Genworth Stats Pack 34.1 - Alstom Open de France Preview

7/2/2013 9:08:11 AM
Ian Poulter  (Getty Images)
Ian Poulter (Getty Images)

This week the Genworth Stats Pack heads to Paris for the 42nd staging of the Alstom Open de France, to be held once again at the stunning Le Golf National. Our preview highlights some of the marquee names that will be competing as well as those with form coming into the event.

Luke DONALD

Luke Donald has competed in this event once before in 2010 (finishing 11th) and he arrives off the back of an 8th place finish at the US Open. Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the beginning of March, the 35 year old Englishman ranks low in a number of categories, but they are as a result of an extremely difficult schedule of events. Impressively though, the 7 time European Tour winner still ranks inside the top 50 for Driving Accuracy, plus his short game and Par 3 Scoring stats are pretty solid considering. It will be interesting to see how the current world number 8 goes this week.

March to June Result Rank
Stroke Average 72.63 121
Driving Accuracy 65.6% 48
Driving Distance 274 yds 176
Greens in Reg 62.5% 153
Scrambles 52.8% 100
Sand Saves 50.0% 100
Putts per GIR 1.817 131
Putts per Round 29.4 50
1 Putts per Rnd 6.63 75
March to June Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.06 60
Par 4 Scoring 4.15 153
Par 5 Scoring 4.79 112
Eagles per Rnd 0.00 160
Birdies per Rnd 3.31 114
Pars per Rnd 10.88 -
Bogeys per Rnd 3.19 142
Others per Rnd 0.63 168
Par 5's in 2 % 8.9% 118

Graeme MCDOWELL

Graeme McDowell has competed in this tournament twice before with a best of 17th last year, but he arrives off the back of three missed cuts on the European Tour. Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the beginning of March, the 33 year old golfer from Northern Ireland ranks 18th for Driving Accuracy, which is great when you consider the very tough schedule of events that he has played. It is of course understandable that players will throw in the odd double bogey at the bigger events, but everything considered, the 8 time European Tour winner is making very few bogeys per round.

March to June Result Rank
Stroke Average 72.50 112
Driving Accuracy 68.5% 18
Driving Distance 275 yds 171
Greens in Reg 63.9% 132
Scrambles 55.1% 76
Sand Saves 43.8% 142
Putts per GIR 1.783 64
Putts per Round 29.3 48
1 Putts per Rnd 6.67 72
March to June Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.10 107
Par 4 Scoring 4.10 109
Par 5 Scoring 4.82 129
Eagles per Rnd 0.17 22
Birdies per Rnd 2.75 173
Pars per Rnd 12.08 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.08 4
Others per Rnd 0.92 190
Par 5's in 2 % 11.4% 83

Ian POULTER

Ian Poulter has an excellent record from his three visits to Le Golf National, both in terms of results and Genworth Statistics. In 2009 he ranked 1st for Driving Accuracy and 3rd for Greens in Regulation on his way to a 3rd place finish, then in 2010 he ranked 3rd again for Greens in Regulation on his way to finishing 18th, and finally in 2012 he finished 5th for Greens in Regulation and 4th overall for the tournament. The same as the two world top 10 golfers above, the 37 year old Englishman’s Genworth Statistics are distorted by a difficult schedule of events, but he is one of the favourites this week.

March to June Result Rank
Stroke Average 73.25 161
Driving Accuracy 61.9% 84
Driving Distance 284 yds 107
Greens in Reg 60.6% 168
Scrambles 51.8% 109
Sand Saves 69.0% 16
Putts per GIR 1.832 156
Putts per Round 29.7 77
1 Putts per Rnd 6.58 82
March to June Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.06 60
Par 4 Scoring 4.20 181
Par 5 Scoring 4.88 160
Eagles per Rnd 0.08 84
Birdies per Rnd 2.42 190
Pars per Rnd 11.58 -
Bogeys per Rnd 3.42 169
Others per Rnd 0.50 129
Par 5's in 2 % 2.5% 180

Matteo MANASSERO

Matteo Manassero has competed in this event on three previous occasions with a best of 17th last year, and he arrives in superb form following his fourth European Tour victory just one month ago at Wentworth. Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the beginning of March, the 20 year old Italian maestro ranks 11th for Stroke Average, scoring well across the different hole types (being the Par 3’s / Par 4’s / Par 5’s), plus his touch on and around the greens has been sublime, ranking strong in each short game category.

