Golf Form Guide

DP World Tour Championship: Course and current form stats

The 2023 Race to Dubai standings will be finalised at Jumeirah Golf Estates on Sunday
Putting surfaces at the Greg Norman-designed Earth Course are large, quick and undulating

For a 15th successive year, the DP World Tour season comes to a close at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai. Words and stats supplied by Andy Swales...


Tournament and Course Notes

• The leading 50 golfers in the Race to Dubai standings will be chasing a share of this week's prize pot of €10m. Winner to receive almost €3m, while the player who finishes last will pocket over €30k;

• Seven members of the world's top 15 are teeing-up at Jumeirah Golf Estates on Thursday;

• At around 7,700 yards in length, the Greg Norman-designed Earth Course was built to entice the big hitters and promote attacking golf. That said Matt Fitzpatrick, who is a more modest performer off the tee, has won this event twice;

• Fairways are wide, while trees and dense vegetation are hardly an issue. Putting surfaces are large, quick and undulating, with many of the Great White Shark's greens guarded by large, deep sand bunkers;

• Water has an impact on just five holes, with four of these arriving deep into the back nine.

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Good Current Form And Strong Course History

Between them, Jon Rahm 11/26.50 and Matt Fitzpatrick 12/113.00 have won this event five times in the last seven years.

Three-time champion Rahm is making his fifth appearance in this event, while two-time winner Fitzpatrick has posted three other top-five finishes.

The world No 8 Englishman won in Scotland on his most recent outing last month. And three of his last five starts have yielded podium positions.

Good Current Form

Tom Kim 18/119.00, who makes his Earth Course debut, tees-up for the first time since winning in Las Vegas in mid-October.

Others, who are currently performing well, are Thorbjorn Olesen 33/134.00 - three straight T10s - Dan Bradbury 125/1126.00, Ryo Hisatsune 66/167.00 and Matt Wallace 55/156.00.

Although unlikely to emerge as the champion, all four should not be overlooked as potential E/W selections.

Nicolai Hojgaard 28/129.00, one of the game's longer hitters, finished second on Sunday at Sun City, which is another of golf's monster layouts.

Good Course Form

World No 2 Rory McIlroy 5/16.00 has won twice at the Earth Course, most recently in 2015. And there have been seven other top-six finishes at this venue.

Other than the Ryder Cup, McIlroy's last competitive action came in mid-September. The 34-year-old cannot be caught at the top of the Race to Dubai standings.

Tyrrell Hatton 14/115.00 has twice finished second at the venue, while Tommy Fleetwood 14/115.00 and Shane Lowry 28/129.00 have both enjoyed four top-10s.

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Stroke Averages


Lowest Eight at the Earth Course (Jumeirah Estates) (2017-22)
Average .... (Rounds)
67.50: Jon Rahm (16)
68.92: Alexander Bjork (12)
69.00: Rory McIlroy (16)
69.17: Matt Fitzpatrick (24)
69.25: Tommy Fleetwood (24)
69.71: Tyrrell Hatton (24)
69.85: Shane Lowry (20)
70.06: Adrian Otaegui (16)
Min. No. of Rounds = 12
Only those entered this week are included in table

