Porsche European Open 2021: Form guide for this week's European Tour event in Hamburg

Water is a constant threat at Green Eagle's North Course
Green Eagle: A parkland course with large amounts of water

Once again, the Covid pandemic has played havoc with the schedule. This week's event will start Saturday and run for only three days. Form stats compiled by Andy Swales...

"The North Course is one of the longest layouts the pros will face on the European Tour this year. And if you suffer from a fear of water, then don’t bother teeing-up here as it comes into play on 15 holes, thanks to numerous sizeable hazards."

The European Tour travels to Hamburg for the first of two events to be staged in Germany during June.

Towards the end of the month, there will also be a tournament in Munich but for this week all eyes will be on the Porsche European Open at Green Eagle.

This rural, parkland course in Germany's northern lowlands is located around 15 miles south of Hamburg city centre and will be staging a European Tour event for the fourth time.

It had been due to host a tournament 12 months ago but this was cancelled because of the pandemic.

And Covid-19 has seriously impacted on this year's event too, with the tournament now starting on Saturday, June 5th, and running over 54 holes - instead of the usual 72 - which means it finishes a day later than normal on Monday.

It was originally scheduled for four days, starting Thursday, June 3rd, but because of recent changes made to the German Government's Coronavirus policy, tournament organisers opted for a later start date - rather than cancel it.

According to the Green Eagle website this decision "was inevitable after the German Government decided to designate Great Britain as a virus variant area. It was not possible for the majority of the people involved to enter Germany at the planned time.

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"Due to the regulations, almost a third of the 156-player field, together with a similar number of caddies and a considerable number of European Tour staff, had not been able to enter Germany."

The European Tour's chief executive Keith Pelley added: "The significant changes in travel that were announced last week made it simply impossible for us to start the Porsche European Open as planned, without affecting the integrity of the tournament.

"We are therefore grateful to everyone involved, especially title partner Porsche and the promoter, for their flexibility and understanding."

Course details

All three previous European Tour winners at Green Eagle have been English, with the 2019 champion Paul Casey back to defend the title.

The club's North Course, which opened in 2008, will once again act as tournament host.

Covering 86 hectares, the North Course is one of the longest layouts the pros will face on the European Tour this year.

And if you suffer from a fear of water, then don't bother teeing-up here as it comes into play on 15 holes, thanks to numerous sizeable hazards.

The North Course, which made its competitive debut in 2010 when it hosted a tournament on the Challenge Tour, will certainly demand accuracy and bravery between tee and green.

Many of those who played at last week's tournament in Jutland, north Denmark, have made the 300-mile trip south to tee-up at Green Eagle this Saturday.

As a venue, Green Eagle opened in 1997, 11 years before the North Course was built.

Who's teeing-up?

The highest-ranked player in the field is Mexican Abraham Ancer (No 17), who is probably receiving a nice healthy pay cheque for appearing in this event.

With course history limited to just three instalments, data is fairly inconclusive.

One player with back-to-back top 10s at Green Eagle is in-form Austrian Matthias Schwab, who has done everything but win on the European Tour.

The world No 114 has performed solidly for the past six months and since the start of 2018 has compiled 20 T10s.

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Former Green Eagle champion Jordan L Smith returned to the podium on Sunday for the first time in almost two years.

Smith also tied-17th at the recent British Masters, so maybe the 28-year-old from Somerset is starting to rediscover some lost form as he heads to the North Course where he won in 2017.

Another golfer enjoying a return to form last weekend was Alexander Bjork.

The Swede, who is now ranked a lowly 256th in the world, finished in a tie-for-sixth at Himmerland on Sunday which was his best result since last August.

Bjork, who turns 31 in early June, is a former world No 59 and is chasing a first Tour success since April 2018.

Big hitting duo

The South Africans, who have collectively played well on the European Tour this year, are out in force again this week.

This lengthy layout could well favour the likes of Daniel van Tonder and Jacques Kruyswijk who are both big hitters.

And world No 85 Sam Horsfield will be chasing a third Tour title in 10 months.

