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Monday, 26 August 2013
The Celtic Manor Resort ()
The Celtic Manor Resort ()

This week the Genworth Stats Pack heads to Wales for the ISPS Handa Wales Open, to be held for the 14th consecutive time at The Celtic Manor Resort. Our preview highlights some of the marquee players and those with recent form / course form coming into the event.

Thongchai JAIDEE

Thongchai Jaidee has competed in this event 7 times before and he returns as the defending champion from twelve months ago. After a sparkling start to the year, the 43 year old golfer from Thailand has been a little quiet in recent months, making cuts but not really firing on all cylinders. We should note that his Genworth Statistics since the middle of May are distorted due to a very tough schedule of events, so he is actually performing more consistently than his stats and rankings suggest. Plus in winning last year, the five time European Tour champion ranked 7th for Greens in Regulation and 2nd for Putts per GIR, confirming the quality of his approach play that week. Thongchai currently ranks 57th on the Official World Golf Rankings and 18th on the Race to Dubai.

May to Aug StatsResultRank
Stroke Average71.6883
Driving Accuracy59.9%112
Driving Distance291 yds63
Greens in Reg68.7%54
Scrambles49.4%141
Sand Saves50.0%97
Putts per GIR1.812134
Putts per Round30.4147
1 Putts per Rnd5.93160
May to Aug StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring3.08101
Par 4 Scoring4.11111
Par 5 Scoring4.6431
Eagles per Rnd0.07105
Birdies per Rnd3.21134
Pars per Rnd11.46-
Bogeys per Rnd2.8995
Others per Rnd0.3660
Par 5's in 2 %13.8%79

Tommy FLEETWOOD

Tommy Fleetwood has competed in this event once before (in 2012 finishing 57th) and he arrives off the back of his first European Tour win last week in Scotland. With such an emotional high just days ago, no-one knows how the 22 year old English talent will react this week, but all eyes will be on him to see what happens. Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the middle of May, Tommy is performing well in most categories, especially on the Par 5’s (which he obliterated last week). The only area where improvements may be needed is on the Par 3 holes, where his scoring is not quite so good (coincidentally with Celtic Manor possessing five Par 3’s, this course is likely to put that area of his game to the test).

May to Aug StatsResultRank
Stroke Average70.8214
Driving Accuracy63.4%77
Driving Distance292 yds53
Greens in Reg69.8%37
Scrambles52.0%95
Sand Saves66.7%16
Putts per GIR1.77351
Putts per Round29.770
1 Putts per Rnd6.4689
May to Aug StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring3.13148
Par 4 Scoring4.0226
Par 5 Scoring4.546
Eagles per Rnd0.324
Birdies per Rnd4.1114
Pars per Rnd10.29-
Bogeys per Rnd2.93106
Others per Rnd0.3660
Par 5's in 2 %23.7%7

Joost LUITEN

Joost Luiten returns to Celtic Manor having finished 2nd here last year (his only appearance at the event so far) and he arrives in excellent form off the back of a win and a 2nd place finish in June, so overall confidence and expectations should be high. Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the middle of May, the 27 year old golfer from the Netherlands ranks 7th for Driving Accuracy, 4th for Greens in Regulation and 28th for Putts per GIR (great combinations), which is enabling him to convert on average 4.38 Birdies per Round. This incredible consistency is producing an overall Stroke Average of 70.00 for the period (ranking 2nd out of all the players). The only question mark may be that Joost is lightly raced over recent weeks.

May to Aug StatsResultRank
Stroke Average70.002
Driving Accuracy72.6%7
Driving Distance286 yds107
Greens in Reg75.1%4
Scrambles53.4%72
Sand Saves56.0%60
Putts per GIR1.75928
Putts per Round30.0105
1 Putts per Rnd6.4397
May to Aug StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring3.0136
Par 4 Scoring3.982
Par 5 Scoring4.6016
Eagles per Rnd0.0894
Birdies per Rnd4.385
Pars per Rnd11.00-
Bogeys per Rnd2.2511
Others per Rnd0.2926
Par 5's in 2 %13.6%81

Miguel Angel JIMÉNEZ

Miguel Angel Jiménez has competed in this event 7 times before (winning back in 2005) and he arrives off the back of some excellent results in the biggest of events. Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the middle of May, the 49 year old Spanish maestro ranks 7th for overall Stroke Average, which is exceptional considering the schedule of events that he has played. It is not surprising to see a slightly lower Greens in Regulation stat and of course Miguel is not the longest of hitters these days, but his short game, putting and course management has been literally second to none. With a current World Ranking of 51st and Race to Dubai position of 25th, the 49 year old is still going strong.

