Alfred Dunhill Championship: Course and current form stats

Leopard Creek made its DP World Tour debut in December 2004
Many great vistas at Leopard Creek

The DP World Tour has travelled to the edge of Kruger National Park to co-sanction this week's tournament at Leopard Creek. Words and stats supplied by Andy Swales ...

  • LIV pro Grace 18/119.00 can reign on home soil

  • Bezuidenhout 14/115.00 ready to grab second win at Creek

  • Has Matteo 100/1101.00 rediscovered his mojo?


  • Tournament and Course Notes

    • Leopard Creek has hosted more DP World Tour events than any other South African course. This week's instalment will be the 18th, and is also being co-sanctioned by South Africa's Sunshine Tour;

    • Designed by Gary Player and opened 27 years ago, Leopard Creek made its European Tour debut in 2004. It is a picturesque location, situated on the southern boundary of the vast Kruger National Park and approximately 30 miles from the Mozambique border;

    • The gently undulating parkland layout incorporates many of the characteristics of the local area. All of which means there is no shortage of trees, bushes or dense vegetation;

    • There was no tournament at the Creek in either 2017 (when the course underwent an extensive renovation) or 2021 (after Covid returned to haunt the Rainbow Nation);

    • Water comes into play on eight holes, while the aforementioned renovation involved replacing turf on both fairways and greens. Where once was Kikuya, the fairways have now been sown with the faster-running Bermudagrass;

    • As for putting surfaces, the original Creeping Bent is now ultradwarf Bermuda. A number of fairway bunkers were also repositioned during the upgrade, although routing remains untouched;

    • Prior to hosting the Alfred Dunhill Championship for the first time in 2004, Leopard Creek staged South Africa's Tour Championship on four occasions.

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    Good Current Form

    Among a host of golfers in decent current form are South Africans: Dean Burmester 11/26.50, Thriston Lawrence 16/117.00, Christiaan Bezuidenhout 14/115.00 and Louis De Jager 33/134.00.

    Burmester is chasing a third victory in three weeks, although a better bet may be Bezuidenhout who won at Leopard Creek in 2020.

    One player a lot further down the food chain is Jaco Van Zyl 300/1301.00 who seems a little over-priced.

    The 44-year-old is enjoying a consistent run of results, is a 15-time winner on the Sunshine Tour, and has a best finish of third at Leopard Creek. He could be a daring E/W option ahead of Christmas, in this fairly mediocre field.

    And if you wish to try your luck with one of the overseas pros, then check out Matthias Schmid 28/129.00, Gavin Green 50/151.00, Matteo Manassero 100/1101.00or Francesco Laporta 100/1101.00.

    Schmid, the world No 145, has posted a brace of podiums since the middle of October, including one on the PGA Tour.

    Manassero, who is a two-time winner on the Challenge Tour this year, tied-fifth on Sunday at the South African Open, and maybe finally getting his mojo back.

    The 30-year-old Italian won three times on the European Tour while still a teenager and 10 years ago triumphed in the PGA at Wentworth.

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    Good Course Form

    Three big-name South Africans who have good records at Leopard Creek are Branden Grace 18/119.00, Louis Oosthuizen 16/117.00 and Charl Schwartzel 28/129.00.

    All three are currently members of the Saudi-backed LIV Tour and therefore have world rankings lower than their performances deserve.

    Grace, who is currently ranked outside the top 600, is a former champion at the Creek, where he has also posted two other top-four finishes.

    On the LIV Tour he completed the 2023 season ninth in the standings, thanks to a hat-trick of podium finishes.

    Oosthuizen is a two-time runner-up at Leopard Creek where he tied-seventh 12 months ago.

    The former Open champion did not have a great season on the LIV circuit, with just three top-10s from 13 starts.

    As for Schwartzel, no one has a better Creek history than him.

    His remarkable record reads: four wins, four runner-up finishes and two other top fours.

    However, there was just a single top-10 on the LIV Tour during 2023, which arrived back in April. He tied-45th last week at Blair Atholl.

    Finally, the 40-year-old Scott Jamieson 33/134.00 is another player with a good course history: Among his five top-12 finishes, there have been a brace of podiums.

    The Scotsman tied-third in Qatar during the final week of October and is playing in South Africa for a third straight week - so should be fully acclimatised to conditions.

