Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship 2019: Course and current form guide

Abu Dhabi Championship
Abu Dhabi Championship: The first of three straight weeks in the Middle East

Andy Swales brings you this week's stats guide for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, highlighting course and current form for those teeing-up in the Middle East ....

"Only a handful of those taking part have played competitive golf during the past four weeks. One of those who did is Kiradech Aphibarnrat who finished in a tie-for-ninth on his most recent visit to the United Arab Emirates."

Following a longer than usual five-week break over the festive period, the European Tour returns with the prestigious Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

First staged in 2006, the tournament usually attracts a decent field and this year is no exception.

With more than €6m up for grabs, the Abu Dhabi Championship is now part of the eight-event Rolex Series which culminates at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in November.

Major Champions On The Tee

Among those teeing-up in Wednesday's opening round are America's two top-ranked golfers, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson.

World no.2 Koepka missed the cut in Abu Dhabi on his only previous visit five years ago, while Johnson has posted a brace of top-10s here, including a tie-for-second in 2017.

Englishman Tommy Fleetwood is chasing a third straight title in this event. Although he hasn't teed-up in almost eight weeks, he won last year's event having not played for a similar length of time.

Fleetwood, who turns 28 later this week, has only once in his last 14 starts failed to finish inside the top-25.

Among Europe's other leading stars, who have enjoyed strong performances at Abu Dhabi in the past, read Tyrrell Hatton, Henrik Stenson, Thomas Pieters and Ross Fisher.

Stenson, a two-time runner-up in this tournament, closed 2018 in good form and along with Hatton enjoys playing in the Middle East.

After a short spell slightly out of sync, Pieters showed glimpses of his best form again towards the end of last year, while another northern European to keep an eye on is Alexander Bjork.

The Swede hasn't teed-up since mid-November but his rise up the World Ranking points to a great future.

Although Bjork missed the cut at Abu Dhabi in 2018, he has enjoyed a string of solid performances in the region during recent years.

Still Warming Up

Only a handful of those taking part have played competitive golf during the past four weeks.

One of those who did is Kiradech Aphibarnrat who teed-off in a low-key Asian Development Tour event last week.

Asia's highest-ranked pro at No 37 finished in a tie-for-ninth on his most recent visit to the United Arab Emirates last autumn and must be in with a real chance of lifting the trophy on Sunday afternoon.

South Korean Byeong Hun An has a strong history in this part of the world and will contest back-to-back events in the UAE, before heading Stateside.

Watch Out For The Water

Opened in 1998, the Peter Harradine-designed layout has undergone a number of changes - mainly around the greens.

Much of this work has been carried out to create more challenging pin positions on what is generally a flat course.

The putting surfaces in Abu Dhabi are usually some of the fastest on Tour, while water comes into play on 10 holes.

