Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2018: Form stats for this week's trip to Ballyliffin

Paul Dunne: The 25-year-old has performed well since late March
Paul Dunne: Links golf holds no fear for the young Irishman
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The European Tour heads to the links of Ballyliffin for the prestigious Irish Open. Andy Swales provides the stats for this week's tournament...

"Shane Lowry is another leading exponent of seaside golf and it is nine years since he burst onto the scene at County Louth."

For the next three weeks, the European Tour becomes a haven for links golf, with the Irish, Scottish and 'British' opens taking place at some of the finest locations in sport.

First up is the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, which tees off at Ballyliffin in County Donegal this Thursday.

Ballyliffen is a small village which sits on Ireland's northern coast, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and is more northerly than Hadrian's Wall, which separates England and Scotland.

Opened in August 1995, Ballyliffin's Glashedy Links - as it is known - was designed by well-known Dublin architects Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock.

As with most golf played by the seaside, weather conditions will have a key role when Ballyliffin hosts its first European Tour event this week.

And Glashedy is a traditional links, with pot bunkers, rolling fairways and tricky sloping putting surfaces, all of which will test every part of a golfer's game.

Irish Hopefuls

There is a strong and plentiful Irish contingent teeing-up, all hoping to grab a sizeable cheque at their national open.

Rory McIlroy is the leading name in town, with the four-time major champion seeking a second victory in this event.

The world No 8 has a strange record in the Irish Open, with his last five starts yielding one victory and four missed cuts.

If you are searching for an Irishman to back this week, then young Paul Dunne might be worth a flutter.

The 25-year-old has performed solidly this year - including four top-10s since mid-March - and tied-for-21st in France on Sunday.

And because of his sound knowledge of links golf, Dunne could emerge from the shadows of his more illustrious compatriots to post a serious challenge this weekend.

Shane Lowry is another leading exponent of seaside golf and it is nine years since he burst onto the scene at County Louth - while still an amateur - to win on home soil.

Lowry has been a little under the radar in recent months, although did post a top-20 at Le Golf National over the weekend.

Spanish Charge

In addition to the hosts, Spain can boast two of the biggest names taking part at Ballyliffen.

World No 5 Jon Rahm usually plays well on his trips back to Europe, while Rafa Cabrea-Bello has a good record in this event - despite missing the cut 12 months ago.

Up-and-coming Spaniard Adrian Otaegui is starting to show more consistency from week-to-week, while Chris Wood has previously displayed he has the game to prosper on links.

The Englishman came mighty close to winning last week on the outskirts of Paris and has posted three top-10s at the Irish Open since making his debut in the tournament in 2009.

Finally, don't discount the Thai challenge. Kiradech Aphibarnrat has played well in the past on links, while young Jazz Janewattananond continues to show promise.

The 22-year-old won in Asia on Sunday, making it three titles in 17 months, along with four other podium positions, although he remains an unknown quantity in this type of specialised golf.

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

Course Key for Irish Open
2008: Adare Manor
2009: County Louth
2010: Killarney
2011: Killarney
2012: Royal Portrush
2013: Carton House
2014: Fota Island
2015: Royal County Down
2016: The K Club
2017: Portstewart