The Englishman, who was born in Manchester but moved to the United States when he was five, leads the way in the category Strokes Gained: Approach the Green, and is ninth in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green. So his game must be in decent shape right now.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

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Last 10 Weeks / Green Eagle (2017-19)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W22 W21 W20 W19 W18 W17 W16 W15 W14 W13
Paul Casey 4 21 MC 26 28
Abraham Ancer 14 8 2 5 18 26 23 18
Bernd Wiesberger 1 MC 34 40 MC 42
Daniel Van Tonder 44 MC 57 2 1
Sam Horsfield 49 21 MC 4 15 3
Aaron Rai MC MC 30
Martin Kaymer MC MC 3
Jason Scrivener 3 23 MC
Rasmus Hojgaard MC 79 MC MC MC 12
Thomas Detry 59 MC 43 71 13
Sami Valimaki MC 21 27 22
Kurt Kitayama 8 MC MC MC 15 MC
Matthias Schwab 8 11 33 8 7 7
Kalle Samooja MC 9 3 MC
Jazz Janewattananond MC 11 2
Justin Harding MC 19 38 12 15 MC 14
Laurie Canter 8 30 40 48
Adri Arnaus 52 43 4 8 62 MC
Henrik Stenson MC 64 63 11 38 MC
Calum Hill 40 8 12 MC 29 3
Joachim B Hansen MC 57 22 7
Jamie Donaldson 57 12 15 Wd
Callum Shinkwin 59 MC 63 68
Romain Langasque 65 MC 66 MC 45 30
Adrian Meronk 31 3 MC 3 15 56 MC
Renato Paratore 71 11 Wd MC 12
Ryan Fox MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 52 34 51 MC 62
Joost Luiten 15 Wd 8 12 7
Marc Warren MC
Connor Syme MC MC 12 MC 5 MC
Maximilian Kieffer MC MC MC 2 2 48
Jorge Campillo 40 MC 61 MC MC MC
Wade Ormsby 19 MC
Adrian Otaegui 37 40 34 60 MC 42
Mikko Korhonen MC 3 56 MC
Marcus Armitage 8 MC MC 45 4 10
Masahiro Kawamura 17 MC 23 28 MC 33 14
Jordan Smith 3 17 33 56 MC
Maverick Antcliff MC MC 2 42 21 53 48
Ondrej Lieser 71 MC MC MC 30
Sean Crocker MC MC MC 18 56 47
Benjamin Hebert MC MC MC MC 33
Wil Besseling 19 MC 29 4 48
Chris Paisley 52 52 MC MC
Min Woo Lee 52 21
Jeff Winther 65 Wd MC 3 28
Joakim Lagergren 25 MC MC 18 MC MC
Scott Jamieson MC MC 22 38 MC
Francesco Laporta MC MC 27 33 62 MC
Sebastian Heisele MC MC 9 MC 45 MC
Gavin Green MC 65 MC MC
Jacques Kruyswijk 39 14 17 7 5
Matthew Southgate MC 34 20 MC MC MC
Pep Angles MC MC 70 33 29 33 MC
Fabrizio Zanotti MC 27 MC 56 22
Steven Brown 40 MC MC 30
Matthew Jordan MC MC 66 56 MC MC
Sebastian Soderberg 40 43 56 56 MC 26
Niklas Lemke MC Wd 14
Dave Horsey 31 MC MC MC Wd
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia 19 43 MC 8 MC MC 14
Ross Fisher 8 43 56 MC 47
Alexander Bjork 6 30 12 21 MC
Victor Dubuisson Wd 61 MC 21 7
Pablo Larrazabal 19 MC 12 MC
Richard Mansell MC 57 12 42 56 28 MC
Justin Walters MC 51 48 52 21
Johannes Veerman MC 70 45 MC MC MC
Ashun Wu 40 21 MC 48 21 33
Jack Senior MC 52 34 MC 8 MC 48
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen MC MC MC 2 24 38
Dale Whitnell 19 21 56 54 MC 15 38
Alexander Levy 71 34 MC 42 MC MC
Nino Bertasio 25 51 22 38 MC 10
Thorbjorn Olesen 31 57 12 5
Oliver Farr 68 MC MC 69 MC MC
Adrien Saddier MC MC MC MC 33 MC
Yikeun Chang 70 MC MC 6 MC MC MC
Marcel Schneider MC MC MC 33 8 53 MC
Darius Van Driel MC 57 MC 63 8 56 10
