Genworth Stats Pack 11.1 - Alfred Dunhill Championship Preview

12/12/2012 00:39:17

Leopard Creek Favourites and Course Specialists

This week's Genworth Stats Pack heads to Leopard Creek, a course that has staged the Alfred Dunhill Championship since 2004. With so much course history, it gives us the opportunity to highlight a few of the course specialists playing this week, alongside the main tournament favourites.

Charl SCHWARTZEL

Off the back of an amazing 11 shot victory at the Thailand Golf Championship last week, Charl arrives at the Alfred Dunhill Championship as the player in form. But it does not stop there. Just look at his previous results and Genworth Statistics for this tournament over the years. With one win and three 2nd place finishes at Leopard Creek, Charl is not just the man in form, he is the hot favourite. Perhaps the only thing against him is the possibility of some jet-lag.

Tournament Date To
Par
Stroke Average Driving Accuracy Driving Distance Greens in Reg Putts per GIR Putts per Rnd Sand Saves
Nov 2011 N/A - - - - - - -
- - - - - - -
Dec 2010 -9 69.75 64.3% 296 yds 73.6% 1.826 31.0 50.0%
2nd 3rd 12th 13th 33rd 38th -
Dec 2009 -8 68.00 50.0% 295 yds 75.0% 1.745 29.0 60.0%
4th 55th 19th 27th 52nd 31st -
Dec 2008 -12 69.00 46.4% 302 yds 63.9% - 27.5 66.7%
14th 55th 12th 71st - 3rd -
Dec 2007 +4 73.00 60.7% 299 yds 75.0% - 34.0 100%
Cut - - - - - -
Dec 2006 -12 68.75 50.0% - 69.4% - 27.5 71.4%
2nd 48th - 29th - 5th -
Dec 2005 -11 68.50 53.6% 300 yds 65.3% - 27.5 75.0%
2nd 23rd 12th 38th - 4th -
Dec 2004 -7 70.25 42.9% 289 yds 72.2% 1.757 28.3 75.0%
1st 43rd 35th 5th 18th 8th -

Louis OOSTHUIZEN

Louis Oosthuizen is one of the very best golfers in the world. At the finish of the 2012 Race to Dubai season he led the Genworth Statistics Stroke Average ranking, Scrambles ranking and was piped at the post by Justin Rose for the Greens in Regulation ranking. Louis was also the Overall Genworth Performance Award winner. It is fair to say his form at this event has not been his best. He has missed the cut in each of his last five visits which is a very odd statistic for a player of his calibre. We look for that run to come to an end this week.

Tournament Date To
Par
Stroke Average Driving Accuracy Driving Distance Greens in Reg Putts per GIR Putts per Rnd Sand Saves
Nov 2011 N/A - - - - - - -
- - - - - - -
Dec 2010 +3 73.50 60.7% 297 yds 63.9% 1.739 29.5 50.0%
Cut - - - - - -
Dec 2009 +3 73.50 50.0% 303 yds 58.3% 1.875 29.0 60.0%
Cut - - - - - -
Dec 2008 -1 71.50 25.0% 302 yds 77.8% 1.844 31.0 100%
Cut - - - - - -
Dec 2007 +3 73.50 39.3% 311 yds 61.1% 1.692 30.0 50.0%
Cut - - - - - -
Dec 2006 +4 74.00 35.7% 317 yds 80.6% 1.858 33.0 0.0%
Cut - - - - - -
Dec 2005 -11 69.25 50.0% 292 yds 63.9% - 26.8 0.0%
2nd 36th 31st 43rd - 1st -

Richard STERNE

Although Richard's end of year form has been average by his standards, he is most definitely a Leopard Creek course specialist. Looking at his Genworth Statistics, you can see green pretty much across the board. His play from tee to green is excellent. The layout obviously suits his eye. But he also holes putts on these greens as well. With a win and three other good finishes in his last four visits, Richard may well return to winning ways this week.

