Genworth Stats Pack - Preview Report

9/24/2013 10:47:23 PM
Branden Grace  (Getty Images)
Branden Grace (Getty Images)

This week the Genworth Stats Pack heads to Scotland for the prestigious Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, to be held over the Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. Our preview highlights some of the marquee players and those with form coming into the event.

Branden GRACE

Branden Grace has competed in this event twice before and returns as the defending champion following a wire to wire victory last year. Looking at his Genworth Statistics for the 2013 season so far, the 25 year old South African is approximately 5% down in comparison to 2012 for Driving Accuracy and Greens in Regulation, although we should note that his schedule of events has been tougher this year (evening things up a little). The putting on the other hand seems to be better across the board, with Brandon ranking high for each of the Genworth Putting categories. After a quiet couple of months, the four time European Tour winner may well shine this week as he returns to winning grounds.

Season StatsResultRank
Stroke Average71.2968
Driving Accuracy54.2%174
Driving Distance296 yds33
Greens in Reg65.6%133
Scrambles54.1%88
Sand Saves59.0%50
Putts per GIR1.76125
Putts per Round29.227
1 Putts per Rnd6.9832
Season StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring3.0766
Par 4 Scoring4.0680
Par 5 Scoring4.6740
Eagles per Rnd0.1338
Birdies per Rnd3.8140
Pars per Rnd10.83-
Bogeys per Rnd2.7395
Others per Rnd0.50145
Par 5's in 2 %14.8%66

Richard STERNE

Richard Sterne has competed in this event 8 times before (with a best of 6th in 2003) and he arrives off the back of a few weeks of rest following a 13th place finish in Switzerland. Looking at his Genworth Statistics for the 2013 season so far, the 32 year old South African ranks 1st for Stroke Average on the European Tour (enough said). He is driving the ball long and straight, hitting lots of greens, scrambling well and putting like a wizard, which is all leading to fantastic numbers in the scoring categories. Don’t be surprised if the six-time European Tour winner adds to his one win and two runner-up finishes this week.

Season StatsResultRank
Stroke Average69.941
Driving Accuracy63.1%74
Driving Distance297 yds34
Greens in Reg70.2%40
Scrambles56.7%49
Sand Saves51.2%131
Putts per GIR1.76432
Putts per Round29.340
1 Putts per Rnd6.6666
Season StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring3.0215
Par 4 Scoring4.008
Par 5 Scoring4.554
Eagles per Rnd0.1432
Birdies per Rnd4.286
Pars per Rnd10.86-
Bogeys per Rnd2.5243
Others per Rnd0.207
Par 5's in 2 %24.0%8

Joost LUITEN

Joost Luiten has competed in this event 5 times before (with a best of 9th in 2011) and he arrives in superb form off the back of his second European Tour victory of the year (won on home soil in The Netherlands). Looking at his Genworth Statistics for the 2013 season so far, the 27 year old golfer ranks 12th for Driving Accuracy and 18th for Greens in Regulation, plus his short game also seems very sharp (with solid rankings considering the number of greens that he is hitting). It is all leading to fantastic scoring across the different hole types (Par 3’s / Par 4’s / Par 5’s) and an overall Stroke Average ranking of 7th. With so few mistakes being made, the three-time European Tour winner is one of the most consistent players for 2013.

Season StatsResultRank
Stroke Average70.247
Driving Accuracy70.4%12
Driving Distance290 yds85
Greens in Reg72.5%18
Scrambles60.2%15
Sand Saves47.4%162
Putts per GIR1.77966
Putts per Round29.899
1 Putts per Rnd6.5386
Season StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring3.0432
Par 4 Scoring3.994
Par 5 Scoring4.6214
Eagles per Rnd0.03174
Birdies per Rnd4.0117
Pars per Rnd11.54-
Bogeys per Rnd2.215
Others per Rnd0.218
Par 5's in 2 %15.2%60

Stephen GALLACHER

Stephen Gallacher has competed in this event 11 times before (winning in 2004) and he arrives in confident mood with finishes of 2nd / cut / 9th from his last three starts. Looking at his Genworth Statistics for the 2013 season so far, the 38 year old Scottish golfer is driving the ball long and hitting lots of Greens in Regulation (here is a good opportunity to explain that Driving Accuracy actually becomes slightly less important when long drivers of the ball still manage to hit the greens), plus he is also scoring well across the different hole types and producing a quality Stroke Average. A good putting week and Stephen may well secure his second Dunhill Links Championship (as well as his best ever year on tour).

