Genworth Stats Pack 30.1 - Lyoness Open Powered by Greenfinity Preview

04/06/2013 16:47:34
Bernd Wiesberger  (Getty Images)
Bernd Wiesberger (Getty Images)

This week the Genworth Stats Pack heads to Austria for the Lyoness Open powered by Greenfinity, held for the 4th consecutive year at Diamond Country Club. Our preview highlights some of the marquee names that will be competing as well as those with recent form coming into the event.

Bernd WIESBERGER

Bernd Wiesberger returns to his home country this week as the defending champion over a course he seems to love, and he arrives in superb form off the back of a string of good results (including a third place finish in Sweden last week). Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the beginning of March, the 27 year old golfer from Austria is driving it long and hitting lots of greens in regulation, plus he is scrambling and putting well (putting statistics generally rank lower if the player is hitting lots of greens because the ball is finishing on average further from the hole). Bernd has not missed a cut all year and the recent consistency in his game is leading to a fantastic 70.13 Stroke Average. He starts as the tournament favourite.

Recent Form Result Rank
Stroke Average 70.13 6
Driving Accuracy 60.5% 140
Driving Distance 299 yds 11
Greens in Reg 72.0% 24
Scrambles 62.1% 34
Sand Saves 59.1% 61
Putts per GIR 1.772 60
Putts per Round 29.6 90
1 Putts per Rnd 6.74 83
Recent Form Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 2.97 18
Par 4 Scoring 3.95 3
Par 5 Scoring 4.70 55
Eagles per Rnd 0.04 132
Birdies per Rnd 4.26 13
Pars per Rnd 11.30 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.30 30
Others per Rnd 0.09 8
Par 5's in 2 % 18.0% 25

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Pablo LARRAZÁBAL

After a slow start to the season, Pablo Larrazábal has been a model of consistency over the past few months, with six top 15 finishes from his last seven events. Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the beginning of March, this consistency is stemming from approach shots that are not only hitting the greens but also finishing close enough to convert a good percentage of the subsequent putts (see the high rankings for Greens in Regulation and Putts per GIR). Over that period, Pablo ranks 1st for Par 4 Scoring and 2nd for the all-important Stroke Average ranking (behind Mikko Ilonen who is not playing this week). He also has a decent record at Diamond Country Club, which includes a 10th place finish last year.

Recent Form Result Rank
Stroke Average 69.93 2
Driving Accuracy 62.3% 115
Driving Distance 294 yds 30
Greens in Reg 73.9% 13
Scrambles 58.8% 53
Sand Saves 59.1% 61
Putts per GIR 1.725 13
Putts per Round 29.2 58
1 Putts per Rnd 7.00 55
Recent Form Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.00 26
Par 4 Scoring 3.94 1
Par 5 Scoring 4.65 31
Eagles per Rnd 0.10 69
Birdies per Rnd 4.38 8
Pars per Rnd 11.31 -
Bogeys per Rnd 1.97 4
Others per Rnd 0.24 33
Par 5's in 2 % 13.7% 64

Thomas BJÖRN

Thomas Björn is showing some good form as we approach the middle of the season, with 8th, 40th and 4th place finishes from his last three starts. Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the beginning of March, the 42 year old Great Dane is performing steadily from tee to green, but he seems to have his eye in on the putting surfaces, ranking well for each of those categories. Thomas has not competed at Diamond Country Club over the past three years but he is likely to figure this week.

Recent Form Result Rank
Stroke Average 71.28 42
Driving Accuracy 69.4% 47
Driving Distance 280 yds 132
Greens in Reg 67.9% 81
Scrambles 56.7% 76
Sand Saves 55.2% 87
Putts per GIR 1.755 32
Putts per Round 28.9 36
1 Putts per Rnd 7.17 40
Recent Form Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.05 61
Par 4 Scoring 4.04 54
Par 5 Scoring 4.68 48
Eagles per Rnd 0.11 61
Birdies per Rnd 4.06 25
Pars per Rnd 10.56 -
Bogeys per Rnd 3.00 110
Others per Rnd 0.28 46
Par 5's in 2 % 5.3% 168

Miguel Angel JIMÉNEZ

After a lengthy lay off due to a broken leg from a skiing accident, you would think that Miguel Angel Jiménez would be a little rusty. Well think again because the 49 year old Spanish maestro has finish MC / 4th / 14th in the three events since his return (looking like he was never away). His Genworth Statistics highlight that he is perhaps not hitting quite as many greens as he usually does but both his short game and putting seem very strong. It is great to see the much loved character back in full swing.

Recent Form Result Rank
Stroke Average 71.72 71
Driving Accuracy 66.5% 74
Driving Distance 273 yds 184
Greens in Reg 61.7% 171
Scrambles 58.9% 52
Sand Saves 69.2% 22
Putts per GIR 1.785 83
Putts per Round 28.7 26
1 Putts per Rnd 7.17 40
Recent Form Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.01 38
Par 4 Scoring 4.13 134
Par 5 Scoring 4.65 31
Eagles per Rnd 0.06 110
Birdies per Rnd 3.72 59
Pars per Rnd 10.78 -
Bogeys per Rnd 3.11 135
Others per Rnd 0.33 73
Par 5's in 2 % 9.7% 108

David HORSEY

David Horsey has not competed at Diamond Country Club over the past three years but still arrives as one of the favourites to take the title this week. So far he looks to have carefully managed his 2013 schedule (not overplaying) which has produced some great results for him, including three top 6 finishes from his last four starts. The 28 year old Englishman is regarded as being one of the best putters on tour and his Genworth Statistics since the beginning of March certainly back that up.

