Genworth Stats Pack - Omega Dubai Desert Classic Preview

1/29/2013 10:13:30 PM
Emirates Golf Club ()
Emirates Golf Club ()

This week the Genworth Stats Pack travels to Dubai for the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Since its inception in 1989 the event has been staged at the Emirates Golf Club 22 times, which gives us the chance to dig into the past and analyse the course form of some of the marquee players.

Rafa CABRERA-BELLO

The defending champion has played this event 3 times before and he arrives in good form. Looking at Rafa’s early season statistics (from three tournaments in January), an interesting pattern is emerging. His Round 4 Stroke Average is a remarkable 66.66 (from scores of 68/68/64). Last year Rafa led the Genworth Greens in Regulation statistic here. If he does that again this week he may well extend the Spanish winning streak to four in a row.

Year (Position) To
Par
Stroke Average Driving Accuracy Driving Distance Greens in Reg Putts per GIR Putts per Rnd Sand Saves
2012 (1st) -18 67.50 64.3% 289 yds 84.7% 1.739 30.0 33.3%
1 32 17 1 25 43 -
2011 (20th) -4 71.00 44.6% 288 yds 69.4% 1.694 29.3 66.7%
20 59 20 19 13 30 -
2010 (CUT) +4 74.00 53.6% 276 yds 58.3% 1.955 30.5 -
78 63 95 80 116 67 -

Sergio GARCIA

Sergio Garcia has played this event 5 times previously with a best finish of 11th (in 2009). That year he was very impressive from tee to green, leading the Genworth Greens in Regulation statistic. Although Sergio is yet to truly contend for this title he arrives in top form. Last week in Qatar he ranked 2nd for Driving Distance, 3rd for Greens in Regulation and 5th for Putts per GIR. Many would say 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 (20th) -4 71.00 57.1% 282 yds 68.1% 1.731 28.3 50.0%
20 22 38 27 24 13 -
2009 (11th) -12 69.00 58.9% 302 yds 86.1% 1.875 32.5 33.3%
11 33 6 1 93 109 -
2008 (19th) -5 70.75 53.6% 297 yds 72.2% 1.765 30.0 33.3%
19 72 9 19 34 54 -

Lee WESTWOOD

Lee Westwood competes in this event for the 19th time this week. Although the title has eluded him so far his recent form is excellent (with 2nd place finishes in both 2010 and 2012). Last year he scored -2 on the Par 3’s (rank 19th), -5 on the Par 4’s (rank 6th) and -10 on the Par 5’s (rank 6th). He also ranked very high in each of the Genworth Statistics categories. Lee has been working a little more than usual in the off season so it will be interesting to see how he performs first time out in 2013.

Year (Position) To
Par
Stroke Average Driving Accuracy Driving Distance Greens in Reg Putts per GIR Putts per Rnd Sand Saves
2012 (2nd) -17 67.75 73.2% 291 yds 80.6% 1.710 29.0 50.0%
2 4 7 6 13 24 -
2011 (15th) -5 70.75 58.9% 287 yds 66.7% 1.796 29.8 -
15 17 24 30 40 41 -
2010 (2nd) -11 69.25 62.5% 287 yds 69.4% 1.690 28.0 -
2 23 34 21 9 7 -

Henrik STENSON

Henrik Stenson enjoyed a rich vein of form over this course between the years of 2006 and 2010. During that period his finishes were 7th, 1st, 6th, 3rd and 8th, and when he won in 2007 he led the Genworth Greens in Regulation statistic (his 2007 statistics are added below for your viewing). Henrik continues to play well week on week of late, and a second win here would be of no surprise.

Year (Position) To
Par
Stroke Average Driving Accuracy Driving Distance Greens in Reg Putts per GIR Putts per Rnd Sand Saves
2012 (20th) -9 69.75 48.2% 283 yds 72.2% 1.791 29.0 -
20 68 35 35 44 24 -
2011 (CUT) +4 74.00 46.4% 286 yds 52.8% 1.722 28.5 -
95 106 33 116 35 24 -
2010 (8th) -6 70.50 62.5% 281 yds 69.4% 1.741 28.0 40.0%
8 23 64 21 26 7 -
2007 (1st) -19 67.25 64.3% 303 yds 91.7% 1.725 30.5 100%
1 24 5 1 19 65 -

Chris WOOD

Chris Wood won his first event (at his 116th attempt) on the European Tour last week in Qatar. But don’t think for a second that he can’t go back to back. Chris is a consistent performer around the Emirates course with top 20 finishes in each of his last three visits. He tends to drive the ball long off the tee and rank well for the Genworth Greens in Regulation statistic. Much depends on the emotions from last week and whether he has recovered in time.

Year (Position) To
Par
Stroke Average Driving Accuracy Driving Distance Greens in Reg Putts per GIR Putts per Rnd Sand Saves
2012 (20th) -9 69.75 50.0% 290 yds 80.6% 1.778 30.8 66.7%
20 64 11 6 38 62 -
2011 (10th) -6 70.50 41.1% 291 yds 68.1% 1.822 29.3 37.5%
10 63 12 27 54 30 -
2010 (20th) -3 71.25 57.1% 289 yds 69.4% 1.743 30.0 -
20 50 25 21 27 62 -

Jamie DONALDSON

Jamie Donaldson arrives at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic off the back of a victory in Abu Dhabi (at the start of the Middle East Swing). He has played this event 9 times before and his results have been average over the years to be fair. Overall he has made 5 cuts and missed 4, with a best finish of 11th back in 2005. Last year Jamie did perform well from tee to green though, ranking 10th for Driving Accuracy and 6th for Greens in Regulation.

