Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2020: Form stats for this week's trip to Ballymena

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open trophy
The distinctive trophy awarded to the winner of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

Check out the stats ahead of this week's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in County Antrim, with course and current form guides compiled by Andy Swales...

"All eight golfers to have won Challenge Tour events at Galgorm are teeing-up this week, including New Zealander Ryan Fox and Swede Joakim Lagergren."

Galgorm Castle Golf Club in County Antrim samples its first taste of European Tour action this week, when it stages the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

The tournament was originally scheduled for the end of May but was postponed along with many other sporting events following the outbreak of Covid-19.

But when the Ryder Cup was called off in early July, Ireland's national open returned to the calendar with a new venue and considerably reduced prize money.

However, Galgorm Castle is not an untried layout, having been part of the Challenge Tour's annual rota since 2013.

Just a few weeks ago, the Ballymena venue hosted the Northern Ireland Open and it now gets the opportunity to make its debut on the European Tour.

This award-winning parkland course was designed by Simon Gidman and opened in 1997.

Water is a regular theme at Galgorm Castle which is laid out close to the rivers of Maine and Braid.

The venue also has five lakes, with water coming into play on 12 holes - and possibly more, depending on how wayward a golfer is.

Lowry returns

The still Open champion Shane Lowry is by far the highest-ranked golfer taking part, although the 33-year-old from County Offaly will have to share top billing with three-time major winner Padraig Harrington.

Harrington had been expecting to captain the European Ryder Cup team this week in Wisconsin.

Instead, the 49-year-old Dubliner makes his first competitive appearance since early March.

Two absentees are Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy, who have decided to remain Stateside rather than travel across the Atlantic.

Rahm is the reigning Irish Open champion, and was all set to play in May before the event was postponed.

Contenders

All eight golfers to have won Challenge Tour events at Galgorm are teeing-up this week, including New Zealander Ryan Fox and Swede Joakim Lagergren.

Fox arrives back from the States where he missed the cut at the US Open, while 28-year-old Lagergren tied-for-third in his most recent outing on the European Tour two weeks ago.

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Both men have previously tasted victory at European Tour events, albeit in tournaments with mediocre fields.

A number of in-form golfers are in Ballymena, among them George Coetzee, John Catlin, Wil Besseling and Laurie Canter.

Coetzee has posted four straight podium finishes - which includes a brace of victories across two Tours - while Catlin remains in good shape following his maiden European Tour title over the tricky Valderrama layout earlier this month.

A victory for Catlin would mean a 'Galgorm double' for the United States, following Tyler Koivisto's Challenge Tour success at the course just a handful of weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Dutch pro Besseling and England's Canter are first and third respectively in the Tour category for Strokes Gained (Off The Tee).

The 30-year-old Canter was runner-up to Coetzee at the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura on September 13.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Note: The Challenge Tour event at Galgorm Castle in 2017 consisted of 54 holes of strokeplay, with the qualifiers contesting one day of Super Six Matchplay.