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W26 W25 W24 W23 W22 W21 W20 W19 W18 W17 W16 W15
Jon Rahm 5 MC 5 63 MC 1
Rory McIlroy 12 MC 8 2 MC 16
Rafael Cabrera-Bello MC 36 4 8 17 MC MC
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 48 15 MC 13 5 30 45
Matthew Fitzpatrick 27 12 30 8 46 14
Hao Tong Li 21 16 19 43 MC 32
Peter Uihlein 48 43 5 21 5 MC MC
Alexander Levy 65 MC 65 52 MC 14 1
Dylan Frittelli 12 MC 30 MC MC 20 32
Thorbjorn Olesen MC 2 MC 1 60 MC 37 46
Matt Wallace MC 1 MC 51 20 3 MC MC
Yusaku Miyazato MC MC 70 Wd 6 18 13 12
Thomas Pieters 31 18 14 MC 39 66
Paul Dunne 21 30 MC 7 MC 2
Shubhankar Sharma 27 MC MC 20 14 MC
Alexander Bjork 8 33 MC 27 1 3 39
Adrian Otaegui 12 56 36 MC 1 2 19 12
Julian Suri 2 51 29 43 53 58
Shane Lowry 16 MC 30 52 15 46 34 28
Jorge Campillo 8 33 60 MC 5 3 46 5
Mikko Korhonen MC 2 1 MC 15 26 41 MC
Lee Westwood Wd 5 27
Chris Paisley MC 26 MC MC MC 4 MC
Lucas Bjerregaard 61 5 71 3 5 6 MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 16 MC 19 43 8 2 62 34
Eddie Pepperell Dq 51 43 14 MC MC
George Coetzee 44 MC MC 43 MC 4
Andy Sullivan 21 9 5 35 3 7 21
Dean Burmester 56 56 30 12 3 MC Dq 71
Russell Knox 2 38 12 44 20 16 MC 7 MC 40
Jordan Smith 21 8 MC 46 3 52 MC
Hideto Tanihara 56 MC* 35 MC 9
Ryan Fox 44 41 8 43 65 37 12 MC
Fabrizio Zanotti 37 60 15 MC MC
Chris Wood 2 33 36 27 MC MC
Darren Fichardt MC MC* 7 52 58
Wade Ormsby 12 16 30 71 MC MC 52
Pablo Larrazabal MC Wd MC 27 MC 21
Joakim Lagergren MC MC MC 1 37 3 MC
Andrew Johnston Wd 62 42 MC 12
Nicolas Colsaerts MC 3 MC MC 7 MC MC 28
Erik Van Rooyen MC 42 20 46 MC 7 21
Benjamin Hebert MC 23 35 2 MC 13
Dave Horsey 27 40 7 MC MC MC 36 MC
Jeung-Hun Wang MC MC MC* 52 7 13 MC
Julien Guerrier MC MC 51 MC 6 20 MC 9
Scott Jamieson MC 12 MC* MC 53 MC MC
Richie Ramsay MC MC MC 35 46 32 72
Graeme McDowell 37 MC MC 5 12 MC 27 22 51 55
Nacho Elvira 53 9 42 MC 14 22 3
Marcus Kinhult 5 59 MC 12 63 MC MC
Soren Kjeldsen 49 7 23 42 MC 17 Wd MC MC
Jazz Janewattananond 1 32 6 4 37 MC 12 56 28
David Lipsky MC 18 65 27 23 45 MC 67
Jason Scrivener MC MC 21 MC MC 20 MC 73
Scott Hend 44 7 6 14 MC 64 MC MC
Aaron Rai MC 5 51 MC 46 20 52 12
Matthew Southgate 5 MC MC 27 12 48
Matthieu Pavon MC 25 MC 64 MC MC MC MC
Callum Shinkwin Wd MC 8 MC 65 MC 13 28
Gavin Green MC 73 MC* 52 34 56 MC 46
Renato Paratore MC MC MC MC MC 61 21
Lee Slattery MC 45 19 3 MC 58 MC 32 MC
Haydn Porteous MC 51 51 43 39 41 MC MC
Richard Sterne 31 51 65 MC 22 34
Thomas Detry 16 18 36 43 33 MC 19 MC
Adam Bland MC MC 12 23 MC 28 MC MC MC
Phachara Khongwatmai 49 MC 30 MC MC MC 12 56 66 MC
Robert Rock MC 42 20 36 28
Tapio Pulkkanen MC 38 MC MC 63 56 36 21
Sam Horsfield MC 59 MC 15 41 MC 32 MC MC
