Genworth Stats Pack 24.1 - Open de EspaƱa Preview

4/17/2013 8:54:00 AM
Pablo Larrazabal   (Getty Images)
Pablo Larrazabal (Getty Images)

This week the Genworth Stats Pack heads to Spain and Parador de El Saler for the 87th edition of the Open de España. The event marks the first appearance in 2013 for Miguel Angel Jiménez following a leg injury (whilst skiing). We analyse some of the marquee names as well as those with recent form coming into the event.

Sergio GARCIA

Sergio Garcia arrives in excellent form off the back of an 8th place finish at The Masters last week. From five starts so far in 2013 the 33 year old ten-time European Tour winner sits aloft at the top of the Race to Dubai with €750,272. Looking at his Genworth Season Statistics, Sergio ranks high in most categories including 5th for Stroke Average and 6th for Greens in Regulation. He will of course be the star attraction this week and is the one to beat.

Season Stats Result Rank
Stroke Average 69.19 5
Driving Accuracy 57.7% 131
Driving Distance 297 yds 27
Greens in Reg 78.2% 6
Scrambles 66.0% 25
Sand Saves 47.6% 146
Putts per GIR 1.710 22
Putts per Round 28.3 32
1 Putts per Rnd 7.17 62
Season Stats Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 2.96 29
Par 4 Scoring 3.88 4
Par 5 Scoring 4.46 9
Eagles per Rnd 0.08 99
Birdies per Rnd 4.83 9
Pars per Rnd 11.67 -
Bogeys per Rnd 1.33 2
Others per Rnd 0.08 13
Par 5's in 2 % 14.6% 83

Gonzalo FDEZ-CASTAÑO

Gonzalo Fdez-Castaño also arrives off the back of a decent performance at The Masters (finishing 20th). The 32 year old Spanish talent has played a very tuff schedule of events in the early season, which is distorting his Genworth Statistics. For example his 70.1% Greens in Regulation is actually very good when you factor in the tournaments and courses that he has played. As long as the transatlantic jet lag doesn’t hit him too hard, Gonzalo should go well.

Season Stats Result Rank
Stroke Average 70.90 77
Driving Accuracy 53.1% 174
Driving Distance 294 yds 62
Greens in Reg 70.1% 72
Scrambles 64.0% 35
Sand Saves 69.0% 27
Putts per GIR 1.777 125
Putts per Round 29.1 82
1 Putts per Rnd 6.75 96
Season Stats Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.06 113
Par 4 Scoring 4.03 101
Par 5 Scoring 4.52 20
Eagles per Rnd 0.06 123
Birdies per Rnd 3.75 96
Pars per Rnd 12.00 -
Bogeys per Rnd 1.94 30
Others per Rnd 0.25 59
Par 5's in 2 % 12.5% 101

Rafa CABRERA-BELLO

Rafa Cabrera Bello has performed consistently in the early season without yet firing on all cylinders. The 28 year old Spanish golfer has finished inside the top 25 on six out of eight occasions and has suffered just one missed cut (last time out in Morocco). The same as Fdez-Castaño his Genworth Season statistics are slightly distorted due to a harder schedule than most, so it is better to again concentrate on the numbers rather than the rankings.

Season Stats Result Rank
Stroke Average 71.04 89
Driving Accuracy 56.9% 139
Driving Distance 289 yds 98
Greens in Reg 71.6% 46
Scrambles 50.8% 166
Sand Saves 54.3% 111
Putts per GIR 1.736 57
Putts per Round 29.1 82
1 Putts per Rnd 6.68 108
Season Stats Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.06 113
Par 4 Scoring 4.03 101
Par 5 Scoring 4.64 73
Eagles per Rnd 0.04 143
Birdies per Rnd 4.24 46
Pars per Rnd 10.88 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.40 99
Others per Rnd 0.44 149
Par 5's in 2 % 8.8% 148

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Pablo LARRAZÁBAL

After an average start to the season Genworth Ambassador Pablo Larrazábal is now in a rich vein of form, with top ten finishes in each of his last two starts. When combining the Genworth Statistics from those events (Malaysia and Morocco) the 29 year old Spanish golfer is performing superbly in every category, including ranking 1st for the all-important Stroke Average (69.00 over the seven rounds). After finishing 2nd in the Open de España last year, Pablo seems to be brimming with confidence and is expected to contend once again.

