Tuesday, 10 September 2013
Joost Luiten  (Getty Images)
Joost Luiten (Getty Images)

This week the Genworth Stats Pack heads to The Netherlands and back to Kennemer G&CC for the 42nd staging of the KLM Open. Our preview highlights some of the marquee players and those with recent form and course form coming into the event.

Joost LUITEN

Joost Luiten has competed in this event 8 times before (with a best of 2nd in 2007 on this course) and he arrives in great form off the back of a win, a 2nd and a 4th place finish from his last seven starts. Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the middle of June, the 27 year old golfer from The Netherlands is looking very strong from tee to green, ranking 32nd for Driving Accuracy and 10th for Greens in Regulation, plus his short game also seems to be nice and sharp of late (he ranked 2nd for Scrambling two weeks ago in Wales). Overall, the two time European Tour winner ranks 5th for Stroke Average over the period, taking plenty of home support with him this week.

Jun to Sep StatsResultRank
Stroke Average70.415
Driving Accuracy66.0%32
Driving Distance290 yds113
Greens in Reg73.2%10
Scrambles57.5%17
Sand Saves48.4%101
Putts per GIR1.77646
Putts per Round30.084
1 Putts per Rnd6.5564
Jun to Sep StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring3.0854
Par 4 Scoring4.0011
Par 5 Scoring4.6644
Eagles per Rnd0.05133
Birdies per Rnd3.8226
Pars per Rnd11.64-
Bogeys per Rnd2.053
Others per Rnd0.4579
Par 5's in 2 %11.3%119

Simon DYSON

Simon Dyson has competed in this event 11 times before, winning no less than three times (twice on this course). He arrives with finishes of 5th / 12th / 9th / 28th / 18th / 22nd from his last six starts, which is much improved since an uncharacteristic dip in form earlier this year. Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the middle of June, the 35 year old English golfer is looking very strong from tee to green (the same as Luiten), ranking 20th for Driving Accuracy and 11th for Greens in Regulation, all leading to consistency across the different hole types (Par 3’s / Par 4’s / Par 5’s) and an overall Stroke Average ranking of 9th. Simon will no doubt start as one of the favourites in his quest for a 4th KLM Open title.

Jun to Sep StatsResultRank
Stroke Average70.579
Driving Accuracy68.0%20
Driving Distance290 yds113
Greens in Reg72.8%11
Scrambles54.4%43
Sand Saves46.7%116
Putts per GIR1.78663
Putts per Round30.2102
1 Putts per Rnd6.03131
Jun to Sep StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring3.0747
Par 4 Scoring4.0011
Par 5 Scoring4.6749
Eagles per Rnd0.07105
Birdies per Rnd3.8028
Pars per Rnd11.57-
Bogeys per Rnd2.3011
Others per Rnd0.2719
Par 5's in 2 %18.4%44

Ross FISHER

Ross Fisher has competed in this event 7 times before (winning in 2007 on this course) and he arrives off the back of a 5th place finish in Switzerland (note that he is yet to miss a cut from nine European Tour starts this season). Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the middle of June, the 32 year old English golfer ranks 5th for Greens in Regulation, 1st for Par 4 Scoring and 2nd for overall Stroke Average (very impressive figures considering he is also hitting 22.2% of the Par 5 greens in sub-regulation), although we should highlight that his schedule of events has been slightly easier than some of the other leading players. With a good putting week, the four time European Tour winner may be right up there come Sunday afternoon.

Jun to Sep StatsResultRank
Stroke Average70.212
Driving Accuracy65.1%45
Driving Distance298 yds57
Greens in Reg74.2%5
Scrambles50.0%105
Sand Saves60.0%39
Putts per GIR1.79474
Putts per Round30.5137
1 Putts per Rnd6.04128
Jun to Sep StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring3.0968
Par 4 Scoring3.941
Par 5 Scoring4.7072
Eagles per Rnd0.1440
Birdies per Rnd4.218
Pars per Rnd10.82-
Bogeys per Rnd2.5731
Others per Rnd0.2515
Par 5's in 2 %22.2%11

Miguel Angel JIMÉNEZ

Miguel Angel Jiménez has competed in this event 11 times before (winning back in 1994), but this will be his first visit to Kennemer G&CC in all that time. He arrives off the back of a 5th place finish in Switzerland as well as some excellent results in the biggest of the summer events. Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the middle of June, the 49 year old Spanish maestro has played a very tough schedule, so his Greens in Regulation stats are slightly distorted (even so, we can see that he has put together some very impressive short game and putting figures over the period). With 19 European Tour victories under his belt, would you bet against him?

