European Tour 2019: Stats ahead of early season events in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

Tommy Fleetwood Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
Tommy Fleetwood goes for a hat-trick of wins in Abu Dhabi next week

Andy Swales looks ahead to the start of the European Tour year which kicks off with two big money events in the United Arab Emirates...

"Until now, the Dubai Desert Classic has always been viewed as the premier tournament in the Middle East. Although the Omega-sponsored event remains well-funded and prestigious, it has been spectacularly overtaken by the Abu Dhabi Championship which now offers a total prize pot of more than €6m."

The European Tour begins the new calendar year with a bang, by staging three lucrative events in the Middle East.

For the next two weeks, many of the world's top golfers are in the United Arab Emirates to contest the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

These two tournaments will be followed by a first-ever trip to Saudi Arabia where some big names have already signed up to compete over the spectacular Royal Greens Country Club.

But first up are the events in the UAE, with the two desert locations separated by just 65 miles.

Until now, the Dubai Desert Classic has always been viewed as the premier tournament in the Middle East.

Although the Omega-sponsored event remains well-funded and prestigious, it has been spectacularly overtaken by the Abu Dhabi Championship which now offers a total prize pot of more than €6m.

First prize for the HSBC-event will be one million euros, with the Abu Dhabi Championship becoming the Tour's first Rolex Series tournament of the season.

American Presence In The Gulf

Not surprisingly, the opening three events of 2019 have attracted a strong American presence in the Persian Gulf.

For Abu Dhabi, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson are among the entries, while Bryson DeChambeau tees-up at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai.

DJ returns for the Saudi International where he will be joined by reigning Masters champion Patrick Reed.

Both UAE events will also witness a strong turnout of European Tour members.

Among the entries are Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen, Henrik Stenson, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Branden Grace, Hao-Tong Li, Eddie Pepperell, Matt Fitzpatrick, Thorbjorn Olesen, Matt Wallace, Byeong Hun An, Lucas Bjerregaard and Martin Kaymer.

Most of the above are competing in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai, although one huge name is missing.

Rory McIlory, who has a spectacularly brilliant record in the region, is not among the list of entries for the brace of UAE events, as he focuses his attention on the PGA Tour, in a bid to land a first major title since 2014.

Justin Rose is also side-stepping the Middle East but the absence of both these big-name Brits should not detract from what should be an excellent start to the European Tour year.

Hot In The Desert

But focusing on those who are in attendance: Fleetwood is chasing a third straight victory in Abu Dhabi, where he beat Dustin into second place just two years ago.

Stenson has usually performed well in the Middle East while, among the younger brigade, Hatton, Wallace, Byeong Hun An, Fitzpatrick and Alexander Bjork are developing strong statistics for tournaments staged in the UAE.

Abu Dhabi Golf Club and the Emirates are venues where long booming drives are a distinct advantage, and where players can attack the greens with confidence.

Other Events

After the Tour leaves Saudi Arabia, it returns to the region in early March for events in Oman and Qatar.

Leading UAE Stroke Averages (2014-18)
Average (Rounds)
68.06: Rory McIlroy (48)
68.42: Patrick Reed (12)
68.75: Dean Burmester (20)
69.00: Byeong Hun An (36)
69.00: Justin Rose (20)
69.17: Matt Wallace (12)

For Leading 30 Averages Click on PDF Link Below

Average Tournament Positions in Middle East (2014-18)
Average (Events)
5.00: Rory McIlroy(12)
11.50: Byeong Hun An (10)
22.38: Alexander Bjork (8)
22.38: Henrik Stenson (16)
22.68: Rafael Cabrera-Bello (19)
23.18: Sergio Garcia (11)

For Leading 40 Averages Click on PDF Link Below

Most Top-25 Finishes in Middle East (2014-18)
T-25s
14: Rafael Cabrera-Bello
13: Tyrrell Hatton
12: Rory McIlroy
11: Joost Luiten
11: Henrik Stenson
11: Bernd Wiesberger
10: Tommy Fleetwood
9: Byeong Hun An
9: Branden Grace
9: Martin Kaymer
9: Andy Sullivan
8: Sergio Garcia

Most Top-10 Finishes in Middle East (2014-18)
T-10s
11: Rory McIlroy
8: Tyrrell Hatton
8: Henrik Stenson
7: Rafael Cabrera-Bello
6: Bernd Wiesberger

