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Tuesday, 30 April 2013
Branden Grace  (Getty Images)
Branden Grace (Getty Images)

This week the Genworth Stats Pack heads to Tianjin in China for the tenth staging of the Volvo China Open, held for the second year running at Binhai Lake Golf Club. Our preview highlights some of the marquee names, home favourites and in-form players.

Branden GRACE

Defending champion Branden Grace has much to live up to in 2013 following his four European Tour victories last year. The early season has not been quite so heroic, but the 24 year old South African is ranking well in numerous Genworth Statistics categories (his Driving Accuracy and Greens in Regulation rankings are lower as a result of a tough schedule of events). Last year Branden produced some incredible long game statistics at this event. Off the tee he hit 82.1% fairways whilst averaging 301 yards Driving Distance, which then enabled him to hit 86.1% Greens in Regulation. If he does that again this week he will be tough to beat.

Season Stats Result Rank
Stroke Average 70.50 30
Driving Accuracy 48.1% 208
Driving Distance 295 yds 38
Greens in Reg 64.9% 155
Scrambles 62.6% 40
Sand Saves 52.4% 109
Putts per GIR 1.716 23
Putts per Round 28.0 17
1 Putts per Rnd 7.91 12
Season Stats Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.05 96
Par 4 Scoring 4.00 48
Par 5 Scoring 4.53 15
Eagles per Rnd 0.18 28
Birdies per Rnd 4.14 42
Pars per Rnd 11.18 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.23 57
Others per Rnd 0.27 68
Par 5's in 2 % 19.5% 32

Alexander NOREN

Alexander Noren arrives in excellent form with tied 6th place finishes from his last two starts on the European Tour. Interestingly, last year at this event he also finished tied 6th so perhaps that is a good omen. Looking at his Genworth Season Statistics, the 30 year old Swedish golfer ranks low for both Driving Accuracy and Driving Distance, which may be producing a slightly negative knock-on effect onto his Par 5 statistics, but he still ranks an impressive 11th for Stroke Average and he is strong in most other categories.

Season Stats Result Rank
Stroke Average 69.96 11
Driving Accuracy 48.1% 208
Driving Distance 286 yds 111
Greens in Reg 72.2% 39
Scrambles 62.6% 40
Sand Saves 71.9% 16
Putts per GIR 1.729 30
Putts per Round 28.7 39
1 Putts per Rnd 7.09 59
Season Stats Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 2.91 9
Par 4 Scoring 3.94 10
Par 5 Scoring 4.72 107
Eagles per Rnd 0.00 163
Birdies per Rnd 4.26 29
Pars per Rnd 11.74 -
Bogeys per Rnd 1.78 10
Others per Rnd 0.22 42
Par 5's in 2 % 7.6% 164

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Pablo LARRAZÁBAL

Genworth Ambassador Pablo Larrazábal arrives off the back of three top ten finishes from his last four starts, so confidence should be high. His Genworth Season Statistics are distorted by a few below average performances earlier in the year, but more recently they are much stronger (for example his Stroke Average for his last four events is great at 70.38). Last year Pablo finished tied 18th at this event, and in doing so he produced some quality long game statistics, ranking 18th for Driving Accuracy (82.1%), 19th for Driving Distance (293 yards) and 4th for Greens in Regulation (84.7%).

Season Stats Result Rank
Stroke Average 71.23 92
Driving Accuracy 56.2% 159
Driving Distance 290 yds 76
Greens in Reg 74.2% 19
Scrambles 54.6% 128
Sand Saves 58.5% 70
Putts per GIR 1.767 83
Putts per Round 30.1 149
1 Putts per Rnd 6.42 122
Season Stats Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.02 51
Par 4 Scoring 4.03 90
Par 5 Scoring 4.72 107
Eagles per Rnd 0.06 125
Birdies per Rnd 3.81 80
Pars per Rnd 11.45 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.26 65
Others per Rnd 0.42 137
Par 5's in 2 % 11.7% 110

Kiradech APHIBARNRAT

Kiradech Aphibarnrat is emerging as a real talent. His finishes of 4th, 1st and 11th from three European Tour starts in 2013 have rocketed him to the top of the Genworth Stroke Average Rankings. The 23 year old golfer from Thailand (who missed the cut here last year) seems to be scoring well across the different hole types (Par 3’s / Par 4’s / Par 5’s), especially on the Par 5 holes. He is hitting 20.5% of the Par 5 greens in sub-regulation (two shots) and he ranks 1st for Par 5 Scoring with a 4.41 average.

