Genworth Stats Pack 7.1 - SA Open Championship Preview

11/14/2012 1:14:07 AM

SA Open Championship - one of two tournaments covered this week

This week the Genworth Stats Pack covers both the SA Open Championship and the UBS Hong Kong Open. During the week we will also keep track of those trying to qualify for the Race to Dubai next week. We start by first analysing the recent form of the SA Open Championship favourites.

Martin KAYMER

Genworth Analysis

Martin Kaymer possesses the best Stroke Average of all the players in the field this week, when analysing form over the past few months. Since the Omega European Masters he is a total of 59 under par, which averages out at -2.68 per round. Analysing his Genworth Statistics, his low scoring has stemmed from his long game. A Genworth Driving Accuracy statistic of 70.9% is excellent considering he is quite a long hitter, and a Genworth Greens in Regulation statistic of 78.0% is only matched by the very best players in the world (over this schedule of tournaments). But apart from his magic moment at the Ryder Cup, Martin may be disappointed with his results this year, and will be keen to win before the festive season.

Form Since Omega Masters
Stroke Average 68.86
Par 3 Scoring 3.03
Par 4 Scoring 3.89
Par 5 Scoring 4.52
Driving Accuracy 70.9%
Driving Distance 296 yds
Greens in Reg 78.0%
Scrambles 54.0%
Sand Saves 44.8%
Putts per GIR 1.735
Putts per Round 29.9

Charl SCHWARTZEL

Genworth Analysis

Charl Schwartzel has played ten rounds on the European Tour since The Omega European Masters. The course lengths have averaged 7395 yards in length with a Par of 72.00. In total he is 12 under Par which averages out at -1.20 per round. And to be fair, that is quite average by his standards. Like Martin Kaymer, Charl looks to be playing quite well without too much happening. Looking at his Genworth Statistics, his Par 3 Scoring Average of 2.94 is world class, and his Genworth Greens in Regulation statistic of 77.1% suggests he should be scoring better than he is. Perhaps a return to his homeland may spark that magic putting week that is needed to sneak a win, again before the festive season arrives.

Form Since Omega Masters
Stroke Average 70.80
Par 3 Scoring 2.94
Par 4 Scoring 4.03
Par 5 Scoring 4.63
Driving Accuracy 68.3%
Driving Distance 300 yds
Greens in Reg 77.1%
Scrambles 48.5%
Sand Saves 35.7%
Putts per GIR 1.748
Putts per Round 30.2

Branden GRACE

Genworth Analysis

The online version of our Genworth Stats Pack recently analysed the incredible year had by Branden Grace. We commented on the bewildering patterns in his golf, whereby he either wins or finishes well down the field. Those patterns have since continued so it will be very interesting to see how he performs this week, when back on home turf once again. Analysing Branden’s golf over the 16 rounds played since the Omega European Masters, he is a total of 15 under par, which averages out at -0.94 per round (and that includes his -22 win at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship). When combining and analysing his Genworth Statistics over recent months, everything except his long hitting sits in the average band.

Form Since Omega Masters
Stroke Average 70.75
Par 3 Scoring 3.07
Par 4 Scoring 4.01
Par 5 Scoring 4.65
Driving Accuracy 61.4%
Driving Distance 302 yds
Greens in Reg 69.1%
Scrambles 48.3%
Sand Saves 44.0%
Putts per GIR 1.734
Putts per Round 29.6

George COETZEE

Genworth Analysis

South Africa has produced some great golfers over the years, and George Coetzee may well add his name to that list through time. With seven top ten finishes so far this year, he is turning into a regular tournament contender. Analysing George’s golf over the 20 rounds played since the Omega European Masters, he is a total of 40 under par, which averages out at -2.00 per round. He is hitting the ball miles, with a Genworth Driving Distance statistic of 308 yards. And off the back of that, his Greens in Regulation is also excellent. Like the other players on show here, his putting stats look pretty ordinary. But that is normal for players that hit a lot of greens because they tend to be putting from further away from the hole.

Form Since Omega Masters
Stroke Average 69.60
Par 3 Scoring 3.01
Par 4 Scoring 3.97
Par 5 Scoring 4.52
Driving Accuracy 60.9%
Driving Distance 308 yds
Greens in Reg 75.8%
Scrambles 51.7%
Sand Saves 52.4%
Putts per GIR 1.755
Putts per Round 29.7