Golf Form Guide

ISPS Handa Championship 2023: Form stats for this week's momentous occasion

PGM Ishioka is a parkland course designed by Jack Nicklaus
Gavin Green: Gunning for glory in Japan.

Following a break of just over three weeks, the rank and file members of the DP World Tour have headed for Japan. Words and stats supplied by Andy Swales...

  • History made in Japan this week

  • Hoshino huge home hope at PGM Ishioka

  • Back in-form Gavin could secure maiden 'Euro' title


The DP World Tour has travelled to the Far East for back-to-back events in Japan and South Korea.

Up first is the ISPS Handa Championship, as the Tour tees-up in Japan for the first time in its history.

The tournament takes place in the town of Omitama, which is approximately 65 miles north-east of the Japanese capital Tokyo.

And, to be expected, this event will also be sanctioned by Japan's Golf Tour.

Host venue, PGM Ishioka Golf Club, was designed by Jack Nicklaus and over the years has staged a number of professional tournaments.

Between 1999 and 2006 it held the Acom International. It returned to the Japanese schedule for tournaments in 2015 and 2016, before re-emerging 12 months ago for the inaugural ISPS Handa Championship.

It was intended for the 2022 competition to be a co-sanctioned event, along with the European Tour, only for Covid restrictions to scupper those plans.

PGM Ishioka is a traditional parkland course, with tight tree-lined fairways and sizeable water hazards on seven holes.

Good course management, as well as accuracy off the tee, are two vital ingredients needed by anyone wishing to prosper this coming week.

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Five To Watch

Christiaan Bezuidenhout: Makes a surprise appearance in Japan, having flown in from South Carolina where he tied-for-19th on Sunday on the PGA Tour.

Gavin Green: Over the past eight months, the 29-year-old Malaysian's form has improved greatly, almost reaching pre-lockdown levels. Tied-sixth in South Africa during March.

Kazuki Higa: The highest-ranked home player in the field. Tied-sixth here last year, when the event was not co-sanctioned. His best finish so far this year is tied-fourth in the Hero Indian Open, which was on the DP World Tour calendar.

Rikuya Hoshino: The 26-year-old, world No 133, was runner-up at PGM Ishioka 12 months ago and is a six-time winner on his home tour - most recently last October. Was runner-up earlier this month in the Token Homemate Cup.

Takumi Kanaya: Another big Japanese hope this week, and also in good form following a brace of top-10s already this month - plus a victory in Oman during February. Is a former world top 50 pro.

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Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Course Form Table: Honma Tour World Cup (2015/16); ISPS HANDA Championship (2022).