Jacques Kruyswijk 61 MC 14 20 MC 14 MC 9
Lorenzo Gagli MC 63 23 14 20 20 2 36 MC
Oliver Fisher MC MC 21 MC 10 MC 52 MC
Andrew Dodt MC MC 51 MC 27 32 MC
Paul Waring MC MC MC 52 11 9 63
Jin Ho Choi MC MC 35 MC MC 31 20 7 MC 58
Alvaro Quiros 53 MC MC MC MC 45 2 MC
Marc Warren Dq MC MC 60 MC MC 46 5
Stephen Gallacher 59 MC MC 52 12 MC 52
Padraig Harrington 74 56 36 MC MC 28
Clement Sordet MC MC MC MC MC 45 MC MC
Andres Romero MC 45 MC* MC MC 5
David Drysdale MC 40 65 MC 3 MC MC MC
Austin Connelly 37 40 19 51 MC MC 11 MC 13 63
Mikko Ilonen 35 MC MC 14 3
Romain Wattel MC MC MC 59 56 52
Matthias Schwab 37 40 12 42 10 28 20 MC 28
Ryan Evans MC MC 47 60 MC 59 11 46 MC
Andrea Pavan 56 56 23 MC 52 MC 9 11 3 21
Nino Bertasio 16 MC Wd MC 60 70 32 59 34
Maximilian Kieffer MC 12 MC 42 28 MC 41 12
Jens Dantorp 44 MC 42 35 46 48 MC 67
Justin Walters MC 9 3 22 34 MC
Oliver Farr MC MC 7 MC MC 25 26 MC MC
Thongchai Jaidee MC MC MC 8 MC MC 73
Pedro Oriol 27 MC MC MC MC 46 MC 29 39
Brandon Stone MC MC 65 60 MC MC 22 39
SSP Chawrasia MC MC MC MC MC 41 MC 40
Connor Syme MC 45 2 MC MC MC 74 MC
Sam Brazel 35 MC MC MC MC MC
Ashun Wu MC 47 60 64 MC 7 29 34
Adrien Saddier MC 74 51 35 MC MC MC MC
Brett Rumford 61 42 MC MC MC MC 5
Robert Karlsson MC MC MC MC 15 MC MC
Marcus Fraser MC MC 19 MC MC 34 MC 32 22 46
Edoardo Molinari MC 16 MC MC 9 45 MC MC
Sebastian Heisele 40 MC MC* MC MC MC 4 MC MC
James Morrison 49 MC 23 MC 46 MC 65 MC MC
Jamie Donaldson 53 Wd MC* MC MC MC 32 MC
Steven Brown 37 MC MC MC MC 7 65 MC
Richard Bland 60 MC 70 35 MC MC MC MC
Chase Koepka MC 63 MC MC MC MC 34 MC MC
Marcel Siem MC MC MC MC MC 56 19
Chris Hanson MC MC MC MC MC MC 27 41 MC
Bradley Dredge 44 26 38 23 MC MC MC 13 52
Thomas Aiken MC MC 30 MC MC 14 MC MC
Jeff Winther 31 MC 30 MC MC 17 14 MC 34
Peter Hanson MC 69 7 MC* MC MC MC
Matteo Manassero MC MC 36 27 20 20 46 39
Danny Willett MC MC 8 MC MC MC
Lasse Jensen MC 45 MC 27 MC 27 MC MC
Scott Fernandez MC MC 7 MC 43 26 34 MC MC
Gregory Bourdy MC 33 MC MC MC 74 MC 62 46
Ashley Chesters 21 63 7 MC MC MC 20 MC MC
Charlie Ford MC 66 38 23 MC MC MC MC 63
Jason Norris MC MC MC* MC MC MC 27 Wd 58
Gavin Moynihan 6 MC Wd MC MC MC MC
Nico Geyger MC 18 10 MC MC 20 MC 23 4 MC MC
Gregory Havret 49 MC MC* MC 38 MC MC MC
Marcel Schneider MC MC 1 25 46 MC MC 66 58
Ricardo Gouveia 31 MC MC MC MC 45 59 52
Ben Evans 29 14 12 MC MC MC MC MC MC
James Heath 45 MC 68 4 MC 72 MC
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano MC 33 14 30 MC 19 MC 24 Wd MC
Henric Sturehed 12 51 50 Wd 52 5
Christiaan Bezuidenhout MC 33 MC* MC 26 26 46 22 28
Zander Lombard MC MC MC MC MC MC 34 MC MC
Felipe Aguilar 37 51 MC Dq MC 59 MC 65 17 MC 28
Christofer Blomstrand MC 26 MC 4 MC MC MC MC
