Dubai Championship 2021: Form stats for this week's European Tour event

The Fire Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates
The Greg Norman-designed Fire Course made its European Tour debut last December

The Dubai double-header gets underway with this week's tournament over the Fire Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates. Words and stats by Andy Swales...

"When the Fire Course made its debut on the European Tour 12 months ago, it was certainly a birdie-fest with the top 12 finishers all reaching 19-under-par or better, for 72 holes."

With this season's grand finale just one week away, the European Tour has arrived in Dubai for the first of two back-to-back events at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

This week's AVIV Dubai Championship will be played over the venue's Fire Course, before the $9m showpiece event takes place at Jumeirah's more famous Earth Course.

Both layouts were designed by Greg Norman, with the Fire Course around 300 yards shorter than Earth.

And this week's tournament provides the golfers with a final opportunity to book their spot at the DP World Tour Championship.

When the Fire Course made its debut on the European Tour 12 months ago, it was certainly a birdie-fest with the top 12 finishers all reaching 19-under-par or better, for 72 holes.

Opened in 2010, the Fire Course is, in many ways, a typical Norman creation, with plenty of sand and large undulating greens, although water is only an issue on three holes.

On the tee

'Top seed' Paul Casey is making a surprise appearance, no doubt getting a taste of Jumeirah Golf Estates ahead of next week's end of season finale.

The Englishman currently stands seventh in the Race to Dubai standings and no doubt has his eyes on the big prize on November 21.

Casey is a four-time winner in the region, most recently in January of this year when he won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at nearby Emirates Golf Club.

Latest odds for the Fire Course

And another Englishman, Tommy Fleetwood, is showing signs of possibly returning to the winners' enclosure in the not-too-distant future.

His form in the region is strong, including a brace of victories in Abu Dhabi.

Last year's champion Antoine Rozner was a first time winner on the European Tour, and there is every chance the same could happen this time around.

Already qualified

One player who has impressed during recent months is Italian Francesco Laporta who was second here almost 12 months ago.

Laporta has already booked his spot for the Earth Course thanks to a solid second half to the year, highlighted by his tie-for-sixth at Wentworth in September.

He was fourth in the national opens of Ireland and Italy and, on Sunday, was seventh in Portugal.

One other player who has seemingly already qualified for next week is Alexander Bjork.

The Swede has a decent record in the region and last month at Valderrama posted his highest finish of the season.

Middle East Form


European Tour Top-20s (since November 1st, 2017)
T-20s
10: Tommy Fleetwood
8: Alexander Bjork
8: Martin Kaymer
8: Thomas Pieters
7: Ross Fisher
7: Mike Lorenzo-Vera
7: Andy Sullivan
6: Rafael Cabrera-Bello
6: Jorge Campillo
6: George Coetzee
6: Thomas Detry
6: Joost Luiten
6: Chris Paisley
6: Victor Perez
6: Jason Scrivener
6: Matt Wallace
6: Fabrizio Zanotti
Note: Only those taking part this week are included in table.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

