Austrian Open 2020: Your form guide for Diamond Country Club

Austrian Open 2020 at Diamond Country Club
Water is a constant companion at Diamond Country Club

After four months in the wilderness, the European Tour returns with the rather low-key Austrian Open. Words and stats by Andy Swales...

"The 21-year-old (Sami Valimaki) from Nokia has made a sensational start to life on the European Tour, winning in Oman earlier this year. Valimaki certainly knows how to take the chequered flag, following his four victories in 2019, when he was a member of the Pro Golf Tour."

The European Tour is back in business, although a poor imitation of what it used to be - for the time being at least.

Hopefully, the Tour we all remember and love will return to normal as soon as possible.

But, for the time being at least, will have to soldier on with mediocre fields and below par prize money.

This week's Austrian Open takes place at Diamond Country Club, a course familiar with many European Tour members having hosted nine tournaments since making its debut in 2010.

Because of its limited prize fund, Austria's national open will also be part of the Challenge Tour schedule and has therefore attracted a clientele to match.

Located around 20 miles north-west of Vienna and opened 18 years ago, Diamond Country Club is a flat parkland course where water comes into play on nine holes.

The big hitters should feel at home here, while the European Tour's most recent trip to the course was in 2018 for the innovative Shot Clock Masters.

Top seeds

Joost Luiten, Adri Arnaus and Thomas Detry are the three highest-ranked golfers teeing-up in Thursday's opening round.

Luiten is clearly the standout player this week. In six previous starts at Diamond Country Club, the Dutchman has never finished lower than seventh and was the champion here in 2013.

Arnaus and Detry, who are both yet to win on the European Tour, will view this week as being a huge opportunity to break their duck.

Arnaus makes his Diamond debut, while Detry missed the cut on his only previous visit three years ago.

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However, with the European Tour having sat dormant since early March, all but a handful of golfers will be experiencing their first competitive action in four months.

A few Scandinavians contested last week's event in the Nordic Golf League which opened its doors again in Sweden.

One of those who didn't was young Finn Sami Valimaki, the current world No 156.

The 21-year-old from Nokia has made a sensational start to life on the European Tour, winning in Oman earlier this year - shortly before lockdown was imposed.

Valimaki certainly knows how to take the chequered flag, following his four victories in 2019 when he was a member of the Pro Golf Tour - another of the sport's many satellite circuits.

At the other end of the age range is Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez who carried out a few renovations at Diamond Country Club a number of years ago.

Although the former Ryder Cup golfer is no longer the force he once was, the 56-year-old is still capable of shining in a mediocre field such as this.

In six previous visits to Diamond, Jimenez has finished in the top-20 five times.