Season Stats Result Rank
Stroke Average 68.73 1
Driving Accuracy 61.0% 103
Driving Distance 298 yds 16
Greens in Reg 68.7% 93
Scrambles 67.7% 16
Sand Saves 57.1% 79
Putts per GIR 1.669 3
Putts per Round 27.7 10
1 Putts per Rnd 8.36 7
Season Stats Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 2.93 13
Par 4 Scoring 3.94 10
Par 5 Scoring 4.41 1
Eagles per Rnd 0.36 2
Birdies per Rnd 4.91 5
Pars per Rnd 10.36 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.36 74
Others per Rnd 0.00 1
Par 5's in 2 % 20.5% 28

Wen-chong LIANG

Wen-chong Liang is the first of two golfers from China featured in our preview report. The 34 year old from Zhongshan (who missed the cut here last year) is performing well in the early season, finishing in the money in each event played so far (with a best of 3rd at the Avantha Masters). His Genworth Season Statistics highlight a sublime touch on and around the greens, ranking 6th for Scrambles, 10th for Putts per Round and 9th for 1 Putts per Round.

Season Stats Result Rank
Stroke Average 70.33 24
Driving Accuracy 55.2% 165
Driving Distance 292 yds 64
Greens in Reg 64.4% 165
Scrambles 69.8% 6
Sand Saves 77.4% 10
Putts per GIR 1.718 25
Putts per Round 27.7 10
1 Putts per Rnd 8.13 9
Season Stats Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 2.97 22
Par 4 Scoring 4.01 65
Par 5 Scoring 4.58 28
Eagles per Rnd 0.07 113
Birdies per Rnd 4.27 28
Pars per Rnd 11.20 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.20 48
Others per Rnd 0.27 68
Par 5's in 2 % 8.3% 147

Ashun WU

Ashun Wu is the second of two golfers from China featured in our preview report. The 27 year old (who also missed the cut here last year) has only played two events on the European Tour so far in 2013, but he has finished well in both of them. Looking at his Genworth Statistics from those events, Ashun has hit a good number of greens and he has putted well. It will be interesting to see how he performs over the Binhai Lake course which tends to suit long hitters.

Season Stats Result Rank
Stroke Average 70.29 21
Driving Accuracy 56.1% 160
Driving Distance 284 yds 126
Greens in Reg 71.4% 48
Scrambles 69.4% 8
Sand Saves 50.0% 118
Putts per GIR 1.756 62
Putts per Round 28.7 39
1 Putts per Rnd 7.43 32
Season Stats Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.07 117
Par 4 Scoring 3.96 22
Par 5 Scoring 4.61 38
Eagles per Rnd 0.14 43
Birdies per Rnd 4.29 27
Pars per Rnd 11.29 -
Bogeys per Rnd 1.71 9
Others per Rnd 0.57 186
Par 5's in 2 % 14.3% 76

Brett RUMFORD

Brett Rumford emerged from a three man play-off last week to win his fourth European Tour title. The 35 year old Australian golfer has struggled a little with his long game this year but as usual his touch around the greens has been fantastic, especially last week in Korea where he ranked 1st for all three of the Genworth Putting Statistics categories. Finishing in a tie for 29th here last year, it will be interesting to see how Brett performs.

Season Stats Result Rank
Stroke Average 70.95 64
Driving Accuracy 54.5% 177
Driving Distance 285 yds 120
Greens in Reg 63.4% 183
Scrambles 66.9% 18
Sand Saves 60.5% 60
Putts per GIR 1.709 19
Putts per Round 27.8 14
1 Putts per Rnd 8.00 11
Season Stats Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.08 122
Par 4 Scoring 3.95 14
Par 5 Scoring 4.78 155
Eagles per Rnd 0.00 163
Birdies per Rnd 4.18 38
Pars per Rnd 11.41 -
Bogeys per Rnd 1.82 13
Others per Rnd 0.59 190
Par 5's in 2 % 7.0% 168

Marcus FRASER

Marcus Fraser arrives in superb form off the back of a tied 2nd place finish in Korea (losing in a play-off to fellow Aussie Brett Rumford). But he also possesses fond memories of this Binhai Lake course last year when he finished tied 6th here. The 34 year old putting wizard ranked 3rd for both Putts per Round and Putts per GIR, so he enjoys these greens. Perhaps it is not such a bombers course after all?