May to Aug StatsResultRank
Stroke Average70.477
Driving Accuracy66.7%43
Driving Distance279 yds157
Greens in Reg64.9%124
Scrambles63.3%5
Sand Saves72.1%8
Putts per GIR1.73810
Putts per Round28.46
1 Putts per Rnd7.535
May to Aug StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring3.0682
Par 4 Scoring4.0118
Par 5 Scoring4.6747
Eagles per Rnd0.06117
Birdies per Rnd3.9423
Pars per Rnd11.26-
Bogeys per Rnd2.3218
Others per Rnd0.4181
Par 5's in 2 %9.5%134

Rafa CABRERA-BELLO

Rafa Cabrera-Bello has competed in this event 5 times before (with a best of 25th in 2007) and he arrives in good form off the back of some solid results in the bigger events. His Genworth Statistics since the middle of May are slightly distorted due to a tough schedule of events, but taking that into consideration, the 29 year old Spanish golfer has still managed to rank 37th for Greens in Regulation and 49th for overall Stroke Average. The majority of his good scoring is coming from the Par 4 and Par 5 holes, with potential room for improvement on the Par 3 holes (the same as Fleetwood). Again with Celtic Manor possessing five of the short holes, this course is likely to put that area of his game to the test.

May to Aug StatsResultRank
Stroke Average71.3049
Driving Accuracy56.9%142
Driving Distance292 yds53
Greens in Reg69.8%37
Scrambles49.7%140
Sand Saves52.1%88
Putts per GIR1.817146
Putts per Round30.5156
1 Putts per Rnd5.87166
May to Aug StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring3.16169
Par 4 Scoring4.0437
Par 5 Scoring4.6637
Eagles per Rnd0.1073
Birdies per Rnd3.4399
Pars per Rnd11.30-
Bogeys per Rnd2.9097
Others per Rnd0.2721
Par 5's in 2 %18.9%19

Ross FISHER

Ross Fisher has competed in this event 8 times before (with a best of 6th last year) and he arrives in consistent form having finished well (without contending) in pretty much all seven European Tour starts so far this year. Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the middle of May, the 32 year old English golfer looks excellent across the board, although we should note that his recent schedule of events has been slightly easier than some of the other big names. Everything considered though, the four time European Tour winner is very likely to contend over the coming weeks and he may well get back to winning ways after a transitional and slightly disappointing year so far.

May to Aug StatsResultRank
Stroke Average70.073
Driving Accuracy67.3%34
Driving Distance293 yds45
Greens in Reg72.4%15
Scrambles54.7%51
Sand Saves66.7%16
Putts per GIR1.75928
Putts per Round29.541
1 Putts per Rnd6.7154
May to Aug StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring2.9710
Par 4 Scoring3.971
Par 5 Scoring4.6637
Eagles per Rnd0.1165
Birdies per Rnd4.464
Pars per Rnd10.75-
Bogeys per Rnd2.5035
Others per Rnd0.187
Par 5's in 2 %20.5%11

Stephen GALLACHER

Stephen Gallacher has competed in this event 13 times before (with a best of 4th in 2010) and he arrives off the back of a 2nd place finish in Scotland last week - it was there that the 38 year old Scottish golfer produced a majestic Par 5 Scoring Average of 3.94 for the week (yes you read it right, 3.94). His Genworth Statistics are distorted due to a tough schedule of events, whereas in reality he is heading for his best ever year on the European Tour. With a current World Ranking of 74th and a Race to Dubai position of 14th, don’t be surprised to see his name up there again this week.