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MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W27 W26 W25 W24 W10 W9 W8 W7 W6 W5
Joost Luiten 21 10 44
Adri Arnaus MC MC 27
Thomas Detry 17 36 6
Francesco Laporta MC 44
Sami Valimaki 38 1 7
Scott Vincent 26 MC
Sebastian Heisele 38 MC 44
Nicolas Colsaerts MC 18 56
Antoine Rozner 53 10 70
John Catlin MC MC MC
Darius Van Driel MC 36 MC MC
Adrian Meronk MC 54 27
Robin Roussel MC 18
Renato Paratore 47 MC* 27
Joel Sjoholm 62 MC
Connor Syme MC 10 MC 52
Wil Besseling MC MC*
Anton Karlsson 12 MC 1 20
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia MC MC MC* 74
Rhys Enoch 19 11 37 42
Robin Sciot-Siegrist MC 67 3
Adrien Saddier 12 3
Lorenzo Gagli 12 10 56
Ewen Ferguson MC MC MC
Tapio Pulkkanen MC MC MC
Haydn Porteous 47 2 35 74
Lars Van Meijel 28 62 MC*
Todd Clements MC 19 20
Ross McGowan MC MC 6
Oscar Lengden 5 11 MC MC
Nicolai Hojgaard 53 54 MC Wd 29
Richard Mansell MC MC MC
Philip Eriksson 35 MC MC MC
Daan Huizing 11 37 MC
Emilio Cuartero Blanco 42 MC MC
Ben Stow 54 MC 52 50
Lorenzo Scalise 19 42 42
Niklas Norgaard Moller MC 56
Maximilian Kieffer 53 30 72
Rikard Karlberg MC 36 22
Damien Perrier MC 4 MC
Steven Tiley MC MC
Bernd Ritthammer MC 27 20
Frederic LaCroix 42 MC MC
Allen John 7 MC
Matthew Baldwin 42 27 MC
Mathieu Fenasse MC 27 42
Hurly Long MC MC MC
Santiago Tarrio Ben 4 52 56
Kim Koivu MC
Ondrej Lieser
Gavin Moynihan MC 37 Wd
Haraldur Magnus Wd MC
Gudmundur Kristjansson MC 63 MC
Moritz Lampert MC MC MC
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen MC MC MC
Ugo Coussaud 8 MC MC
Marcel Schneider 58 MC 16
Jonathan Thomson 14 MC
Martin Simonsen 11 42 MC
Federico MacCario 63 63
Christofer Blomstrand MC MC
Miguel Angel Jimenez
Enrico Di Nitto 19 MC
Henric Sturehed MC 42 MC 42
Andrew Wilson
Roope Kakko MC MC
Martin Wiegele MC Wd MC
Robbie Van West MC MC MC
Jens Dantorp 20 MC MC 7
Deyen Lawson 30 MC MC 66 MC
Alfie Plant MC MC
Jordan Wrisdale 51 4 MC
Max Schmitt MC 42
Pep Angles 11 MC 68
Mikael Lundberg MC MC
Robin Petersson 14 51 10 68
Eduardo De La Riva
Janne Kaske MC MC MC
Fredrik Nilehn
Timon Baltl Wd Wd
NicolaiKristensen 27 MC
Jonas Kolbing MC 42 75
Lukas Nemecz
Dominic Foos MC MC
Christopher Mivis MC MC 10
Oliver Lindell MC MC 56
Ricardo Gouveia MC MC MC
Mark Flindt Haastrup
Benjamin Rusch MC MC
Gary Stal MC MC MC
Bradley Moore
Stuart Manley MC MC 29
Matt Ford 19 MC 63
Craig Ross
Scott Henry
Alexander Knappe MC 66 MC
Marcel Siem MC 30 54 MC
Felix Mory MC MC MC
Per Langfors MC
Carlos Pigem 53 MC
Edouard Dubois
Markus Brier
Pelle Edberg MC MC
Joel Stalter MC MC 68
Daniel Gavins MC 59 MC
Hinrich Arkenau MC MC
Antti Ahokas
David Borda MC MC MC
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez
Joel Girrbach
Robin Dawson 64 59 MC
Craig Howie 25 MC 10
Raphael De Sousa 19 MC MC
Borja Virto
Nick McCarthy
Christian Braeunig
Scott Fernandez MC MC
Marc Warren
Gregory Bourdy
Victor Riu
David Boote 42 MC MC
Filippo Bergamaschi
Chase Hanna 28 MC MC 68
Aron Zemmer 30 27 35
Clement Berardo
Lukas Lipold
Niall Kearney MC MC MC
Ryan Evans MC
Niklas Regner
Stanislav Matus MC MC MC
Julien Quesne
Jerome Lando Casanova
Scott Gregory
Martin Ovesen 19 MC MC
