Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2019: Form stats for this week's trip to Lahinch

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2019 at Lahinch
Lahinch Golf Club on Ireland's Atlantic coast

Three weeks of top quality links golf on the European Tour begins on Ireland's west coast. Form stats and words supplied by Andy Swales...

"Danny Willett heads to Europe following confidence-boosting performances at the US Open (12th), Canadian Open (8th) and Memorial Tournament (27th)."

The build up to this year's Open Championship gets underway this week, as the European Tour visits Lahinch Golf Club on Ireland's Atlantic coast.

Located around 60 miles south of Galway, and 45 miles west of Limerick, this rugged links course in County Clare is staging the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open for the first time in its history.

Hosted by former Ryder Cup competitor and skipper Paul McGinley, the tournament has attracted an impressive field, many hoping to gain valuable links practice ahead of The Open at Royal Portrush in two weeks' time.

Links Form

Jon Rahm has made the journey from Valderrama, and returns to Ireland where his form over the past couple of years has been superb.

The Spaniard tied-fourth in this event last year, having won over the links of Portstewart 12 months earlier.

The world No 11 is in excellent current form too, following back-to-back podium finishes at the US Open and in southern Spain.

Others with a strong links history include: Tommy Fleetwood, Louis Oosthuizen, Shane Lowry, Eddie Pepperell and Tyrrell Hatton.

Of this group, Oosthuizen enjoyed a top-10 finish at Pebble Beach recently, while Lowry has quietly made his way back up to No 35 in the World Ranking, having ended 2018 at No 75.

Comeback Trail

As for players moving in the right direction, Danny Willett heads to Europe following confidence-boosting performances at the US Open (12th), Canadian Open (8th) and Memorial Tournament (27th).

The Englishman also tied-sixth at Ballyliffen 12 months ago, his fourth top-10 in the Irish Open.

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Two others who might offer some decent value are Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Thorbjorn Olesen.

Cabrera-Bello has enjoyed a fairly steady, if not spectacular, first sixth months of the year, and in previous visits to Ireland has posted top-four finishes over the links of Royal County Down and Royal Portrush.

Olesen, meanwhile, tied-sixth at Ballyliffen in 2018, two weeks before finishing 12th in The Open at Carnoustie.

Traditional Links

Established as long ago as 1892, the Championship Course at Lahinch provides a typical links test, with small undulating greens, numerous pot bunkers and no water hazards - other than the nearby ocean which shouldn't really come into play.

Although this north Munster club has never previously staged an event of this stature, it has welcomed many well-known golfers through its doors over the decades.

These include Phil Mickelson, who first played here as an amateur ahead of the 1991 Walker Cup which was staged at Portmarnock in County Dublin.

The five-time major champion was later made an Honorary Overseas Life Member of Lahinch, which has become a popular stop-off point for golfers travelling to The Open.

If conditions are benign, then expect scoring to be low but if the coastal breeze picks up, it becomes a completely different game, with players' often struggling to keep the ball on fast-running links fairways.

A good touch around the greens always comes in handy on a links, and any shot even slightly miscued can often turn a potential bogey into a damaging double.

Irish Open Courses Key:
2018: Ballyliffen; 2017: Portstewart; 2016: The K Club; 2015: Royal County Down; 2014: Fota Island; 2013: Carton House (Kildare); 2012: Royal Portrush;2011: Killarney; 2010: Killarney; 2009: Co Louth (Baltray)

