand Saves 0.0% 52
Putts per GIR 1.500 15
Putts per Round 24.0 13
1 Putts per Rnd 7.00 53
Tournament Stats Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 2.75 18
Par 4 Scoring 3.30 1
Par 5 Scoring 4.75 68
Eagles per Rnd 2.00 1
Birdies per Rnd 7.00 2
Pars per Rnd 7.00 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.00 57
Others per Rnd 0.00 1
Par 5s in 2 1 6

Official Genworth Statistics Leaders

  • Stroke Average: 62.00
    Richard STERNE.
  • Driving Accuracy: 100%
    Paul CASEY.
  • Driving Distance: 319 yards
    Paul WARING.
  • Greens in Regulation: 94.4%
    Richard STERNE, Tom LEWIS.
  • Scrambles: 100%
    27 players including Fredrik ANDERSSON HED who scrambled 8/8.
  • Sand Saves: 100%
    31 players including Alessandro TADINI who saved 3/3.
  • Putts per GIR: 1.300
  • Putts per Round: 22
    Damien MCGRANE.
  • 1 Putts: 13

Other interesting statistics provided by the Genworth Stats Pack

  • Par 3 Scoring: 2.25
    Richard STERNE, Thorbjørn OLESEN, Andreas HARTØ, Craig LEE.
  • Par 4 Scoring: 3.30
    Stephen GALLACHER.
  • Par 5 Scoring: 4.00
    Grégory BOURDY, Jorge CAMPILLO, Robert-Jan DERKSEN, Marcus FRASER, Robert ROCK, Jeev Milkha SINGH, Justin WALTERS.
  • Most Par 5 holes where green is hit in two shots: 2
    Richard STERNE, Tommy FLEETWOOD, Grégory HAVRET, Andy SULLIVAN, Henrik STENSON.
  • Most shots holed from off the green: 3
    Stephen GALLACHER.
  • Number of players to drop no shots during the round: 22
    Richard STERNE, Tommy FLEETWOOD, Chris DOAK, Seung-yul NOH, Ricardo SANTOS, Matteo MANASSERO, Lee WESTWOOD, Fredrik ANDERSSON HED, Mark O'MEARA, Thorbjørn OLESEN, Emiliano GRILLO, Jamie DONALDSON, Robert-Jan DERKSEN, Lorenzo GAGLI, Eddie PEPPERELL, Felipe AGUILAR, Keith HORNE, Stephen DODD, Lee SLATTERY, David DRYSDALE, John PARRY, Richie RAMSAY.
  • Most 3 Putts: 2
    Edoardo MOLINARI, Justin WALTERS, Simon WAKEFIELD, Jaco VAN ZYL, Matthew BALDWIN.
  • Most Eagles: 2
    Stephen GALLACHER.
  • Most Birdies: 10
    Richard STERNE.
  • Most Pars: 16
    Richie RAMSAY, Joost LUITEN, Peter WHITEFORD.
  • Most Bogeys: 7
  • Most Others: 2
    Andrew DODT.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1GALLACHER, StephenSCO18-22
2STERNE, RichardRSA18-19
T3OLESEN, ThorbjørnDEN18-17
T3AGUILAR, FelipeCHI18-17
T5FRASER, MarcusAUS18-16
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