Jun to Sep StatsResultRank
Stroke Average70.7114
Driving Accuracy65.3%43
Driving Distance291 yds105
Greens in Reg63.3%139
Scrambles60.0%6
Sand Saves67.9%15
Putts per GIR1.74011
Putts per Round28.54
1 Putts per Rnd7.544
Jun to Sep StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring3.0968
Par 4 Scoring4.0221
Par 5 Scoring4.75101
Eagles per Rnd0.04146
Birdies per Rnd3.7929
Pars per Rnd11.18-
Bogeys per Rnd2.4624
Others per Rnd0.54118
Par 5's in 2 %10.2%136

Nicolas COLSAERTS

Nicolas Colsaerts has competed in this event 10 times before, with a best of 8th in 2010 / 2012. Having played the most difficult schedule of events, the 30 year old golfer from Belgium has a distorted set of Genworth Statistics so we will not pass too much comment. The one thing that must be mentioned though is his ranking of 1st out of all the players for the Par 5’s in 2 statistic, whereby the two-time European Tour winner is hitting an incredible 35.7% of the Par 5 greens in sub-regulation (two shots). If you want to see some big hitting excitement, then look no further than Nicolas Colsaerts.

Jun to Sep StatsResultRank
Stroke Average71.6375
Driving Accuracy58.9%99
Driving Distance297 yds63
Greens in Reg67.7%65
Scrambles44.1%169
Sand Saves38.1%165
Putts per GIR1.867184
Putts per Round31.4192
1 Putts per Rnd5.06198
Jun to Sep StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring3.16138
Par 4 Scoring4.13129
Par 5 Scoring4.5713
Eagles per Rnd0.1347
Birdies per Rnd3.06150
Pars per Rnd11.19-
Bogeys per Rnd3.25130
Others per Rnd0.3853
Par 5's in 2 %35.7%1

Brooks KOEPKA

Brooks Koepka competes in this event for the first time and he arrives off the back of a 7th place finish in Switzerland. Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the middle of June, the 23 year old golfer from the USA is averaging 50% for Driving Accuracy alongside a huge 320 yards for Driving Distance. To explain, when analysing driving stats, the longer the hitter, the less important Driving Accuracy actually becomes - but only as long as the player is staying out of the trouble and still hitting a good number of Greens in Regulation (remember it is much easier to hit a wedge from the rough than a 7 iron). For those that don’t know, Brooks won three European Challenge Tour events earlier this year which provided him with automatic promotion to the European Tour.

Jun to Sep StatsResultRank
Stroke Average70.8823
Driving Accuracy50.0%183
Driving Distance320 yds7
Greens in Reg68.4%49
Scrambles52.1%76
Sand Saves46.9%115
Putts per GIR1.80596
Putts per Round30.4131
1 Putts per Rnd6.2890
Jun to Sep StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring3.16138
Par 4 Scoring4.0332
Par 5 Scoring4.6223
Eagles per Rnd0.314
Birdies per Rnd3.3897
Pars per Rnd10.92-
Bogeys per Rnd3.15115
Others per Rnd0.2312
Par 5's in 2 %23.0%10

Paul CASEY

Paul Casey has competed in this event once before (last year finishing 46th at Hilversum) and he arrives in confident mood with finishes of Win / 24th / 27th / 33rd / 15th from his last five starts. Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the middle of June, the 36 year old English golfer ranks down in 141st for Driving Accuracy but up in 14th for Greens in Regulation, plus he is recording comparatively few drop shots (this is an excellent example where Driving Accuracy is less important for a longer player if he is still hitting greens and scoring). It all leads to an overall Stroke Average ranking of 7th. A good putting week and Paul will be tough to beat.