Last 10 Weeks / Galgorm Form (2013-20)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W38 W37 W36 W35 W34 W33 W32 W31 W30 W29
Shane Lowry 43 MC MC 23 66 6 MC
Jazz Janewattananond MC MC 59 MC
Lucas Herbert 31 MC 49
George Coetzee 3 1 1 2 MC
Justin Harding MC Wd 3 44 47 53 MC 3
Joost Luiten MC 52 MC 51 MC 6
Marcus Kinhult MC MC 13 15 MC 38
John Catlin 8 1 25 MC 6 51 43
Min Woo Lee 11 MC 72 6 MC MC
Adri Arnaus MC 47 60 11
Andrea Pavan MC MC Wd MC 34 MC 38
Francesco Laporta 50 68 MC 57 MC MC 57
Ryan Fox MC 32 28 15 57 19 15 8
Wade Ormsby MC MC 31 25
Sebastian Soderberg 27 MC 5 10 77
Jason Scrivener 8 MC 8 14 14 47 29 MC
Calum Hill MC MC 9 8 39 MC 26
Mikko Korhonen Wd 6 29
Garrick Higgo 1 7 47 6
Jack Senior 14 28 63 22 44 MC 21
Dean Burmester 31 21 47 6 MC MC
Jordan Smith 36 Wd MC 27 22 14 MC 35
Antoine Rozner 36 3 MC MC 26 10 60
Wil Besseling 14 3 MC 53 11 63 34 MC
Lucas Bjerregaard 27 58 MC MC
Connor Syme MC 8 8 3 19 68 MC
Joakim Lagergren 3 24 MC Re
Masahiro Kawamura 5 8 47 37 MC MC MC MC
Matthew Southgate 64 24 MC 73 27 61 22 35
Scott Jamieson MC 9 10 47
Laurie Canter 2 13 5 MC 34 10 29
Nicolas Colsaerts 47 53 63 9 MC
Steven Brown 64 10 MC 31 5 65 MC
Darius Van Driel MC MC 11 44 MC 51 MC
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia 6 66 MC 27 Dq MC 10 MC
Aaron Rai 15 44 31 44 10 21
Adrian Meronk 36 MC 68 6 34 MC 21
Joachim B Hansen 17 25 MC 53 28 47
Jeff Winther 31 47 MC MC 14
Oliver Farr MC MC 39 MC 3 MC
Richie Ramsay 31 44 MC 34 22 38
Wilco Nienaber 14 6 51 MC 22 4
Yikeun Chang MC 35
Johannes Veerman 8 10 MC 34 28 17
Robin Roussel MC 62 MC 26 MC 21
Robin Sciot-Siegrist 32 MC 17 MC MC 3
Joel Stalter MC MC MC 28 1
Richard Bland 27 62 19 MC 56 22 38
Sean Crocker Wd 37 22 9 15 60
Ashun Wu MC MC 31
Marcus Armitage 50 MC 7 27 MC 14 15 MC
Maverick Antcliff 9 MC MC MC 31 MC 67 MC
Callum Shinkwin MC 8 11 71 28 MC
Dale Whitnell 24 MC 27 31 MC 51 4
Niklas Lemke 6 MC 72 MC MC 41 53
Cormac Sharvin MC MC 63 31 19 47 MC
Marc Warren 39 39 34 MC MC
Oscar Lengden MC MC MC 53 47 19 13
Scott Hend MC MC 39 44 MC MC
David Drysdale 70 Re 56 MC MC
Shubhankar Sharma 44 MC MC MC 63 MC MC
Robert Rock MC MC 37 15 4
Julian Suri 32 50 39 MC 66 MC MC MC
Edoardo Molinari 76 MC 27 47 MC MC
Nacho Elvira MC 68 44 39 MC MC 29
Ewen Ferguson MC 24 MC MC 19 MC MC MC
Jake McLeod MC 57 31 44 14 MC MC 67
Dave Horsey 10 51 6 MC 34 14
Fabrizio Zanotti
Padraig Harrington
Philip Eriksson 53 MC MC 13
Ben Stow 27 57 MC 73 26 34 10
James Morrison 39 5 27 MC MC MC
Rikard Karlberg 14 74 31 MC 41 26 24
Oliver Fisher MC Wd 76 MC 26 MC 7
Jbe Kruger MC MC 77 MC MC MC
Ashley Chesters MC 68 39 MC 28 14
Clement Sordet 21 MC 41 17
Lars Van Meijel 58 MC 37 MC MC MC 53
Zach Murray MC MC MC MC MC
Craig Howie MC 31 5 21 MC
Nicolai Hojgaard 65 MC MC MC 26 MC MC MC
Stephen Gallacher 58 51 MC MC
Haydn Porteous MC MC Wd MC MC MC 69
Tyler Koivisto MC 1
Bernd Ritthammer 61 21 66 71 32
Soren Kjeldsen 41 39 62 MC 41 MC
Dave Coupland 67 24 28 MC 9 15 53
Damien Perrier 32 MC 31 58 53 57 MC 9
Ross McGowan 42 52 55 MC 70 MC MC Wd
Daan Huizing MC MC MC 21 MC MC 29 MC
Benjamin Poke 35 MC MC MC MC MC 41 47
Julien Guerrier 8 41 MC 56 15 MC
Jonathan Caldwell 50 62 39 76 47 MC MC 8
David Dixon 55 3
Aaron Cockerill 24 19 53 14 26 MC 53
Liam Johnston MC 14 63 15 MC MC MC
Paul Dunne MC MC 73 MC MC 38
Gaganjeet Bhullar
Mathieu Fenasse 42 MC MC 21 MC MC
Kristoffer Reitan Wd Wd MC MC
David Law 58 MC 37 71 MC 38
Alejandro Canizares 32 41 MC MC MC 44 MC MC
