Genworth Stats Pack 1.5 - Alfred Dunhill Championship Summary

07/10/2012 18:44:57

Genworth Tournament Summary

Our Genworth Tournament Summary shows how Branden Grace, Thorbjørn Olesen and Alexander Noren came out on top at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Alongside the player summaries the tables show their Genworth tournament statistics and rankings out of the players that made the cut. We can clearly see that due to the low rough Pro-Am format and generous St Andrews fairways, Driving Accuracy has been far less important this week. Each of the top three finished well down the Genworth Driving Accuracy rankings.

1st Place - Branden GRACE

Genworth Summary

With 27 birdies and 1 eagle, Branden excelled in just about all of the Genworth statistics categories this week. Even with three “3 putts” he still ranked high in the Genworth Putts per Round statistic. Branden also pulled off a bit of a Tiger Woods by producing the stat “Greenside Bunkers Visited = 0”.

Tournament Statistic Result Rank
Stroke Average 66.50 1
Driving Accuracy 62.3% 52
Greens in Reg 84.7% 8
Putts per Round 29.25 8
Par 3 Scoring 2.73 3
Par 4 Scoring 3.80 4
Par 5 Scoring 4.18 2

2nd Place - Thorbjørn OLESEN

Genworth Summary

With 24 birdies and 2 eagles, Thorbjørn hit the same number of greens and took the same number of putts as Branden at the finish. He hit 5 of the 11 Par 5 holes in two shots compared to Branden's 4 of 11, and ranked number one in Par 5 Scoring. He even produced 4 from 4 in Sand Saves for the tournament.

Tournament Statistic Result Rank
Stroke Average 67.00 2
Driving Accuracy 75.4% 21
Greens in Reg 84.7% 8
Putts per Round 29.25 8
Par 3 Scoring 2.91 16
Par 4 Scoring 3.84 12
Par 5 Scoring 4.00 1

3rd Place - Alexander NOREN

Genworth Summary

Alex was perhaps a grade below the top two with his approach play this week, ranking well down in the Genworth Greens in Regulation statistic. He was most definitely the hot blade of the event though, ranking first in Putts per Round (even with 32 putts over the final 18 holes at St Andrews).

Tournament Statistic Result Rank
Stroke Average 67.50 3
Driving Accuracy 70.5% 34
Greens in Reg 76.4% 43
Putts per Round 28.25 1
Par 3 Scoring 2.91 16
Par 4 Scoring 3.80 4
Par 5 Scoring 4.36 9

Notable performances at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

So what of the Ryder Cup heroes? Well Paul Lawrie missed the cut but Martin Kaymer and Peter Hanson produced solid performances, both finishing in 34th place on -9. Martin ranked 3rd overall in the Genworth Greens in Regulation statistic, hitting 63 of 72 greens (87.5%), and Peter performed steadily across the board, including ranking 9th for Par 3 Scoring (2.82 average). The only stand out negative was Martin's 4.73 for Par 5 Scoring, ranking him down in 51st (an area of the game he usually excels in).

Of the pre-tournament form players, Danny Willet continued his great play with a fifth place finish on -15. He performed well in just about every Genworth Statistics category, including 7th for Par 4 Scoring (3.82 average) and 9th for Par 5 Scoring (4.36 average).

Chris Wood and Gonzalo Fdez-Castaño threw up probably the most interesting statistics of the week. From the players that made the cut, they ranked first and second in the Genworth Greens in Regulation statistic, hitting 68 of the 72 greens (94.4%) and 66 of the 72 greens (91.7%) respectively. On the flip side however, they finished joint last in the Genworth Putts per Round statistic, both taking 131 putts in total (32.75 per round).

A little golf stats lesson - courtesy of the Genworth Stats Pack

Statistically, high ranking Greens in Regulation performances joined up with low ranking Putts per Round performances are somewhat to be expected, especially at courses like St Andrews where the greens are so vast.

If you increase the number of greens hit in regulation with longer approach shots, then you are also likely to increase the number of putts taken. Think about it. By hitting the green with a longer approach shot rather than a short pitch or chip, your ball is likely to finish further away from the hole. The knock-on effect on the green is if you hit a putt from further away from the hole, then you will be less likely to convert it (you should convert a greater percentage of putts from 10 feet than from 20 feet).

Don't worry though, statistically you are better off hitting more greens in regulation in the first place and taking a few more putts, rather than having to rely on your short game too much. Overall you should score better.