Andalucia Valderrama Masters 2018: Latest course and current form guides

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Check out the stats ahead of this week's Andalucia Valderrama Masters, with course and current form guides compiled by Andy Swales ...

"Lee Westwood's last four visits have all ended in top-10 finishes and, despite many inconsistent performances of late, is currently ranked eighth in the category Strokes Gained: Tee to Green."

With the European Tour season deep into autumn, the players head to southern Spain for this week's Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Sotogrande.

Arguably Spain's most famous course, Valderrama never fails to provide a stiff test for all those who tee-up there.

Designed by Robert Trent Jones, the course started life as Sotogrande New in 1974, before being renamed Las Aves, and later became Valderrama.

In 1988 it made its debut on the European Tour, staging the prestigious Volvo Masters for the first time.

It has also hosted the WGC-American Express Championship, Spanish Open and, in 1997, the Ryder Cup.

More than 20 top tier events have been held at Valderrama over the past 30 years, including 18 season-ending finales on the European Tour.

The course has always demanded great accuracy from tee-to-green, which is probably one of the main reasons why Sergio Garcia usually plays well there.

Cork trees line the fairways and, although water hazards are only present on three holes, the venue's small, fast and undulating putting surfaces allow for little margin for error.

Sergio's Remarkable Record

Garcia will be the 'main man' on home soil for a number of reasons.

Not only is he tournament host this week, he is the highest-ranked golfer taking part, is the defending champion and has a stunning history at Valderrama.

Since turning pro as a teenager, Garcia has posted six podium finishes, has twice been champion, and in 13 starts has only once failed to finish inside the top 10.

He played a key role in Europe's Ryder Cup success last month and, despite experiencing his poorest season for many a year, did at least finish in a tie-for-seventh on his most recent outing in Portugal.

Old Heads

Because Valderrama is a reasonably difficult layout to conquer, experience could hold the key this week.

Making his first start at the venue in a decade is Lee Westwood who, as long ago as 2000, finished second in the WGC AmEx event.

His last four visits have all ended in top-10 finishes and, despite many inconsistent performances of late, is currently ranked eighth in the category Strokes Gained: Tee to Green.

This particular category, according to the European Tour, analyses 'quality of shots from tee to green', which will definitely be a key factor at Valderrama.

For the record, the top five players currently in this table, have the surnames McIlroy, Fleetwood, Molinari, Rahm and Rose.

Joost Luiten, runner-up at Valderrama in 2016 and 2017, is among the entries this week despite not teeing-up since the end of May because of injury.

Shane Lowry has always finished inside the top-20 here, while Soren Kjeldsen has a solid record at the course.

Form Players

Valderrama debutant Jordan Smith is enjoying one of his best spells of the season, while Challenge Tour star Kim Koivu has looked impressive in bursts during 2018.

Elsewhere, little-known Frenchman Victor Perez is on a run of six straight top-15 finishes - all on the Challenge Tour - while world No 90 Jorge Campillo would love to claim a maiden European Tour title on home soil.

On seven occasions, Campillo has stood on the podium without holding the trophy.

