DP World Tour Championship 2016: Current and course form guide

Can Rory win this event for a third time?
Can Rory win this event for a third time?

It's the finale of the 2016 European Tour season so what better week to launch our new golf column covering course and current form? All 60 players are covered giving you an indispensable guide to the week's big golfing event...


"McIlroy has been nicely rested in recent weeks, his last appearance being a fourth-place finish at the WGC HSBC Champions last month, meaning he has two wins and a top five finish to his name from his last four starts."

In addition to his stunning ability, world number two and tournament favourite Rory McIlroy has ridiculously good course form to his name. In seven visits to the Earth Course only once has McIlroy finished outside of the top five - a far from disappointing 11th in 2011 - winning two of the last four renewals.

McIlroy has been nicely rested in recent weeks, his last appearance being a fourth-place finish at the WGC HSBC Champions last month, meaning he has two wins and a top five finish to his name from his last four starts. Odds of around 4.216/5 on the Exchange appear very fair.

Open champion Henrik Stenson is available to back at 7.26/1 and like McIlroy it's impossible to be put off by the Swede's current and course form. Stenson won back-to-back at this week's venue in 2013 and 2014, and although he was a slightly disappointing favourite in South Africa last week he still recorded a top 10 finish just weeks after finishing second in a WGC event.

Perhaps one of the hottest players in terms of current form is Austrian star Bernd Weisberger. The 31-year-old has finished inside the top seven in five of his last six European Tour events, though slightly of-putting for those backing him at 32.031/1 is the fact that he's yet to finish in the top 15 at the Earth Course in four attempts.

Alex Noren - available to back at 17.016/1 - has more wins to his name (four) since the summer than any player in the world though his course figures of 38-39-37 in his last three visits are far from encouraging, while someone with a reverse profile, Charl Schwartzel, has three top-five finishes to his name at the Earth Course in recent years but his current form is nothing to shout home about.

The South African looks generously priced at 50.049/1 however if a return to the Greg Norman-designed layout can bring out his best game.


Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player Tour Rank Wk 46 Wk 45 Wk 44 Wk 43 Wk 42 Wk 41 Wk 40 Wk 39 Wk 38 Wk 37 Wk 36 Wk 35 Wk 34 Wk 33
Henrik Stenson 1 8 2 41 Wd 2
Danny Willett 2 11 68 75 MC 2 12 37
Alex Noren 3 Won 12 37 Won 11 34 Won
Rory McIlroy 4 4 Won 42 Won 31
Tyrrell Hatton 5 25 10 23 9 Won 45 MC MC
Branden Grace 6 3 30 33 34 MC 32 41 MC
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 7 55 19 10 31 12 5 5
Louis Oosthuizen 8 9 45 53 17 8 18
Chris Wood 9 25 23 22 20 59 49
Thorbjorn Olesen 10 63 Won 50 MC 50 MC MC MC 30
Bernd Wiesberger 11 4 35 2 7 5 2 41 11
Lee Westwood 12 52 29 3 MC MC 4 27
Andy Sullivan 13 3 25 2 41 20 MC MC MC
Martin Kaymer 14 44 40 6 6 20 6 15
Jeunghun Wang 15 2 13 70 29 13 MC 43
Joost Luiten 16 14 16 45 MC 38 Won 27
Ross Fisher 17 25 6 67 2 2 45 58 MC
Thongchai Jaidee 18 16 17 30 22 8 9 20 MC MC 29 15
Hao Tong Li 19 20 2 63 MC 38 20 18 50 50
Sergio Garcia 20 9 17 47 24 8
Soren Kjeldsen 21 16 31 40 28 7 Ret 8 21
Thomas Pieters 22 34 14 31 50 57 Won 2 4
Andrew Johnston 23 34 22 47 28 MC MC 4 28 3
Francesco Molinari 24 4 6 Won MC
Scott Hend 25 44 25 54 7 34 4 MC MC 4 2 39
Richard Bland 26 20 17 30 4 18 7 5 16 5 27
Matthew Fitzpatrick 27 20 16 49 MC 16 7 MC 5
Bradley Dredge 28 16 47 MC 11 13 MC MC 2 47
Dave Horsey 29 44 2 22 12 11 49 5 4 MC 47
Shane Lowry 30 23 41 18 24 42
Alexander Levy 31 64 25 58 4 MC Won 7 34 18
Rikard Karlberg 32 37 19 45 41 MC 12 36
Gregory Bourdy 33 20 31 52 33 41 38 MC 36 21
Charl Schwartzel 34 39 30 10 4 70 53
Russell Knox 35 3 9 10 23 17 15 60
Byeong Hun An 36 10 63 39 15 Dq 3 11
Richard Sterne 37 20 68 60 9 2 39 MC 49 10 MC
Alejandro Canizares 38 3 22 31 45 41 MC 7 4 24
Nicolas Colsaerts 39 37 43 50 49 31 13 38 24 24 30
Soomin Lee 40 60 70 77 MC MC 32 28 MC 10 49 55
Joakim Lagergren 41 44 6 17 18 4 63 53 20 MC 5
Nacho Elvira 42 25 9 9 MC MC 3 45 MC 83
Tommy Fleetwood 43 14 22 37 4 15 13 7 10 49 16
Julien Quesne 44 67 52 MC 33 50 MC 30 5 55
Jorge Campillo 45 67 17 44 18 MC MC 7 24 MC
David Lipsky 46 49 6 5 54 MC 24 16 58 3 6
Victor Dubuisson 47 3 47 Wd Ret
Brandon Stone 48 69 52 MC MC MC 68 10 55
Marcus Fraser 49 53 70 60 46 8 61 66 36 5
Pablo Larrazabal 50 39 8 MC 33 25 MC MC 20 7
George Coetzee 51 25 5 40 31 MC 25 MC 72 MC 18
Padraig Harrington 52 55 31 Won MC MC MC 21
Ricardo Gouveia 53 3 13 22 MC 57 MC MC 8 59
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 54 39 25 12 24 MC MC 5
Matthew Southgate 55 39 31 17 18 MC 7 MC 51 MC 50 MC
Jaco Van Zyl 56 10 72 Wd 49 MC 6 19 43
Romain Wattel 57 60 62 MC MC 18 MC 38 MC 41
Mikko Ilonen 58 53 10 12 18 53 MC 12 21
Renato Paratore 59 25 25 73 22 7 20 71 MC 7 18 27
Graeme McDowell 60 24 MC 4 15 42 MC MC 5
Player Tour Rank 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Henrik Stenson 1 59 Won Won 7 24 23
Danny Willett 2 4 21 26 55 58
Alex Noren 3 38 39 37 6
Rory McIlroy 4 Won 2 5 Won 11 5 3
Tyrrell Hatton 5 13 6
Branden Grace 6 3 9 52 6
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 7 22 9 14 40 26 30
Louis Oosthuizen 8 38 6 32 5 6 13 12
Chris Wood 9 13 29 26 Ret 42
Thorbjorn Olesen 10 17 12 17 21 19
Bernd Wiesberger 11 17 16 34 42
Lee Westwood 12 42 47 5 48 29 3 Won
Andy Sullivan 13 2 21
Martin Kaymer 14 10 39 19 26 11 13 37
Jeunghun Wang 15
Joost Luiten 16 31 9 4 16 51 26
Ross Fisher 17 46 42 26 46 13 42
Thongchai Jaidee 18 31 31 47 7 8 37
Hao Tong Li 19
Sergio Garcia 20 12 9 11 21 7
Soren Kjeldsen 21 10 26 26 30
Thomas Pieters 22 22
Andrew Johnston 23
Francesco Molinari 24 4 16 13 34 6 6 30
Scott Hend 25 56
Richard Bland 26
Matthew Fitzpatrick 27 4
Bradley Dredge 28 16
Dave Horsey 29 29 37 35
Shane Lowry 30 48 5 39 8
Alexander Levy 31 46 26
Rikard Karlberg 32 53
Gregory Bourdy 33 38 21 29 41 30
Charl Schwartzel 34 4 47 3 5 21 53
Russell Knox 35
Byeong Hun An 36 4
Richard Sterne 37 51 14 51 42
Alejandro Canizares 38 22 14 36 46
Nicolas Colsaerts 39 31 42 34 19
Soomin Lee 40
Joakim Lagergren 41
Nacho Elvira 42
Tommy Fleetwood 43 53 12 37
Julien Quesne 44 53 47
Jorge Campillo 45
David Lipsky 46 57
Victor Dubuisson 47 13 2 3 36
Brandon Stone 48
Marcus Fraser 49 34 21 40 32
Pablo Larrazabal 50 22 16 26 36 10
George Coetzee 51 26 32 26 22
Padraig Harrington 52 9 39 4
Ricardo Gouveia 53
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 54 22 29
Matthew Southgate 55
Jaco Van Zyl 56 42 22
Romain Wattel 57 36 21
Mikko Ilonen 58 55 19
Renato Paratore 59
Graeme McDowell 60 47 17 52 11 13 30

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