Belgian Knockout 2018: Current form guide for this week's event in Antwerp

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This week's European Tour event in Belgium combines strokeplay with medal matchplay. Check out current form stats compiled by Andy Swales ...

"For the two finalists, they will play at least 90 holes and possibly more if any of their medal matchplay games require sudden-death."

After 18 years in the wilderness, Belgium returns to the European Tour for this week's innovative new event in Antwerp.

Rinkven International Golf Club will make its Tour debut by hosting the Belgian Knockout, which combines strokeplay with medal matchplay.

Days one and two will feature 36 holes of normal strokeplay, before the leading 64 players - from a field of 144 - qualify for the weekend's knockout phase.

Saturday and Sunday will be particularly busy for the qualifiers who will contest nine-hole knock-out matches using the medal matchplay format.

This means every stroke counts and the golfer who plays fewest shots over nine holes is deemed the winner.

For the two finalists, they will play at least 90 holes and possibly more if any of their medal matchplay games require sudden-death.

Rinkven International is laid out in a wooded area of Belgium, around seven miles north-east of Antwerp city centre.

With tight, tree-lined fairways, Rinkven is generally a flat course with a reasonable amount of water.

Opportunities in the Knockout

Once again, similar to last week's event in Sicily, the field is certainly not one of the strongest we'll witness in Europe during 2018.

With just a handful of the world's top-100 golfers teeing-up on Thursday, opportunity knocks for those usually on the fringes of European Tour glory.

Matches staged over shorter distances can often assist the outsider, so expect a few surprises this weekend.

Challenge Tour Chances

With a number of Challenge Tour players in the field, it is highly likely some of these will find themselves reaching the latter stages of the tournament.

These include world No 233 Dane Joachim B Hansen who, in four starts on this season's Challenge Tour, has won one event and finished second in another.

The tournament could also offer Thailand's young pro Jazz Janewattananond the chance of a maiden European Tour victory.

The 22-year-old from Bangkok is yet to find his feet on European soil but is certainly one for the future and, at No 171 in the world, will not feel intimidated by his competitors this week.

Playing Safe

However, if you would prefer to wager on one of the higher-ranked pros in the field, then quite a few of them are in reasonable form right now.

Jorge Campillo, Adrian Otaegui and Jordan Smith all posted podium finishes on their most recent outings, while the first two have both enjoyed a sprinkling of good performances during the opening four and a half months of 2018.

The consistent Joost Luiten is usually a threat in events staged on the continent of Europe, while further down the ranking Andrea Pavan has registered six top-20s from his last eight starts - the most recent of these a tie-for-ninth in Sicily on Sunday.