Year (Position) To
Par
Stroke Average Driving Accuracy Driving Distance Greens in Reg Putts per GIR Putts per Rnd Sand Saves
2012 (16th) -10 69.50 73.2% 285 yds 80.6% 1.780 30.8 75.0%
16 10 28 6 40 62 -
2011 (48th) +1 72.25 55.4% 281 yds 66.7% 1.688 29.8 40.0%
48 29 43 30 11 41 -
2010 (CUT) +6 75.00 39.3% 284 yds 52.8% 1.958 29.5 -
98 113 51 103 118 43 -

Matteo MANASSERO

Matteo Manassero has played this event 3 times previously, but he is yet to really get to grips with the course. His best finish to date is 31st in 2010, but that may well be improved this week. The rising Italian star has started the 2013 campaign in good form with finishes of 9th, 23rd and 22nd throughout January, and he currently ranks number one for the overall season Genworth Driving Accuracy statistic (with 76.6%).

Year (Position) To
Par
Stroke Average Driving Accuracy Driving Distance Greens in Reg Putts per GIR Putts per Rnd Sand Saves
2012 (42nd) -4 71.00 73.2% 269 yds 69.4% 1.726 28.3 100%
42 10 67 46 17 11 -
2011 (CUT) +6 75.00 53.6% 263 yds 58.3% 1.864 30.5 33.3%
120 74 120 93 91 79 -
2010 (31st) -1 71.75 61.9% 267 yds 64.8% 1.783 28.7 -
31 29 116 55 49 24 -

Thorbjørn OLESEN

Like Matteo Manassero, it is early days over the Emirates course for Thorbjørn Olesen (having played the event just twice before). A fantastic runner up finish just two weeks ago in Abu Dhabi saw him top both the Genworth Scrambles statistic and the Par 4 Scoring statistic. He then followed up with a steady 22nd place finish in Qatar last week. Thorbjørn seems to be settling in with his new equipment and we look for him to go well.

Year (Position) To
Par
Stroke Average Driving Accuracy Driving Distance Greens in Reg Putts per GIR Putts per Rnd Sand Saves
2012 (42nd) -4 71.00 51.8% 286 yds 69.4% 1.699 28.8 54.5%
42 61 25 46 10 18 -
2011 (CUT) +8 76.00 39.3% 286 yds 61.1% 1.927 33.0 100%
128 117 33 79 113 119 -

Anders HANSEN

Anders Hansen is another regular at this event, having played 12 times previously. He missed the cut last year but prior to that he had played the weekend seven times in a row. His best finish to date is 2nd (in 2011) where his Genworth Statistics ranked green pretty much across the board. Anders is a very steady player, a true touring professional.

Year (Position) To
Par
Stroke Average Driving Accuracy Driving Distance Greens in Reg Putts per GIR Putts per Rnd Sand Saves
2012 (CUT) +2 73.00 71.4% 281 yds 69.4% 1.964 32.0 -
101 25 49 63 120 109 -
2011 (2nd) -10 69.50 64.3% 282 yds 69.4% 1.741 28.3 66.7%
2 10 40 19 26 13 -
2010 (31st) -1 71.75 71.4% 273 yds 66.7% 1.782 29.3 50.0%
31 9 102 38 48 44 -

Paul CASEY

Paul Casey returns to the Emirates course for the first time since 2010. In total he has played the event 5 times and has never finished outside of the top 20. His best performance was in 2009 (4th) where he produced some very impressive long game statistics (included ranking 2nd for Greens in Regulation). So far in 2013, Paul has played consistently without contending as of yet, but that may well change this week over a course that suits his game.

Year (Position) To
Par
Stroke Average Driving Accuracy Driving Distance Greens in Reg Putts per GIR Putts per Rnd Sand Saves
2010 (11th) -5 70.75 48.2% 290 yds 68.1% 1.847 29.5 50.0%
11 86 19 31 85 47 -
2009 (4th) -16 68.00 62.5% 301 yds 83.3% 1.783 30.0 33.3%
4 15 7 2 64 61 -
2007 (20th) -9 69.75 53.6% 296 yds 76.4% 1.782 30.3 66.7%
20 57 13 26 51 61 -

Thongchai JAIDEE

Thongchai Jaidee has played this event 12 times previously with a best finish of 3rd (in 2010). He arrives in excellent form off the back of three top ten finishes from three starts throughout January. Like Anders Hansen, Thongchai Jaidee is a true touring professional. He currently ranks 5th for the overall season Genworth Stroke Average statistic (with 69.25), and he is also performing well in the other Genworth Statistics categories.

Year (Position) To
Par
Stroke Average Driving Accuracy Driving Distance Greens in Reg Putts per GIR Putts per Rnd Sand Saves
2012 (42nd) -4 71.00 55.4% 287 yds 76.4% 1.857 31.0 100%
42 54 22 18 68 65 -
2011 (CUT) +4 74.00 67.9% 277 yds 63.9% 1.947 32.0 -
95 16 68 64 118 110 -
2010 (3rd) -10 69.50 60.7% 287 yds 70.8% 1.757 28.3 40.0%
3 30 37 14 32 15 -

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