Jun to Sep StatsResultRank
Stroke Average70.437
Driving Accuracy55.9%141
Driving Distance299 yds50
Greens in Reg72.4%14
Scrambles53.2%59
Sand Saves58.1%50
Putts per GIR1.80596
Putts per Round30.6149
1 Putts per Rnd6.11119
Jun to Sep StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring3.0221
Par 4 Scoring4.0221
Par 5 Scoring4.7496
Eagles per Rnd0.07105
Birdies per Rnd3.6149
Pars per Rnd11.50-
Bogeys per Rnd2.5026
Others per Rnd0.3231
Par 5's in 2 %19.3%34

Rafa CABRERA-BELLO

Rafa Cabrera-Bello has competed in this event 4 times before (with a best of 34th last year) and he arrives in steady form with finishes of 15th / 35th / 29th / 21st from his last four starts. Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the middle of June, the 29 year old Spanish golfer is averaging nearly 70% for Greens in Regulation across all holes and he is scoring well on the Par 4’s and Par 5’s, but there is perhaps a little room for improvement on the Par 3’s. Over the period of analysis he has played 124 of them, hitting 73/124 of the greens (58.9%) and scrambling for Pars 24/51 times (47.1%) when missing the greens, accumulating 15 birdies / 81 pars / 25 bogeys / 3 others in all. A slightly more conservative middle of the green approach strategy may help his scoring in this area.

Jun to Sep StatsResultRank
Stroke Average70.8021
Driving Accuracy55.3%147
Driving Distance293 yds89
Greens in Reg69.3%38
Scrambles51.8%80
Sand Saves55.1%59
Putts per GIR1.79781
Putts per Round30.2102
1 Putts per Rnd6.03131
Jun to Sep StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring3.13101
Par 4 Scoring4.0221
Par 5 Scoring4.6327
Eagles per Rnd0.07105
Birdies per Rnd3.6051
Pars per Rnd11.33-
Bogeys per Rnd2.8055
Others per Rnd0.206
Par 5's in 2 %19.2%35

Tommy FLEETWOOD

Tommy Fleetwood has competed in this event once before (last year finishing 17th at Hilversum) and he arrives in superb form off the back of a win in Scotland three weeks ago and a top ten finish last week in Switzerland. Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the middle of June, the 22 year old English talent is looking very strong from tee to green, ranking 48th for Driving Accuracy, 50th for Driving Distance and 21st for Greens in Regulation, plus he is hitting 27.5% of the Par 5 greens in sub-regulation two shots as well (ranking 3rd in that category). Note that his rankings in the putting categories are lower as a simple knock-on effect of strong long game stats. He does not appear to be putting badly.

Jun to Sep StatsResultRank
Stroke Average70.8122
Driving Accuracy64.8%48
Driving Distance299 yds50
Greens in Reg71.6%21
Scrambles50.4%98
Sand Saves54.8%62
Putts per GIR1.80085
Putts per Round30.3114
1 Putts per Rnd6.00134
Jun to Sep StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring3.15126
Par 4 Scoring4.0439
Par 5 Scoring4.518
Eagles per Rnd0.277
Birdies per Rnd4.0015
Pars per Rnd10.46-
Bogeys per Rnd2.8867
Others per Rnd0.3853
Par 5's in 2 %27.5%3

Shane LOWRY

Shane Lowry has competed in this event 4 times before (with a best of 15th in in 2009) and he arrives off the back of a 10th place finish at Gleneagles. Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the middle of June, we should highlight that the 26 year old Irish golfer has played a very difficult schedule of recent events, so he is actually performing better than the numbers may suggest. The long game is comparatively very good and the putting is excellent. Don’t be surprised to see Shane up there vying for the title this week.

Jun to Sep StatsResultRank
Stroke Average70.6812
Driving Accuracy59.2%97
Driving Distance296 yds70
Greens in Reg66.9%79
Scrambles52.1%76
Sand Saves44.7%131
Putts per GIR1.75117
Putts per Round29.424
1 Putts per Rnd6.8229
Jun to Sep StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring3.1293
Par 4 Scoring4.0011
Par 5 Scoring4.6644
Eagles per Rnd0.2117
Birdies per Rnd3.6149
Pars per Rnd10.96-
Bogeys per Rnd3.0085
Others per Rnd0.2110
Par 5's in 2 %13.0%93

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1LUITEN, JoostNED18-12
2JIMÉNEZ, Miguel AngelESP18-12
T3HAVRET, GrégoryFRA18-9
T3FISHER, RossENG18-9
T3DYSON, SimonENG18-9
T3MCGRANE, DamienIRL18-9
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