Season Stats Result Rank
Stroke Average 70.57 35
Driving Accuracy 61.2% 101
Driving Distance 270 yds 195
Greens in Reg 62.3% 193
Scrambles 69.9% 5
Sand Saves 65.9% 37
Putts per GIR 1.682 8
Putts per Round 27.0 3
1 Putts per Rnd 8.87 2
Season Stats Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.00 36
Par 4 Scoring 3.95 14
Par 5 Scoring 4.77 149
Eagles per Rnd 0.04 145
Birdies per Rnd 4.00 52
Pars per Rnd 11.70 -
Bogeys per Rnd 1.96 27
Others per Rnd 0.30 88
Par 5's in 2 % 2.2% 211

Thomas AIKEN

Thomas Aiken returns to compete on the European Tour after one month away. The 29 year old South African golfer (who did not play here last year) already has one win under his belt in 2013 and he currently possesses one of the most consistent long games on tour. Looking at his Genworth Season Statistics, Thomas ranks 25th for Driving Accuracy, 32nd for Driving Distance and 7th for Greens in Regulation, plus he is hitting 21.4% of the Par 5 greens in sub-regulation (two shots).

Season Stats Result Rank
Stroke Average 69.70 6
Driving Accuracy 70.7% 25
Driving Distance 296 yds 32
Greens in Reg 77.0% 7
Scrambles 54.5% 131
Sand Saves 50.0% 118
Putts per GIR 1.743 47
Putts per Round 30.1 149
1 Putts per Rnd 5.81 183
Season Stats Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.03 65
Par 4 Scoring 3.93 7
Par 5 Scoring 4.56 20
Eagles per Rnd 0.22 16
Birdies per Rnd 4.22 34
Pars per Rnd 11.44 -
Bogeys per Rnd 1.85 18
Others per Rnd 0.26 65
Par 5's in 2 % 21.4% 23

Stephen GALLACHER

Although he missed the cut here last year, the Binhai Lake course should suit Stephen Gallacher, who is averaging 296 yards off the tee and hitting 72.4% Greens in Regulation in 2013. The 38 year old Scottish golfer was victorious earlier in the year in Dubai and he has continued to finish in the money each time out since then, including placing 6th in Korea last week.

Season Stats Result Rank
Stroke Average 70.84 53
Driving Accuracy 56.9% 151
Driving Distance 296 yds 25
Greens in Reg 72.4% 39
Scrambles 59.7% 66
Sand Saves 55.2% 96
Putts per GIR 1.776 101
Putts per Round 29.6 103
1 Putts per Rnd 6.64 98
Season Stats Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.00 36
Par 4 Scoring 4.00 48
Par 5 Scoring 4.73 121
Eagles per Rnd 0.24 14
Birdies per Rnd 3.72 93
Pars per Rnd 11.48 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.16 41
Others per Rnd 0.40 130
Par 5's in 2 % 14.4% 75

Victor DUBUISSON

Victor Dubuisson tied 4th at this event last year, producing some exceptional long game statistics in the process. He ranked 27th for Driving Accuracy (76.8%), 3rd for Driving Distance (303 yards) and 1st for Greens in Regulation (87.5%), but incredibly he still ended up five shots adrift of the winner Branden Grace. The long hitting 23 year old talent from France has finished inside the top ten on three occasions already in 2013 and this course may suit his game perfectly if he can get the putter going (last week in missing the cut in Korea, Victor two putted every one of his 36 holes played).

Season Stats Result Rank
Stroke Average 70.95 64
Driving Accuracy 51.0% 200
Driving Distance 296 yds 29
Greens in Reg 72.5% 39
Scrambles 53.8% 136
Sand Saves 48.6% 134
Putts per GIR 1.777 104
Putts per Round 30.2 160
1 Putts per Rnd 5.86 178
Season Stats Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.02 51
Par 4 Scoring 3.99 44
Par 5 Scoring 4.74 131
Eagles per Rnd 0.05 136
Birdies per Rnd 3.86 76
Pars per Rnd 11.57 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.24 60
Others per Rnd 0.29 82
Par 5's in 2 % 13.1% 92

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1RUMFORD, BrettAUS18-16
2ILONEN, MikkoFIN18-12
3DUBUISSON, VictorFRA18-11
4DERKSEN, Robert-JanNED18-10
T5SANTOS, RicardoPOR18-9
T5LARRAZÁBAL, PabloESP18-9
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