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Wednesday, 12 June 2013
Brooks Koepka  (Getty Images)
Brooks Koepka (Getty Images)

This week the Genworth Stats Pack heads to France for the Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open presented by Neuflize OBC, held for the 11th consecutive year at Aa St Omer Golf Club. Our preview highlights some of the marquee names that will be competing as well as those with form coming into the event.

Simon DYSON

Six-time European Tour winner Simon Dyson is the marquee name this week and he arrives having competed at St Omer twice before (in 2003/04). The 35 year old Englishman has struggled a little with his form this year in comparison to his usual high standards, with a low round of 69 up until last week in Austria (he carded a first round 66 to break that). Looking at his Genworth Season Statistics, Simon seems to be hitting the ball well from tee to green (ranking 30th for Greens in Regulation), but he ranks quite low in each of the putting categories. Perhaps he is simply missing some momentum. Signs are that a big week may be just around the corner though.

Season Stats Result
Stroke Average 71.73
Driving Accuracy 65.6%
Driving Distance 279 yds
Greens in Reg 72.7%
Scrambles 52.7%
Sand Saves 67.6%
Putts per GIR 1.800
Putts per Round 30.4
1 Putts per Rnd 5.95
Season Stats Result
Par 3 Scoring 3.06
Par 4 Scoring 4.06
Par 5 Scoring 4.74
Eagles per Rnd 0.03
Birdies per Rnd 3.43
Pars per Rnd 11.62
Bogeys per Rnd 2.62
Others per Rnd 0.30
Par 5's in 2 % 3.9%

Brooks KOEPKA

Brooks Koepka currently sits aloft at the top of the 2013 Challenge Tour Rankings and he arrives to compete in this event for the first time this week. The 23 year old talent from the United States already has three European Challenge Tour titles under his belt (two this year) and his career is moving very much in the right direction. His Genworth Season Statistics highlight a 69.10 Stroke Average with lots of Birdies per Round and excellent scoring across the different hole types (being the Par 3’s / Par 4’s / Par 5’s). Brooks is most definitely the man in form with a superb run of recent results. He is arguably the pre-tournament favourite.

Season Stats Result
Stroke Average 69.10
Driving Accuracy -
Driving Distance -
Greens in Reg -
Scrambles -
Sand Saves -
Putts per GIR -
Putts per Round -
1 Putts per Rnd -
Season Stats Result
Par 3 Scoring 2.95
Par 4 Scoring 3.94
Par 5 Scoring 4.56
Eagles per Rnd 0.17
Birdies per Rnd 4.70
Pars per Rnd 10.90
Bogeys per Rnd 1.90
Others per Rnd 0.33
Par 5's in 2 % -

Mark TULLO

Two-time European Challenge Tour winner Mark Tullo has competed in this event on three previous occasions, with a best of 11th last year. The 35 year old golfer from Chile is progressing well this season with two top 5 finishes in European Tour events (placing him 101st on the Race to Dubai). Looking at his Genworth Season Statistics, Mark is performing pretty consistently across the board with no real weaknesses in his game. We look for him to go well.

Season Stats Result
Stroke Average 71.21
Driving Accuracy 65.2%
Driving Distance 291 yds
Greens in Reg 69.0%
Scrambles 54.5%
Sand Saves 78.4%
Putts per GIR 1.759
Putts per Round 29.2
1 Putts per Rnd 6.92
Season Stats Result
Par 3 Scoring 3.00
Par 4 Scoring 4.01
Par 5 Scoring 4.78
Eagles per Rnd 0.11
Birdies per Rnd 3.75
Pars per Rnd 11.18
Bogeys per Rnd 2.79
Others per Rnd 0.18
Par 5's in 2 % 11.4%

François CALMELS

François Calmels returns to home soil to compete at St Omer for the 7th time this week, off the back of his second Challenge Tour win of the year (last week in the Czech Republic). Looking at his Genworth Season Statistics, the 31 year old golfer from France ranks high for both Eagles per Round and Birdies per Round, plus he currently holds a Par 5 Scoring Average of 4.47 and an overall Stroke Average of 69.60. Back to back victories may well be on the cards.