Jesper Sandborg 20
Pedro Oriol MC 19
Markus Habeler
Jens Fahrbring MC 42 MC
Gerold Folk
Sebastian Wittmann
Maximilian Steinlechner
Laurenz Kubin
Leonhard Astl
Player `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11 `10
Joost Luiten 7 6 3 1 3
Adri Arnaus
Thomas Detry MC
Francesco Laporta MC MC
Sami Valimaki
Scott Vincent
Sebastian Heisele MC* MC
Nicolas Colsaerts 3 66 MC
Antoine Rozner
John Catlin
Darius Van Driel
Adrian Meronk
Robin Roussel
Renato Paratore MC 32
Joel Sjoholm MC MC 21
Connor Syme 2
Wil Besseling 53
Anton Karlsson MC
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia MC
Rhys Enoch
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
Adrien Saddier MC Ret
Lorenzo Gagli 23 MC 10 MC
Ewen Ferguson
Tapio Pulkkanen 38
Haydn Porteous 38
Lars Van Meijel
Todd Clements
Ross McGowan 38 Wd 48 40
Oscar Lengden 23
Nicolai Hojgaard
Richard Mansell
Philip Eriksson
Daan Huizing 50
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
Ben Stow 23
Lorenzo Scalise
Niklas Norgaard Moller
Maximilian Kieffer 20 22 MC
Rikard Karlberg MC 25 MC 4
Damien Perrier MC
Steven Tiley MC
Bernd Ritthammer 50 MC MC
Frederic LaCroix
Allen John
Matthew Baldwin MC 23 MC 12 25
Mathieu Fenasse
Hurly Long
Santiago Tarrio Ben
Kim Koivu MC
Ondrej Lieser
Gavin Moynihan MC
Haraldur Magnus
Gudmundur Kristjansson
Moritz Lampert 59 30
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
Ugo Coussaud
Marcel Schneider MC 38 MC
Jonathan Thomson MC*
Martin Simonsen
Federico MacCario
Christofer Blomstrand MC
Miguel Angel Jimenez 12 MC 5 19 14 15
Enrico Di Nitto
Henric Sturehed 50
Andrew Wilson
Roope Kakko 20 16 Dq Wd
Martin Wiegele 36 39 MC
Robbie Van West
Jens Dantorp 28 MC
Deyen Lawson
Alfie Plant
Jordan Wrisdale
Max Schmitt
Pep Angles Ret
Mikael Lundberg MC 31 22 1 60 30 Ret
Robin Petersson
Eduardo De La Riva MC 10 MC 7 7 40
Janne Kaske
Fredrik Nilehn
Timon Baltl MC MC MC
NicolaiKristensen
Jonas Kolbing
Lukas Nemecz 50 MC 38 73 42 43 49 MC MC
Dominic Foos
Christopher Mivis MC
Oliver Lindell
Ricardo Gouveia 19
Mark Flindt Haastrup MC
Benjamin Rusch
Gary Stal MC 28 6 9 25 52
Bradley Moore
Stuart Manley MC 26 MC MC 59
Matt Ford MC MC 59 MC
Craig Ross
Scott Henry MC 24 59 25 63
Alexander Knappe MC
Marcel Siem
Felix Mory
Per Langfors
Carlos Pigem MC 28 26 52
Edouard Dubois 62 MC
Markus Brier 59 MC MC MC MC 45
Pelle Edberg 65 70 MC 11
Joel Stalter 34
Daniel Gavins 59
Hinrich Arkenau
Antti Ahokas 52
David Borda
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez
Joel Girrbach
Robin Dawson
Craig Howie
Raphael De Sousa
Borja Virto MC 24 MC
Nick McCarthy
Christian Braeunig
Scott Fernandez 7
Marc Warren Wd 31 21 56
Gregory Bourdy MC 6 6 8 18
Victor Riu MC* 66 42 26
David Boote
Filippo Bergamaschi
Chase Hanna
Aron Zemmer
Clement Berardo MC
Lukas Lipold MC 68
Niall Kearney
Ryan Evans 47 38 MC 32
Niklas Regner
Stanislav Matus MC
Julien Quesne MC 22 49 41
Jerome Lando Casanova MC
Scott Gregory
Martin Ovesen 59
Jesper Sandborg
Pedro Oriol MC 51 11 MC
Markus Habeler MC MC
Jens Fahrbring MC MC
Gerold Folk MC MC
Sebastian Wittmann MC
Maximilian Steinlechner MC MC
Laurenz Kubin
Leonhard Astl MC MC MC 55 66 MC

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