Season StatsResultRank
Stroke Average70.9031
Driving Accuracy57.3%147
Driving Distance298 yds24
Greens in Reg71.0%27
Scrambles55.9%62
Sand Saves48.2%158
Putts per GIR1.794100
Putts per Round30.1134
1 Putts per Rnd6.24134
Season StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring3.0547
Par 4 Scoring4.0342
Par 5 Scoring4.7069
Eagles per Rnd0.234
Birdies per Rnd3.45109
Pars per Rnd11.47-
Bogeys per Rnd2.5243
Others per Rnd0.3456
Par 5's in 2 %15.8%48

Ernie ELS

Ernie Els has competed in this event 11 times before, with his best performances over a six year stretch from 2001 to 2007 (five top 10’s including 2nd’s in both 2001 and 2003). Looking at his Genworth Statistics for the 2013 season so far, at first glance the 43 year old South African does not appear to be performing from tee to green, but this is simply due to an incredibly tough schedule of events (in reality he is performing much better than the numbers suggest). Note that recent visits to this event have not been quite so lucrative compared to the consistency of before (a best of 22nd over the past five years), so the current world number 22 will be looking to correct that this week.

Season StatsResultRank
Stroke Average71.2361
Driving Accuracy56.7%154
Driving Distance287 yds114
Greens in Reg65.8%133
Scrambles53.1%111
Sand Saves55.4%81
Putts per GIR1.77249
Putts per Round29.788
1 Putts per Rnd6.39111
Season StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring3.0654
Par 4 Scoring4.08113
Par 5 Scoring4.6319
Eagles per Rnd0.1811
Birdies per Rnd3.5299
Pars per Rnd10.98-
Bogeys per Rnd3.02152
Others per Rnd0.3031
Par 5's in 2 %15.8%48

Martin KAYMER

Martin Kaymer has competed in this event 5 times before (winning in 2010) and he arrives off the back of a few weeks rest from big tournament play. Looking at his Genworth Statistics for the 2013 season so far, at first glance the 28 year old German golfer seems to be in poor form, but like Els, this is simply due to an incredibly tough schedule of events. Considering the difficulty of the courses played, Martin is still managing to hit 23.6% of the Par 5 greens in sub-regulation two shots, and his Par 3 Scoring is a very impressive 3.02. The ten-time European Tour winner seems to like this event (he is yet to miss a cut) and could return to winning ways this week.

Season StatsResultRank
Stroke Average71.2563
Driving Accuracy58.8%131
Driving Distance294 yds52
Greens in Reg68.6%61
Scrambles53.0%113
Sand Saves49.2%148
Putts per GIR1.812155
Putts per Round30.3148
1 Putts per Rnd6.14148
Season StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring3.0215
Par 4 Scoring4.09125
Par 5 Scoring4.6740
Eagles per Rnd0.1619
Birdies per Rnd3.5786
Pars per Rnd10.98-
Bogeys per Rnd2.91128
Others per Rnd0.3987
Par 5's in 2 %23.6%9

Charl SCHWARTZEL

Charl Schwartzel has competed in this event nine times before, but has only managed a best of 9th in 2011 (not as good as one might think). Looking at his Genworth Statistics for the 2013 season so far, the 29 year old South African has once again played a difficult schedule of events (much the same as Els and Kaymer), which makes his overall Stroke Average ranking of 3rd all the more impressive. With huge driving, lots of birdies and sublime scoring across the different hole types, the eight-time European Tour winner can overpower pretty much any golf course.