Season Stats Result Rank
Stroke Average 71.04 89
Driving Accuracy 56.9% 146
Driving Distance 290 yds 81
Greens in Reg 74.2% 19
Scrambles 54.9% 141
Sand Saves 51.6% 124
Putts per GIR 1.755 89
Putts per Round 30.0 155
1 Putts per Rnd 6.40 133
Season Stats Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 2.97 37
Par 4 Scoring 4.05 123
Par 5 Scoring 4.68 98
Eagles per Rnd 0.08 99
Birdies per Rnd 3.88 82
Pars per Rnd 11.44 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.20 68
Others per Rnd 0.40 132
Par 5's in 2 % 13.5% 93

Alvaro QUIROS

The home contingency is extremely strong this week. José Maria Olazábal has made the trip back from The Masters to compete and two of Spain’s other biggest stars have not long returned from injury to support their national open as well (being Miguel Angel Jiménez and Alvaro Quiros). This will be the fourth event back for Alvaro Quiros following a three month layoff. The 30 year old Spaniard has already progressed to all but the top of the Genworth Driving Distance Rankings, and he is hitting more Par 5 greens in sub-regulation (two shots) than most.

Season Stats Result Rank
Stroke Average 72.22 164
Driving Accuracy 50.8% 190
Driving Distance 314 yds 2
Greens in Reg 64.2% 159
Scrambles 46.6% 192
Sand Saves 28.6% 194
Putts per GIR 1.798 160
Putts per Round 30.1 159
1 Putts per Rnd 5.63 195
Season Stats Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.21 200
Par 4 Scoring 4.08 150
Par 5 Scoring 4.66 84
Eagles per Rnd 0.00 157
Birdies per Rnd 4.11 60
Pars per Rnd 10.00 -
Bogeys per Rnd 3.44 199
Others per Rnd 0.44 149
Par 5's in 2 % 27.3% 9

Francesco MOLINARI

Francesco Molinari has made the transatlantic trip following a missed cut at Augusta to defend his Open de España title. The 30 year old Italian golfer has not been quite so consistent this year compared to last, where he did not miss a single cut. Looking at his Genworth Season Statistics, Francesco has performed well off the tee as usual, with 70.8% Driving Accuracy so far in 2013 compared to 71.7% in 2012. However his approach play is where the difference lies, ranking 142nd so far in 2013 (66.3%) compared to 5th in 2012 (77.9%). Remember it is still early season though.

Season Stats Result Rank
Stroke Average 72.00 145
Driving Accuracy 70.8% 24
Driving Distance 279 yds 157
Greens in Reg 66.3% 142
Scrambles 62.4% 48
Sand Saves 63.6% 56
Putts per GIR 1.778 127
Putts per Round 28.9 62
1 Putts per Rnd 6.86 91
Season Stats Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 2.98 43
Par 4 Scoring 4.08 150
Par 5 Scoring 4.65 79
Eagles per Rnd 0.21 21
Birdies per Rnd 3.14 183
Pars per Rnd 12.14 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.21 71
Others per Rnd 0.29 85
Par 5's in 2 % 13.3% 95

Matteo MANASSERO

Matteo Manassero returns from Augusta to celebrate his 20th birthday on Friday this week (perhaps a good omen). The highly respected Parador de El Saler course (at just under 7,000 yards) could play into the clinical Italian golfer’s hands, who for the most part has been very consistent so far this year. Matteo ranks 33rd for Stroke Average, 28th for Driving Accuracy and 46th for Greens in Regulation. He is also Scrambling well and making very few mistakes.

Season Stats Result Rank
Stroke Average 70.28 33
Driving Accuracy 70.5% 28
Driving Distance 274 yds 180
Greens in Reg 71.5% 46
Scrambles 67.8% 17
Sand Saves 71.4% 18
Putts per GIR 1.740 66
Putts per Round 28.8 59
1 Putts per Rnd 7.13 71
Season Stats Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.07 123
Par 4 Scoring 3.95 17
Par 5 Scoring 4.54 25
Eagles per Rnd 0.04 143
Birdies per Rnd 4.13 58
Pars per Rnd 11.87 -
Bogeys per Rnd 1.78 20
Others per Rnd 0.17 29
Par 5's in 2 % 8.7% 149

Paul CASEY

Paul Casey returns to compete on the European Tour after a couple of months away. The 35 year old eleven time tour winner seems to be improving with every tournament following injuries and inconsistencies in his game. His Genworth Season Statistics highlight a very solid 70.31 Stroke Average and an excellent 77.1% Greens in Regulation. Paul is scoring well across the different hole types (Par 3’s / Par 4’s / Par 5’s) and he is hitting a high percentage of the Par 5 holes in sub-regulation (two shots).