Robin Sciot-Siegrist MC 62 12 22 MC MC 30
Richie Ramsay MC 43 23 22 29 42
Nicolai Hojgaard 40 4 74 15 7 MC
Joel Stalter MC 67 61 MC MC MC
David Drysdale MC MC Wd MC 61 5
Scott Hend MC MC 51 8 42
Tapio Pulkkanen 19 52 3 72 MC MC
James Morrison MC 21 48 56 70 28
Rhys Enoch MC MC 23 69 38 MC 20
Zander Lombard MC 20 42 45 24 MC
Jonathan Caldwell 31 65 MC 42 21 MC 57
Alexander Knappe 12 35 MC 14 MC MC MC
Shubhankar Sharma 8 34 69 MC MC 61 30
Lorenzo Gagli 59 MC MC MC 15 MC
Matt Ford MC MC MC 69 69 MC MC
Bernd Ritthammer MC MC 20 MC 33 MC
Aaron Cockerill MC 40 34 48 29 MC 28
Suradit Yongcharoenchai 65 MC 74 MC MC
Julien Guerrier 15 30 40 MC 38 45 48
Soren Kjeldsen 40 19 71 61 69
Garrick Porteous 59 62 40 MC 29 15 38
Cormac Sharvin MC 43 MC MC MC 28 48
Matthew Baldwin 18 MC 20 MC MC 53 MC
Robin Roussel MC MC MC MC 29 MC MC
Rikard Karlberg MC MC MC MC 47 MC
Julian Suri MC 21 27 60 MC 67 66
Stephen Gallacher 25 MC
Marcel Siem MC 4 32 52 MC 25
Edoardo Molinari MC 8 45 28 MC MC MC
Tyler Koivisto MC MC 61 MC MC MC 56 MC
Emilio Cuartero Blanco MC 22 MC 14 MC 47 63
Alejandro Canizares MC 40 MC 28 38 7 20
Daniel Gavins 26 10 MC 12 7 MC 21
Lars Van Meijel MC MC 66 72 29 MC 48
Nacho Elvira MC 73 MC MC MC MC
Niall Kearney MC MC 4 60 21
Clement Sordet MC 34 MC MC 21 MC 48
Damien Perrier MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Sihwan Kim MC MC 45 18 45 47 57
Lucas Bjerregaard 40 MC MC 71 MC 57
Ashley Chesters MC 43 MC 62 33 14
David Dixon MC
Jarryd Felton 52 MC MC 71
Richard McEvoy MC MC MC MC MC 33 MC
Peter Hanson MC MC MC
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet MC 52 MC 28
Toby Tree MC MC MC 69 MC MC 30
Philip Eriksson MC Wd 20 42 MC MC
Steven Tiley 43 5 71 MC MC MC
Josh Geary 6 12 62
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano MC MC MC MC MC 45 14
Gregory Havret MC MC MC 45
Haydn Porteous 40 Wd MC 63 MC MC MC
Oliver Wilson 72 75 75 52 MC
Ricardo Santos 43 40 MC MC 28 67
Jake McLeod MC MC MC 75 MC MC 26
Jordan Wrisdale MC MC MC MC MC MC
Benjamin Poke MC MC MC MC 29 73 MC
Niklas Norgaard Moller 8 22 4 8 14 25
Ben Evans MC MC 63 45 MC 57
Frederik Schott MC MC 10 7 MC 26
Lee Slattery MC 67 MC MC Wd 20
Benedict Staben
Carlos Pigem MC MC 75 MC MC MC MC
Kristoffer Broberg MC MC MC 54
Max Schmitt 31 MC 77 MC 62 33 MC
Moritz Lampert MC 28 MC MC MC
Pedro Figueiredo 52 MC 40 MC MC MC MC
Daniel Young 55 MC 52 MC MC MC MC 57
Jannik De Bruyn
Graeme Storm MC MC
Michael Hirmer MC
Janne Kaske MC MC 56 MC MC MC
Eduardo De La Riva 59 45 28 MC 56
Tom Gandy MC MC 27 MC MC MC
Paul Dunne Wd 52 45 MC MC 33
Raphael Jacquelin 21 MC 63 MC
Dimitrios Papadatos 68 12 23 MC
Aron Zemmer 52 MC 34 31 MC MC
Pedro Oriol MC MC 6 MC 33
David Law 52 MC MC MC MC MC
David Howell MC MC MC MC MC 48
Matthias Schmid
Georg Schultes
Player 2019 2018 2017
Paul Casey 1 7
Abraham Ancer
Bernd Wiesberger 5
Daniel Van Tonder
Sam Horsfield 14 48
Aaron Rai MC
Martin Kaymer
Jason Scrivener
Rasmus Hojgaard MC
Thomas Detry 13 37
Sami Valimaki
Kurt Kitayama 36
Matthias Schwab 2 7
Kalle Samooja MC
Jazz Janewattananond MC