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List contains leading reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W26 W25 W24 W23 W22 W21 W20 W19 W18 W17
Jon Rahm 2 3 MC MC 1
Tommy Fleetwood 13 65 48 8 2
Louis Oosthuizen 36 7 57 60 MC
Matt Wallace 3 12 41 3 2
Shane Lowry 28 2 8 MC
Ian Poulter MC 70 MC 9
Eddie Pepperell MC 2
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 3 65 41 71 53
Tyrrell Hatton 21 33 8 48 35
Hao Tong Li 52 37 36 4
Lucas Bjerregaard MC MC MC 16 MC
Justin Harding MC 54 10 32
Abraham Ancer 8 49 65 58 16 59 MC
Thorbjorn Olesen 10 MC MC 64 MC
Jorge Campillo 15 MC MC 3 1
Russell Knox 21 27 8 MC 43 22
Danny Willett 12 8 27 41 MC
Tom Lewis MC MC MC 53 21
Lee Westwood 10 18 MC 35
Joost Luiten 20 MC 62 64 8 25
Andrea Pavan MC 1 MC 25 15 MC 21
Erik Van Rooyen 16 43 20 MC 8 29 2
Adrian Otaegui MC 26 16 MC MC 25
Graeme McDowell 16 8 73 29 18
Martin Kaymer 16 35 3 40 MC 8
Alexander Bjork 25 MC 19 9
Ryan Fox MC MC MC MC MC
Guido Migliozzi MC MC 1 33 35 32 25
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 1 3 25 MC MC 14
Thomas Pieters MC MC 33 23 23
Kurt Kitayama MC 21 66 64 MC 14
Julian Suri 15 MC MC 19 2
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 2 16 5 34
Marcus Kinhult MC 32 MC 55 1 MC
Lucas Herbert 49 MC 71 35
Jordan Smith 3 MC 6 5 14
David Lipsky 53 26 48 71 5 5
Ross Fisher MC MC 60 15 MC
Sang Hyun Park 14 15 26 3 45 16 4
Bernd Wiesberger 16 76 8 1 70 14
Robert MacIntyre 49 34 2 2 MC
Sean Crocker 26 MC MC 42 10 2
Oliver Wilson 70 26 34 4 8 Dq 54
Romain Langasque MC MC 3 MC 5 38
Paul Waring MC
Richard Sterne 26 MC 58 9
Alexander Levy MC 23 MC MC MC MC
Adri Arnaus 2 MC 58 MC MC MC 29 MC
Aaron Rai MC 18 MC 49 MC
Masahiro Kawamura 39 44 MC MC MC Wd 6
Thomas Detry 8 MC 13 33 15 Wd 9
Chris Wood Dq
Chris Paisley 37 MC 17 4 MC 38
Paul Dunne MC MC 4 70 Wd 38
Victor Perez 26 MC MC 15 MC
Benjamin Hebert MC 47 51 MC 2 38
Nacho Elvira MC 12 MC 42 32 MC
Scott Hend MC MC 39 MC 35 65
Jason Scrivener 26 26 25 58 32 MC
Andy Sullivan 13 26 33 MC 21
Jake McLeod MC 42 MC MC MC 30
Dean Burmester 39 MC 9 MC 42 MC MC
Brandon Stone MC MC MC
Gaganjeet Bhullar 13 62 MC 62 25 MC
Joachim B Hansen MC 20 MC MC MC 32 38
Shubhankar Sharma MC 62 73 MC 22
Darren Fichardt MC MC 25 MC MC
Pablo Larrazabal 26 67 Wd 4 8 38
Louis De Jager MC 25 24 25 MC 51 MC
Matthias Schwab MC 3 52 9 42 MC 9
Fabrizio Zanotti 26 60 53 43 63
David Law 39 37 13 66 53 14
Gavin Green 8 37 5 MC 15 19
Stephen Gallacher MC MC MC MC 57
Sam Horsfield 21 MC 61 MC 74 32 9
Maximilian Kieffer MC 37 MC MC 58 49
Ashun Wu MC 37 MC MC 5 MC
Wade Ormsby 56 29 33 MC 60 14
George Coetzee 26 MC MC MC MC
David Drysdale MC 66 MC 72 MC MC
Matthew Southgate MC MC 6 9 MC MC
Grant Forrest 37 MC 52 25 68 MC 6
Scott Jamieson 15 MC 41 58 51 MC
Jack Singh Brar 15 MC 52 MC 53 40 MC
Soren Kjeldsen 39 61 MC 15 Wd
Alvaro Quiros 2 3 18 Wd 70
Padraig Harrington MC MC MC 12 MC MC
Kalle Samooja MC MC MC MC 55 38
Nicolas Colsaerts 20 MC MC MC 42 43
Kim Koivu 59 16 MC 51 MC MC 49
Seamus Power MC 66 MC MC MC* 13 5
Tapio Pulkkanen 46 MC MC 12 MC 14 8
Clement Sordet MC 72 MC MC 14
Sebastian Soderberg Wd 14 21 MC MC MC 57
Zander Lombard MC MC MC MC MC MC
Joakim Lagergren 59 21 47 47 MC MC
Andrew Johnston 59 34 25 42
Anton Karlsson 46 53 18 MC MC MC
Robert Rock MC 37 MC 62 25
