Celtic Classic 2020: Form stats ahead of this week's trip to Wales

Celtic Classic 2020 at Celtic Manor's TwentyTen course
Celtic Manor hosted the 2010 Ryder Cup
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The European Tour heads to Celtic Manor in Newport for the first time since 2014. Words and stats by Andy Swales...

"Jamie Donaldson will try to turn back the clock at a venue where he has previously posted a brace of top-eight finishes. The 44-year-old has shown some decent form at the Forest of Arden (T-15) and Hanbury Manor (T-14) these past couple of weeks."

After three weeks in England, the European Tour crosses the border into Wales for a double-header at Celtic Manor.

Tournaments No 4 and No 5 on the UK Swing take place on the outskirts of Newport, as the battle to qualify for next month's US Open heats up.

This week's Celtic Classic will see the players return to the club's TwentyTen layout, which last hosted a European Tour event six years ago.

Next week's Wales Open will also be held at Celtic Manor, after which the top 10 golfers in the UK Swing's Order of Merit, will earn a spot in September's US Open at Winged Foot.

The TwentyTen course, named in honour of the year the club hosted the Ryder Cup, is located close to Junction 24 on the M4.

It is situated around three miles east of Newport city centre, and is largely a flat course laid out along the Usk Valley.

This will be the eighth occasion that the TwentyTen has hosted a European Tour event.

Wind is usually a factor while water comes into play on nine holes.

Leading names

The three players who have so far registered victories in UK Swing events - Andy Sullivan, Sam Horsfield and Renato Paratore - tee-up again, and barring an unusual set of results appear to have already booked their seats on the plane to New York.

World No 77 Thomas Pieters will be 'top seed' in Wales, as the Belgian makes his first start since early March.

Joost Luiten and Kurt Kitayama dash back from the United States having competed in last week's PGA Championship in San Francisco where both golfers completed all 72 holes.

With regards to course form, Luiten is the standout name at Celtic Manor where his three previous starts have yielded finishes of Won-4th-2nd.

Home hope

Welshman Jamie Donaldson will try to turn back the clock at a venue where he has previously posted a brace of top-eight finishes.

The 44-year-old, who starred in the 2014 Ryder Cup match at Gleneagles, has shown some decent form at the Forest of Arden (T-15) and Hanbury Manor (T-14) these past couple of weeks.

As for other Brits who should be up to the challenge this weekend are Scott Jamieson and Chris Paisley.

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Jamieson has put together back-to-back top-10s, while Paisley will have plenty of incentive as he currently stands eighth in the UK Swing's Order of Merit with just two events to go before end of qualifying.

Overseas challengers

Three non-Europeans who have displayed some encouraging form in recent weeks are Ryan Fox, Scott Vincent and Sean Crocker.

Vincent, from Zimbabwe, sneaked into the top 10 on Sunday with a closing 67, while a trio of South Africans - Wilco Nienaber (4), Dean Burmester (T-6) and Brandon Stone (T-6) - made their presence felt in Hertfordshire on Sunday having finally acclimatised to the UK following an extended period of lockdown back home.

