Gran Canaria Lopesan Open 2021: Form stats ahead of Thursday's opening round

Calum Hill
Calum Hill: Moving ever closer to a maiden European Tour win

The stunning Meloneras course on Gran Canaria's south coast makes its European Tour debut this week. Check out the form stats supplied by Andy Swales...

"The Kirkcaldy-born player is not scared to rub shoulders with the game’s elite. Earlier this year he tied-fourth at the lucrative Saudi International where the only golfers to shoot lower 72-hole totals were Dustin Johnson, Tony Finau and Justin Rose."

For the first time in more than 15 years the European Tour tees-up in the Canary Islands.

And for the first time ever, the players will be visiting the stunning resort course of Meloneras Golf.

Opened in 2006, Meloneras is located on Gran Canaria's south coast, framed between the volcanic Canarian Mountains and Atlantic Ocean.

Meloneras was the sixth 18-hole course to be built on the island and this week stages the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open.

This week's tournament, which is the first of three straight events in the Canary Islands, will be hosted by Ryder Cup golfer Rafa Cabrera Bello who was born in the Gran Canaria capital of Las Palmas.

The last time the Tour visited Gran Canaria in April 2002, it was to stage the Spanish Open at El Cortijo where 17-year-old amateur Cabrera Bello finished in a tie-for-fourth - six shots behind winner Sergio Garcia.

On the tee

And Cabrera Bello is also playing in the tournament which has attracted five members of the world's top 100.

These include Antoine Rozner and Andy Sullivan whose most recent outings were in Kenya last month.

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Nine of the 11 golfers who posted top-10 finishes last week have travelled from Vienna to take part at Meloneras.

Among this group is Austrian Matthias Schwab, the world No 111, who has stood on a European Tour podium three times, as well as once in the United States, but is still awaiting a maiden victory.

The 26-year-old, who was born in the ski-resort town of Schladming, finished tied-seventh in both of his most recent two starts. He also enjoyed a top-10 in Dubai back in January.

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Around a month older than Schwab, but also seemingly closing in on a first European Tour success, is Scotsman Calum Hill.

Hill, a three-time winner on the Challenge Tour, has teed-up just four times since the start of February, although three of these outings did yield top-10 finishes.

The Kirkcaldy-born player is not scared to rub shoulders with the game's elite. Earlier this year he tied-fourth at the lucrative Saudi International where the only golfers to shoot lower 72-hole totals were Dustin Johnson, Tony Finau and Justin Rose.

Coastal golf

With this week's event taking place near Gran Canaria's Atlantic coast, the ability to scramble well will be a major factor in deciding the outcome of the tournament. It's never easy to judge approach shots when conditions can quickly change.

And with this in mind, American Kurt Kitayama should be fancied again.

His stats in two European Tour tables: Strokes Gained: Around the Green and Scrambling are favourable, and both of his Tour titles have come at venues which have strong coastal influences - particularly Al Mouj in Oman.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