Table Below Shows Form Over Last 12 Weeks

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W19 W18 W17 W16 W15 W14 W13 W12 W11 W10 W9 W8
Thomas Pieters 66 MC 52 52 37 13
Joost Luiten 25 9 9 37
Jorge Campillo 3 46 5 27
Adrian Otaegui 2 19 12 10
Jordan Smith 3 52 MC MC
Chris Wood MC 54 48 13
Ryan Fox 37 12 MC MC
Erik Van Rooyen MC 7 21 MC 10 59
Richie Ramsay 32 72 MC
Nicolas Colsaerts MC MC 28 34
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 2 62 34 10
Jazz Janewattananond MC 12 56 28 MC
Soren Kjeldsen Wd MC MC
David Lipsky 45 MC 67 48
Gavin Green 56 MC 46 16 64
Matthew Southgate 48 MC
Aaron Rai 20 52 12 9 MC 19
Matthieu Pavon MC MC MC 28
Lucas Herbert 3 MC MC
Ajeetesh Sandhu MC 5 MC 10 40
Phachara Khongwatmai 12 56 66 MC MC MC
Callum Shinkwin MC 13 28 19
Haydn Porteous 41 MC MC 48 MC
Scott Vincent MC MC 11 4 MC 13 MC
Adam Bland MC MC MC 18 MC
Thomas Detry MC 19 MC 39
Marc Warren MC 46 5 53 53
Jin Ho Choi 20 7 MC 58 9 29 72
Andrew Dodt 27 32 MC MC 45
Clement Sordet 45 MC MC 12 54 MC
Joachim B Hansen 9 1 2 MC 3 21
Benjamin Hebert MC 13 63 61
Romain Wattel 56 52 19
Stephen Gallacher MC 52 7 39
Oliver Fisher MC 52 MC Wd 2
Miguel Tabuena 55 37 14 MC
Brandon Stone MC 22 39 60 MC
Austin Connelly 11 MC 13 63
Jacques Kruyswijk 14 MC 9 29 39
Sam Horsfield MC 32 MC MC 14 2 MC
Pedro Oriol MC 29 39 8
Ryan Evans 11 46 MC 34 21 61
SSP Chawrasia 41 MC 40 MC MC
Ashun Wu 7 29 34 53 28
Lorenzo Gagli 20 2 36 MC 1 29 34
Chase Koepka 34 MC MC Wd 53
Marcus Fraser MC 32 22 46 60 29
Jbe Kruger 41 75 Wd 49 5 MC MC
Maximilian Kieffer MC 41 12 48 MC
Sebastian Heisele MC 4 MC MC 44 8
Adrien Saddier MC MC MC 62 MC
Jens Dantorp 48 MC 67 16 21 MC
Matthew Millar 58 MC 5
Marcel Siem 56 19 MC 28
David Drysdale MC MC MC MC MC MC
Jordan Zunic MC 38 17
James Morrison MC 65 MC MC 16 45
Jamie Donaldson MC 32 MC 34 59
Brett Rumford MC MC 5 62
Richard Bland MC MC MC MC 74
Chris Hanson 27 41 MC MC 53
Robert Karlsson MC MC 76
Bradley Dredge MC 13 52 45
Victor Perez 41 48 MC 27 18 13
Oliver Farr 26 MC MC MC MC 39
Adilson Da Silva 58 67 37 MC 14 29 MC 11
Nick Cullen 26 MC 25 7
Trevor Fisher 63 20 67 8 7 MC
Andrea Pavan 9 11 3 21 MC 13
Matthias Schwab 20 MC 28 8 4 29 61
Steven Brown 7 65 MC 16 MC 39
Robin Sciot-Siegrist 28 9 42 24 54 48
Thomas Aiken 14 MC MC 8 MC
Dimitrios Papadatos 1 19
Florian Fritsch 63 MC MC
Marcus Armitage 41 42 2 58
Gregory Havret MC MC MC 23 4
Nicholas Fung MC 64 MC 14 19 48
Jason Norris 27 Wd 58 MC MC
Prom Meesawat Wd 53 55 57
Jeff Winther 14 MC 34 21 MC
Peter Hanson MC
Jens Fahrbring 20 2
Lasse Jensen 27 MC MC Wd MC
Alexander Knappe 63 9 17 MC MC MC
Ricardo Gouveia 45 59 52 16 29 61
Tom Lewis 14 9 MC MC
Richard McEvoy MC 34 MC MC
Charlie Ford MC MC 63 66 MC
Bernd Ritthammer 55 MC 38 27 44 MC
Johan Carlsson MC MC
Tano Goya MC 15 57 MC Wd
Simon Khan 26 38 42 MC
Justin Walters 34 MC 66 9 21 45
Ashley Chesters 20 MC MC 30 MC 45
Ashley Hall MC MC 2
Romain Langasque MC 23 22 44 MC 13
Daan Huizing 35 MC 12 28 MC
Zander Lombard 34 MC MC MC MC
Felipe Aguilar MC 65 17 MC 28 53 4 MC
Ben Evans MC MC MC MC 14 MC MC
Oliver Lindell 58 MC MC 69
Henric Sturehed Wd 52 5 MC MC MC
Joel Stalter MC 53 Wd 43 28 33
Daniel Brooks 48 MC 66 MC Wd MC
Jarand E Arnoy MC MC 61 MC MC 15
Johan Edfors MC
Scott Fernandez 34 MC MC 34 MC 19
Birgir Hafthorsson MC MC MC MC
Bradley Neil MC MC MC 58 MC MC
Nico Geyger MC 23 4 MC MC 3 MC 34
Eun Shin Park 34 55 MC
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 26 46 22 28 MC 17 28
Daniel Im 48 MC MC MC MC 77
Kim Koivu 13 MC 17 1 14 27 6
Ross McGowan MC 2 MC MC 14 MC MC
Christopher Mivis MC 23 MC 59 MC 63
Julien Quesne MC 54 MC MC 18 63
Thomas Linard MC 58 9 MC 38
Mark Foster MC MC MC MC 13
Christofer Blomstrand MC MC MC 60 38
Laurie Canter 26 29 MC 8 21 MC
Pep Angles 14 48 MC 46 MC MC
Tom Murray 34 MC 9 63 MC MC
Soomin Lee 14 Dq MC 53 48 74
Mark Tullo 20
James Heath MC 72 MC MC MC
Raphael Jacquelin 41 MC MC MC 53
Duncan Stewart MC MC 53 36 38 MC
Nathan Kimsey 70 17 54 MC
Francesco Laporta 7 MC 9 27 MC 49
Jonathan Thomson MC MC 66 39 MC 72 MC
Pontus Widegren Dq 41 MC MC 78
Anthony Michael MC 42 37 9 44 14 MC 55
Arnond Vongvanij 14 55 MC MC
Rak Hyun Cho MC MC MC 12 MC 34
Sebastien Gros 48 MC 12 25 4 45
Matthew Baldwin 55 MC 52 28 38 10
Anders Hansen
Connor Syme MC 74 MC MC 11 MC
Scott Henry 45 MC MC 36 MC
Reinier Saxton MC MC 4 MC
Mathieu Decottignies-Lafon 1 MC 22 16
Marcel Schneider MC MC 66 58 MC MC 70
Jack Munro MC MC MC 43 28 MC 17
Gary Stal MC 15 32 MC 18
Eirik Tage Johansen 48 42 25
Matthew Nixon 48 26 46 MC 44 MC 13
Ruaidhri McGee MC 23 MC MC
Maarten Lafeber MC MC MC
Kevin Hesbois MC MC 26 14 MC 19
Hugues Joannes MC 60 14 19
Asaf Cohen 50
Jeppe Pape Huldahl MC 23 38 18 MC 2
Adrien D Chassart
Alan De Bondt
Yente Vandoren
Sandro Piaget MC MC MC 51
Josh Geary MC 26 46 MC MC MC
Oscar Serna MC MC MC
Hugo Leon 74 23 MC 10 35
Steven Tiley MC 38 MC
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