Raphael Jacquelin 37 66 3 MC MC MC 41 MC
Carlos Pigem MC MC MC MC MC 20 MC MC MC
Laurie Canter MC MC MC* 36 31 26 29 MC
Daniel Brooks MC Wd MC 73 67 MC 48 MC 66 MC
Mark Foster MC 12 30 MC MC MC MC MC
Bradley Neil MC 33 MC MC 58 MC MC MC MC 58
Ross McGowan 40 MC 38 51 46 MC MC 2 MC MC
Sebastien Gros MC 26 MC 27 MC 48 MC 12
Daniel Im MC MC MC* MC* MC MC 48 MC MC MC
Matthew Baldwin MC MC MC MC 9 55 MC 52
Pep Angles MC Wd MC MC 14 48 MC 46
Thomas Bjorn MC MC 41 MC
Soomin Lee MC MC MC MC MC MC 14 Dq MC
Pontus Widegren MC MC MC MC Dq 41 MC
Jonathan Thomson MC MC* MC MC MC 66 39
Rak Hyun Cho MC MC MC MC 64 41 MC MC MC 12
David Howell MC 26 42 MC MC 36 39
Ruaidhri McGee 36 35 4 17 MC 23 MC
Josh Geary 61 MC MC 51 10 MC 26 46 MC
Trevor Immelman MC 60 58
Paul McGinley
Darren Clarke
Matthew Nixon MC 18 MC* 16 MC 48 26 46 MC
Cormac Sharvin MC MC 23 63 20 MC 15 MC MC
Neil O`Briain MC
Simon Thornton
Colm Moriarty
Cian McNamara
Player 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Jon Rahm 1
Rory McIlroy MC 1 MC MC MC 10 34 35 50 7
Rafael Cabrera-Bello MC 8 4 26 5 2 MC MC 20
Kiradech Aphibarnrat MC MC
Matthew Fitzpatrick 54 MC 8 29
Hao Tong Li 36 18 66
Peter Uihlein 14 60 32
Alexander Levy MC Ret MC MC MC
Dylan Frittelli MC MC
Thorbjorn Olesen 48 10 MC 18 15
Matt Wallace MC
Yusaku Miyazato
Thomas Pieters MC MC MC 38
Paul Dunne 54 60
Shubhankar Sharma
Alexander Bjork MC
Adrian Otaegui 20 19 MC MC
Julian Suri
Shane Lowry 20 23 43 MC 5 51 MC 21 1
Jorge Campillo MC 19 MC MC 32 44
Mikko Korhonen 23 MC MC
Lee Westwood MC 10 53 30 3
Chris Paisley MC MC 65
Lucas Bjerregaard MC MC 18 MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC MC 20 31
Eddie Pepperell 8 2 MC 22
George Coetzee MC MC MC MC MC
Andy Sullivan 20 MC 6 MC 22 MC
Dean Burmester 58
Russell Knox 2
Jordan Smith 20
Hideto Tanihara 10
Ryan Fox 4
Fabrizio Zanotti 30 MC 40 14 MC 2 MC MC MC
Chris Wood 54 16 8 MC MC 3 10
Darren Fichardt MC MC 21 63 MC MC
Wade Ormsby 14 MC 49 MC
Pablo Larrazabal MC 31 MC 26 4 MC 30 16
Joakim Lagergren MC MC MC MC
Andrew Johnston MC MC MC MC
Nicolas Colsaerts MC 23 MC MC 21
Erik Van Rooyen
Benjamin Hebert 8 MC 63 MC MC
Dave Horsey 48 MC 49 MC 45 MC 14 MC
Jeung-Hun Wang MC MC
Julien Guerrier Wd
Scott Jamieson 14 MC 30 MC MC MC MC
Richie Ramsay 2 54 10 MC 16 65 9 MC
Graeme McDowell MC 65 30 6 MC 16 25 31 Ret MC
Nacho Elvira MC 48 MC
Marcus Kinhult
Soren Kjeldsen 62 19 1 MC 18 MC 30 35
Jazz Janewattananond
David Lipsky MC 43 MC
Jason Scrivener MC
Scott Hend 20 MC 65 MC
Aaron Rai
Matthew Southgate 2 4 MC MC
Matthieu Pavon 42
Callum Shinkwin 30 19
Gavin Green
Renato Paratore MC 58 MC
Lee Slattery 30 MC 43 MC MC 54 MC 25 MC
Haydn Porteous 36 MC
Richard Sterne MC 10 22 44 MC