Last 10 Weeks / PGM Ishioka Form

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W15 W14 W13 W12 W11 W10 W9 W8 W7 W6
Lucas Herbert 63 9 MC MC 58 50
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 19 28 59 13 MC 42 58 MC
Adri Arnaus MC 2 30 MC
Kazuki Higa MC MC 4 11 13
Jordan Smith 24 23 MC 17
Pablo Larrazabal 10 38
Robert MacIntyre 7 37 57 MC
Rasmus Hojgaard
Yannik Paul 2 2 34
Rikuya Hoshino 2 MC MC
Antoine Rozner 3 MC 5 6
Takumi Kanaya 4 8 28 1
Shugo Imahira 21 1
Sebastian Soderberg 9 MC MC MC
Alexander Bjork 28 42
Yuki Inamori MC MC 43
Jorge Campillo 1 4 66 MC
Brad Kennedy 12 Wd 44
Yuto Katsuragawa MC MC MC MC 19
Mikumu Horikawa 53 5 35 MC 52
Matthieu Pavon 32 8 33 6
Marcel Schneider 13 Wd 28 3
Richie Ramsay 41 Wd 55
Ryo Hisatsune 16 23 MC MC 3 10 51 7
Hao Tong Li MC MC MC
Tomoharu Otsuki 17 11 57 62
Daniel Gavins 77 MC 22
Zander Lombard 2 41 MC 17 6
Shaun Norris MC 58 32 20 48 67
Richard Mansell 22 6
Guido Migliozzi MC MC
Paul Waring 64 57 6
Chan Kim 21 15 16 13
Rafael Cabrera-Bello MC 59 20 5 MC
Shubhankar Sharma MC MC 13 MC
Ryosuke Kinoshita MC 26 MC 35 26 7
Jens Dantorp 64 3 MC MC
Ashun Wu MC 33 12
Taiga Semikawa 1 11 MC 60
Gavin Green 6 41 15 8 MC MC
Hideto Tanihara MC 5 17
Fabrizio Zanotti 29 9 23
Grant Forrest 11 13 6
Aguri Iwasaki 18 MC 60 MC
Jazz Janewattananond 4 6 6 20 MC 17
Romain Langasque 9 MC 25 28 63
Marcus Helligkilde MC 17
Masahiro Kawamura 2 18 MC MC
Johannes Veerman MC 15 MC
Riki Kawamoto 6 42 MC
Jinichiro Kozuma MC 26 58 35 47 17
Tomoyo Ikemura MC 36 75 2 MC
Sang Hyun Park (jr) 2 MC 6 8 52
Joakim Lagergren 6 65 38 38
Hiroshi Iwata 60 Wd MC MC
Maximilian Kieffer MC 20 MC
Yuta Ikeda 57 26
Louis De Jager 52 30 35 46 MC
Justin Harding MC MC 57 40 MC MC
Kalle Samooja 24 MC 32 22 42
Marcel Siem MC 1 17 17
Ryo Ishikawa 31 3
Matthew Baldwin 32 1 60 30 MC MC
Tapio Pulkkanen MC MC MC 23
David Law MC MC Wd MC
Joost Luiten 43 9 3 3
Marcus Kinhult 65 MC
Marcus Armitage 35 MC 72 MC
Santiago Tarrio MC 3 13 MC 58
Angel Hidalgo Portillo MC 75 10 MC
Deon Germishuys 23 58 MC 55 MC 42
Daniel Hillier 12 MC 51 MC
Alexander Knappe 13 MC MC 6 3 34
Tom McKibbin 71 18 25 MC 12
Matthew Jordan MC 35 MC 17
Naoyuki Kataoka MC MC
Oliver Hundeboll Jorgensen 64 MC 33 MC
Scott Jamieson MC 23
Lukas Nemecz MC MC 5 48
Chase Hanna 60 38 42
Andy Sullivan 24 61 MC 17
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 63 9 12 70 49
Todd Clements MC 59 74 MC 49
Matthew Southgate MC 18 11 12
Julien Guerrier 24 MC MC 38
Wil Besseling MC MC 78 63
Keita Nakajima 9 8 MC
Oliver Wilson 46 MC MC MC
Niklas Norgaard Moller 43 23 40 13 38
Ryuko Tokimatsu 21 MC
Justin Walters 46 MC 40 46 MC
Aaron Cockerill 13 53 MC
Yeong Su Kim MC MC 41 3 50 MC
Martin Simonsen 17 MC MC MC 17 MC
Nacho Elvira MC 23 40 MC MC
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen 58 MC 40 MC
James Morrison MC 75 62 MC
Frederik Schott MC Wd MC 74 MC
Darius Van Driel MC 11 MC MC
Taisei Shimizu 31 18 MC
Mikael Lindberg 52 MC MC MC
Yusaku Miyazato MC 26
Todd Baek 10 36 50
Jeung-Hun Wang MC 32 8 3
Calum Hill 46 MC 20 67
Jbe Kruger MC 6 43 18 MC 51 57 MC
Robin Sciot-Siegrist 13 57 65 38 MC
Yuta Uetake MC 64
John Parry MC MC 54 57 MC
Bryce Easton MC 41 30 37 MC MC
Jeong Weon Ko MC 32 MC 18 51 MC
Jacques Kruyswijk 19 9 MC MC 46 60
Ryuichi Oiwa MC MC MC MC MC
Justin De Los Santos 44 MC
Shingo Katayama MC 26
Soren Kjeldsen MC MC Wd
Sang Hee Lee 64 MC
Ryutaro Nagano 5 11
Dave Horsey
Tomoyasu Sugiyama MC 60