Most Top-3 Finishes in Middle East (2014-18)
T-3s
8: Rory McIlroy
3: Rafael Cabrera-Bello
3: Branden Grace
3: Tyrrell Hatton
3: Henrik Stenson

CLICK BELOW TO VIEW FORM STATS FOR TOUR EVENTS STAGED IN MIDDLE EAST

MIDDLE_EAST_FORM_STATS_FOR_2019.pdf

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive


LAST THREE YEARS IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Key For UAE Form Guide Below:

DP World Tour Championship (EC - Earth Course);
Dubai Desert Classic (Em - Emirates);
Abu Dhabi Championship (AD - Abu Dhabi Golf Club)

Note: Not All Golfers Listed Below Are Playing Next Two Events in UAE

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player EC-18 Em-18 AD-18 EC-17 Em-17 AD-17 EC-16 Em-16 AD-16
Brooks Koepka
Justin Rose 22 4
Dustin Johnson 9 2
Bryson DeChambeau MC 18 54
Jon Rahm 4 1
Francesco Molinari 26 17 4
Rory McIlroy 20 2 3 9 6 3
Tommy Fleetwood 16 6 1 21 MC 1 9 50 MC
Patrick Reed 2 10
Alex Noren 9 45 13 23 50 35
Xander Schauffele 16
Paul Casey 9
Sergio Garcia 9 32 4 1 19
Tyrrell Hatton 22 3 15 8 3 13 2 8 46
Louis Oosthuizen MC 46 MC
Henrik Stenson 12 6 8 2 8 9 6 3
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 18 6 40 21 11 19 23 2 14
Matt Kuchar 32
Eddie Pepperell Ret MC MC 48 MC 63 46
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 9 51 22 2 MC 4 35 61 72
Ian Poulter 51 6 MC 31 15 39 14
Matthew Fitzpatrick 34 MC 3 12 5 MC 1 45 26
Hao Tong Li 30 1 MC 13 39 30
Thorbjorn Olesen 45 29 53 36 32 29 19 8 72
Matt Wallace 2 37 32
Satoshi Kodaira
Lucas Bjerregaard 41 61 69 58 MC 66 45 MC
Branden Grace 34 37 15 31 13 27 5
Byeong Hun An 6 40 13 13 4 5
Pat Perez 29
Alexander Bjork 12 6 MC 17 13
Lee Westwood 20 MC MC 52 23 8 13 MC MC
Russell Knox 34 35
Adrian Otaegui 4 22 40 42 65 70
Thomas Pieters 12 32 5 58 23 MC 40 MC 2
Ross Fisher 47 45 2 17 MC 19 17 26 35
Charl Schwartzel 28 3
Shane Lowry 30 2 19
Dylan Frittelli 7 6 19 4 MC
Tom Lewis 7 MC
Julian Suri 8
Justin Harding
Lucas Herbert 49
Danny Willett 1 MC 54 MC 50 1 54
Chris Wood 59 MC MC 57 19 MC 35 8 MC
Ryan Fox 45 MC 32 28 63 19
Alexander Levy 34 4 7 36 49 MC 27 40 MC
Jorge Campillo 51 MC 14 23 39 9 50 MC
Andrea Pavan 22
Joost Luiten 22 MC 48 44 23 29 13 8 5
Mikko Korhonen 57 61 22 60 MC 69
Brandon Stone 57 MC 61 7 59 MC 26
Paul Dunne 41 MC 19 25 42 39
Shubhankar Sharma 41 61 48
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 30 MC 40 13 19 57 MC 52
Aaron Rai 48 MC
Jordan Smith 12 MC 61 25 23 39
Andy Sullivan 26 6 53 48 MC 73 40 2 22
Victor Perez
Joachim B Hansen 40
Erik Van Rooyen 26
Thomas Detry 29 22 9 MC
Yusaku Miyazato
Gaganjeet Bhullar
Dean Burmester 4 22 40 4 7
Chris Paisley 34 5 5 15 29 MC MC
Adri Arnaus
Marcus Kinhult 22 MC
Darren Fichardt 55 MC 40 32 MC MC