May to Aug StatsResultRank
Stroke Average71.2948
Driving Accuracy58.4%126
Driving Distance294 yds41
Greens in Reg69.0%50
Scrambles50.6%121
Sand Saves41.9%156
Putts per GIR1.805115
Putts per Round30.5156
1 Putts per Rnd5.93160
May to Aug StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring3.09114
Par 4 Scoring4.0766
Par 5 Scoring4.6856
Eagles per Rnd0.2111
Birdies per Rnd3.14147
Pars per Rnd11.36-
Bogeys per Rnd2.96110
Others per Rnd0.3243
Par 5's in 2 %17.0%34

Bernd WIESBERGER

Bernd Wiesberger has competed in this event three times before (with a best of 26th in 2009) and he arrives off the back of an excellent 4th place finish last week in Scotland, where he led Greens in Regulation. Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the middle of May, the 27 year old long hitting Austrian is strong across the board, ranking high in both the long game categories and the short game categories. We should also highlight that Bernd possesses the best Par 3 Scoring Average of all the players featuring in today’s Genworth Stats Pack Report, which is worth noting with the five short holes that Celtic Manor has to offer this week.

May to Aug StatsResultRank
Stroke Average70.124
Driving Accuracy61.9%90
Driving Distance305 yds12
Greens in Reg72.2%16
Scrambles56.5%36
Sand Saves57.1%57
Putts per GIR1.74919
Putts per Round29.435
1 Putts per Rnd7.0319
May to Aug StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring2.967
Par 4 Scoring4.0010
Par 5 Scoring4.6535
Eagles per Rnd0.0985
Birdies per Rnd4.592
Pars per Rnd10.47-
Bogeys per Rnd2.5341
Others per Rnd0.3243
Par 5's in 2 %18.0%28

Thomas BJÖRN

Thomas Björn has competed in this event 6 times before (with a best of 2nd last year) but he arrives off the back of a few poor performances over the past few weeks by his standards. Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the middle of May, the 42 year old Great Dane ranks slightly lower than expected in the Driving categories, but he is still hitting lots of Greens in Regulation and holing plenty of putts. We should note that even with a few missed cuts, he still ranks 11th for Birdies per Round and 14th for overall Stroke Average for the period.

May to Aug StatsResultRank
Stroke Average70.8214
Driving Accuracy60.0%110
Driving Distance282 yds137
Greens in Reg69.7%40
Scrambles50.6%121
Sand Saves45.7%135
Putts per GIR1.7255
Putts per Round29.541
1 Putts per Rnd6.7056
May to Aug StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring3.0569
Par 4 Scoring4.0010
Par 5 Scoring4.7279
Eagles per Rnd0.0985
Birdies per Rnd4.1511
Pars per Rnd10.64-
Bogeys per Rnd2.7368
Others per Rnd0.3973
Par 5's in 2 %8.9%141

Gonzalo FDEZ-CASTAÑO

Gonzalo Fdez-Castaño possesses arguably the best record at this event over recent years with 9th / 12th / 2nd place finishes from his last three visits, so he most definitely deserves a mention in our preview report. His Genworth Statistics since the middle of May are distorted due to an extremely difficult schedule so we will pay little attention to them here. Note that he has still however managed a Par 3 Scoring Average of 3.00 over the period (a key ingredient with the five Celtic Manor short holes this week). Gonzalo currently ranks 48th on the Official World Golf Rankings and 30th on the Race to Dubai.

May to Aug StatsResultRank
Stroke Average72.41130
Driving Accuracy57.8%131
Driving Distance281 yds138
Greens in Reg62.4%162
Scrambles54.4%58
Sand Saves57.7%55
Putts per GIR1.858182
Putts per Round30.2128
1 Putts per Rnd6.6861
May to Aug StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring3.0028
Par 4 Scoring4.20181
Par 5 Scoring4.80139
Eagles per Rnd0.00152
Birdies per Rnd2.86177
Pars per Rnd11.18-
Bogeys per Rnd3.50179
Others per Rnd0.45101
Par 5's in 2 %11.7%108

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2UIHLEIN, PeterUSA18-6
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T4LUITEN, JoostNED18-3
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