Thomas Detry 48
Adam Bland
Phachara Khongwatmai
Robert Rock MC MC MC 29 2 65 MC Dq 2 MC
Tapio Pulkkanen
Sam Horsfield
Jacques Kruyswijk
Lorenzo Gagli MC 24 8
Oliver Fisher 10 54 MC 26 47 MC 45 MC MC 22
Andrew Dodt 20 MC 65 47 MC MC 27
Paul Waring MC MC Ret 10 18 61 66
Jin Ho Choi
Alvaro Quiros MC MC Ret 44 5 8
Marc Warren MC 23 MC 29 18 39 Dq 4 MC
Stephen Gallacher 36 43 MC MC 47 44 3 27 MC 24
Padraig Harrington 42 MC 43 14 MC 7 MC 2 MC 31
Clement Sordet
Andres Romero 42
David Drysdale 4 MC MC MC 47 7 25 14 35 63
Austin Connelly
Mikko Ilonen MC MC MC 1 32 10 MC MC 16
Romain Wattel MC 36 53 21 63 28 59
Matthias Schwab
Ryan Evans MC
Andrea Pavan 54 MC
Nino Bertasio MC
Maximilian Kieffer MC 5 8 MC 71
Jens Dantorp MC
Justin Walters MC 70 53
Oliver Farr MC
Thongchai Jaidee MC 31 10 18 20
Pedro Oriol
Brandon Stone MC MC MC
SSP Chawrasia MC MC MC MC MC MC 61 MC
Connor Syme
Sam Brazel 62
Ashun Wu MC 31
Adrien Saddier 66
Brett Rumford MC 36 Wd MC 22 MC Ret 9 8
Robert Karlsson 30 MC MC 44 3
Marcus Fraser 36 MC 43 25 MC 41 MC
Edoardo Molinari MC 2 40
Sebastian Heisele MC
James Morrison MC 10 MC MC 42 24 40 MC
Jamie Donaldson Wd 10 10 1 45 21 13 MC
Steven Brown
Richard Bland MC 23 53 44 30 18 45 5 10 MC
Chase Koepka
Marcel Siem MC Wd MC 14 57 17 39 57 54
Chris Hanson 36
Bradley Dredge 13 2 10 24 MC MC MC 8
Thomas Aiken MC 43 MC MC 35
Jeff Winther MC
Peter Hanson 14 MC MC MC 58
Matteo Manassero 48 MC MC MC MC 21
Danny Willett Ret 23 6 3 10 MC MC
Lasse Jensen MC 58
Scott Fernandez
Gregory Bourdy 30 10 63 8 33 MC MC
Ashley Chesters 20
Charlie Ford
Jason Norris
Gavin Moynihan 14 36 MC MC MC
Nico Geyger
Gregory Havret MC MC Wd 49 15 39 61 24
Marcel Schneider
Ricardo Gouveia MC 36
Ben Evans MC
James Heath 38
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano MC MC 3 MC
Henric Sturehed
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
Zander Lombard
Felipe Aguilar 48 36 53 MC MC MC 21 MC MC 2
Christofer Blomstrand
Raphael Jacquelin MC 23 Ret MC 22 25 41
Carlos Pigem
Laurie Canter
Daniel Brooks MC MC MC MC MC
Mark Foster MC 40 MC MC 5 45 44 MC MC
Bradley Neil MC
Ross McGowan 48 MC MC MC 60
Sebastien Gros MC 10
Daniel Im 4 MC MC
Matthew Baldwin MC 3 65 44
Pep Angles MC
Thomas Bjorn MC MC 18 25
Soomin Lee 58 MC
Pontus Widegren
Jonathan Thomson
Rak Hyun Cho
David Howell MC MC 49 71 33 8 44 MC MC
Ruaidhri McGee MC MC
Josh Geary
Trevor Immelman MC
Paul McGinley MC 63 Wd MC MC 54 MC 14 67 16
Darren Clarke MC 43 28 58 MC 39 MC 12 14 16
Matthew Nixon 35 14 MC MC MC
Cormac Sharvin
Neil O`Briain MC MC MC
Simon Thornton MC 60 MC 18 33 21 MC MC
Colm Moriarty MC MC 45 MC MC
Cian McNamara MC MC MC
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