Saturday, 07 December 2013
Jamie Donaldson  (Getty Images)
Jamie Donaldson (Getty Images)

Round 3 of the Nedbank Golf Challenge produced 19 sub-par rounds and a field average score of 70.77. Jamie Donaldson leads on -16 with Thomas Björn and Ryan Moore following behind on -13. We analyse their performances and round up the Genworth Statistics leaders.


Jamie Donaldson converted six birdies against a single bogey on his way to a third round 67, to lead by three going into Sunday. Looking at his Genworth Statistics, the 38 year old Welsh golfer is performing very well with the longer clubs, ranking 2nd for Driving Accuracy (with 27/42 fairways) and 5th for Greens in Regulation (with 40/54 greens), but most impressive of all are his rankings of 1st for Scrambles and all three Putting categories, dominating the thirty man field on and around the greens. That brilliance leads to the 2 time European Tour winner both accumulating more birdies and dropping the fewest shots of all the players in the field.

Tournament StatsResultRank
Stroke Average66.671
Driving Accuracy64.3%2
Driving Distance287 yds14
Greens in Reg74.1%5
Sand Saves--
Putts per GIR1.6001
Putts per Round26.01
1 Putts per Rnd10.001
Tournament StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring2.753
Par 4 Scoring3.732
Par 5 Scoring4.589
Eagles per Rnd0.0011
Birdies per Rnd6.001
Pars per Rnd11.33-
Bogeys per Rnd0.672
Others per Rnd0.001
Par 5's in 2210

Thomas BJÖRN -13

Thomas Björn converted one eagle and five birdies against a single bogey on his way to a third round 66. Looking at his Genworth Statistics, the 42 year old Great Dane has coincidentally hit exactly the same number of fairways and greens as the leader over the first three rounds, plus he has also managed 12/14 Scrambles as well. This exact match is so peculiar that we re-checked the numbers to make sure they were correct. Three putts is all that separates the 14 time European Tour winner from Donaldson as we move into Sunday's final round.

Tournament StatsResultRank
Stroke Average67.672
Driving Accuracy64.3%2
Driving Distance308 yds4
Greens in Reg74.1%5
Sand Saves--
Putts per GIR1.6503
Putts per Round27.03
1 Putts per Rnd8.335
Tournament StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring2.928
Par 4 Scoring3.805
Par 5 Scoring4.504
Eagles per Rnd0.334
Birdies per Rnd4.338
Pars per Rnd12.67-
Bogeys per Rnd0.672
Others per Rnd0.001
Par 5's in 2117

Ryan MOORE -13

Ryan Moore converted five birdies on his way to a bogey free third round 67. Looking at his Genworth Statistics, the 31 year old golfer from the United States ranks 1st for Greens in Regulation (with 44/54 greens) and 5th for Putts per GIR (the combination of which suggests some accurate approach play) - plus he has Scrambled 8/10 times for Par when missing the greens and tops the Par 4 Scoring with a superb 3.70 average. As already a 2014 season winner in Kuala Lumpur on the PGA Tour just weeks ago, don’t be surprised if Ryan steals this one down the stretch come Sunday afternoon.

Tournament StatsResultRank
Stroke Average67.672
Driving Accuracy59.5%10
Driving Distance299 yds7
Greens in Reg81.5%1
Sand Saves--
Putts per GIR1.6595
Putts per Round28.312
1 Putts per Rnd8.335
Tournament StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring2.928
Par 4 Scoring3.701
Par 5 Scoring4.7517
Eagles per Rnd0.0011
Birdies per Rnd5.672
Pars per Rnd11.00-
Bogeys per Rnd1.334
Others per Rnd0.001
Par 5's in 2022

Official Genworth Statistics Leaders

  • Stroke Average: 66.67
    Jamie DONALDSON.
  • Driving Accuracy: 73.8%
    Sergio GARCIA.
  • Driving Distance: 327 yards
    Sergio GARCIA.
  • Greens in Regulation: 81.5%
    Ryan MOORE.
  • Scrambles: 85.7%
    Henrik STENSON, Jamie DONALDSON, Thomas BJÖRN.
  • Sand Saves: -
  • Putts per GIR: 1.600
    Jamie DONALDSON.
  • Putts per Round: 26.0
    Jamie DONALDSON.
  • 1 Putts: 30
    Jamie DONALDSON.

Other interesting statistics provided by the Genworth Stats Pack

  • Par 3 Scoring: 2.58
    D.A. POINTS.
  • Par 4 Scoring: 3.70
    Ryan MOORE.
  • Par 5 Scoring: 4.17
    Sergio GARCIA.
  • Most Par 5 holes where green is hit in two shots: 5
    Sergio GARCIA.
  • Most shots holed from off the green: 5
    Kevin STREELMAN.
  • Least number of drop shots during the tournament: 2 bogeys
    Thomas BJÖRN, Jamie DONALDSON.
  • Most 3 Putts: 5
    Ernie ELS.
  • Most Eagles: 2
  • Most Birdies: 18
    Jamie DONALDSON.
  • Most Pars: 40
    Luke DONALD.
  • Most Bogeys: 13
    Dawie VAN DER WALT, David LYNN.
  • Most Others: 5
    Peter SENIOR.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1BJÖRN, ThomasDEN18-20
T2GARCIA, SergioESP18-18
4STENSON, HenrikSWE18-16
5DE JONGE, BrendonZIM18-15

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