There is also plenty of sand and dog-legs and, although the fairways tend to be slightly narrower than the Tour average, the big hitters have often prospered here.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List contains leading reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W2 W1 W52 W51 W50 W49 W48 W47 W46 W45 W44 W43
Brooks Koepka 24 12 16
Dustin Johnson 4 7 30
Tommy Fleetwood 14 16 7 7
Tyrrell Hatton 22 22
Louis Oosthuizen 7 1 3
Henrik Stenson 4 4 12
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 6 18 14
Eddie Pepperell Wd
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 14 9 46 23 4
Ian Poulter 33 18 51 21
Hao Tong Li 30 5 2 11
Thorbjorn Olesen 45 7 7
Matt Wallace 18 15 2 5 47 50
Lucas Bjerregaard 20 41 11 5 69
Branden Grace 34 7 34 11 41
Byeong Hun An 10 41
Alexander Bjork 12 57 14 28
Lee Westwood 20 1 35
Adrian Otaegui MC 4 16 3 62
Shane Lowry 30 35 14
Thomas Pieters 12 18 18
Ross Fisher 47 4 64
Tom Lewis 7 67 14
Lucas Herbert MC 49 35 35
Ryan Fox 52 45 50 23 30
Alexander Levy 34 Wd 10 28
Andrea Pavan 22 11 33 22
Jorge Campillo 51 46 35 54
Brandon Stone 15 7 57 60 72 46
Mikko Korhonen 57 16 35
Joost Luiten 22 27 23
Shubhankar Sharma MC 6 41 27 43 69
Aaron Rai 1 48 8 43
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 30 11 43
Paul Dunne 41 59 18
Victor Perez 42 14 3 2
Jordan Smith 39 12 21 55
Adri Arnaus 9 55 MC
Andy Sullivan 26 41 18 62
Joachim B Hansen 62 MC 36 45 13
Thomas Detry 29 7 3
Erik Van Rooyen 26 26 60 35 22
Chris Paisley 18 24 34 9 33
Gaganjeet Bhullar Wd 40 46
Yusaku Miyazato 15 62 29 MC MC
Dean Burmester MC MC 4 11 47
Jake McLeod 19 3 1 39
Marcus Kinhult 20 22 71 30
Darren Fichardt 12 MC 55 9 23
Sam Horsfield 41 46 10
Jason Scrivener 6 3 16 23 54
Richard McEvoy 60 75
Martin Kaymer 55 21 5
Sean Crocker 18 MC 9 5
Hideto Tanihara 34 55 35
Ashun Wu 34 16 47 64
Matthew Southgate MC 18 69 60
Nicolas Colsaerts 55 14 52 35 14
David Drysdale 2 Wd 65 5
David Lipsky 1 MC MC 45
Kurt Kitayama MC 15 1 45
Romain Langasque 15 2 23 4
Bernd Wiesberger 51 MC MC
Kim Koivu 42 Wd 47 9 17
Scott Jamieson 3 MC
Benjamin Hebert MC 35 60
Andrew Johnston 9 MC 27 43
Joakim Lagergren 49 27 55
Wade Ormsby MC 36 30 16 47
George Coetzee 26 MC 28 41 58 50
Jack Singh Brar 26 MC MC 30 17
Gavin Green MC 57 47
Pablo Larrazabal 9 MC 27 18
Lee Slattery 11 51 66 55
Robert Rock 51 21 30
Paul Waring 35 58
Matthieu Pavon MC MC 2 60 68
Matthias Schwab 39 9 41 18
Thomas Aiken 63 3 23 19 55 10
Nacho Elvira MC 54 68
Grant Forrest MC MC 7 36 10
Kalle Samooja 34 MC MC 32
Robert MacIntyre 15 15 MC 57 6
Liam Johnston MC MC MC 72 17
Renato Paratore 19 27 30
Tapio Pulkkanen MC 15 50 10
Sebastian Soderberg MC MC 22
Fabrizio Zanotti 15 MC
Stuart Manley MC 21 44 42
Scott Hend 35 MC 9 68
Soren Kjeldsen 72
Hyo Won Park 42 MC 39 20 38 1 2
Haydn Porteous MC 7 47 36
Charlie Saxon
Richie Ramsay
Richard Sterne 34 MC MC 21 60
Stephen Gallacher 60 35
Oliver Fisher 50 64
Ashley Chesters 14 67 47
Callum Shinkwin 33
Jens Dantorp MC 62 46 64
Dave Horsey 45
Steven Brown 47 54 MC
Maximilian Kieffer 60 54
Niklas Lemke 7 MC 6
Zander Lombard 3 15 MC 67 4
Clement Sordet MC 11 MC
Romain Wattel
David Law 26 71 25
Jeung-Hun Wang MC 28 45 64
Pedro Figueiredo MC 48 23 13
Andres Romero MC 25 26
Nino Bertasio 62
Jacques Kruyswijk MC MC
Jeff Winther 34 7
Trevor Immelman MC MC 27 47
Alvaro Quiros MC 36 72
Justin Walters 34 MC MC
Thongchai Jaidee MC 14
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano MC MC 44 MC
Raphael Jacquelin 18 17 MC
Bradley Dredge
Edoardo Molinari MC MC MC 57
Robert Karlsson 47 MC
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 18 MC 15
Marcel Siem MC MC MC
SSP Chawrasia 20 MC MC
Peter Hanson 51
Alejandro Canizares 26 54 36
James Morrison 32 MC
Sam Brazel 19 30
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez MC MC MC
Bernd Ritthammer 65 24 MC
Min Woo Lee
Thomas Bjorn 69 60
Jaco Van Zyl 56 37 23
Kristoffer Broberg
Dominic Foos
Jose Maria Olazabal
Yu Xin Lin
Pelle Edberg 28
Player 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Brooks Koepka MC
Dustin Johnson 9 2