    Stroke Averages


    Lowest 12 At Leopard Creek (2015-22)
    Average .... (Rounds)
    69.85: Scott Jamieson (20)
    70.20: Branden Grace (20)
    70.20: Louis Oosthuizen (10)
    70.31: Dylan Frittelli (16)
    70.38: Charl Schwartzel (16)
    71.08: Jayden Trey Schaper (12)
    71.14: Brandon Stone (22)
    71.50: Dean Burmester (18)
    71.58: Wilco Nienaber (12)
    71.60: Christiaan Bezuidenhout (20)
    71.60: Espen Kofstad (10)
    71.70: Dale Whitnell (10)
    Min. No. of Rounds = 10
    Only those entered this week are included in table

    Note: List Contains Leading Reserves


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Last 10 Weeks / Leopard Creek (2011-22)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W48 W47 W46 W45 W44 W43 W42 W41 W40 W39
Dean Burmester 1 1 Wd
Thriston Lawrence 10 7 5 24 36 34 41 54
Erik Van Rooyen 1 23 16
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 17 9 56 6
Ewen Ferguson MC 9 20 16 13 9 54
Antoine Rozner 11 51 27 35 10
Matthias Schmid 17 MC 3 38 2 26 MC
Zander Lombard 12 4 22 55 27 46 2 54
Dan Bradbury 38 3 17 5 13 6 MC
Matthew Southgate 57 MC 49 26 MC 46 2
Jeff Winther 9 31 44 6 MC 10
Hennie Du Plessis 25 21 6 54 MC MC 14
Gavin Green 12 7 MC 56 28 MC
Guido Migliozzi 59 MC 47 37
Nick Bachem 17 MC 43 MC 13 MC 25
Paul Waring MC 20 37
Ockie Strydom 62 MC MC MC
Louis De Jager 5 17 43 MC 4 41 MC
Jesper Svensson 2 70 11 13
Dale Whitnell 17 54 65 MC MC Wd
Matthew Baldwin 26 56 52 71 Wd
David Law 45 MC 47 46 MC 14
Scott Jamieson 31 37 3 MC MC MC
Alejandro Del Rey 5 MC 27 MC 17 25
Aaron Cockerill 25 32 47 MC 41 Wd
Oliver Bekker 17 54 14 MC MC MC
Kristian Krogh Johannessen MC MC 34 MC MC Wd
Casey Jarvis 52 37 7 33 54
Andy Sullivan 38 12 36 MC MC
Renato Paratore 2 MC 44
Edoardo Molinari MC 21 MC 28
Santiago Tarrio 71 MC 6 MC 28 54
Adrien Saddier 38 37 27 Wd
Deon Germishuys 38 21 56 66 74 44
Matteo Manassero 5 66 19 13
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC 26 9 44
Darren Fichardt 45 2 19 MC MC
Ugo Coussaud 38 MC 30 47 12
Max Rottluff 57 MC 33 12
Manuel Elvira MC 12 29 8 4
Marco Penge 12 MC 1 23 MC
Adam Blomme MC 70 16 MC
Clement Sordet MC MC MC 19 Wd MC
Jayden Trey Schaper 5 9 36 37
Ross Fisher 17 12 36 52 53 25
Jamie Donaldson MC 53 25
Shaun Norris MC MC 17 37 2 8 3 23
Johannes Veerman 38 MC MC MC
Ashun Wu MC MC Wd
Lorenzo Scalise 66 MC 22 29 34
Francesco Laporta 10 47 7 3 5
Dylan Frittelli MC 12 MC MC MC MC 56
Tom Vaillant 2 8 22
Angel Hidalgo Portillo 63 MC MC MC
Wilco Nienaber 12 MC MC 17 54
Joakim Lagergren 31 54 53
Jeong Weon Ko 31 MC MC 7 64 MC
James Morrison 52 MC 61 46 47 54
Darius Van Driel 52 9 MC MC MC 25
Louis Oosthuizen 44
Frederik Schott 31 MC MC MC MC
Matthias Schwab 52 MC 53 MC 63 MC
Sam Bairstow MC 54 4 23
JC Ritchie MC 32 MC MC MC
Soren Kjeldsen 42 MC MC MC MC 54
Alexander Knappe MC 24 36 66 35 MC
Ryan Van Velzen 2 47 20 MC 2 Wd
Chase Hanna MC 26 MC 4 64 Wd
Andrea Pavan 17 MC 16 18
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia 48 47 MC 59 9
John Axelsen MC MC MC MC 44
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez MC MC 30 29 25
Jaco Prinsloo MC 26 33 MC
Pieter Moolman MC MC 20 1 10 MC
Charl Schwartzel 45 MC MC
Brandon Stone MC MC 11 29
