Genworth Stats Pack - 17.1 Africa Open Preview

2/12/2013 5:54:00 PM
East London Golf Club  (Getty Images)
East London Golf Club (Getty Images)

This week the Genworth Stats Pack stays in South Africa for the fourth staging of the Africa Open. Since its inception as a co-sanctioned event in 2010 the tournament has always been played at East London Golf Club, a links course which also presents plenty of bush, undulating fairways and risk reward holes. At approximately 6,700 yards in length (Par 73) its main defence is the wind (which usually blows). We analyse the tournament form and 2013 early season results of some of the marquee players.

Thomas AIKEN

Thomas Aiken has performed very well in this event in each of its three previous stagings and is a bit of a course specialist. In both 2011 and 2012 he finished tied for 14th, but his best result came in 2010 when he finished runner up to Charl Schwartzel. Thomas has started the year slightly slower than expected but arrives in good form off the back of a 6th place finish last week in Joburg (where he ranked 6th for Greens in Reg with 81.9%).

Genworth Statistics 2013 Rank
Stroke Average 70.36 44
Driving Accuracy 65.4% 23
Driving Distance 288 yds 56
Greens in Reg 74.8% 28
Scrambles 49.2% 139
Sand Saves 57.1% 71
Putts per GIR 1.766 85
Putts per Round 30.5 129
1 Putts per Rnd 5.31 105

Trevor FISHER (JNR)

Trevor Fisher Jnr pushed Richard Sterne hard for the first three rounds at the Joburg Open last week, but he unfortunately slipped down to 6th at the finish. He arrives with a previous record at this event of missed cut in 2012, tied for 26th in 2011 and tied for 4th in 2010 (so not bad all in all). Trevor’s Genworth Statistics are slightly distorted due to early season scheduling, having played just four rounds prior to last week in Joburg.

Genworth Statistics 2013 Rank
Stroke Average 69.83 25
Driving Accuracy 71.4% 7
Driving Distance - -
Greens in Reg 79.6% 8
Scrambles 54.5% 107
Sand Saves - -
Putts per GIR 1.581 2
Putts per Round 27.7 8
1 Putts per Rnd 5.33 104

Tommy FLEETWOOD

Tommy Fleetwood is settling down to some good golf now the season is under way. He arrives this week off the back of a 10th place finish in Dubai and a 14th place finish in Joburg. Looking at his Genworth Statistics his long game seems to be in great shape (ranking 26th for Driving Distance and 32nd for Greens in Regulation). If he can get the putter working a little better he is likely to go well over the East London links.

Genworth Statistics 2013 Rank
Stroke Average 70.33 43
Driving Accuracy 58.8% 63
Driving Distance 295 yds 26
Greens in Reg 74.5% 32
Scrambles 60.3% 66
Sand Saves 38.5% 134
Putts per GIR 1.789 113
Putts per Round 30.1 119
1 Putts per Rnd 4.82 134

Lorenzo GAGLI

Lorenzo Gagli has played the Africa Open on two previous occasions, in 2011 (tied for 38th) and 2010 (cut). He arrives in solid form having finished in the money in his first six events of the 2013 season. His Genworth Statistics highlight a sub 70 Stroke Average and some excellent short game statistics, which may be needed if the wind blows. This will be the 5th week of competing in a row for Lorenzo, so a well-earned week off is just around the corner.

Genworth Statistics 2013 Rank
Stroke Average 69.65 18
Driving Accuracy 55.2% 94
Driving Distance 288 yds 57
Greens in Reg 71.3% 61
Scrambles 64.5% 38
Sand Saves 58.3% 67
Putts per GIR 1.736 44
Putts per Round 28.9 42
1 Putts per Rnd 5.22 107

Jbe KRUGER

Jbe Kruger has a great record in the Africa Open. Although he missed the cut last year, in 2011 he tied for 8th and in 2010 he finished 3rd. This season he is making cuts without really firing on all cylinders. His Genworth Statistics show that his short game is in great shape but a little more consistency with the long game will help his scoring the most. If he drives the ball better this week it should produce the desired knock-on effect through his game.

Genworth Statistics 2013 Rank
Stroke Average 70.70 60
Driving Accuracy 48.9% 139
Driving Distance 284 yds 85
Greens in Reg 67.0% 112
Scrambles 64.6% 36
Sand Saves 69.2% 30
Putts per GIR 1.755 72
Putts per Round 28.7 32
1 Putts per Rnd 5.68 78

Joost LUITEN

Joost Luiten has competed in the Africa Open once before, in 2010 when he finished tied for 28th. He is lightly raced so far this season, having played only Abu Dhabi (tied for 6th) and Dubai (cut), where he picked up a bit of a shoulder injury. After a week of shoulder therapy and rest he seems ready to play again, although his preparation for this event is somewhat unknown. We look on with interest to see how he performs through the week.

