Genworth Stats Pack 5.1 - WGC HSBC Champions Preview

29/10/2012 10:30:11

Local knowledge may play a part over the Mission Hills Olazábal Course

This week's WGC HSBC Champions tournament is to be played over the Mission Hills Golf Club Olazábal Course, which hosted the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Omega Mission Hills World Cup. Our Genworth Analysis looks at the big names that may benefit from local knowledge gained by playing here a number of times over that period.

Martin KAYMER

Olazábal Course 2007 2008 2009
Finish Position 6th 5th 7th
Score to Par -20 -16 -20
Genworth Snap Shot Analysis

The defending champion is most definitely coming into form. Last week at the BMW Masters Martin Kaymer ranked first in the Genworth Driving Accuracy statistic and fifth in the Genworth Greens in Regulation statistic. Add to that the local knowledge that he gained from playing the Olazábal Course in all three World Cup tournaments between 2007 and 2009, everything could be in his favour. We look for Martin to go well this week.

Genworth Season Statistics
Stroke Average 70.94
Par 3 Scoring 3.02
Par 4 Scoring 4.00
Par 5 Scoring 4.60
Driving Accuracy 65.4%
Driving Distance 292 yds
Greens in Reg 72.3%
Scrambles 57.1%
Sand Saves 42.9%
Putts per GIR 1.771
Putts per Round 29.6

Ian POULTER

Olazábal Course 2007 2008 2009
Finish Position 4th 6th 4th
Score to Par -23 -15 -26
Genworth Snap Shot Analysis

Last week at the BMW Masters Ian Poulter ranked first in the Genworth Greens in Regulation statistic, so he brings long game consistency into an event where accuracy will play its part. Exactly the same as Martin Kaymer, the Ryder Cup hero possesses valuable local knowledge gained from playing the Olazábal Course in all three World Cup tournaments between 2007 and 2009. He has a great chance of winning his first event of 2012.

Genworth Season Statistics
Stroke Average 70.59
Par 3 Scoring 2.99
Par 4 Scoring 3.92
Par 5 Scoring 4.67
Driving Accuracy 70.0%
Driving Distance 289 yds
Greens in Reg 78.3%
Scrambles 56.4%
Sand Saves 56.0%
Putts per GIR 1.766
Putts per Round 30.2

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Peter HANSON

Olazábal Course 2007 2008 2009
Finish Position 6th N/A N/A
Score to Par -20 N/A N/A
Genworth Snap Shot Analysis

Peter Hanson will attract a lot of attention this week following his BMW Masters victory. Back to back wins would see him overtake Rory McIlroy at the top of the Race to Dubai. The Genworth Ambassador currently ranks first on the Genworth Putts per GIR season statistics and 5th on the Genworth Putts per Round season statistics. Traditionally a long game specialist, Peter is on the short list to take the best putter on tour crown for 2012.

Genworth Season Statistics
Stroke Average 70.33
Par 3 Scoring 2.99
Par 4 Scoring 4.00
Par 5 Scoring 4.56
Driving Accuracy 59.6%
Driving Distance 290 yds
Greens in Reg 69.4%
Scrambles 54.0%
Sand Saves 60.9%
Putts per GIR 1.699
Putts per Round 28.5

Francesco MOLINARI

Olazábal Course 2007 2008 2009
Finish Position 17th 19th 1st
Score to Par -12 -7 -29
Genworth Snap Shot Analysis

The 2010 WGC HSBC Champion actually won the last Omega Mission Hills World Cup held around the Olazábal Course, alongside his brother Edoardo in 2009. He has fond memories for both this tournament and this course. Francesco is like a machine. He is yet to miss a cut in 2012 and he ranks fourth in the Genworth Greens in Regulation season statistics. A return to the Olazábal Course could well yield his second win of 2012.

Genworth Season Statistics
Stroke Average 70.36
Par 3 Scoring 3.00
Par 4 Scoring 4.04
Par 5 Scoring 4.64
Driving Accuracy 69.5%
Driving Distance 277 yds
Greens in Reg 78.4%
Scrambles 63.1%
Sand Saves 53.3%
Putts per GIR 1.785
Putts per Round 30.3

Who has played the Olazábal Course before

The following table displays the players in this week’s field that competed on this Mission Hills Olazábal Course in the Omega Mission Hills World Cup between the years of 2007 and 2009. Players such as Wenchong Liang, Thongchai Jaidee and Jeev Milkha Singh may well benefit from local knowledge gathered over the years. It will be interesting to see how they go.

Player Name 2007 2008 2009
  To Par Pos To Par Pos To Par Pos
Robert ALLENBY - - - - -21 6th
Jamie DONALDSON - - - - -20 7th
Gonzalo FDEZ-CASTAÑO - - - - -7 27th
Hiroyuki FUJITA - - - - -22 5th
Peter HANSON -20 6th - - - -
Thongchai JAIDEE -13 15th -14 7th -15 16th
Brendan JONES - - -18 3rd - -
Martin KAYMER -20 6th -16 5th -20 7th
Wenchong LIANG -17 11th -8 17th -11 22nd
Graeme MCDOWELL - - -10 16th -28 2nd
Jeev Milkha SINGH - - -8 17th -16 14th
Francesco MOLINARI -12 17th -7 19th -29 1st
Ian POULTER -23 4th -15 6th -26 4th
Justin ROSE -23 4th - - - -
Brandt SNEDEKER - - -13 9th - -
Nick WATNEY - - - - -20 7th