Season StatsResultRank
Stroke Average70.003
Driving Accuracy61.1%100
Driving Distance309 yds4
Greens in Reg67.0%85
Scrambles55.4%68
Sand Saves42.4%182
Putts per GIR1.75118
Putts per Round29.021
1 Putts per Rnd6.8151
Season StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring3.0110
Par 4 Scoring4.0112
Par 5 Scoring4.568
Eagles per Rnd0.0988
Birdies per Rnd4.364
Pars per Rnd10.58-
Bogeys per Rnd2.6777
Others per Rnd0.3031
Par 5's in 2 %19.0%22

Simon DYSON

Simon Dyson has competed in this event 12 times before (winning in 2009) and he arrives with almost a year of two halves under his belt (poor form in the first half compared with consistently good form during the second half). Looking at his Genworth Statistics for the 2013 season so far, the 35 year old English golfer ranks 31st for Driving Accuracy and 13th for Greens in Regulation, which is enabling him to produce an overall Stroke Average of 71.04 (all-be-it over a slightly easier schedule of events than perhaps some of the other leading players).

Season StatsResultRank
Stroke Average71.0442
Driving Accuracy66.8%31
Driving Distance283 yds134
Greens in Reg73.0%13
Scrambles54.4%83
Sand Saves55.3%84
Putts per GIR1.79397
Putts per Round30.3148
1 Putts per Rnd6.00168
Season StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring3.0766
Par 4 Scoring4.0226
Par 5 Scoring4.7069
Eagles per Rnd0.04161
Birdies per Rnd3.6080
Pars per Rnd11.68-
Bogeys per Rnd2.4023
Others per Rnd0.2824
Par 5's in 2 %10.2%137

Ross FISHER

Ross Fisher has competed in this event 7 times before (with a best of 2nd in 2008) and he arrives in superb form off the back of a 5th place finish in Switzerland and a 3rd place finish in The Netherlands. Looking at his Genworth Statistics for the 2013 season so far, the 32 year old English golfer ranks 1st for Par 4 Scoring and 3rd for overall Stroke Average, due mostly to some very strong long game numbers i.e. rankings of 49th for Driving Accuracy combined with 38th for Driving Distance, and 10th for Greens in Regulation combined with 13th for Par 5’s in 2. We should note that the four-time European Tour winner has also played a slightly easier schedule of events, the same as Dyson.

Season StatsResultRank
Stroke Average70.003
Driving Accuracy65.0%49
Driving Distance295 yds38
Greens in Reg73.4%10
Scrambles52.4%125
Sand Saves61.4%38
Putts per GIR1.77148
Putts per Round29.9112
1 Putts per Rnd6.38114
Season StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring3.0432
Par 4 Scoring3.961
Par 5 Scoring4.6319
Eagles per Rnd0.1338
Birdies per Rnd4.403
Pars per Rnd10.73-
Bogeys per Rnd2.5347
Others per Rnd0.2312
Par 5's in 2 %20.9%13

Brett RUMFORD

Brett Rumford has competed in this event 11 times before (with a best of 13th in 2001) and he arrives in great form with finishes of 6th / 8th / 15th from his last three starts. Looking at his Genworth Statistics for the 2013 season so far, the 36 year old Australian golfer ranks below average for the long game categories but his short game and putting are simply majestic. Remember his back to back wins earlier in the season, when over the 144 hole two week stretch, he Scrambled 41/55 times (although only managing 8/16 for Sand Saves) and he used the putter on only 205 occasions in total (single putting a ridiculous 78 times).

Season StatsResultRank
Stroke Average71.2764
Driving Accuracy50.6%198
Driving Distance285 yds120
Greens in Reg60.7%192
Scrambles62.7%7
Sand Saves51.4%127
Putts per GIR1.7304
Putts per Round27.71
1 Putts per Rnd7.883
Season StatsResultRank
Par 3 Scoring3.0323
Par 4 Scoring4.0565
Par 5 Scoring4.7184
Eagles per Rnd0.07113
Birdies per Rnd3.8237
Pars per Rnd11.17-
Bogeys per Rnd2.4736
Others per Rnd0.48137
Par 5's in 2 %8.7%158

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