Genworth Statistics 2013 Rank
Stroke Average 70.50 50
Driving Accuracy 54.8% 97
Driving Distance 288 yds 59
Greens in Reg 70.4% 71
Scrambles 65.6% 34
Sand Saves 64.3% 48
Putts per GIR 1.750 62
Putts per Round 29.3 70
1 Putts per Rnd 6.67 25

Garth MULROY

Garth Mulroy ranks 18th on the Race to Dubai coming into the Africa Open, where he tied for 34th last year. He is yet to miss the cut from his first six starts on the European Tour this season and he arrives off the back of a 9th place finish in Joburg. His Genworth Statistics show that his long game is performing well but he is excelling on the greens. He ranks 9th for Putts per GIR, 35th for Putts per Round and 5th for 1 Putts per Round.

Genworth Statistics 2013 Rank
Stroke Average 69.60 17
Driving Accuracy 56.8% 78
Driving Distance 295 yds 25
Greens in Reg 71.3% 61
Scrambles 55.1% 104
Sand Saves 43.8% 123
Putts per GIR 1.684 9
Putts per Round 28.8 35
1 Putts per Rnd 7.42 5

Robert ROCK

Robert Rock has played the Africa Open once before (in 2011 when he finished tied for 51st). Aside from a top ten finish in Dubai a few weeks ago, his Genworth Statistics show that he is not yet in full flow this season. His Stroke Average is 71.00 (rank 74th), his Driving Accuracy is 57.7% (rank 71st), his Greens in Reg is 69.4% (rank 84th) and his Putts per Round is 29.6 (rank 92nd). Robert may just need something little to spark him into action this week.

Genworth Statistics 2013 Rank
Stroke Average 71.00 74
Driving Accuracy 57.7% 71
Driving Distance 289 yds 52
Greens in Reg 69.4% 84
Scrambles 49.4% 137
Sand Saves 47.6% 116
Putts per GIR 1.737 45
Putts per Round 29.6 92
1 Putts per Rnd 5.64 81

Ricardo SANTOS

Ricardo Santos may well push on to another level this year. The 2012 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year is in a rich vein of form off the back of three top ten finishes in the last four weeks (including a tied third in Joburg last week where he ranked 2nd for Greens in Reg with 88.9%). Ricardo currently ranks 9th for the Genworth Stroke Average ranking, 22nd for Greens in Reg and 28th for Putts per GIR. We look for him to go well once again this week.

Genworth Statistics 2013 Rank
Stroke Average 69.30 9
Driving Accuracy 50.4% 130
Driving Distance 291 yds 43
Greens in Reg 75.3% 22
Scrambles 58.8% 81
Sand Saves 77.8% 20
Putts per GIR 1.721 28
Putts per Round 29.3 70
1 Putts per Rnd 5.94 67

Andy SULLIVAN

Andy Sullivan is off to a great start in 2013 with two early season top ten finishes. The 26 year old golfer from Nuneaton in England seems to be settling into life on the European Tour and he looks to be a good prospect. His Genworth Statistics show no real weaknesses. He drives the ball straight, hits lots of greens and putts well. Andy missed the cut in this event last year (his only time of playing) but we look for a much better result this time round.

Genworth Statistics 2013 Rank
Stroke Average 70.20 37
Driving Accuracy 63.9% 32
Driving Distance 295 yds 27
Greens in Reg 73.7% 35
Scrambles 53.3% 116
Sand Saves 65.4% 45
Putts per GIR 1.738 47
Putts per Round 29.7 97
1 Putts per Rnd 5.63 82

Tjaart VAN DER WALT

Tjaart Van Der Walt has improved each time he has played this event over the past three years. In 2012 he finished tied for 43rd, in 2011 he finished tied for 26th and last year he finished runner up to Louis Oosthuizen (with a score of 25 under par). That week he ranked 2nd for Driving Accuracy (an area of the game he excels in), 10th for Greens in Reg and 4th for Putts per GIR. Can he keep the trend going this week and finish one better.

Genworth Statistics 2013 Rank
Stroke Average 70.13 34
Driving Accuracy 72.4% 6
Driving Distance 280 yds 101
Greens in Reg 78.6% 12
Scrambles 66.7% 29
Sand Saves - -
Putts per GIR 1.788 112
Putts per Round 30.1 119
1 Putts per Rnd 4.57 140

Jaco VAN ZYL

Jaco Van Zyl is an East London course specialist. In 2010 he finished tied for 28th but in both 2011 and 2012 he finished 4th. Looking at those performances, in 2011 he ranked 2nd for Driving Accuracy (with 90.0% of fairways hit) and in 2012 he converted 2 eagles and 24 birdies (for a score of 23 under par). His early season Genworth Statistics are good in most areas, and the shorter than average East London course may help his Greens in Reg.

Genworth Statistics 2013 Rank
Stroke Average 71.15 86
Driving Accuracy 61.9% 41
Driving Distance 282 yds 94
Greens in Reg 65.7% 122
Scrambles 63.5% 44
Sand Saves 68.8% 32
Putts per GIR 1.768 89
Putts per Round 28.8 35
1 Putts per Rnd 6.25 44

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