Tommy Fleetwood 1 1 MC MC 19 MC MC
Tyrrell Hatton 15 13 46 6 10
Louis Oosthuizen MC 5 2
Henrik Stenson 8 8 3 MC MC 23 MC 42 21 MC
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 40 19 14 MC 4 23 48 7 43 15
Eddie Pepperell MC MC 46 26 45
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 22 4 72 45 MC
Ian Poulter MC 39 14 MC 2
Hao Tong Li MC
Thorbjorn Olesen 53 29 72 50 56 2 8
Matt Wallace 32
Lucas Bjerregaard 69 66 MC MC
Branden Grace 15 13 5 20 52 5 MC
Byeong Hun An 40 13 5 12
Alexander Bjork MC 13
Lee Westwood MC 8 MC 17 64 MC
Adrian Otaegui 40 70 MC
Shane Lowry MC MC MC 4
Thomas Pieters 5 MC 2 4 MC
Ross Fisher 2 19 35 9 MC 42 31 37
Tom Lewis MC MC 45 61 MC
Lucas Herbert
Ryan Fox 32 19
Alexander Levy 7 MC MC 20 56 MC
Andrea Pavan MC 56
Jorge Campillo 14 39 MC 63 49 9
Brandon Stone 61 26 19
Mikko Korhonen 22 60 69
Joost Luiten 48 29 5 6 6 42 23
Shubhankar Sharma 48
Aaron Rai
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 40 57 52 31 MC
Paul Dunne 19 39
Victor Perez
Jordan Smith 61 39
Adri Arnaus
Andy Sullivan 53 73 22 57 19 68
Joachim B Hansen MC MC
Thomas Detry 9
Erik Van Rooyen
Chris Paisley 5 29 MC MC
Gaganjeet Bhullar 10 MC
Yusaku Miyazato
Dean Burmester 40 7
Jake McLeod
Marcus Kinhult MC
Darren Fichardt 40 MC 70 10 32
Sam Horsfield
Jason Scrivener 48 39
Richard McEvoy MC MC
Martin Kaymer 27 4 16 3 31 6 MC 1 1 2
Sean Crocker
Hideto Tanihara 68
Ashun Wu 22 16
Matthew Southgate MC MC
Nicolas Colsaerts 32 MC MC 26 24 11
David Drysdale MC 57 22 66 MC 35 MC MC 68
David Lipsky MC 39 MC MC
Kurt Kitayama
Romain Langasque 39
Bernd Wiesberger 15 4 26 6 MC 21 MC
Kim Koivu
Scott Jamieson MC 36 46 MC MC MC
Benjamin Hebert 32 29 46 MC
Andrew Johnston 9 71 45
Joakim Lagergren 53 MC 22
Wade Ormsby MC MC 26 MC 28
George Coetzee MC 60 35 37 4 9 6
Jack Singh Brar
Gavin Green
Pablo Larrazabal MC 2 26 MC 1 39 MC 11 43 42
Lee Slattery 61 69 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Robert Rock MC MC 26 37 MC Wd 1 MC MC 47
Paul Waring MC MC MC 37 MC 46 37 MC
Matthieu Pavon MC MC
Matthias Schwab
Thomas Aiken MC 13 MC 19 MC 48 MC 21
Nacho Elvira MC 36 MC 63
Grant Forrest
Kalle Samooja
Robert MacIntyre
Liam Johnston
Renato Paratore MC MC MC 57
Tapio Pulkkanen
Sebastian Soderberg
Fabrizio Zanotti 9 MC 26 MC MC 56 MC 67 MC
Stuart Manley
Scott Hend 22 MC 54 31
Soren Kjeldsen 48 54 MC MC 32 MC 37 49 59
Hyo Won Park
Haydn Porteous 53 MC MC
Charlie Saxon
Richie Ramsay 40 57 16 MC 23 48 MC MC MC
Richard Sterne 19 37
Stephen Gallacher 61 MC MC 8 MC 35 31 MC 20
Oliver Fisher MC 23 35 12 37 66 63 MC MC 37
Ashley Chesters MC
Callum Shinkwin MC 23 MC
Jens Dantorp
Dave Horsey MC 29 35 MC MC 69 63 53 8
Steven Brown
Maximilian Kieffer MC 12 16 26 31
Niklas Lemke
Zander Lombard MC
Clement Sordet
Romain Wattel MC 66 MC MC 45 64 14
David Law
Jeung-Hun Wang 15 11
Pedro Figueiredo
Andres Romero MC
Nino Bertasio 53 MC
Jacques Kruyswijk 69
Jeff Winther
Trevor Immelman MC MC MC 50
Alvaro Quiros 61 49 MC MC 31 MC 23 11 26
Justin Walters MC MC Dq
Thongchai Jaidee MC MC 46 10 9 MC 46 13 13
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano 9 17 MC MC 50
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC MC 31 37 39 63 23 37 MC
Bradley Dredge 19 35 50 56 53 56 10
Edoardo Molinari MC MC 28 MC MC MC 27
Robert Karlsson 32 70 MC 45 8 24 60
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
Marcel Siem MC MC 5 37 39 35 MC MC
SSP Chawrasia 70 17 56 MC MC
Peter Hanson MC 8 11 10 9 35 MC 11 10
Alejandro Canizares 48 60 5 12 49 39 24 MC 72
James Morrison MC MC 54 6 MC MC MC
Sam Brazel 32 60
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez
Bernd Ritthammer MC
Min Woo Lee
Thomas Bjorn 30 23 11 10 52 3 MC 43 MC
Jaco Van Zyl 23 Wd 24
Kristoffer Broberg 32 MC 35 45 MC MC
Dominic Foos MC
Jose Maria Olazabal MC Ret MC 69 MC
Yu Xin Lin
Pelle Edberg MC MC 26

Get a Free £/€20 Exchange Bet

  • Join Now - Open account using promo code VAL225
  • Bet - Place a £/€20 Bet on the Exchange
  • Earn We'll Refund You £/€20 If the Bet Loses

T&Cs apply.

Discover the latest articles

Read past articles