Yusaku Miyazato MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Richard McEvoy MC 62 42 33 53 MC
Thomas Aiken MC
Liam Johnston MC MC MC MC 42 MC MC
Jeff Winther MC 34 11 18 MC 25
Victor Dubuisson 20 MC 54 23 11 30
Justin Walters 26 MC 65 33 MC MC 54
Matthieu Pavon 23 10 MC MC MC MC 40 49
Ashley Chesters 46 21 37 MC 42 38
Hideto Tanihara 8 MC MC MC MC MC 71
Niklas Lemke 64 53 MC 51 8 MC MC
Richie Ramsay MC MC 42 12 5 14 57
Oliver Fisher MC MC 38 25 35 MC
Renato Paratore MC 68 MC 29 MC 8 MC MC
Lee Slattery MC MC MC MC MC MC 34
Hyo Won Park 71 MC 33 33 63
Stuart Manley 46 MC MC 41 58 55 MC
Dave Horsey 26 26 34 55 30 60
Haydn Porteous MC 26 52 47 25 32 MC
Jens Dantorp MC 37 42 MC 58 MC MC
Edoardo Molinari 26 3 26 41 30 63
Bradley Dredge 56 MC MC Wd MC MC
Thongchai Jaidee 67 MC 33 35 MC 9
Cormac Sharvin MC 3 16 4 8 MC MC
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano MC MC 20 18 25 MC
Trevor Immelman MC
Jacques Kruyswijk MC MC MC MC MC 11 MC
Lorenzo Gagli 69 MC 47 MC 75 MC
Steven Brown 15 34 61 MC 58 MC 38
Romain Wattel MC MC MC MC MC 55 MC
Nino Bertasio 53 MC 61 MC 23 Wd MC
Max Schmitt MC 53 MC 4 MC MC
Pedro Figueiredo MC MC MC MC 58 MC MC
Hugo Leon 39 53 9 MC 30 MC MC
Jeung-Hun Wang 46 MC MC MC MC MC
Marc Warren MC MC MC MC Dq 68
Ricardo Gouveia MC 44 MC MC MC 30
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC MC Wd 76 60
Deyen Lawson MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Robert Karlsson MC MC MC 58 MC
Gavin Moynihan MC MC 47 16 MC 63
Nick Cullen MC Wd 66 MC MC
Ben Evans MC MC 42 62 MC MC
Jaco Van Zyl 44 3 MC 42
Alejandro Canizares 53 MC MC 9 MC 34
Thomas Bjorn 8 MC
Sam Brazel MC MC MC 19
Andres Romero 39 49 MC 32
Kristoffer Reitan 23 MC 21 MC MC 14
James Morrison MC MC MC 50 MC 43 54
Per Langfors MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
SSP Chawrasia MC 53 MC 18 MC 65
Espen Kofstad 64 26 19 12 MC MC MC
Daniel Gavins 46 MC 16 MC MC Wd MC
Bernd Ritthammer 8 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Jamie Donaldson MC MC MC 62 73
Filippo Bergamaschi 67 14 MC 52 MC MC MC MC
Darren Clarke
David Howell MC 44 MC 42 MC MC
Eduardo De La Riva 2 MC MC MC MC 47
Neil O`Briain
Pelle Edberg MC MC 55
Simon Thornton
Colm Moriarty
Cian McNamara
Player `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11 `10 `09
Jon Rahm 4 1
Tommy Fleetwood 10 MC 21 MC MC MC
Louis Oosthuizen 25
Matt Wallace MC MC
Shane Lowry 28 20 23 43 MC 5 51 MC 21 1
Ian Poulter 42
Eddie Pepperell MC 8 2 MC 22
Rafael Cabrera-Bello MC MC 8 4 26 5 2 MC MC 20
Tyrrell Hatton MC 5 4 MC
Hao Tong Li MC 36 18 66
Lucas Bjerregaard MC MC MC 18 MC
Justin Harding
Abraham Ancer
Thorbjorn Olesen 6 48 10 MC 18 15
Jorge Campillo 3 MC 19 MC MC 32 44
Russell Knox 1 2
Danny Willett 6 Ret 23 6 3 10 MC MC
Tom Lewis 35 72 MC
Lee Westwood 19 MC 10 53 30
Joost Luiten 54 MC 2 66 59 9
Andrea Pavan MC 54 MC
Erik Van Rooyen 4
Adrian Otaegui 28 20 19 MC MC
Graeme McDowell 40 MC 65 30 6 MC 16 25 31 Ret
Martin Kaymer 5 MC
Alexander Bjork 14 MC
Ryan Fox 2 4
Guido Migliozzi
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 19
Thomas Pieters 40 MC MC MC 38
Kurt Kitayama
Julian Suri 27
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC MC MC 20
Marcus Kinhult MC
Lucas Herbert
Jordan Smith MC 20
David Lipsky MC MC 43 MC
Ross Fisher 54 35 8 22 10 17 1 50
Sang Hyun Park