Padraig Harrington, a late addition to the entry list, is another experienced campaigner whose recent form is good.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W41 W40 W39 W38 W37 W36 W35 W34 W33 W32 W31 W30
Sergio Garcia 7 24 MC 39 MC
Julian Suri 5 21 53 16 35 41 19
Shane Lowry 34 MC 6 MC 12 15 12
Adrian Otaegui MC MC 24 MC 10 65 68
Jorge Campillo MC 44 15 55 MC
Joost Luiten
Lee Westwood MC 36 12 2 61
Mikko Korhonen 48 12 24 45 MC MC
Andrea Pavan 16 5 20 MC 1 6
Marcus Kinhult 48 20 4 56 49 45
Richard McEvoy 72 MC MC 15 16 37 34 1
Darren Fichardt 29 48 74 8 2
Jordan Smith 3 32 27 10 20 36 MC 64
Matthew Southgate 22 MC MC 24 30 20 10
Joakim Lagergren 29 MC MC MC MC 45 34
Kim Koivu MC 7 MC MC 1 68 1 29 64
Nacho Elvira MC 10 MC* MC 4 18 24 54
Wade Ormsby 29 MC 20 MC 39
Andrew Johnston 48 34 MC 35 MC 10
Paul Waring 56 MC MC MC MC 1
Gavin Green 9 MC MC MC 12 MC 3 64
Lee Slattery 48 20 51 MC 4 10
Paul Peterson MC MC 41 56 63 45 MC
Pablo Larrazabal 56 56 MC* 11 16
Aaron Rai 56 MC MC MC MC 24 24 MC
Soren Kjeldsen 42 48 56 6 12 12 MC 45 22
Julien Guerrier 22 32 34 36 23 MC 9 MC 54
Renato Paratore MC 32 27 36 MC 36 MC 2
Scott Hend MC MC MC Wd 45 MC 70 MC 19
Jason Scrivener MC 24 12 15 MC 69 18 61
Matthias Schwab 22 10 27 MC MC MC 9 MC 7
Richie Ramsay 56 MC MC 46 MC 12 MC 39
Tapio Pulkkanen MC 4 63 MC MC MC 44 34 48
Dave Horsey MC MC 44 68 23 56 39
Robert Rock 29 20 34 MC 17 6
Haydn Porteous 56 MC 20 28 16 37 36 6 MC
Oscar Lengden 62 MC MC MC 40 MC
Callum Shinkwin MC MC MC 16 20 65 48
Richard Sterne 22 MC 16 43 17 39
Stephen Gallacher 70 10 44 23 27 24 MC MC
Jens Dantorp MC MC MC Wd MC MC MC
Shiv Kapur 30 6 MC 62 MC 2
Oliver Fisher MC 32 7 MC MC 71 MC 39
Jeung-Hun Wang 29 MC 36 12 MC MC MC 13
Adam Bland MC 46 MC MC 18 13
David Drysdale 63 MC MC 6 30 34 MC MC 9
David Lipsky 34 MC 63 MC 35 MC 50 13
Phachara Khongwatmai MC MC 44 MC 8 12 9 MC 25 14
Steven Brown 16 MC MC MC MC 2 MC MC 54
Victor Perez 7 4 14 11 15 4 22 MC
Maximilian Kieffer MC MC MC 36 35 29 3 29
Romain Wattel 56 MC MC MC 43 27 MC 5
Thomas Aiken 68 MC MC* 30 71 MC 2 29
Jacques Kruyswijk MC 34 46 MC MC 7 42
Connor Syme MC MC 57 MC MC 50 21 22
16 28 40 MC MC MC MC 17 64
Nino Bertasio Wd MC 69 46 16 29 17 MC
Austin Connelly 42 MC MC 11 45 MC 50 MC MC
Alvaro Quiros MC MC MC MC
Marc Warren 34 MC 63 MC MC MC MC 17 22
Ashley Chesters MC 44 16 28 MC 9 59 29 MC
Jose-Filipe Lima MC 58 13 31 59 26 7 22
Andrew Dodt 63 MC 46 MC MC MC 6 54
Justin Walters MC MC 53 35 27 29 45 67 45
Tom Murray 15 MC 2 4 MC 36 5 22 11
Jin Ho Choi MC 27 57 MC 49 68 42 29
Zander Lombard 67 MC MC MC MC MC 1 MC
Ryan Evans Wd MC MC MC MC 12 50 29 MC
Adrien Saddier 34 44 16 Wd 65 56 MC MC 54
Oliver Farr 9 MC MC MC MC 45 MC MC 64
Jeff Winther MC MC MC MC 9 68 22
Micah Lauren Shin Wd MC 15
Christofer Blomstrand MC MC MC MC MC 45 2
Pedro Oriol Wd MC MC MC 59 27 MC 34 MC