Meanwhile, Nicolas Colsaerts is the only golfer teeing-up who can combine a top-10 last week at Hanbury Manor, with a top-six finish when the TwentyTen layout last hosted a European Tour event six years ago.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W32 W31 W30 W29 W28 W27 W26 W25 W24
Thomas Pieters
Kurt Kitayama 51 MC MC
Thomas Detry 56 2 MC 8
Jorge Campillo MC
Joost Luiten 51 MC 6 18
Justin Harding 53 MC 3
Adri Arnaus 60 11 62
Wilco Nienaber 4
Andrea Pavan 34 MC 38
Sam Horsfield MC 1 10
JC Ritchie MC
Francesco Laporta MC MC 57 55
Ryan Fox 19 15 8
Andy Sullivan 1 41 4
Min Woo Lee 6 MC MC
Guido Migliozzi MC MC 60
Renato Paratore 34 28 1 15
Gavin Green MC
Lucas Bjerregaard MC MC MC
Sami Valimaki MC MC MC
Calum Hill MC 26
Pablo Larrazabal 65 51 21
Ross Fisher MC 22 MC
Jordan Smith 14 MC 35
Scott Vincent 9 MC 60 18 25
Sebastian Soderberg 77 35
Jack Senior 44 MC 21
Jason Scrivener 14 47 29 MC
Brandon Stone 6 MC 68
Dean Burmester 6 MC MC
Matthew Jordan MC MC 17
Matthew Southgate 61 22 35
Alexander Bjork 3 47 20
Thorbjorn Olesen 34 MC
Sebastian Heisele 24 MC
Antoine Rozner 26 10 60 44
Andrew Johnston 19 Wd
Aaron Rai 44 10 21
Scott Jamieson 9 10 47
Nicolas Colsaerts 9 MC MC
Chris Paisley 19 3 MC
Zander Lombard MC MC MC
John Catlin 51 43 8
Masahiro Kawamura MC MC MC
Darius Van Driel 51 MC 4
Richie Ramsay 34 22 38
Adrian Meronk 34 MC 21 MC
Oliver Farr MC 3 MC
Wil Besseling 63 34 MC 3
Robin Roussel 26 MC 21 62
Maverick Antcliff MC 67 MC
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia MC 10 MC 4
Steven Brown 5 65 MC
Louis De Jager 14 51 MC
Connor Syme 19 68 MC 4
Richard Bland 56 22 38
Joel Sjoholm MC 22 MC MC 44
Johannes Veerman 34 28 17
Julian Suri MC MC MC
Sean Crocker 9 15 60
Scott Hend 44 MC MC
David Drysdale 56 MC MC
Shubhankar Sharma MC MC
Cormac Sharvin 19 47 MC
Nino Bertasio
Lorenzo Gagli 34 9 25
Oscar Lengden 19 13 8 5
Marc Warren 34 MC MC 1
Nacho Elvira MC MC 29
Dale Whitnell MC 51 4
Grant Forrest 34 65
Jake McLeod MC MC 67
Anton Karlsson MC 55 12
Adrian Otaegui 2 MC 35
Niklas Lemke MC 41 53
Oliver Wilson MC MC MC
Rhys Enoch 68 57 MC MC MC
Bryce Easton 56 MC MC
Callum Shinkwin 71 28 MC
Justin Walters MC MC MC
Edoardo Molinari MC MC
Marcus Armitage 14 15 MC
Sihwan Kim 44 47 MC
Alvaro Quiros MC MC 53
Marcel Schneider 53 57 63 2
Ashley Chesters MC 28 14
Jbe Kruger
Jacques Kruyswijk MC
Stephen Gallacher
Zach Murray
Ben Stow 26 34 10 MC
Alexander Levy 47 MC
Haydn Porteous MC MC 69 Wd
Lars Van Meijel MC MC 53 MC
Oliver Fisher 26 MC 7
Hugo Leon
Soren Kjeldsen MC 41 MC
Maximilian Kieffer MC 6 MC 55
Jamie Donaldson 14 15 MC
Ross McGowan MC MC Wd MC
Nicolai Hojgaard 26 MC MC MC 44
Clement Sordet 41 17
Damien Perrier MC 9 MC
Rikard Karlberg MC 41 26 24 34
Emilio Cuartero Blanco 70 MC MC MC
Lorenzo Scalise MC MC MC 72
Benjamin Poke MC 41 47
Jonathan Caldwell MC MC 8
Bernd Ritthammer 71 32 18
Laurie Canter 34 10 29
Paul Dunne MC MC 38
Dave Horsey MC 34 14
Alejandro Canizares 44 MC MC
James Morrison MC MC MC
Kristoffer Reitan MC
Romain Wattel 44
Steven Tiley MC 65 MC MC
Mathieu Fenasse MC MC
Dave Coupland 9 15 53
Gavin Moynihan MC MC MC 55
Lee Slattery 65 57 53
Liam Johnston MC MC
Toby Tree 44 Wd 29