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves


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Last 10 Weeks / Earth Course Form (2013-22)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W45 W44 W43 W42 W41 W40 W39 W38 W37 W36
Rory McIlroy 7 16
Jon Rahm 9 4
Viktor Hovland 5
Matt Fitzpatrick 1 18
Tom Kim 1 6 18
Tyrrell Hatton 2 MC
Tommy Fleetwood 12 MC 6
Sepp Straka 10
Ryan Fox 51 52 2 MC 1 3
Shane Lowry 18 3
Min Woo Lee 6 1 64 14 7
Adrian Meronk 15 1 MC 28 23
Robert MacIntyre 58 6 26 25 MC 45
Lucas Herbert 30 31 MC 28 30
Nicolai Hojgaard 2 31 56 64
Jordan Smith 12 5 34 MC 2 72 12
Victor Perez 33 9 28 MC MC MC
Vincent Norrman 15 38 MC 18 1
Thorbjorn Olesen 3 9 9 17 Wd 10 33 45
Pablo Larrazabal 43 16 MC 20 76 39
Alexander Bjork 10 MC MC MC 18 MC
Matt Wallace 15 9 68 28 6 57 61
Ryo Hisatsune 9 21 6 45 1 MC MC
Rasmus Hojgaard 6 16 26 25 4 45 MC
Adrian Otaegui 33 MC 9 28 16 36 45
Thriston Lawrence 24 36 34 41 54 35 MC 3
Yannik Paul 15 27 MC 14 6 45 45
Matthieu Pavon 15 47 9 1 6 MC MC 81
Sami Valimaki 26 1 MC 41 6 74 23
Jorge Campillo 12 2 19 62 MC 41 28 33
Joost Luiten 39 MC 20 Wd 14 12
Nathan Kimsey 31 MC 3 44 14 28 MC
Ewen Ferguson 20 16 13 9 54 10 MC 54
Romain Langasque 62 MC MC 9 MC 14 23
Antoine Rozner 51 27 35 10 MC MC MC
Daniel Hillier 33 16 19 9 MC Wd 12
Connor Syme 43 26 MC 37 MC 10 7
Grant Forrest 39 MC 41 10 MC MC 3
Marcel Siem 20 MC 7 4 MC MC 16
Sebastian Soderberg 6 47 19 41 5 64 54
Matthew Southgate 26 MC 46 2 20 Wd 23
Tom McKibbin 33 9 34 MC 14 MC 51 39
Julien Guerrier 20 MC 6 MC MC Wd 39
Zander Lombard 55 27 46 2 54 10 69 85
Jens Dantorp 26 MC 56 MC 28 MC 45
Dan Bradbury 5 13 6 MC MC 51 MC
Jeff Winther 31 44 6 MC 10 2 MC MC
Daniel Brown 64 39 57 MC 41 51 83
Julien Brun 43 MC 28 Wd 6 35 16
Nacho Elvira 43 3 46 MC 22 MC MC 23
Marcus Helligkilde 55 39 9 37 25 70
Aaron Rai 10 9 21 28 MC 2 39
Ockie Strydom 62 MC MC MC MC MC
Calum Hill 55 MC 47 25 10 51 23
Richie Ramsay 37 36 19 57 20 28 61
Player `22 `21 `20 `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13
Rory McIlroy 4 6 4 20 9 1 2 5
Jon Rahm 1 1 4 1
Viktor Hovland 23 3
Matt Fitzpatrick 5 2 1 9 34 12 1 4
Tom Kim
Tyrrell Hatton 2 16 8 46 22 8 2 13 6
Tommy Fleetwood 5 27 10 2 16 21 9 53 12 37
Sepp Straka
Ryan Fox 19 45 28
Shane Lowry 23 9 12 30 2 19 48 5 39
Min Woo Lee 12 16
Adrian Meronk 7 32
Robert MacIntyre 34 4 23 14
Lucas Herbert 21 49
Nicolai Hojgaard 4
Jordan Smith 30 47 47 12 25
Victor Perez 12 46 7 20
Vincent Norrman
Thorbjorn Olesen 30 45 36 19 17 12 17
Pablo Larrazabal 47 48 55 52 22 16 26
Alexander Bjork 2 12 17
Matt Wallace 29 28 2
Ryo Hisatsune
Rasmus Hojgaard 7 27 51
Adrian Otaegui 16 14 4 42
Thriston Lawrence 41
Yannik Paul 23
Matthieu Pavon 49 54 13
Sami Valimaki 5
Jorge Campillo 9 57 18 51 9
Joost Luiten 43 20 22 44 13 31 9 4
Nathan Kimsey
Ewen Ferguson 42
Romain Langasque 20 40
Antoine Rozner 34 39 36
Daniel Hillier
Connor Syme 12 36
Grant Forrest 16 64
Marcel Siem 39 39
Sebastian Soderberg 46
Matthew Southgate 28 18 54
Tom McKibbin
Julien Guerrier
Zander Lombard
Jens Dantorp
Dan Bradbury
Jeff Winther 21
Daniel Brown
Julien Brun
Nacho Elvira 30
Marcus Helligkilde
Aaron Rai 51 40 48
Ockie Strydom
Calum Hill Wd
Richie Ramsay 16 36 17 16
No of Starters: 50 53 65 50 60 60 60 60 60 56

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