Marcus Fraser 48 10 MC 56 33
Bradley Dredge MC MC 16 6 MC 49 34 29
Jonathan Thomson MC MC 15 MC 2 63 29 43 74
Ben Stow 45 MC 28 9 17 8 31 26 MC
Thongchai Jaidee MC 32 MC MC MC 36
Robert Karlsson 34 MC 66 MC 17 MC
Nick Cullen MC MC 12 49 44 18 MC*
Marcel Siem 42 MC MC MC MC MC MC MC 54
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC 7 MC MC 50 MC MC
Edoardo Molinari 16 24 MC 51 MC 68 MC
James Morrison 71 56 MC MC 56 34 36 61 68
Peter Hanson MC 10 MC MC MC 50 Wd 72
Brett Rumford 68 MC Wd MC 65 MC
Sebastian Heisele 53 44 64 MC MC 29 61 48
Trevor Fisher MC 3 44 MC 44 MC MC
Scott Fernandez MC MC MC MC 20 MC MC 63
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 48 MC* MC 23 20 29 45 MC
Henric Sturehed MC 73 MC MC MC MC MC 54
Christopher Mivis 11 MC 54
Florian Fritsch 17 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano 42 MC 27 MC MC 60 46 36 MC
Ricardo Gouveia 9 MC 7 MC MC 37 MC 45 MC
Chase Koepka MC MC MC 28 35 MC 61 MC MC
Daniel Brooks MC MC MC* Wd 5 MC MC MC MC
Alejandro Canizares 59 56 MC MC MC MC 45 MC MC
Matteo Manassero 22 MC MC 57 MC MC MC MC
Chris Hanson 48 MC 70 MC MC 45 65 45 MC
Charlie Ford MC MC MC 56 50 MC
Gavin Moynihan 31 40 20 16 MC MC MC MC
Thomas Linard 6 20 40 26 28 10 50
Richard Bland MC MC 20 44 MC 56 44 61 MC
Gregory Havret 22 MC 34 41 51 MC 74 MC
Adrian Meronk 15 11 28 37 MC MC MC 61
Lasse Jensen MC MC 34 MC MC MC MC 29
Soomin Lee MC MC 4 53 MC MC 29 MC 43
Matthew Baldwin 60 20 MC 12 36 MC MC
Gregory Bourdy 34 MC MC 57 MC MC MC MC MC
Alexander Knappe MC MC 40 41 MC 36 31 22 MC
Sebastien Gros MC MC MC Wd MC 70 13 48
Felipe Aguilar 2 44 57 MC MC MC MC 29
Jason Norris MC MC 56 MC MC MC MC 55
Laurie Canter MC MC MC 16 MC MC 56 MC
Bradley Neil MC MC MC 68 MC Wd 69 21
Pep Angles 32 12 MC 27 50 MC MC
Bernd Ritthammer 50 MC 67 44 MC 8
Matthew Nixon 44 46 MC 37 24 34 9
Rak Hyun Cho MC MC MC MC 24 56 29
Frederik Dreier 37
Pontus Widegren MC MC 73 9 MC MC
Duncan Stewart 38 MC MC MC MC 16 MC MC 11
Joel Stalter MC MC MC 41 MC 34 45
Thomas Bjorn MC 69 MC MC
Daniel Im MC MC MC 41 MC MC MC MC MC
Carlos Pigem 63 MC 40 MC MC MC MC 61 MC
Samuel Del Val MC 10 MC MC
David Howell MC MC 63 MC MC MC 36 24
Julien Quesne
Josh Geary 56 28 66 49 MC MC MC
Max Albertus 57
Pelle Edberg MC MC MC MC
Anders Hansen MC MC MC
Gary Stal 23 MC MC 45 MC 56 MC
Eduardo De La Riva MC 35
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia
Jose Maria Olazabal
Padraig Harrington 22 7 MC 5 2 MC MC 50
Mikael Lundberg 6 MC
Birgir Hafthorsson MC MC* Wd MC 68 MC 48
Garrick Porteous 14 40 14 53 MC MC MC MC
Player 2017 2016 2011 2010 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003
Sergio Garcia 1 3 1 10 4 34 2 2 2 7
Julian Suri 8
Shane Lowry 12 4 18
Adrian Otaegui 12 38
Jorge Campillo 36 MC
Joost Luiten 2 2 MC 5
Lee Westwood 4 7 7 7 42
Mikko Korhonen MC
Andrea Pavan
Marcus Kinhult 42