Last 10 Weeks

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W16 W15 W14 W13 W12 W11 W10 W9 W8 W7
Antoine Rozner 18 1
Andy Sullivan 42 19 68
John Catlin 1 MC 28 42
Sam Horsfield 15 3 8
Kurt Kitayama 15 MC 2 9
Matthias Schwab 7 7 52 71
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 44 MC MC 59 MC
Garrick Higgo 4 MC 16 19 11
Calum Hill 3 8 MC
Justin Harding MC 14 1 MC
Adri Arnaus MC Wd
Kalle Samooja 12 28
Romain Langasque 30 5 50
Jamie Donaldson Wd 16 5
Mike Lorenzo-Vera
Joachim B Hansen 41 9
Jorge Campillo MC MC 28
Dean Burmester MC MC 8 Wd 2
Benjamin Hebert 33 70 58
Adrian Otaegui 42 24 MC
Guido Migliozzi MC 12 2
Masahiro Kawamura 33 14 MC MC
Joost Luiten 12 7 41 MC
Eddie Pepperell 64
Ondrej Lieser MC 30 33
Sean Crocker 47 35
Marcus Armitage 4 10 MC 47
Paul Waring
Connor Syme MC 3 62
Francesco Laporta MC 47 72
Wil Besseling 4 48 MC 47
Joakim Lagergren MC MC 42
Richard Bland MC MC 52 MC
Matthew Jordan MC Wd
Mikko Korhonen
Scott Jamieson MC 42
Jordan Smith MC 47 19
Adrian Meronk 56 MC 47 MC
Sebastian Soderberg 26 MC MC
Matthew Southgate MC 70 MC
Steven Brown 30 MC 68
Sebastian Heisele MC MC
Pep Angles 33 MC 8
Ross Fisher 47 MC
Fabrizio Zanotti 22 14
Andrew Johnston
Niklas Lemke Wd 14 33 9
Johannes Veerman MC 16 14
Maximilian Kieffer 2 48 33 50
Jeff Winther 28 14
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia MC 14 4 MC
Victor Dubuisson 7 16
Pablo Larrazabal MC
Justin Walters 21 12 35
Alexander Bjork MC 19
Maverick Antcliff 53 48 MC 19 7
Richard Mansell 28 MC MC
Alexander Levy MC MC 50
Jack Senior MC 48 28 35
Ashun Wu 33
Oliver Farr MC MC MC MC
Ross McGowan 73 MC MC
Dale Whitnell 15 38 41 28
Nino Bertasio MC 10 12 19
Grant Forrest 61 MC 33 19
Andrea Pavan
Adrien Saddier 33 MC MC MC
Gaganjeet Bhullar 42 16 2
Joel Stalter MC MC MC
Darius Van Driel 56 10 52 MC
Louis De Jager MC 20 33 42 27
Raphael Jacquelin 52 35
Richie Ramsay 42 47 58
Marcel Schneider 53 MC 28
David Drysdale 61 5 MC 28
Robin Sciot-Siegrist MC 30 65 MC
Jonathan Caldwell MC 57 MC MC
Shubhankar Sharma 61 30 MC 28
Rhys Enoch MC 20 MC 47 1
Matthieu Pavon MC 38 MC 35
Matt Ford MC MC 52
James Morrison 70 28 MC MC
Aaron Cockerill MC 28 52 MC
Cormac Sharvin 28 48 MC 64
Lorenzo Gagli 15 MC 52 28
Yikeun Chang MC MC MC 19
Zander Lombard 24 MC Wd MC MC
Robin Roussel MC MC MC MC
Suradit Yongcharoenchai MC
Julien Guerrier 45 48 62
Rikard Karlberg 47 MC 65 MC
Thorbjorn Olesen
Nacho Elvira MC 68
Garrick Porteous 15 38 16 MC
Lucas Bjerregaard MC 57 MC MC
Lars Van Meijel MC 48 65 14
Julian Suri 67 66 MC 50
Nicolai Hojgaard 7 MC MC
Soren Kjeldsen 61 69 47 MC
Tyler Koivisto 56 MC MC
Clement Sordet MC 48 MC MC
Dave Coupland MC 63 MC 62
Edoardo Molinari MC MC MC MC
Ajeetesh Sandhu 61
Ashley Chesters 33 14 52 42
Tapio Pulkkanen MC MC MC
SSP Chawrasia 15 MC MC MC
Oliver Fisher MC MC MC
Ricardo Santos 28 67 33 35
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen 24 38
Sihwan Kim 47 57 MC MC
Richard McEvoy 33 MC 28 5
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia
Liam Johnston MC 26 MC
Toby Tree MC 30 65 58
Gregory Havret 70 MC
Alejandro Canizares 7 20 MC 58
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano 45 14 MC 50
Oliver Wilson MC 33 MC
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet 28 5 MC
Haydn Porteous MC MC 73 MC
Benjamin Poke 73 MC 41 MC
Jake McLeod MC 26 MC 16
Eduard Rousaud
Alvaro Quiros MC MC MC
Alejandro Del Rey 24
Ben Evans MC 57 41
Carlos Pigem MC MC MC MC
Samuel Del Val
Lee Slattery Wd 20 76 MC
Steven Tiley
Max Schmitt 33 MC MC
Pedro Oriol 33
Austin Bautista 7
Berry Henson 56 MC
Pedro Figueiredo MC MC MC 50
Scott Fernandez
Paul Dunne 33 MC
Janne Kaske MC 19
Eduardo De La Riva 56
David Law MC MC MC 35
Niall Kearney
David Howell MC 48 MC MC
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez
Chris Wood 21 64
Borja Virto
Tom Gandy MC
Peter Hanson
Euan Walker 47
Carl Suneson
Oscar Sanchez
Inaki Urriza Fuentes

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