March to June Result Rank
Stroke Average 70.52 11
Driving Accuracy 61.0% 96
Driving Distance 274 yds 176
Greens in Reg 67.3% 85
Scrambles 61.0% 22
Sand Saves 65.9% 19
Putts per GIR 1.709 6
Putts per Round 28.4 10
1 Putts per Rnd 7.30 20
March to June Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 2.96 5
Par 4 Scoring 4.02 26
Par 5 Scoring 4.66 31
Eagles per Rnd 0.11 59
Birdies per Rnd 4.11 15
Pars per Rnd 11.15 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.30 17
Others per Rnd 0.33 57
Par 5's in 2 % 6.5% 151

Martin KAYMER

Martin Kaymer has an excellent record from his four visits to Le Golf National, starting with a win in 2009, 6th in 2010, 4th in 2011 and 70th last year. Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the beginning of March, the 28 year old German golfer seems to have struggled a little on and around the greens, but his performance on the Par 5 holes has been spectacular. The 10 time European Tour winner is driving the ball long and hitting 37.5% of the Par 5 greens in sub-regulation (two shots), resulting in a good eagle conversion rate and a 4.56 Par 5 Scoring average.

March to June Result Rank
Stroke Average 72.15 91
Driving Accuracy 62.5% 74
Driving Distance 293 yds 41
Greens in Reg 67.5% 80
Scrambles 48.7% 148
Sand Saves 37.8% 166
Putts per GIR 1.844 171
Putts per Round 31.1 177
1 Putts per Rnd 5.80 163
March to June Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.05 47
Par 4 Scoring 4.19 178
Par 5 Scoring 4.56 8
Eagles per Rnd 0.15 30
Birdies per Rnd 3.55 65
Pars per Rnd 10.75 -
Bogeys per Rnd 3.00 105
Others per Rnd 0.55 147
Par 5's in 2 % 37.5% 1

Thomas BJÖRN

Thomas Björn has competed in this event three times before (with a best of 18th in 2010) and he arrives in fantastic form with finishes of 4th / 2nd / 2nd / 18th from his last four starts. Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the beginning of March, the 42 year old Great Dane ranks high in most categories, including 6th for Par 4 Scoring and 5th for Birdies per Round, all leading to a 70.33 Stroke Average (ranking 8th overall). The 13 time European Tour winner has been knocking on the door for a few weeks now. His next win surely cannot be far away.

March to June Result Rank
Stroke Average 70.33 8
Driving Accuracy 66.1% 42
Driving Distance 281 yds 129
Greens in Reg 70.2% 36
Scrambles 58.4% 44
Sand Saves 51.4% 95
Putts per GIR 1.718 10
Putts per Round 28.7 17
1 Putts per Rnd 7.20 24
March to June Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.04 37
Par 4 Scoring 3.97 6
Par 5 Scoring 4.64 24
Eagles per Rnd 0.10 64
Birdies per Rnd 4.43 5
Pars per Rnd 10.70 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.57 40
Others per Rnd 0.20 15
Par 5's in 2 % 7.3% 142

Marcel SIEM

Marcel Siem has competed in this event four times before and he arrives this week as the defending champion. Last year he proved imperious from tee to green, ranking 2nd for Driving Accuracy, 5th for Driving Distance and 3rd for Greens in Regulation. Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the beginning of March, the 32 year old German golfer is performing well in numerous categories, and like fellow countryman Kaymer, the three time European Tour winner is excelling on the Par 5 holes with a 4.57 Par 5 Scoring average. He is the type of character that could well defend his title.

March to June Result Rank
Stroke Average 71.00 24
Driving Accuracy 62.7% 71
Driving Distance 295 yds 32
Greens in Reg 64.7% 123
Scrambles 54.3% 83
Sand Saves 51.4% 95
Putts per GIR 1.773 47
Putts per Round 29.1 34
1 Putts per Rnd 6.75 60
March to June Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.13 134
Par 4 Scoring 4.05 51
Par 5 Scoring 4.57 9
Eagles per Rnd 0.30 2
Birdies per Rnd 3.80 33
Pars per Rnd 10.50 -
Bogeys per Rnd 3.10 123
Others per Rnd 0.30 44
Par 5's in 2 % 25.0% 5

Alex NOREN

Alex Noren has competed in this event six times before (with a best of 15th last year) and he arrives off the back of two 4th place finishes in a row. Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the beginning of March, the 30 year old Swedish golfer is looking very impressive, ranking 1st for Par 3 Scoring and 4th for Par 4 Scoring, plus his touch on and around the greens has been magnificent (enabling him to make fewer bogeys than any other player). Even with a slightly low Driving Accuracy the three-time European Tour winner still ranks 3rd for Stroke Average over the period.

