Saturday, 27 July 2013
Michael Hoey   (Getty Images)
Michael Hoey (Getty Images)

Round 3 of the M2M Russian Open produced 32 sub-par rounds and a field average score of 71.93. Michael Hoey leads on -14 with Rikard Karlberg and Matthew Nixon placed as his nearest challengers on -9. We analyse their performances and round up the Genworth Statistics leaders.

Michael HOEY -14

Michael Hoey fired one eagle and six birdies against a single bogey on his way to a third round 65 (the low round of the week so far), to jump out in front with 18 holes to play. Looking at his Genworth Statistics, the 34 year old golfer from Northern Ireland has hit 35/42 fairways (ranking 17th) and 40/54 Greens in Regulation (ranking 9th), but it is his performance on the greens that has really stood out. He is putting the best of all the players in the field, managing to rack up 21 birdies in total (three more than any other player). The four time European Tour winner has won from the front before, and a victory tomorrow will put right a slightly disapointing year to date.

Tournament Stats Result Rank
Stroke Average 67.33 1
Driving Accuracy 83.3% 17
Driving Distance 279 yds 38
Greens in Reg 74.1% 9
Scrambles 57.1% 18
Sand Saves 33.3% 42
Putts per GIR 1.550 1
Putts per Round 25.0 2
1 Putts per Rnd 10.33 1
Tournament Stats Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.00 22
Par 4 Scoring 3.73 1
Par 5 Scoring 4.50 9
Eagles per Rnd 0.33 2
Birdies per Rnd 7.00 1
Pars per Rnd 8.00 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.33 23
Others per Rnd 0.33 23
Par 5's in 2 2 14

Rikard KARLBERG -9

Rikard Karlberg recovered well after a poor start to his third round to finish with an even Par 72. Looking at his Genworth Statistics, the 26 year old Swedish golfer actually ranks quite low for the long game categories, but his touch on and around the greens has been sublime all week. He has holed four shots from off the green over the first three days and today he took just 23 putts in total. As we highlighted in yesterday’s report, Rikard is playing under a category 12 exemption this year (currently ranking 122nd on the Race to Dubai) so tomorrow will be a big day for him.

Tournament Stats Result Rank
Stroke Average 69.00 2
Driving Accuracy 64.3% 55
Driving Distance 286 yds 28
Greens in Reg 61.1% 48
Scrambles 71.4% 6
Sand Saves 88.9% 4
Putts per GIR 1.606 4
Putts per Round 24.3 1
1 Putts per Rnd 9.33 3
Tournament Stats Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 2.92 10
Par 4 Scoring 3.97 15
Par 5 Scoring 4.42 5
Eagles per Rnd 0.33 2
Birdies per Rnd 5.00 5
Pars per Rnd 10.33 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.00 17
Others per Rnd 0.33 23
Par 5's in 2 1 26

Matthew NIXON -9

Matthew Nixon converted four birdies on his way to a bogey free third round 68 (his second bogey free round of the week), to stay within touching distance of leader Hoey. Looking at his Genworth Statistics, the 24 year old Englishman is looking strong across the board, ranking 7th for Driving Accuracy (with 37/42 fairways), 8th for Greens in Regulation (with 41/54 greens) and 3rd for Scrambles (with 10/13 up and downs), dropping the fewest shots of all the players in the field (alongside Mikko Korhonen). Currently ranking 125th on the Race to Dubai, tomorrow will also be a big day for Matthew.

Tournament Stats Result Rank
Stroke Average 69.00 2
Driving Accuracy 88.1% 7
Driving Distance 274 yds 47
Greens in Reg 75.9% 8
Scrambles 76.9% 3
Sand Saves 85.7% 5
Putts per GIR 1.732 19
Putts per Round 28.7 15
1 Putts per Rnd 7.33 11
Tournament Stats Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.00 22
Par 4 Scoring 3.97 15
Par 5 Scoring 4.33 2
Eagles per Rnd 0.00 15
Birdies per Rnd 4.00 21
Pars per Rnd 13.00 -
Bogeys per Rnd 1.00 2
Others per Rnd 0.00 1
Par 5's in 2 0 46

Official Genworth Statistics Leaders

  • Stroke Average: 67.33
    Michael HOEY.
  • Driving Accuracy: 95.2%
    David HIGGINS.
  • Driving Distance: 324 yards
    Scott HEND.
  • Greens in Regulation: 81.5%
    James MORRISON.
  • Scrambles: 81.3%
    Mikko KORHONEN.
  • Sand Saves: 100%
    Jean-Baptiste GONNET, James KINGSTON, Alessandro TADINI.
  • Putts per GIR: 1.550
    Michael HOEY.
  • Putts per Round: 24.3
    Rikard KARLBERG.
  • 1 Putts: 31
    Michael HOEY.

Other interesting statistics provided by the Genworth Stats Pack

  • Par 3 Scoring: 2.58
    Alexandre KALEKA.
  • Par 4 Scoring: 3.73
    Michael HOEY.
  • Par 5 Scoring: 4.25
    Scott HEND.
  • Most Par 5 holes where green is hit in two shots: 4
    JB HANSEN, Alexandre KALEKA, Scott HENRY, Anthony SNOBECK.
  • Most shots holed from off the green: 4
    Rikard KARLBERG.
  • Least number of drop shots during the tournament: 3 bogeys
    Mikko KORHONEN, Matthew NIXON.
  • Most 3 Putts: 4
    Tommy FLEETWOOD.
  • Most Eagles: 2
    Mark FOSTER.
  • Most Birdies: 21
    Michael HOEY.
  • Most Pars: 45
    Jurgen MAURER.
  • Most Bogeys: 16
    Jack SINGH BRAR (AM).
  • Most Others: 4
    Callum MACAULAY, Alexandre KALEKA.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1HOEY, MichaelNIR18-16
T2KALEKA, AlexandreFRA18-12
T2NIXON, MatthewENG18-12
4HANSEN, JBDEN18-11
T5LIANG, Wen-chongCHN18-10
T5HAVRET, GrégoryFRA18-10
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