Stuart Manley MC 37 41 54 MC
Will Enefer 31 MC 22 3 25
Daniel Van Tonder MC MC 47 MC 57 12
Joel Girrbach MC MC 7 2 8
JJ Senekal 7
Alexander Levy 8 MC MC MC 28 Wd
Neil Schietekat MC 12 24 1 38 MC MC MC MC
David Ravetto 17 47 MC MC MC
Louis Albertse 31 MC 6 23 MC
Dylan Mostert MC 24 60 8 MC
Benjamin Follett-Smith MC 32 19 MC
Branden Grace 43
Luca Filippi 52 32 4 20 10 1 Wd
Filippo Celli 70 MC 41
Thomas Aiken MC 17 15 62 Wd
Lauri Ruuska MC 39 37 8
Mateusz Gradecki MC MC MC
Albert Venter MC MC 11 MC MC
Sebastian Friedrichsen 25 40 18 19
Hennie O`Kennedy MC MC 3 MC 10 47 Wd
Kyle Barker MC 67 14 29 7 30
Pedro Figueiredo MC MC 53 44
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia MC MC MC MC MC Wd
Hennie Otto MC MC 26 MC
Keenan Davidse MC 47 39 23 16 2 24
Stefan Wears Taylor MC MC 4 27 60
Jaco Van Zyl 25 37 4 14 16 12 MC
Gerhard Pepler MC MC MC 8 MC 20 52
Jean Hugo MC MC 17 23 36 30 17
Wynand Dingle MC MC MC MC 21 MC
Martin Rohwer MC MC 1 MC 40 17
Malcolm Mitchell MC 26 MC MC 24 34 30
Benjamin Rusch MC MC
Peter Karmis MC MC MC MC 49
Espen Kofstad 68 MC MC
MJ Viljoen MC 21 46 MC 3 MC MC
Trevor Fisher MC MC MC 3 27 24
Jack Davidson MC 41
Rupert Kaminski MC 37 11 MC 50 MC
Tristen Strydom MC MC MC MC
Nikhil Rama MC 6 4 38 29 21 4
Anton Karlsson MC MC MC
Ruan Korb MC MC 65 MC 6 7 52
Martin Vorster MC MC 5 24 MC
Jacques Blaauw MC 26 23 MC Wd 55
Robin Williams 45 MC 11 23 42 1
Yurav Premlall MC MC MC 46 6 14 MC
Dylan Naidoo 31 61 46 8 38 MC
HeinrichBruiners 57 MC 46 21 34 7
Soren Broholt Lind MC
Lyle Rowe MC MC 28 MC MC 54
Anthony Michael MC 65 MC 14 46 17
Nicolo Galletti 27
Rourke Van der Spuy MC MC 17 MC 24 40 MC
Combrinck Smit 69 67 39 MC 29 MC 41
Jovan Rebula 57 62 21 17 41
Joachim B Hansen MC MC MC
Keagan Thomas MC 28 35 38 45 30
James Nicholas
Christiaan Maas MC
Merrick Bremner MC 67 43 30 38 34 24
Matthis Besard MC
Christo Lamprecht MC
Andrew Johnston MC
Sam Jones 48 MC
Daniel Bennett MC
Robson Chinhoi MC MC 57 MC MC 58 38
Joshua Berry MC
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen MC MC MC Wd
Jannik De Bruyn 12
Rhys Enoch MC 14 52 58
Kristoffer Broberg 6
Jonathan Goth-Rasmussen MC
Andrew Martin MC 54 MC 13 MC
KazukiHiga MC 47 10 37 44 52 MC MC
Ashley Chesters 47 22 MC 25
Marc Warren MC MC 43 MC 25
Tapio Pulkkanen 53 21 13 64 MC
Julian Suri 8 61 11
Felix Mory 22 MC 2
Player `22 `20 `19 `18 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11
Dean Burmester 7 MC MC MC 17 11 MC MC MC
Thriston Lawrence 36 MC 49 MC MC MC
Erik Van Rooyen 71 26 32 31
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 26 1 MC 18 56 MC
Ewen Ferguson
Antoine Rozner MC 36
Matthias Schmid
Zander Lombard MC MC 7 3 56 MC
Dan Bradbury 63
Matthew Southgate 26 MC 62
Jeff Winther 49 34 48 MC
Hennie Du Plessis MC 25 MC MC 62
Gavin Green 47
Guido Migliozzi 56
Nick Bachem 74
Paul Waring
Ockie Strydom 1 57 MC 56 63 MC MC 62
Louis De Jager MC MC MC MC MC 59 16 MC 30 MC
Jesper Svensson
Dale Whitnell 26 17 MC
Matthew Baldwin 32 MC MC 69 MC
David Law MC 59 26
Scott Jamieson 11 6 3 4 41 43 MC 3 MC
Alejandro Del Rey MC
Aaron Cockerill 4 MC MC
Oliver Bekker 4 31 71 9 MC MC 49 MC 47 29
Kristian Krogh Johannessen 22 MC
Casey Jarvis MC MC
Andy Sullivan MC 14 3