Season Stats Result Rank
Stroke Average 70.31 36
Driving Accuracy 57.1% 133
Driving Distance 293 yds 69
Greens in Reg 77.1% 10
Scrambles 62.1% 52
Sand Saves 56.3% 97
Putts per GIR 1.815 182
Putts per Round 30.8 195
1 Putts per Rnd 5.94 175
Season Stats Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 2.97 37
Par 4 Scoring 4.01 71
Par 5 Scoring 4.59 42
Eagles per Rnd 0.13 62
Birdies per Rnd 3.88 82
Pars per Rnd 11.75 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.06 43
Others per Rnd 0.19 42
Par 5's in 2 % 20.3% 34

David HOWELL

David Howell is steadily climbing back up the Official World Golf Rankings with good result after good result (including top tens the last two times out). His Genworth Season Statistics highlight superb scoring across the different hole types and a sublime touch around the greens. The 37 year old Englishman is making lots of birdies and very few mistakes, all contributing to a world class Stroke Average of 69.52. Confidence is surely high.

Season Stats Result Rank
Stroke Average 69.52 8
Driving Accuracy 62.3% 86
Driving Distance 279 yds 169
Greens in Reg 69.2% 83
Scrambles 72.1% 7
Sand Saves 75.6% 14
Putts per GIR 1.712 24
Putts per Round 27.9 19
1 Putts per Rnd 7.61 31
Season Stats Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 2.97 37
Par 4 Scoring 3.92 10
Par 5 Scoring 4.61 50
Eagles per Rnd 0.06 123
Birdies per Rnd 4.26 39
Pars per Rnd 11.97 -
Bogeys per Rnd 1.55 5
Others per Rnd 0.16 28
Par 5's in 2 % 9.4% 140

David HORSEY

David Horsey is another Englishman in form, with 6th and 2nd place finishes from his last two starts. When combining the Genworth Statistics from those events (India and Morocco) the newly turned 28 year old is strong in every category, but it is his scrambling and putting that really stands out. Over those eight rounds he has Scrambled 35/48 (ranking 3rd) and taken a total of just 207 putts (ranking 1st for Putts per Round), but most importantly he comes out 1st for Stroke Average (world class at 68.38).

Season Stats Result Rank
Stroke Average 70.57 48
Driving Accuracy 71.1% 22
Driving Distance 280 yds 151
Greens in Reg 69.4% 83
Scrambles 59.1% 79
Sand Saves 64.7% 51
Putts per GIR 1.714 27
Putts per Round 28.5 41
1 Putts per Rnd 7.17 62
Season Stats Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.01 70
Par 4 Scoring 4.02 86
Par 5 Scoring 4.61 50
Eagles per Rnd 0.03 154
Birdies per Rnd 4.27 37
Pars per Rnd 11.13 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.23 75
Others per Rnd 0.33 101
Par 5's in 2 % 7.3% 165

Ricardo SANTOS

Ricardo Santos has missed his last two cuts, but before that he finish inside the top ten on four out of five occasions, so he still gets a mention this week. Looking at his Genworth Season Statistics, the 30 year old golfer from Portugal ranks 17th for Stroke Average, 17th for Greens in Regulation, 41st for Putts per GIR and 15th for Birdies per Round. It will be interesting to see how Ricardo performs this week.

Season Stats Result Rank
Stroke Average 69.86 17
Driving Accuracy 53.9% 167
Driving Distance 294 yds 57
Greens in Reg 74.9% 17
Scrambles 50.0% 170
Sand Saves 65.4% 49
Putts per GIR 1.728 41
Putts per Round 29.6 130
1 Putts per Rnd 6.59 118
Season Stats Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 2.93 17
Par 4 Scoring 4.01 71
Par 5 Scoring 4.49 13
Eagles per Rnd 0.18 30
Birdies per Rnd 4.64 15
Pars per Rnd 10.64 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.21 71
Others per Rnd 0.32 98
Par 5's in 2 % 18.3% 47

Victor DUBUISSON

Victor Dubuisson has enjoyed an excellent start to his third full year competing on the European Tour, with three top ten finishes from five events. Turning 23 next Monday (following this tournament) the long hitting Frenchman ranks 16th for the Genworth Stroke Average statistic and 32nd for Greens in Regulation, and like David Howell, he is making lots of birdies and very few mistakes. Victor is one of those young players with bags of talent.

Season Stats Result Rank
Stroke Average 69.80 16
Driving Accuracy 54.3% 163
Driving Distance 300 yds 15
Greens in Reg 72.6% 32
Scrambles 60.8% 62
Sand Saves 50.0% 132
Putts per GIR 1.735 55
Putts per Round 29.3 101
1 Putts per Rnd 6.67 110
Season Stats Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 2.92 14
Par 4 Scoring 3.94 16
Par 5 Scoring 4.68 98
Eagles per Rnd 0.07 112
Birdies per Rnd 4.27 37
Pars per Rnd 11.53 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.07 45
Others per Rnd 0.07 10
Par 5's in 2 % 13.3% 95

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