Recent Form Result Rank
Stroke Average 70.07 5
Driving Accuracy 68.2% 60
Driving Distance 279 yds 136
Greens in Reg 66.7% 88
Scrambles 65.5% 9
Sand Saves 64.7% 37
Putts per GIR 1.732 14
Putts per Round 27.8 8
1 Putts per Rnd 7.79 11
Recent Form Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.00 26
Par 4 Scoring 3.95 3
Par 5 Scoring 4.65 31
Eagles per Rnd 0.00 140
Birdies per Rnd 4.36 9
Pars per Rnd 11.29 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.29 28
Others per Rnd 0.07 6
Par 5's in 2 % 10.0% 101

Joost LUITEN

Joost Luiten last competed in this event at Diamond Country Club in 2011 (he finished 3rd) and arrives in good form off the back of a solid performance last week in Sweden (tied 11th). Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the beginning of March, Joost’s long game seems to be in great shape, ranking 27th for Driving Accuracy and 30th for Greens in Regulation, which is leading to relatively few dropped shots per round. The 27 year old golfer from the Netherlands is likely to be in confident mood and may well secure his second European Tour title come Sunday.

Recent Form Result Rank
Stroke Average 70.87 22
Driving Accuracy 71.7% 27
Driving Distance 288 yds 72
Greens in Reg 71.0% 30
Scrambles 60.8% 43
Sand Saves 40.0% 168
Putts per GIR 1.789 92
Putts per Round 29.8 99
1 Putts per Rnd 6.78 80
Recent Form Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.05 61
Par 4 Scoring 4.06 78
Par 5 Scoring 4.57 15
Eagles per Rnd 0.04 132
Birdies per Rnd 3.78 52
Pars per Rnd 11.57 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.48 46
Others per Rnd 0.13 12
Par 5's in 2 % 12.0% 84

Rikard KARLBERG

Rikard Karlberg will have fond memories of this course having finished 4th here last year, plus he arrives in good form off the back of a stellar performance in Sweden (where he finished 4th). Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the beginning of March, the 26 year old golfer from Sweden is hitting lots of Greens in Regulation and his touch on and around the putting surfaces is excellent. If his accuracy from the tee can improve just a little then he may be a force to be reckoned with this week.

Recent Form Result Rank
Stroke Average 70.77 18
Driving Accuracy 51.4% 196
Driving Distance 290 yds 57
Greens in Reg 70.3% 38
Scrambles 63.6% 22
Sand Saves 33.3% 182
Putts per GIR 1.755 32
Putts per Round 28.9 36
1 Putts per Rnd 7.15 45
Recent Form Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 2.98 21
Par 4 Scoring 4.02 35
Par 5 Scoring 4.67 44
Eagles per Rnd 0.05 122
Birdies per Rnd 3.82 42
Pars per Rnd 11.55 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.50 47
Others per Rnd 0.09 8
Par 5's in 2 % 9.5% 114

Grégory BOURDY

Grégory Bourdy finished 18th here last year and he arrives off the back of some steady performances (note he has achieved two top 3 finishes already this year). Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the beginning of March, the 31 year old golfer from France is driving the ball accurately and he is hitting a good number of greens, plus his short game seems to be pretty steady as well. A good week on the greens should really help his momentum and may see him into contention once again.

Recent Form Result Rank
Stroke Average 71.74 72
Driving Accuracy 70.4% 42
Driving Distance 277 yds 157
Greens in Reg 68.7% 62
Scrambles 55.1% 94
Sand Saves 60.9% 52
Putts per GIR 1.813 147
Putts per Round 30.0 124
1 Putts per Rnd 6.21 139
Recent Form Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.09 108
Par 4 Scoring 4.09 103
Par 5 Scoring 4.66 40
Eagles per Rnd 0.05 122
Birdies per Rnd 3.79 48
Pars per Rnd 10.95 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.89 100
Others per Rnd 0.32 68
Par 5's in 2 % 14.6% 51

Lee SLATTERY

Lee Slattery has performed very consistency so far this season (missing just one cut) but he is waiting for that big week to push on. Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the beginning of March, the 34 year old golfer from England shows no real weaknesses, although he has not yet really excelled in any one department. Lee could be a dark horse here though. A player who is consistently churning out solid results is likely to fire in a big week (often when least expected).

Recent Form Result Rank
Stroke Average 70.97 30
Driving Accuracy 65.0% 85
Driving Distance 285 yds 98
Greens in Reg 68.5% 66
Scrambles 60.2% 46
Sand Saves 59.0% 65
Putts per GIR 1.762 45
Putts per Round 29.2 58
1 Putts per Rnd 7.23 36
Recent Form Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.09 108
Par 4 Scoring 4.01 27
Par 5 Scoring 4.65 31
Eagles per Rnd 0.23 18
Birdies per Rnd 3.77 53
Pars per Rnd 11.13 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.55 55
Others per Rnd 0.32 68
Par 5's in 2 % 12.9% 70

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