Genworth Stats Pack - Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Preview

22/01/2013 20:31:00
Paul Lawrie   (Getty Images)
Paul Lawrie (Getty Images)

This week the Genworth Stats Pack travels to Qatar for the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. Since its inception in 1998 this event has always been staged at Doha Golf Club, which gives us the chance to dig into the past and analyse the course form of the marquee players.

Paul LAWRIE

Paul Lawrie returns to Doha Golf Club for the 14th time this week. He is the defending champion and a two time winner (1999 and 2012). The venue presents traditionally windy conditions and therefore plays perfectly into Paul’s hands. For the last two years his Genworth Statistics have been superb across the board. He has driven the ball well, ranked very high for Greens in Regulation and putted superbly.

Year (Position) To
Par
Stroke Average Driving Accuracy Driving Distance Greens in Reg Putts per GIR Putts per Rnd Sand Saves
2012 (1st) -15 67.00 54.8% 300 yds 79.6% 1.630 27.7 66.7%
1st 23rd 9th 7th 3rd 5th -
2011 (19th) -3 71.25 50.0% 294 yds 83.3% 1.787 31.3 -
19th 30th 21st 2nd 26th 67th -
1999 (1st) -20 67.00 75.0% 279 yds 81.9% 1.602 27.8 100%
1st 11th 6th 8th 1st 4th -

Louis OOSTHUIZEN

Louis Oosthuizen has played this event seven times from 2004 through to 2011 (missing out only 2007). His best finish to date is 2nd (2009). Looking at his Genworth Statistics from his last four visits he has played solid golf without perhaps firing on all cylinders (even when finishing 2nd). In 2011 his long game was strong but his putting seemed a little off, and in both 2009 and 2010 you can see the reverse effect. Louis arrives off the back of a win at the Volvo Golf Champions. He is the tournament favourite.

Year (Position) To
Par
Stroke Average Driving Accuracy Driving Distance Greens in Reg Putts per GIR Putts per Rnd Sand Saves
2011 (37th) -1 71.75 51.8% 304 yds 73.6% 1.912 31.3 -
37th 24th 5th 10th 70th 64th -
2010 (14th) -5 70.75 60.7% 251 yds 63.9% 1.702 28.0 -
14th 38th 36th 53rd 10th 12th -
2009 (2nd) -16 68.00 57.1% 302 yds 72.2% 1.702 27.8 100%
2nd 51st 4th 40th 9th 5th -
2008 (25th) -7 70.25 50.0% 296 yds 77.8% 1.821 30.5 33.3%
25th 102nd 8th 19th 55th 58th -

Ernie ELS

Ernie Els has played the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters four times, but not since 2009. He has an excellent record over the Doha course which includes a win in 2005 and a 3rd place finish in 2007. Ernie’s Genworth Statistics from his four visits are listed below. You can see they are very strong (including leading the Greens in Regulation statistic in 2006). The course obviously suits his game.

Year (Position) To
Par
Stroke Average Driving Accuracy Driving Distance Greens in Reg Putts per GIR Putts per Rnd Sand Saves
2009 (31st) -6 70.50 67.9% 288 yds 81.9% 1.781 31.3 -
31st 9th 31st 5th 45th 90th -
2007 (3rd) -13 68.75 57.1% 295 yds 70.8% 1.679 28.3 50.0%
3rd 42nd 12th 33rd 4th 7th -
2006 (13th) -5 70.75 57.1% 299 yds 79.2% 1.806 30.8 50.0%
13th 43rd 10th 1st 42nd 58th -
2005 (1st) -12 69.00 60.7% 296 yds 70.8% 1.775 28.3 -
1st 68th 8th 14th 43rd 23rd -

Sergio GARCIA

Sergio Garcia is a regular at this event. This will be his 8th visit. He tends to put in a solid performance each year and has finished inside the top ten on four occasions. His Genworth Statistics show that he ranks consistently high for both Driving Distance and Greens in Regulation. One feels just a little spark is all that is needed to present Sergio with his first Commercial Bank Qatar Masters victory.

Year (Position) To
Par
Stroke Average Driving Accuracy Driving Distance Greens in Reg Putts per GIR Putts per Rnd Sand Saves
2012 (5th) -8 69.33 50.0% 296 yds 77.8% 1.716 29.3 100%
5th 37th 18th 13th 11th 21st -
2011 (9th) -5 70.75 57.1% 301 yds 73.6% 1.818 31.0 -
9th 14th 10th 10th 34th 60th -
2010 (24th) -3 71.25 55.4% 262 yds 75.0% 1.815 31.3 50.0%
24th 62nd 11th 9th 55th 95th -
2009 (7th) -11 69.25 57.1% 304 yds 80.6% 1.720 29.8 -
7th 51st 3rd 7th 15th 52nd -

Justin ROSE

Off the back of last week’s 2nd place finish in Abu Dhabi, Justin Rose arrives this week as the world's highest ranking player in the field (4th). He has actually played this event four times, most recently in 2009, and for a period much earlier in his career, from 1999 to 2001. Unfortunately Justin does not possess the best record over the Doha course. He has missed the cut on all four occasions. His Genworth Statistics for the course do not represent his current stature in the game, so we will ignore them on this occasion.

Year (Position) To
Par
Stroke Average Driving Accuracy Driving Distance Greens in Reg Putts per GIR Putts per Rnd Sand Saves
2009 (CUT) +2 73.00 42.9% 278 yds 69.4% 1.900 31.5 100%
83rd 96th 77th 54th 96th 89th -

Henrik STENSON

Henrik Stenson must have a love hate relationship with the Doha course. It is the most bizarre record. Between the years of 2005 and 2009 his results were 2nd, win, 7th, 2nd, 2nd, yet following on from that over the period 2010 to 2012 they turned into 64th, cut, cut. Below are his Genworth Statistics from his win and 3 runner up finishes. When he plays well here he is able to rank inside the top 10 for both Greens in Regulation and Putts per GIR (a deadly combination).