Bernd Wiesberger 58 2 4
Robert MacIntyre
Sean Crocker
Oliver Wilson MC MC 34 14
Romain Langasque 58
Paul Waring 72 MC MC Ret 10 18 61
Richard Sterne 37 MC 10 22 44 MC
Alexander Levy MC MC Ret MC MC MC
Adri Arnaus
Aaron Rai 37
Masahiro Kawamura
Thomas Detry MC 48
Chris Wood 14 54 16 8 MC MC 3 10
Chris Paisley MC MC MC 65
Paul Dunne 40 54 60
Victor Perez
Benjamin Hebert 28 8 MC 63 MC MC
Nacho Elvira 49 MC 48 MC
Scott Hend MC 20 MC 65 MC
Jason Scrivener MC MC
Andy Sullivan 6 20 MC 6 MC 22 MC
Jake McLeod
Dean Burmester 28 58
Brandon Stone 69 MC MC MC
Gaganjeet Bhullar MC
Joachim B Hansen MC MC MC
Shubhankar Sharma MC
Darren Fichardt 40 MC MC 21 63 MC MC
Pablo Larrazabal 49 MC 31 MC 26 4 MC 30
Louis De Jager
Matthias Schwab MC
Fabrizio Zanotti MC 30 MC 40 14 MC 2 MC MC
David Law
Gavin Green MC
Stephen Gallacher MC 36 43 MC MC 47 44 3 27 MC
Sam Horsfield 24
Maximilian Kieffer MC MC 5 8 MC 71
Ashun Wu Dq MC 31
Wade Ormsby 49 14 MC 49 MC
George Coetzee 24 MC MC MC MC MC
David Drysdale 28 4 MC MC MC 47 7 25 14 35
Matthew Southgate 59 2 4 MC MC
Grant Forrest
Scott Jamieson 40 14 MC 30 MC MC MC MC
Jack Singh Brar
Soren Kjeldsen 59 62 19 1 MC 18 MC 30
Alvaro Quiros MC MC MC Ret 44 5
Padraig Harrington MC 42 MC 43 14 MC 7 MC 2 MC
Kalle Samooja
Nicolas Colsaerts 19 MC 23 MC MC 21
Kim Koivu
Seamus Power 63
Tapio Pulkkanen MC
Clement Sordet MC
Sebastian Soderberg
Zander Lombard 6
Joakim Lagergren 12 MC MC MC MC
Andrew Johnston MC MC MC MC
Anton Karlsson
Robert Rock 28 MC MC MC 29 2 65 MC Dq 2
Yusaku Miyazato 14
Richard McEvoy 53 MC MC MC 35
Thomas Aiken 40 MC 43 MC MC
Liam Johnston
Jeff Winther MC MC
Victor Dubuisson MC MC MC MC MC MC
Justin Walters MC MC 70 53
Matthieu Pavon 10 42
Ashley Chesters 14 20
Hideto Tanihara MC 10
Niklas Lemke 65
Richie Ramsay 40 2 54 10 MC 16 65 9 MC
Oliver Fisher 28 10 54 MC 26 47 MC 45 MC MC
Renato Paratore 40 MC 58 MC
Lee Slattery MC 30 MC 43 MC MC 54 MC 25
Hyo Won Park
Stuart Manley MC 54 MC
Dave Horsey 40 48 MC 49 MC 45 MC 14
Haydn Porteous 49 36 MC
Jens Dantorp 76 MC
Edoardo Molinari MC MC 2
Bradley Dredge 69 13 2 10 24 MC MC MC
Thongchai Jaidee 49 MC 31 10 18 20
Cormac Sharvin MC
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano 37 MC MC 3 MC
Trevor Immelman Dq MC
Jacques Kruyswijk MC
Lorenzo Gagli MC MC 24 8
Steven Brown MC
Romain Wattel 28 MC 36 53 21 63 28 59
Nino Bertasio MC MC
Max Schmitt
Pedro Figueiredo 71
Hugo Leon
Jeung-Hun Wang 49 MC MC
Marc Warren 49 MC 23 MC 29 18 39 Dq 4
Ricardo Gouveia 64 MC 36
Raphael Jacquelin 10 MC 23 Ret MC 22 25 41
Deyen Lawson
Robert Karlsson MC 30 MC MC 44
Gavin Moynihan MC 14 36 MC MC MC
Nick Cullen
Ben Evans MC
Jaco Van Zyl Wd 23 16 MC MC 11
Alejandro Canizares MC 43 MC 38 10 44 59 44 MC
Thomas Bjorn 59 MC MC 18 25
Sam Brazel MC 62
Andres Romero 74 42
Kristoffer Reitan
James Morrison 49 MC 10 MC MC 42 24 40 MC
Per Langfors
SSP Chawrasia MC MC MC MC MC MC MC 61
Espen Kofstad MC
Daniel Gavins
Bernd Ritthammer MC
Jamie Donaldson Wd 10 10 1 45 21 13
Filippo Bergamaschi
Darren Clarke MC MC 43 28 58 MC 39 MC 12 14
David Howell MC MC MC 49 71 33 8 44 MC
Eduardo De La Riva 42 MC MC MC 32
Neil O`Briain MC MC MC MC
Pelle Edberg MC MC MC
Simon Thornton 59 MC 60 MC 18 33 21 MC MC
Colm Moriarty MC MC MC 45 MC
Cian McNamara MC MC MC MC

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