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Last 10 Weeks / Fire Course (2020)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W45 W44 W43 W42 W41 W40 W39 W38 W37 W36
Paul Casey 25 MC
Tommy Fleetwood 7 38 7 12 2
Min Woo Lee 8 2 39 58 MC 12
Robert MacIntyre 64 53 MC MC
Matt Wallace MC 4 14 MC MC MC
Bernd Wiesberger 11 12 20 46
Victor Perez 8 MC MC MC 49 18
Thomas Pieters 1 16 MC 39 9 9 18
Guido Migliozzi MC 57 MC MC 17 MC 34
Dean Burmester 1 7 MC 30 34
Thomas Detry 22 22 MC MC 4 Dq MC
Martin Kaymer 34 60 45 25 MC
Justin Harding 53 MC 54 9 MC MC
Johannes Veerman MC 6 71 8
Antoine Rozner 36 MC 56 MC 67 52
John Catlin 22 20 11 MC 54 MC 24
Sam Horsfield 12 MC 64 35 15
Andy Sullivan 54 Wd 53 54 MC MC
Daniel Van Tonder MC MC MC MC MC 27
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 25 1 MC 67 20
Jason Scrivener 58 56 MC
Marcus Armitage 36 MC 45 51 30 MC
Sean Crocker 17 45 MC MC Wd 9 18
Masahiro Kawamura 37 MC MC 17 5
George Coetzee 59 46 24 MC 50 75 27
Jeff Winther 1 56 MC 14 71 MC
Grant Forrest 22 66 3 27 63 34
Daniel Gavins MC 11 MC* 6 77 MC
Adrian Otaegui MC 26 58 17 27 49 34
Mikko Korhonen 54 MC 20 45 8
Adrian Meronk 25 20 MC MC 2
Joachim B Hansen 17 11 15 24 MC 22 20 MC
Kalle Samooja 54 MC 34 MC 57 60
Padraig Harrington 12 MC MC
Sami Valimaki MC 25 MC MC MC 46
Callum Shinkwin 17 37 39 MC 46
Jazz Janewattananond 51 20 MC 24 MC 9 MC Wd
Jorge Campillo MC 2 41 45 17 MC MC MC
Renato Paratore MC 11 25 9 MC MC MC MC
Kristoffer Broberg 12 MC MC 9 1
Jordan Smith 41 MC 15 20 MC 55 MC
James Morrison MC 4 MC MC MC MC
Fabrizio Zanotti 49 4 12 20 27
Dave Horsey 12 25 71 39 19 30 27
Francesco Laporta 7 MC 39 MC 6 4
Joakim Lagergren 49 39 2 MC 27 63
Alexander Bjork 30 MC 4 45 27 MC
Tom Lewis 45 MC MC
Sebastian Soderberg MC 2 2 MC 39 MC MC
Maximilian Kieffer 36 63 71 MC 15 75 27
Joost Luiten MC 34 37 MC MC 35 18
Tapio Pulkkanen 17 25 MC MC 17 27
Darren Fichardt 38 71 MC 19 52
Matthew Jordan 5 68 24 MC MC 15
Alexander Levy 36 60 12 MC 35 34
Marc Warren 65 MC 9 MC MC MC
Shubhankar Sharma MC 3 MC 27 9 12
Wil Besseling 43 37 6 MC MC 52
Connor Syme MC 26 MC 34 MC MC
Matthieu Pavon 2 20 41 MC 12 MC MC
Romain Langasque 26 34 11 MC MC 22 MC MC
Nacho Elvira 49 49 41 MC MC 57 MC
Jack Senior 32 7 MC 6 MC 32 35 MC
Jonathan Caldwell 26 72 65 MC MC MC 57
Edoardo Molinari 22 20 39 MC 57 5
Matthew Southgate Wd 65 53 MC MC 35 34
Alejandro Canizares 16 25 MC MC 3
Richie Ramsay 43 MC MC 45 17 57 MC
Justin Walters 26 MC 56 MC 35 MC
Scott Jamieson 54 20 45 MC MC 8
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia MC 5 25 71 MC MC
Dale Whitnell 49 MC 65
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC MC 25 17 MC MC MC
Chris Paisley MC MC MC* MC MC MC
Nicolas Colsaerts 54 MC 27 MC MC
Eddie Pepperell MC 40 MC MC 17 Wd 46
Scott Hend MC 20 MC MC MC MC 52
Ross Fisher 30 MC MC* MC 35 34
Rikard Karlberg 40 MC 69 MC
Ross McGowan Wd 61 MC 24 MC 78 MC
Marcus Kinhult MC MC 49 MC MC MC MC
Niklas Lemke 43 7 56 MC
David Law 59 MC 45 MC 38 14 MC
Benjamin Hebert 22 MC MC MC 45 MC 57
Nino Bertasio 5 20 15 68 MC MC MC
Julien Guerrier MC 25 3 MC 38 MC 44
Steven Brown 43 MC 56 MC 47 55 57
David Drysdale MC Wd 41 34 59 27 49 MC
Gavin Green 17 54 20 MC MC MC MC 24