Richard McEvoy MC Wd
Darren Fichardt 21
Jordan Smith
Matthew Southgate MC
Joakim Lagergren MC MC
Kim Koivu
Nacho Elvira MC 53
Wade Ormsby 5 MC
Andrew Johnston 23 1
Paul Waring 30
Gavin Green
Lee Slattery 48 MC
Paul Peterson 46
Pablo Larrazabal 12 29 38 47 39
Aaron Rai 8
Soren Kjeldsen 18 4 49 2 1 2 18 22 25 55
Julien Guerrier
Renato Paratore 23 56
Scott Hend MC
Jason Scrivener 27
Matthias Schwab
Richie Ramsay 29 3
Tapio Pulkkanen
Dave Horsey MC MC
Robert Rock 8 MC 28 21
Haydn Porteous MC
Oscar Lengden
Callum Shinkwin 67
Richard Sterne 45 34 41
Stephen Gallacher MC 12 50 29 44 28
Jens Dantorp
Shiv Kapur MC 44
Oliver Fisher 12 MC MC 25
Jeung-Hun Wang
Adam Bland
David Drysdale 34 28 26
David Lipsky MC
Phachara Khongwatmai
Steven Brown
Victor Perez
Maximilian Kieffer MC 29
Romain Wattel MC MC 19
Thomas Aiken MC 18
Jacques Kruyswijk
Connor Syme 64
Nino Bertasio 8 11
Austin Connelly 54
Alvaro Quiros MC 56 MC MC 34
Marc Warren MC 40 42 41
Ashley Chesters 12
Jose-Filipe Lima 30
Andrew Dodt 36
Justin Walters 54 MC
Tom Murray
Jin Ho Choi
Zander Lombard 36
Ryan Evans MC
Adrien Saddier
Oliver Farr
Jeff Winther MC
Micah Lauren Shin
Christofer Blomstrand
Pedro Oriol Dq
Marcus Fraser MC 24
Bradley Dredge 48 34 MC MC 50 50 15 34 13
Jonathan Thomson
Ben Stow
Thongchai Jaidee 50 32 22 33
Robert Karlsson MC 32 11 21 29 38
Nick Cullen
Marcel Siem MC 61 38 MC 9 25
Raphael Jacquelin 30 53 15 7 17 9 29 44 24
Edoardo Molinari 58 42 MC MC
James Morrison 36 4 MC MC
Peter Hanson 12 19 10 47 13 14 43 22 4
Brett Rumford 36 25 53 42
Sebastian Heisele
Trevor Fisher
Scott Fernandez MC
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
Henric Sturehed
Christopher Mivis
Florian Fritsch 36
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano MC 34 12 26 22 22 21 34
Ricardo Gouveia 23 38
Chase Koepka
Daniel Brooks 3 68
Alejandro Canizares 36 11 7 21
Matteo Manassero 30 MC 28
Chris Hanson 18 MC
Charlie Ford
Gavin Moynihan
Thomas Linard 26
Richard Bland 30 11 MC
Gregory Havret MC MC 6 21 43 53 19
Adrian Meronk
Lasse Jensen 36 MC
Soomin Lee
Matthew Baldwin MC
Gregory Bourdy MC 19 MC 25 34
Alexander Knappe 65
Sebastien Gros MC 45
Felipe Aguilar 61 MC MC 29
Jason Norris
Laurie Canter MC MC
Bradley Neil
Pep Angles 54 19
Bernd Ritthammer 48
Matthew Nixon MC MC
Rak Hyun Cho
Frederik Dreier
Pontus Widegren MC
Duncan Stewart MC
Joel Stalter MC
Thomas Bjorn 19 15 5 9 38 11 24
Daniel Im MC MC
Carlos Pigem 36 MC
Samuel Del Val Wd
David Howell MC 19 26 25 5 38 5 24
Julien Quesne MC 61
Josh Geary
Max Albertus
Pelle Edberg 38 42
Anders Hansen 6 8 25 18 41 38 19
Gary Stal MC MC
Eduardo De La Riva MC MC
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia
Jose Maria Olazabal MC 47 10 7 3 10
Padraig Harrington 27 13 4 2 10 19 19
Mikael Lundberg 54
Birgir Hafthorsson
Garrick Porteous
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