Sam Horsfield 41 MC
Martin Kaymer 55 19 27 17 23 4 19 MC 16
Jason Scrivener 6 48 39 39
Hideto Tanihara 34 MC 68 54
Bernd Wiesberger 32 15 45 32 4 4 16 26
Richard McEvoy
Matthew Southgate 18 57 MC 56 MC 54
Ashun Wu 34 37 22 MC 24 16
Nicolas Colsaerts 51 32 55 MC MC 4 40 MC
Sean Crocker MC
Kurt Kitayama
Padraig Harrington 46
Kim Koivu
George Coetzee MC MC 58 7 60 30 26 35
Andrew Johnston 45 9 60 45 71
Joakim Lagergren 49 MC 53 23 MC 40 MC 22
Benjamin Hebert MC 32 MC 29 40 46
Wade Ormsby 30 MC MC 42 MC 26 26
Gavin Green 45 32 MC
Lee Slattery 51 64 61 49 69 66 MC
Matthieu Pavon Dq MC 13 MC MC
Jack Singh Brar MC
Paul Waring MC MC 31 MC MC
Robert Rock 51 MC MC MC MC 33 26
Matthias Schwab
Nacho Elvira MC MC 11 36 30 MC MC
Pablo Larrazabal MC MC 55 MC 2 52 54 26
Grant Forrest
Thomas Aiken 51 MC 42 13
Fabrizio Zanotti MC 9 31 MC MC MC 26
Paul Peterson MC MC
Graeme McDowell MC MC 13 MC
Scott Jamieson 51 MC 45 60 36 45 46
Kalle Samooja
Renato Paratore MC MC 42 MC 30 26 MC
Tapio Pulkkanen
Sebastian Soderberg
Liam Johnston
Soren Kjeldsen MC 48 36 4 8 54
Julien Guerrier
Stuart Manley
Scott Hend 37 22 48 42 MC 40 8 54
Richie Ramsay 6 40 36 60 57 MC 16
Haydn Porteous 19 53 21 MC MC 8 MC
Richard Sterne 67 19 31 30 MC
David Drysdale MC 42 Dq 57 54 22
Robert MacIntyre
Callum Shinkwin MC MC 25 MC 23
Oliver Fisher MC MC MC 23 50 35
Stephen Gallacher 57 61 9 MC MC MC
Dave Horsey 22 MC 36 MC 29 13 36 35
Ashley Chesters 51 MC
Jens Dantorp
Steven Brown
Maximilian Kieffer 32 MC 19 12 MC 16
Lorenzo Gagli
Mikko Ilonen 57 40 32 MC 50 16 22
Adam Bland
Romain Wattel 37 MC 59 66 57 MC MC
Phachara Khongwatmai 57 MC
David Lipsky 6 MC 24 42 39 35 63 MC
David Law
Jeung-Hun Wang 6 15 28 MC 11 17
Pedro Figueiredo
Andres Romero 65 MC
Zander Lombard MC MC
Jacques Kruyswijk 69
Nino Bertasio 45 53 49 MC
Alvaro Quiros MC 61 MC 49 4 MC
Trevor Immelman 32 MC MC MC MC MC
Ricardo Gouveia MC 53 MC 23 46 MC 61
Justin Walters 32 MC MC
Jin Ho Choi
Thongchai Jaidee MC MC 15 MC 40 MC 46
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano
Adrien Saddier
Bradley Dredge 32 19 57 18 35
Robert Karlsson 51 32 MC 70 MC MC
Edoardo Molinari 45 MC MC
Raphael Jacquelin MC 13 MC 49 59 MC
Ernie Els MC MC 18 MC
Miguel Angel Jimenez 19 MC MC
Peter Hanson MC MC 8 26 11
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
SSP Chawrasia MC MC 70
Matteo Manassero MC 30 54 39 59 MC
Matthew Nixon
James Morrison MC MC 23 MC 40 54
Sam Brazel 22 32 42 60
Jaco Van Zyl MC 23 35
Thomas Bjorn MC 30 MC 23 11
Jose Maria Olazabal MC MC
Colin Montgomerie MC
Ahmed Marjan MC MC
David Howell MC MC 63 35
Kristoffer Broberg 32 MC MC 35
Kristoffer Reitan
Pelle Edberg Dq MC 33 MC

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