Season Stats Result
Stroke Average 69.60
Driving Accuracy -
Driving Distance -
Greens in Reg -
Scrambles -
Sand Saves -
Putts per GIR -
Putts per Round -
1 Putts per Rnd -
Season Stats Result
Par 3 Scoring 3.07
Par 4 Scoring 3.98
Par 5 Scoring 4.47
Eagles per Rnd 0.25
Birdies per Rnd 4.35
Pars per Rnd 10.85
Bogeys per Rnd 2.20
Others per Rnd 0.35
Par 5's in 2 % -

Rhys DAVIES

One-time European Tour winner and two-time European Challenge Tour winner Rhys Davies arrives to compete in this event for the first time this week. He is playing with a lower category this year after finishing an unexpected 121st on the Race to Dubai in 2012 and has therefore had to split his schedule between the two tours. But the 28 year old Welsh talent has produced a few decent finishes of late (5th in Madeira and 21st in Sweden) and there are signs of the form that propelled him to 18th in the Race to Dubai back in 2010.

Season Stats Result
Stroke Average 72.00
Driving Accuracy 66.3%
Driving Distance 287 yds
Greens in Reg 63.9%
Scrambles 55.6%
Sand Saves 50.0%
Putts per GIR 1.758
Putts per Round 29.3
1 Putts per Rnd 7.00
Season Stats Result
Par 3 Scoring 3.18
Par 4 Scoring 4.04
Par 5 Scoring 4.74
Eagles per Rnd 0.06
Birdies per Rnd 3.56
Pars per Rnd 11.11
Bogeys per Rnd 2.89
Others per Rnd 0.39
Par 5's in 2 % 9.1%

Dawie VAN DER WALT

Dawie Van Der Walt arrives to compete in this event for the first time this week having had a most peculiar year of golf. The 30 year old South African has only made one cut on the European Tour so far, but in making that one cut he actually went on to win the tournament (the Tshwane Open). His Genworth Season Statistics show that he is averaging over 70% for Greens in Regulation which is actually very solid, so a good week on the greens may be all that is needed.

Season Stats Result
Stroke Average 71.86
Driving Accuracy 61.3%
Driving Distance 291 yds
Greens in Reg 71.4%
Scrambles 58.3%
Sand Saves 30.0%
Putts per GIR 1.828
Putts per Round 30.1
1 Putts per Rnd 6.57
Season Stats Result
Par 3 Scoring 3.00
Par 4 Scoring 4.08
Par 5 Scoring 4.78
Eagles per Rnd 0.07
Birdies per Rnd 3.50
Pars per Rnd 11.64
Bogeys per Rnd 2.21
Others per Rnd 0.57
Par 5's in 2 % 16.4%

Shiv KAPUR

Having finished 126th on the Race to Dubai in 2012, this will be Shiv Kapur’s sixth European Tour event of the season. He arrives in steady form off the back of some good results, including a 10th place finish in Austria last week and also a Challenge Tour victory back in February. Looking at his Genworth Season Statistics, the 31 year old golfer from India ranks high for both Driving Accuracy and Greens in Regulation, so his game looks to be in good enough shape to contend and perhaps even take the title this week.

Season Stats Result
Stroke Average 71.14
Driving Accuracy 71.9%
Driving Distance 277 yds
Greens in Reg 73.8%
Scrambles 54.5%
Sand Saves 45.5%
Putts per GIR 1.806
Putts per Round 30.6
1 Putts per Rnd 6.21
Season Stats Result
Par 3 Scoring 3.13
Par 4 Scoring 4.04
Par 5 Scoring 4.57
Eagles per Rnd 0.07
Birdies per Rnd 3.93
Pars per Rnd 10.86
Bogeys per Rnd 3.07
Others per Rnd 0.07
Par 5's in 2 % 8.9%

Jamie ELSON

Jamie Elson has perhaps the most consistent record over the St Omer course in recent years (36th in 2012 / 12th in 2011 / 2nd in 2010) so we are giving him a wildcard mention this week. After finishing 124th on the 2012 Race to Dubai, the 32 year old Englishman is another one of those players in Category 12 with a schedule somewhat in limbo. But he could well be a dark horse here.

Stats 2010-2012 Result
Stroke Average 71.33
Driving Accuracy 39.3%
Driving Distance 310 yds
Greens in Reg 60.6%
Scrambles 60.0%
Sand Saves 40.0%
Putts per GIR 1.763
Putts per Round 29.0
1 Putts per Rnd 7.42
Stats 2010-2012 Result
Par 3 Scoring 3.02
Par 4 Scoring 4.08
Par 5 Scoring 4.78
Eagles per Rnd 0.00
Birdies per Rnd 3.50
Pars per Rnd 11.08
Bogeys per Rnd 3.08
Others per Rnd 0.33
Par 5's in 2 % 5.6%

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1THORNTON, SimonIRL18-5
2VAN DER WALT, TjaartRSA18-5
3BENSON, SeveENG18-4
4DINWIDDIE, RobertENG18-2
T5EDBERG, PelleSWE18-1
T5LLOYD, ChrisENG18-1
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