Michael Campbell MC 70 MC
Garrick Porteous MC 22 65
Aaron Cockerill 26 MC 53
Eduardo De La Riva MC MC MC 34
Ben Evans MC 51 MC
Carlos Pigem MC 63 MC 23
Jens Fahrbring 10 MC 44
Paul McGinley
David Howell 68 MC MC
Stephen Dodd
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen MC 28 15
Martin Simonsen 26 MC 39
Matthew Baldwin MC MC MC 31
Ugo Coussaud MC MC
Andrew Palmer
Player 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Thomas Pieters 45
Kurt Kitayama
Thomas Detry
Jorge Campillo MC 43 MC
Joost Luiten 1 4 2
Justin Harding
Adri Arnaus
Wilco Nienaber
Andrea Pavan 9 72
Sam Horsfield
JC Ritchie
Francesco Laporta
Ryan Fox
Andy Sullivan 17 MC MC
Min Woo Lee
Guido Migliozzi
Renato Paratore
Gavin Green
Lucas Bjerregaard 56
Sami Valimaki
Calum Hill
Pablo Larrazabal MC MC 28 4 56 26 15
Ross Fisher 32 62 6 MC MC 31 10
Jordan Smith
Scott Vincent
Sebastian Soderberg
Jack Senior
Jason Scrivener
Brandon Stone
Dean Burmester
Matthew Jordan
Matthew Southgate MC
Alexander Bjork
Thorbjorn Olesen 32 MC 18 50
Sebastian Heisele
Antoine Rozner
Andrew Johnston 48
Aaron Rai
Scott Jamieson MC 43 MC MC
Nicolas Colsaerts 4 12
Chris Paisley 31
Zander Lombard
John Catlin
Masahiro Kawamura
Darius Van Driel
Richie Ramsay 17 MC MC 27 10
Adrian Meronk
Oliver Farr
Wil Besseling MC
Robin Roussel
Maverick Antcliff
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia
Steven Brown
Louis De Jager
Connor Syme
Richard Bland MC 43 MC 45 27 MC MC
Joel Sjoholm MC 8 8
Johannes Veerman
Julian Suri
Sean Crocker
Scott Hend MC 74 34
David Drysdale MC 31 11 30 Ret MC MC
Shubhankar Sharma
Cormac Sharvin
Nino Bertasio
Lorenzo Gagli MC 57 59
Oscar Lengden
Marc Warren 4 MC MC 12 MC MC
Nacho Elvira 65
Dale Whitnell
Grant Forrest
Jake McLeod
Anton Karlsson
Adrian Otaegui 50
Niklas Lemke
Oliver Wilson 48 MC 66 MC
Rhys Enoch 52 MC
Bryce Easton
Callum Shinkwin
Justin Walters MC 26
Edoardo Molinari 4 MC 4 31
Marcus Armitage
Sihwan Kim 22
Alvaro Quiros Ret MC 20 MC
Marcel Schneider
Ashley Chesters
Jbe Kruger MC MC
Jacques Kruyswijk
Stephen Gallacher MC Ret 42 MC 4 MC 58
Zach Murray
Ben Stow
Alexander Levy 18
Haydn Porteous
Lars Van Meijel
Oliver Fisher 40 31 46 MC 72 6 MC
Hugo Leon
Soren Kjeldsen 26 3 MC 41 34 61
Maximilian Kieffer 74 52
Jamie Donaldson 4 Wd 8 46 MC 15
Ross McGowan MC MC 63 MC 10
Nicolai Hojgaard
Clement Sordet
Damien Perrier
Rikard Karlberg Ret MC
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
Lorenzo Scalise
Benjamin Poke
Jonathan Caldwell 68
Bernd Ritthammer
Laurie Canter
Paul Dunne
Dave Horsey 48 MC MC
Alejandro Canizares MC MC MC MC MC
James Morrison 32 MC 57 MC MC
Kristoffer Reitan
Romain Wattel 9 52 8 15
Steven Tiley
Mathieu Fenasse
Dave Coupland
Gavin Moynihan
Lee Slattery 60 Dq 28 MC MC 26 61
Liam Johnston
Toby Tree
Michael Campbell MC MC MC MC MC
Garrick Porteous
Aaron Cockerill
Eduardo De La Riva MC 15
Ben Evans
Carlos Pigem
Jens Fahrbring
Paul McGinley 8 6 MC 15 MC
David Howell MC Ret 48 MC MC Wd 35
Stephen Dodd MC Wd Wd 49 MC
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
Martin Simonsen
Matthew Baldwin MC 18 MC
Ugo Coussaud
Andrew Palmer

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