Renato Paratore 19 40 26
Edoardo Molinari MC 33 MC MC MC
Santiago Tarrio 41
Adrien Saddier MC 36 MC 70 29
Deon Germishuys 76 MC MC
Matteo Manassero MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera
Darren Fichardt 22 55 MC 12 MC 27 28 MC 20 13
Ugo Coussaud
Max Rottluff
Manuel Elvira
Marco Penge
Adam Blomme
Clement Sordet MC 24 51
Jayden Trey Schaper 26 2 42
Ross Fisher 17 69 3
Jamie Donaldson MC
Shaun Norris 52 MC MC 70 11 8 MC MC 38
Johannes Veerman 25 7
Ashun Wu Ret
Lorenzo Scalise
Francesco Laporta MC MC MC
Dylan Frittelli 13 12 25 11 22
Tom Vaillant
Angel Hidalgo Portillo MC
Wilco Nienaber 50 12 24
Joakim Lagergren MC MC
Jeong Weon Ko MC
James Morrison MC 55 MC MC
Darius Van Driel MC 44 MC
Louis Oosthuizen 7 7 MC 2 Wd
Frederik Schott MC
Matthias Schwab 13
Sam Bairstow
JC Ritchie 17 MC 55 47 28 MC MC
Soren Kjeldsen MC MC MC
Alexander Knappe 22
Ryan Van Velzen
Chase Hanna 36
Andrea Pavan Wd MC 11 7
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia
John Axelsen 58
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez MC
Jaco Prinsloo 41 MC MC 26
Pieter Moolman MC MC MC
Charl Schwartzel MC 3 MC 4 1 26 1 1
Brandon Stone MC 23 59 15 1 18
Stuart Manley MC MC MC MC 32
Will Enefer
Daniel Van Tonder 36 39 6 MC MC MC 16 MC 15
Joel Girrbach
JJ Senekal 52 MC MC MC MC MC 52 MC
Alexander Levy 6 MC 52
Neil Schietekat 63 MC MC 12 48 MC MC MC MC 60
David Ravetto 9
Louis Albertse MC MC
Dylan Mostert 47
Benjamin Follett-Smith 64 MC
Branden Grace 4 3 34 20 8 1 12 MC
Luca Filippi
Filippo Celli
Thomas Aiken MC 33 63 4 18 16 MC 55 MC
Lauri Ruuska
Mateusz Gradecki MC
Albert Venter MC MC MC
Sebastian Friedrichsen
Hennie O`Kennedy
Kyle Barker MC
Pedro Figueiredo MC 17 42 MC
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia 39 MC
Hennie Otto MC 49 MC MC 22 24 55 7
Keenan Davidse MC MC 64 51 37 MC MC
Stefan Wears Taylor MC
Jaco Van Zyl MC 54 14 56 8 29 47 3
Gerhard Pepler
Jean Hugo 41 MC MC 72 48 MC 43 MC 55 44
Wynand Dingle 45 MC MC MC
Martin Rohwer MC 44 61
Malcolm Mitchell
Benjamin Rusch
Peter Karmis MC 66 68 MC MC MC
Espen Kofstad 42 20 MC 14 30
MJ Viljoen MC 51 7 MC
Trevor Fisher 60 MC MC MC 4 MC MC 49
Jack Davidson
Rupert Kaminski MC MC
Tristen Strydom MC MC
Nikhil Rama MC
Anton Karlsson MC MC MC
Ruan Korb MC MC
Martin Vorster
Jacques Blaauw 45 MC 36 MC 44 63 62 MC
Robin Williams
Yurav Premlall MC
Dylan Naidoo MC 60 22
HeinrichBruiners Ret MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Soren Broholt Lind
Lyle Rowe MC MC 51 MC 54 MC MC MC
Anthony Michael MC 47 MC MC 72 MC
Nicolo Galletti
Rourke Van der Spuy MC 55 MC MC MC 54
Combrinck Smit 65 MC
Jovan Rebula 65
Joachim B Hansen 47 20 62 MC MC 44
Keagan Thomas MC
James Nicholas
Christiaan Maas 17
Merrick Bremner 52 MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC 20
Matthis Besard
Christo Lamprecht
Andrew Johnston 44 3
Sam Jones
Daniel Bennett
Robson Chinhoi
Joshua Berry
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
Jannik De Bruyn
Rhys Enoch MC MC MC
Kristoffer Broberg 54 MC 2
Jonathan Goth-Rasmussen
Andrew Martin
KazukiHiga
Ashley Chesters 28
Marc Warren MC 26 30 MC
Tapio Pulkkanen MC
Julian Suri 35
Felix Mory
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