Genworth Stats Pack 3.1 - ISPS Handa Perth International Preview

10/16/2012 4:18:05 PM

Who is heading down under?

The European Tour and the Genworth Stats Pack head down under this week for the inaugural edition of the ISPS Handa Perth International. Three European Tour stars headline the event looking to re-capture form produced in years past. Read our Genworth Analysis on Charl Schwartzel, Paul Casey and David Howell below, plus check out a few other notable players to look out for - all powered by the Genworth Statistics.

Charl SCHWARTZEL

Genworth Analysis

Charl says his game is close to getting back to a high level, and our Genworth Analysis tends to agree. Comparing his Genworth Statistics to last year, we can see his long game is in great shape. A good chipping and putting week could see Charl run away with this one. Looking at the number of past South African winners around Lake Karrinyup CC, it would be of no surprise.

Statistics 2011 2012
Stroke Average 69.44 71.14
Driving Accuracy 62.9% 65.2%
Driving Distance 297 yds 294 yds
Greens in Reg 73.7% 75.5%
Putts per GIR 1.73 1.78
Putts per Round 29.2 30.5
Scrambles 56.5% 49.5%
Sand Saves 61.7% 52.4%

Paul CASEY

Genworth Analysis

As one of the world's very best golfers, Paul's uncharacteristic dip in form is likely a result of injury or something off course. Looking at his Genworth Stats, the dip stems from his shorter, less accurate driving of the ball. As his form returns, his driving statistics (and everything else) should rapidly improve. Note that Paul won in Australia in 2003. And as they say, form is temporary, class is permanent.

Statistics 2009 2012
Stroke Average 69.92 73.97
Driving Accuracy 65.1% 52.9%
Driving Distance 294 yds 287 yds
Greens in Reg 74.7% 63.3%
Putts per GIR 1.73 1.80
Putts per Round 29.2 30.1
Scrambles 63.2% 42.8%
Sand Saves 44.0% 41.7%

David HOWELL

Genworth Analysis

Although we see a lot of red in 2012 compared to David's best year in 2006, don't be put off. David is showing signs of good form. He is having his best year since 2008, and his recent form shows consistency across the board. With 12 cuts made from his last 14 events, a recent Par 4 Scoring average of 3.95, and a Round 4 Genworth Stroke Average of 67 for his last three events, a big week is close.

Statistics 2006 2012
Stroke Average 70.84 71.09
Driving Accuracy 64.5% 57.5%
Driving Distance 281 yds 278 yds
Greens in Reg 70.5% 68.6%
Putts per GIR 1.72 1.77
Putts per Round 28.3 29.5
Scrambles 64.6% 57.0%
Sand Saves 71.1% 58.6%

Other notable players to look out for

Brett RUMFORD - If you are looking for putting inspiration then look no further than Brett Rumford. The Perth local boy will have plenty of support this week, and he also brings some great form into the event. Widely regarded as one of the European Tour's best putters (if not the best), his Genworth Stroke Average statistic is a very tidy 69.56 for his last four tournaments. And without being one of the longer hitters, his recent Genworth Par 5 Scoring statistic also stands out at a 4.49 average.

Edoardo MOLINARI - Edoardo is on the way back following an operation and a subsequent three month lay-off, and the trip down under is his fourth tournament in a row since his comeback. There is of course lots of rust to shake off and trust in the swing to be re-affirmed. But as a long game specialist like his brother, Edoardo’s Genworth Statistics are already highlighting 64% fairways hit and 70% greens hit since his comeback. He just needs to ramp up the birdies on the Par 5’s which should give him the momentum that he needs.

Scott JAMIESON - With all except one of his overall season Genworth Statistics improving in 2012 compared to 2011, Scott is a player very much on the up. And he is bang in form leading into this event. His Genworth Statistics since the KLM Open are all very strong, with Par 3 Scoring at 3.00, Par 4 Scoring at 3.89, Par 5 Scoring at 4.60, and the all-important Genworth Stroke Average statistic at 68.81 - there are very few players better than that. With qualification for the DP World Tour Championship fast approaching, Scott is one to watch.