March to June Result Rank
Stroke Average 69.93 3
Driving Accuracy 53.5% 169
Driving Distance 287 yds 88
Greens in Reg 69.3% 49
Scrambles 65.8% 4
Sand Saves 74.1% 4
Putts per GIR 1.715 8
Putts per Round 28.2 7
1 Putts per Rnd 7.56 15
March to June Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 2.88 1
Par 4 Scoring 3.96 4
Par 5 Scoring 4.72 65
Eagles per Rnd 0.07 94
Birdies per Rnd 4.30 7
Pars per Rnd 11.56 -
Bogeys per Rnd 1.78 1
Others per Rnd 0.30 44
Par 5's in 2 % 9.8% 98

Mikko ILONEN

Mikko Ilonen has competed in this event twice before (with a best of 54th last year) and he arrives this week as one of the form players, having achieved a win and two second place finishes from his last six starts. His Genworth Statistics since the beginning of March are simply awesome, ranking 1st for Par 4 Scoring, 1st for Putts per GIR, 1st for Birdies per Round and 1st for all-important Stroke Average. The three-time European Tour winner and current world number 68 will be brimming with confidence this week and he will no doubt be looking for his first big finish at the stunning Le Golf National.

March to June Result Rank
Stroke Average 69.78 1
Driving Accuracy 57.8% 138
Driving Distance 289 yds 67
Greens in Reg 68.1% 67
Scrambles 60.0% 28
Sand Saves 48.9% 114
Putts per GIR 1.662 1
Putts per Round 27.7 2
1 Putts per Rnd 8.11 4
March to June Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.03 28
Par 4 Scoring 3.93 1
Par 5 Scoring 4.61 15
Eagles per Rnd 0.22 9
Birdies per Rnd 4.81 1
Pars per Rnd 10.26 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.41 24
Others per Rnd 0.30 44
Par 5's in 2 % 11.2% 87

Joost LUITEN

Joost Luiten has competed in this event three times before (with a best of 42nd in 2010) and he arrives having finished 1st / 10th / 2nd from his last three starts. Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the beginning of March, the 27 year old golfer from the Netherlands is looking incredibly strong in the long game department, ranking 10th for Driving Accuracy and 9th for Greens in Regulation. He is also scoring very well across the different hole types, making lots of birdies versus few mistakes, all leading to an overall Stroke Average ranking of 5th.

March to June Result Rank
Stroke Average 70.09 5
Driving Accuracy 71.8% 10
Driving Distance 287 yds 88
Greens in Reg 74.7% 9
Scrambles 61.3% 19
Sand Saves 47.5% 122
Putts per GIR 1.775 49
Putts per Round 29.9 94
1 Putts per Rnd 6.71 66
March to June Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.03 28
Par 4 Scoring 3.98 10
Par 5 Scoring 4.57 9
Eagles per Rnd 0.03 151
Birdies per Rnd 4.34 6
Pars per Rnd 11.31 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.17 8
Others per Rnd 0.14 7
Par 5's in 2 % 13.2% 62

Raphaël JACQUELIN

Raphaël Jacquelin has competed in this event on four previous occasions with a best of 3rd last year and he starts as the highest ranking player of the home contingent (currently 115th on the Official World Golf Rankings). Looking at his Genworth Statistics since the beginning of March, the 39 year old French golfer is driving the ball nice and straight (an important department of the game for average length hitters of the ball), plus he is ranking well across each of the short game categories and making few mistakes per round.

March to June Result Rank
Stroke Average 71.27 37
Driving Accuracy 65.5% 49
Driving Distance 278 yds 149
Greens in Reg 65.5% 107
Scrambles 61.5% 16
Sand Saves 72.1% 9
Putts per GIR 1.763 35
Putts per Round 29.0 28
1 Putts per Rnd 7.15 26
March to June Result Rank
Par 3 Scoring 3.07 76
Par 4 Scoring 3.99 11
Par 5 Scoring 4.76 96
Eagles per Rnd 0.15 30
Birdies per Rnd 3.45 85
Pars per Rnd 11.64 -
Bogeys per Rnd 2.55 36
Others per Rnd 0.21 16
Par 5's in 2 % 9.6% 102

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