Terumichi Kakazu 31 23 12
Adrien Saddier 47 30 13
Yosuke Asaji MC 21 MC 22 26
Daijiro Izumida 39 36
Gary Hurley MC MC 66 MC
David Ravetto MC 18 MC MC MC 23
Jack Senior
Taichi Nabetani MC MC
Shintaro Kobayashi 31 MC
John Axelsen MC MC MC 42 57 55
Juvic Pagunsan MC 70
Taiga Nagano 15 8
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC 49
Koumei Oda 54 42
Taihei Sato 10 42
Alexander Levy MC 56 MC 69
Shunya Takeyasu 77 53 65 MC
Christoffer Bring MC MC 13 MC
Kodai Ichihara MC 26 MC
Gudmundur Kristjansson MC 48 51 49
Naoto Nakanishi 54
Nicolas Colsaerts MC 65
Thomas Bjorn MC 38 MC
Gunner Wiebe MC MC MC MC MC
Ernie Els 56
Koki Shiomi
Ma Cheng Yao 76 MC MC MC MC
Yoshinori Fujimoto MC
Brendan Lawlor
Player 2022 2016 2015
Lucas Herbert
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
Adri Arnaus
Kazuki Higa 6
Jordan Smith
Pablo Larrazabal
Robert MacIntyre
Rasmus Hojgaard
Yannik Paul
Rikuya Hoshino 2
Antoine Rozner
Takumi Kanaya
Shugo Imahira 24 33 MC
Sebastian Soderberg
Alexander Bjork
Yuki Inamori 6 11
Jorge Campillo
Brad Kennedy 16 33
Yuto Katsuragawa 1
Mikumu Horikawa 32 55 24
Matthieu Pavon
Marcel Schneider
Richie Ramsay
Ryo Hisatsune MC
Hao Tong Li
Tomoharu Otsuki 32
Daniel Gavins
Zander Lombard
Shaun Norris 10 33
Richard Mansell
Guido Migliozzi
Paul Waring
Chan Kim 66 8 61
Rafael Cabrera-Bello
Shubhankar Sharma
Ryosuke Kinoshita 32
Jens Dantorp
Ashun Wu 2
Taiga Semikawa
Gavin Green
Hideto Tanihara MC 20 24
Fabrizio Zanotti
Grant Forrest
Aguri Iwasaki MC
Jazz Janewattananond
Romain Langasque
Marcus Helligkilde
Masahiro Kawamura MC
Johannes Veerman
Riki Kawamoto 24
Jinichiro Kozuma 61 39 44
Tomoyo Ikemura MC
Sang Hyun Park (jr) 51 MC
Joakim Lagergren
Hiroshi Iwata 55 44
Maximilian Kieffer
Yuta Ikeda 43 1 8
Louis De Jager
Justin Harding
Kalle Samooja
Marcel Siem
Ryo Ishikawa MC
Matthew Baldwin
Tapio Pulkkanen
David Law
Joost Luiten
Marcus Kinhult
Marcus Armitage
Santiago Tarrio
Angel Hidalgo Portillo
Deon Germishuys
Daniel Hillier
Alexander Knappe
Tom McKibbin
Matthew Jordan
Naoyuki Kataoka 55
Oliver Hundeboll Jorgensen
Scott Jamieson
Lukas Nemecz
Chase Hanna
Andy Sullivan
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Todd Clements
Matthew Southgate
Julien Guerrier
Wil Besseling
Keita Nakajima
Oliver Wilson
Niklas Norgaard Moller
Ryuko Tokimatsu 32 20 59
Justin Walters
Aaron Cockerill
Yeong Su Kim
Martin Simonsen
Nacho Elvira
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
James Morrison
Frederik Schott
Darius Van Driel
Taisei Shimizu MC
Mikael Lindberg
Yusaku Miyazato 32 5 6
Todd Baek 43
Jeung-Hun Wang
Calum Hill
Jbe Kruger 32
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
Yuta Uetake 3
John Parry
Bryce Easton
Jeong Weon Ko
Jacques Kruyswijk
Ryuichi Oiwa MC MC
Justin De Los Santos 6
Shingo Katayama 5 3
Soren Kjeldsen
Sang Hee Lee 66 MC MC
Ryutaro Nagano 21 39 11
Dave Horsey
Tomoyasu Sugiyama 71
Terumichi Kakazu
Adrien Saddier
Yosuke Asaji 66 33
Daijiro Izumida 27
Gary Hurley
David Ravetto
Jack Senior
Taichi Nabetani MC MC MC
Shintaro Kobayashi 27 28 24
John Axelsen
Juvic Pagunsan MC 39 61
Taiga Nagano
Mike Lorenzo-Vera
Koumei Oda 13 17 MC
Taihei Sato 27
Alexander Levy
Shunya Takeyasu 32 MC
Christoffer Bring
Kodai Ichihara 32 7 MC
Gudmundur Kristjansson
Naoto Nakanishi 10 Wd
Nicolas Colsaerts
Thomas Bjorn
Gunner Wiebe
Ernie Els
Koki Shiomi MC 20 18
Ma Cheng Yao
Yoshinori Fujimoto MC 6 15
Brendan Lawlor

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