Oliver Farr MC 34 75 62 18
Thorbjorn Olesen 41 20 MC MC MC MC
Ashley Chesters 63 MC 25 65 MC MC MC 24
Aaron Cockerill 26 65 19 MC
Paul Waring 60 MC 45 62
Garrick Porteous 34 MC MC MC
Dave Coupland MC 45 MC 46
Sihwan Kim 65 MC MC
Stephen Gallacher 32 MC 39 25 MC
Robin Sciot-Siegrist MC 65 38
Joel Stalter MC 54 MC MC MC Wd 67 MC
Alvaro Quiros MC 11 46 39 27 MC MC
Zander Lombard MC 26 MC 56 MC MC MC MC
Lucas Bjerregaard 2 45 MC 12 51 MC 35 MC
Oliver Fisher MC MC MC MC 60 MC MC MC
Lars Van Meijel 54 58
Oliver Wilson 12 11 MC MC MC 67 MC
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet 26 39 58 60
Richard McEvoy MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Ricardo Santos 32 MC MC MC 6 MC MC
Pedro Figueiredo MC 26 30 MC
Robin Roussel MC 26 MC MC 27 63 63
Julian Suri MC MC MC 36 63 46
Cormac Sharvin MC 61 MC MC 64 MC MC
Haydn Porteous MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Benjamin Poke MC 47
Chris Wood 32 MC MC 32 MC MC
David Howell MC 54 MC MC MC 57 Wd
Thomas Bjorn MC MC MC MC
Ahmed Skaik
Player 2020
Paul Casey
Tommy Fleetwood
Min Woo Lee
Robert MacIntyre 19
Matt Wallace 2
Bernd Wiesberger 8
Victor Perez
Thomas Pieters 25
Guido Migliozzi MC
Dean Burmester
Thomas Detry 37
Martin Kaymer 37
Justin Harding
Johannes Veerman
Antoine Rozner 1
John Catlin
Sam Horsfield 45
Andy Sullivan 2
Daniel Van Tonder
Rafael Cabrera-Bello
Jason Scrivener
Marcus Armitage 45
Sean Crocker 22
Masahiro Kawamura
George Coetzee
Jeff Winther MC
Grant Forrest 6
Daniel Gavins MC
Adrian Otaegui 37
Mikko Korhonen 30
Adrian Meronk
Joachim B Hansen
Kalle Samooja MC
Padraig Harrington
Sami Valimaki 13
Callum Shinkwin 30
Jazz Janewattananond 37
Jorge Campillo 66
Renato Paratore 13
Kristoffer Broberg
Jordan Smith 25
James Morrison 19
Fabrizio Zanotti MC
Dave Horsey 22
Francesco Laporta 2
Joakim Lagergren 8
Alexander Bjork MC
Tom Lewis
Sebastian Soderberg 19
Maximilian Kieffer MC
Joost Luiten
Tapio Pulkkanen 58
Darren Fichardt
Matthew Jordan 37
Alexander Levy MC
Marc Warren 8
Shubhankar Sharma
Wil Besseling 56
Connor Syme
Matthieu Pavon
Romain Langasque
Nacho Elvira
Jack Senior 58
Jonathan Caldwell
Edoardo Molinari
Matthew Southgate
Alejandro Canizares MC
Richie Ramsay
Justin Walters
Scott Jamieson
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia
Dale Whitnell
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 2
Chris Paisley
Nicolas Colsaerts 37
Eddie Pepperell 50
Scott Hend MC
Ross Fisher 7
Rikard Karlberg 18
Ross McGowan
Marcus Kinhult 62
Niklas Lemke 8
David Law
Benjamin Hebert MC
Nino Bertasio MC
Julien Guerrier
Steven Brown 8
David Drysdale
Gavin Green MC
Oliver Farr
Thorbjorn Olesen 13
Ashley Chesters
Aaron Cockerill
Paul Waring 25
Garrick Porteous
Dave Coupland MC
Sihwan Kim
Stephen Gallacher 30
Robin Sciot-Siegrist 52
Joel Stalter 68
Alvaro Quiros
Zander Lombard
Lucas Bjerregaard MC
Oliver Fisher MC
Lars Van Meijel
Oliver Wilson
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet MC
Richard McEvoy
Ricardo Santos
Pedro Figueiredo
Robin Roussel
Julian Suri
Cormac Sharvin
Haydn Porteous
Benjamin Poke
Chris Wood MC
David Howell
Thomas Bjorn
Ahmed Skaik MC

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