Justin Harding
Laurie Canter MC 37
Adri Arnaus MC
Henrik Stenson
Calum Hill
Joachim B Hansen MC
Jamie Donaldson MC 16
Callum Shinkwin Ret 48
Romain Langasque MC
Adrian Meronk
Renato Paratore MC 2
Ryan Fox 60
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 19
Joost Luiten MC
Marc Warren MC 22 MC
Connor Syme 22
Maximilian Kieffer MC 29 47
Jorge Campillo 33 37
Wade Ormsby
Adrian Otaegui MC 68 5
Mikko Korhonen
Marcus Armitage MC
Masahiro Kawamura
Jordan Smith MC 64 1
Maverick Antcliff
Ondrej Lieser
Sean Crocker MC 33
Benjamin Hebert 47
Wil Besseling
Chris Paisley 55
Min Woo Lee 36
Jeff Winther 11 22 MC
Joakim Lagergren 20
Scott Jamieson 13 Dq
Francesco Laporta
Sebastian Heisele 48 16
Gavin Green
Jacques Kruyswijk 66
Matthew Southgate 46
Pep Angles MC MC
Fabrizio Zanotti MC
Steven Brown 54
Matthew Jordan
Sebastian Soderberg MC
Niklas Lemke 9
Dave Horsey 39
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia
Ross Fisher 46
Alexander Bjork 22 53
Victor Dubuisson Wd
Pablo Larrazabal 7
Richard Mansell
Justin Walters Wd 45 MC
Johannes Veerman 36
Ashun Wu 36 66
Jack Senior
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
Dale Whitnell
Alexander Levy MC 13 2
Nino Bertasio MC 60
Thorbjorn Olesen 37
Oliver Farr 64
Adrien Saddier 28 54
Yikeun Chang
Marcel Schneider Wd
Darius Van Driel
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
Richie Ramsay MC 39 8
Nicolai Hojgaard MC MC*
Joel Stalter 45 MC
David Drysdale MC 9
Scott Hend 36 19
Tapio Pulkkanen MC 48
James Morrison MC 68 64
Rhys Enoch
Zander Lombard 36 MC 5
Jonathan Caldwell
Alexander Knappe 60 MC 12
Shubhankar Sharma
Lorenzo Gagli MC MC
Matt Ford
Bernd Ritthammer 2 MC
Aaron Cockerill
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
Julien Guerrier 54
Soren Kjeldsen MC 22
Garrick Porteous MC
Cormac Sharvin MC
Matthew Baldwin MC
Robin Roussel
Rikard Karlberg 46 19
Julian Suri MC 16
Stephen Gallacher MC 12
Marcel Siem MC 54 60
Edoardo Molinari MC
Tyler Koivisto
Emilio Cuartero Blanco MC
Alejandro Canizares MC MC
Daniel Gavins 22
Lars Van Meijel
Nacho Elvira 36 54 12
Niall Kearney
Clement Sordet 46 64
Damien Perrier MC
Sihwan Kim 17
Lucas Bjerregaard MC 39 MC
Ashley Chesters 9 MC 8
David Dixon
Jarryd Felton
Richard McEvoy MC 1 28
Peter Hanson 72 MC
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet
Toby Tree
Philip Eriksson
Steven Tiley 66
Josh Geary
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano
Gregory Havret MC 64
Haydn Porteous MC
Oliver Wilson MC 29
Ricardo Santos
Jake McLeod 63
Jordan Wrisdale
Benjamin Poke
Niklas Norgaard Moller
Ben Evans 14 MC Dq
Frederik Schott
Lee Slattery 19
Benedict Staben MC 72 MC
Carlos Pigem MC MC
Kristoffer Broberg Dq
Max Schmitt MC MC
Moritz Lampert
Pedro Figueiredo 33
Daniel Young
Jannik De Bruyn
Graeme Storm MC
Michael Hirmer
Janne Kaske
Eduardo De La Riva MC 28
Tom Gandy
Paul Dunne MC
Raphael Jacquelin MC 47
Dimitrios Papadatos 60 60
Aron Zemmer
Pedro Oriol MC MC
David Law
David Howell Ret
Matthias Schmid MC
Georg Schultes MC MC

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