Romain Wattel MC 48 MC 44
Martin Simonsen 28 24 31 MC 47 26 MC
Steven Tiley MC 39 63 MC MC 65 MC
Robin Petersson 65 52 28
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen 14 MC MC MC MC 28
Hurly Long 61 MC MC 43
Matthew Baldwin MC MC MC 59 MC MC MC MC
Toby Tree 36 48 MC 39 44 Wd 29
Jens Fahrbring 49 MC 3 MC 10 MC
Gavin Moynihan MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Lee Slattery 58 68 MC 65 57 53
Daniel Young 73 13 MC 59 MC
Garrick Porteous 44 MC MC MC MC 22 65
Max Schmitt 58 71 MC MC MC 28
Marcel Siem 53 MC 27 43
Richard McEvoy MC MC 63 62 57 MC
Michael Campbell MC MC MC MC 70 MC
Carlos Pigem 5 67 41 MC 74 MC 63 MC
Graeme Storm 31 MC MC MC 10
David Howell MC MC MC MC 68 MC MC
Niall Kearney MC 23 MC
Tom Gandy 36 MC 51 MC MC
Damien McGrane
James Sugrue MC
Colm Moriarty
Tom McKibbin MC
Mark Power
Player `20 `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13
Shane Lowry
Jazz Janewattananond
Lucas Herbert
George Coetzee
Justin Harding
Joost Luiten
Marcus Kinhult 36
John Catlin
Min Woo Lee
Adri Arnaus
Andrea Pavan 28 52
Francesco Laporta 5 31 MC
Ryan Fox 1
Wade Ormsby
Sebastian Soderberg 36
Jason Scrivener
Calum Hill 7 1
Mikko Korhonen
Garrick Higgo 7 MC
Jack Senior 1 43 MC 52 Wd 60 47
Dean Burmester
Jordan Smith Dq
Antoine Rozner
Wil Besseling 9 25 6 MC
Lucas Bjerregaard MC
Connor Syme 10
Joakim Lagergren 1
Masahiro Kawamura
Matthew Southgate
Scott Jamieson
Laurie Canter 14
Nicolas Colsaerts
Steven Brown 25 MC MC 5
Darius Van Driel 10 34 15
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia 14
Aaron Rai 23
Adrian Meronk MC
Joachim B Hansen 34
Jeff Winther 13 16 44
Oliver Farr MC 57 MC MC
Richie Ramsay
Wilco Nienaber
Yikeun Chang
Johannes Veerman
Robin Roussel MC* 51 65
Robin Sciot-Siegrist MC MC 1 42
Joel Stalter MC 47 MC 38
Richard Bland MC
Sean Crocker
Ashun Wu
Marcus Armitage MC 22 52 15 8
Maverick Antcliff
Callum Shinkwin MC 60
Dale Whitnell MC
Niklas Lemke MC 9
Cormac Sharvin 21 9 17 65 MC
Marc Warren
Oscar Lengden 5 MC
Scott Hend
David Drysdale
Shubhankar Sharma
Robert Rock
Julian Suri
Edoardo Molinari
Nacho Elvira 42 MC
Ewen Ferguson 26 7
Jake McLeod
Dave Horsey
Fabrizio Zanotti
Padraig Harrington
Philip Eriksson MC
Ben Stow 14 31 11
James Morrison
Rikard Karlberg
Oliver Fisher
Jbe Kruger
Ashley Chesters 18
Clement Sordet 34 6 1
Lars Van Meijel 33 16
Zach Murray
Craig Howie MC*
Nicolai Hojgaard MC
Stephen Gallacher
Haydn Porteous 5 60
Tyler Koivisto 1
Bernd Ritthammer 67 2 3 5
Soren Kjeldsen
Dave Coupland 10 MC 8 MC MC
Damien Perrier 4 19 11 35 50
Ross McGowan MC 48 MC 50 21
Daan Huizing MC 19 13 MC 3 1
Benjamin Poke MC 28
Julien Guerrier 23 MC 56 26
Jonathan Caldwell 13 36 12 9
David Dixon MC
Aaron Cockerill MC*
Liam Johnston MC
Paul Dunne
Gaganjeet Bhullar
Mathieu Fenasse MC 45
Kristoffer Reitan
David Law MC 12 MC 8 MC
Alejandro Canizares
Romain Wattel
Martin Simonsen MC* MC
Steven Tiley 36 MC 40
Robin Petersson 52
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
Hurly Long
Matthew Baldwin 2 MC
Toby Tree MC Wd 42
Jens Fahrbring 3 MC MC
Gavin Moynihan MC MC MC
Lee Slattery
Daniel Young 13
Garrick Porteous 14 56 MC
Max Schmitt 67
Marcel Siem
Richard McEvoy 17
Michael Campbell
Carlos Pigem
Graeme Storm
David Howell
Niall Kearney 23 48 MC MC 49 38 43
Tom Gandy MC
Damien McGrane 34 9 MC
James Sugrue
Colm Moriarty MC 15 MC
Tom McKibbin MC MC MC
Mark Power

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