Year (Position) To
Par
Stroke Average Driving Accuracy Driving Distance Greens in Reg Putts per GIR Putts per Rnd Sand Saves
2009 (2nd) -16 68.00 60.7% 275 yds 80.6% 1.763 28.8 40.0%
2nd 34th 92nd 7th 33rd 24th -
2008 (2nd) -17 67.75 55.4% 293 yds 83.3% 1.705 29.0 -
2nd 88th 11th 4th 8th 28th -
2006 (1st) -15 68.25 58.9% 314 yds 72.2% 1.699 27.5 100%
1st 39th 2nd 10th 7th 6th -
2005 (2nd) -11 69.25 76.8% 294 yds 77.8% 1.735 29.3 -
2nd 6th 12th 2nd 21st 46th -

Genworth
Ambassador

Peter HANSON

Genworth Ambassador Peter Hanson has played the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters eleven times. His best finish is tied 2nd (2012). He putted exceptionally well that week in the windy conditions, ranking 4th for Putts per GIR and 8th for Putts per Round. Peter then continued to produce amazing putting performances throughout the rest of the year, and finished the season on top of the Genworth Putts per GIR ranking and in 4th position on the Genworth Putts per Round ranking.

Year (Position) To
Par
Stroke Average Driving Accuracy Driving Distance Greens in Reg Putts per GIR Putts per Rnd Sand Saves
2012 (2nd) -11 68.33 50.0% 299 yds 74.1% 1.646 28.3 -
2nd 37th 12th 22nd 4th 8th -
2011 (70th) +5 73.25 50.0% 284 yds 68.1% 1.939 31.5 -
70th 30th 49th 28th 72nd 68th -
2010 (14th) -5 70.75 51.8% 255 yds 75.0% 1.795 30.8 100%
14th 80th 24th 9th 42nd 85th -
2009 (31st) -6 70.50 55.4% 288 yds 76.4% 1.817 30.0 -
31st 65th 30th 26th 66th 56th -

Martin KAYMER

Martin Kaymer doesn’t quite have the same record in Qatar as he does in Abu Dhabi (even though the tournaments are played back to back). From his five visits here his best finish is 9th. But it should be noted that his results have improved pretty much year on year since 2008, and looking at his Genworth Statistics, that trend seems to stem from better putting each time. We look on with interest.

Year (Position) To
Par
Stroke Average Driving Accuracy Driving Distance Greens in Reg Putts per GIR Putts per Rnd Sand Saves
2012 (9th) -7 69.67 52.4% 295 yds 74.1% 1.774 29.0 100%
9th 26th 21st 22nd 30th 17th -
2011 (28th) -2 71.50 46.4% 302 yds 68.1% 1.842 29.5 -
28th 39th 8th 28th 48th 30th -
2010 (32nd) Even 72.00 57.1% 259 yds 66.7% 1.827 30.0 -
32nd 49th 17th 34th 61st 56th -
2009 (31st) -6 70.50 51.8% 292 yds 76.4% 1.813 30.8 -
31st 78th 17th 26th 63rd 82nd -

Branden GRACE

Branden Grace returns to Doha Golf Club for the second time. Last year, statistically his performance was quite average. But when you factor in that he had secured back to back victories just a few weeks prior, it was of course understandable. Branden arrives following on from a 5th place finish last week in Abu Dhabi where he birdied five of the last six holes to shoot the lowest fourth round score. With Branden Grace, expect the unexpected.

Year (Position) To
Par
Stroke Average Driving Accuracy Driving Distance Greens in Reg Putts per GIR Putts per Rnd Sand Saves
2012 (47th) -2 71.33 38.1% 298 yds 66.7% 1.865 29.3 -
47th 70th 14th 58th 61st 21st -

Thorbjørn OLESEN -13

Media attention continues to increase on Denmark’s rising star, Thorbjørn Olesen. The 23 year old has already won on the European Tour, and last week in Abu Dhabi he finished in 2nd position for the 5th time in his short career. Thorbjørn is yet to play his best golf over the Doha course, but that time is sure to come, maybe even this week.

Year (Position) To
Par
Stroke Average Driving Accuracy Driving Distance Greens in Reg Putts per GIR Putts per Rnd Sand Saves
2012 (59th) -1 71.67 47.6% 299 yds 66.7% 1.862 30.7 50.0%
59th 50th 12th 58th 59th 55th -
2011 (CUT) +6 75.00 50.0% 284 yds 61.1% 2.017 32.5 33.3%
106th 46th 71st 77th 119th 112th -

Paul CASEY

Aside from a 5th place finish in 2010 where he led the Genworth Greens in Regulation statistic for that week, Paul Casey actually has a poor record in this event (missed cuts from his other four visits). Do not discount him though. He is performing consistently from week to week and it is only a matter of time until he returns to the winners circle.

Year (Position) To
Par
Stroke Average Driving Accuracy Driving Distance Greens in Reg Putts per GIR Putts per Rnd Sand Saves
2011 (CUT) +5 74.50 46.4% 297 yds 52.8% 1.95 29.5 -
96th 65th 13th 113rd 98th 28th -
2010 (5th) -8 70.00 53.6% 263 yds 79.2% 1.780 31.0 66.7%
5th 67th 7th 1st 36th 87th -

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