Tournament Date To
Par
Stroke Average Driving Accuracy Driving Distance Greens in Reg Putts per GIR Putts per Rnd Sand Saves
Nov 2011 N/A - - - - - - -
- - - - - - -
Dec 2010 +2 72.50 51.8% 286 yds 66.7% 1.788 29.3 66.7%
30th 16th 22nd 28th 23rd 11th -
Dec 2009 -12 69.00 64.3% 294 yds 75.0% 1.712 29.5 66.7%
4th 10th 21st 18th 29th 48th -
Dec 2008 -17 67.75 67.9% 290 yds 81.9% - 28.8 100%
1st 3rd 35th 5th - 12th -
Dec 2007 -4 71.00 55.4% 297 yds 80.6% - 31.8 55.6%
18th 21st 22nd 2nd - 57th -

Robert ROCK

Ask us to highlight any one player that is due a win around Leopard Creek then it has to be Robert Rock. He plays here every year and always performs well. It is safe to say that he falls under the course specialist category. Looking at his Genworth Statistics, Robert seems to have no weakness. He is very long and keeps the ball in play off the tee, which then enables him to hit lots of greens. And he also putts consistently well. One to watch.

Tournament Date To
Par
Stroke Average Driving Accuracy Driving Distance Greens in Reg Putts per GIR Putts per Rnd Sand Saves
Nov 2011 -2 71.50 53.6% - 72.2% 1.763 30.5 100%
38th 27th - 25th 34th 45th -
Dec 2010 -5 70.75 37.5% 296 yds 75.0% 1.729 29.8 0.0%
8th 44th 11th 10th 10th 16th -
Dec 2009 -12 69.00 48.2% 296 yds 77.8% 1.698 28.8 85.7%
4th 72nd 15th 7th 23rd 25th -
Dec 2008 -16 68.00 44.6% 308 yds 84.7% 1.850 31.0 100%
2nd 63rd 3rd 2nd 68th 59th -
Dec 2007 -5 70.75 66.1% 291 yds 70.8% 1.779 29.3 100%
14th 4th 44th 21st 30th 17th -
Dec 2006 -4 71.00 45.2% - 68.5% 1.812 30.3 16.7%
17th 60th - 34th 49th 53rd -

Thomas AIKEN

Can you see the same pattern as us with how Thomas performs around Leopard Creek. Play well, missed cut, play well, missed cut. How do you think he will play this week? Looking at his Genworth Tournament Driving Accuracy and Driving Distance rankings, Thomas seems to be able to hit the ball long and straight, which suggests that the layout fits his eye. For us this puts him into the course specialist category. We look on with interest.

Tournament Date To
Par
Stroke Average Driving Accuracy Driving Distance Greens in Reg Putts per GIR Putts per Rnd Sand Saves
Nov 2011 +3 73.50 - - - - - -
Cut - - - - - -
Dec 2010 -7 70.25 50.0% 301 yds 76.4% 1.819 29.8 100%
5th 20th 5th 8th 30th 16th -
Dec 2009 +4 74.00 53.6% 298 yds 66.7% 1.801 29.5 100%
Cut - - - - - -
Dec 2008 -15 68.25 66.1% 310 yds 77.8% 1.718 28.8 80.0%
4th 6th 2nd 13th 25th 12th -

George COETZEE

George is one of South Africa's rising stars. With eight top ten finishes in each of his last two years on the European Tour, he is due a win at any point. We see his average tournament performances in years past as a good thing because he now knows the course better than most. Last year he finished 3rd and in doing so he led the Genworth Putts per Round statistic. If he does the same this week he shouldn't be far away.

Tournament Date To
Par
Stroke Average Driving Accuracy Driving Distance Greens in Reg Putts per GIR Putts per Rnd Sand Saves
Nov 2011 -13 68.75 46.4% - 63.9% 1.633 26.5 100%
3rd 45th - 52nd 4th 1st -
Nov 2010 N/A - - - - - - -
- - - - - - -
Dec 2009 +7 75.50 32.1% 311 yds 50.0% 1.837 29.5 50.0%
Cut - - - - - -
Dec 2008 -5 70.75 - - - - - -
45th - - - - - -
Dec 2007 -4 71.00 - - - - - -
18th - - - - - -