Joburg Open 2017: All the stats for this week's European Tour event in South Africa

England's James Morrison: One of the few non-South Africans who could challenge the home pros at the Joburg Open this weekend.
England's James Morrison: One of the few non-South Africans who could challenge the home pros at the Joburg Open this weekend.

Andy Swales supplies the form stats for this week's Joburg Open at Randpark ...

"Once again, home advantage could prove crucial, if recent European Tour history is anything to go by."

Randpark in Johannesburg brings to an end European Tour golf for 2017.

After 10 years at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington, the Joburg Open moves to Randpark, located in the northern suburbs of South Africa's most populated city.

The tournament remains a two-course event, with a field of more than 200 golfers.

For those who complete all four rounds, 54 holes will be played over the Firethorn Course, with the other 18 on the older Bushwillow layout.

Parkland in nature, Firethorn was opened during the 1960s, and has staged two national opens (1995 & 2000), since when it has undergone a facelift.

By comparison, Bushwillow is considerably shorter than Firethorn although its tight tree-lined fairways will provide a decent test.

However, Bushwillow - which has been around since the 1940s - should still yield many more birdies over the opening 36 holes of the tournament than Firethorn.

Star Attraction

For the second week in a row, Louis Oosthuizen is easily the biggest name in the field. Last week he had top billing in Mauritius, this time the world No 23 is the star attraction on home soil.

At the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, Oosthuizen finished in a tie-for-seventh, five shots behind his compatriot Dylan Frittelli who had teed off as the second highest-ranked golfer in the tournament.

The world No 55 plays again this week, and remains the next best-ranked pro in Johannesburg, following an excellent run of form, which has yielded three top-four finishes in five starts.

With this week's field looking decidedly mediocre, it would be a huge shock if both Oosterhuizen and Frittelli failed to finish inside the top-five.

Home Comforts

Once again, home advantage could prove crucial, if recent European Tour history is anything to go by.

If you remove the Nedbank Challenge at Sun City from the equation, because it usually attracts a high quality field, then the majority of European Tour events staged in South Africa tend to be won by home golfers.

So much so, only one of the last 10 co-sanctioned European Tour events staged in this part of the world has been won by an overseas player. That was Englishman Graeme Storm at this year's South African Open.

In Form

Another South African, whose recent form tends to suggest he could challenge again this week, is Shaun Norris who was second in Japan on Sunday.

Four top-10s from his last six events is pretty good, although Norris may start to feel a little tired soon, as he tees-up for a ninth straight week.

And if you are searching for a non-home winner this weekend, then the prospects don't appear to be bright.

American Paul Peterson remains in decent shape, otherwise you may want to take a punt on England's James Morrison who has plenty of experience playing in South African conditions where he has posted a number of top-10s in the past. The up-and-coming Aaron Rai might also be worth an each-way dabble.


*Table Below Lists Performances For Last 10 Weeks

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W48 W47 W46 W45 W44 W43 W42 W41 W40 W39
Louis Oosthuizen 7 8
Dylan Frittelli 1 16 4 42 2 MC 36 MC
Matt Wallace 34 54 18 4 59 Wd
Dean Burmester 27 4 42 61 58 MC MC
George Coetzee 9 58 37 27 6 47 15
Aaron Rai MC MC 14 8 25 52
Gavin Green MC 62 7 38 67 61 1
Haydn Porteous 40 21 12 35 38 MC 15 MC
Jazz Janewattananond MC MC 3 47 39 14 MC
Erik Van Rooyen MC 3 17 38 1 13
Darren Fichardt 16 6 32 67 26
Tapio Pulkkanen MC 35 42 26 2 21
Paul Peterson 22 2 7 2 8 46 MC MC MC
Jin Ho Choi 20 48 7 8 36 2
Oscar Lengden 20 MC MC 39
Phachara Khongwatmai 44 MC 3 46 39 MC
Adrien Saddier MC 20 12 11 46 Wd
Mikko Korhonen MC MC 20
James Morrison MC 10 36 MC 25 MC
Jbe Kruger 32 MC 39 9 MC
Shaun Norris 2 26 16 6 4 6 89 51
David Drysdale MC 42 42 56 26 15 44
Marcus Kinhult 50 27 2 19 41 5 3
Thomas Aiken 31 MC MC MC
Oliver Farr 24 MC 20 49 1 7 3
Alexander Knappe 41 65 MC MC
Ashun Wu 20 57 20 48 MC MC MC
Oliver Bekker 9 MC 15 MC
Jens Dantorp 44 MC 5 1 14 MC 8
Peter Karmis 50 34 15 MC
Tirawat Kaewsiribandit MC MC 10 2 MC 39 12
Steven Brown 44 41 38 7 11 19
Carlos Pigem 44 54 36 MC MC
Richard McEvoy 32 30 MC 11 Wd MC
Johannes Veerman 50 MC 27 5 2 43
Victor Perez MC 30 7 17 50 1
Danthai Boonma MC MC MC 8 41 29 6
Sebastian Heisele 62 16 33 2 39 MC MC
Gavin Moynihan MC 20 4 38 6 47
Adilson Da Silva 59 57 MC 10 47 4 2
Tom Lewis MC MC MC 52
Ashley Chesters 44 39 12 36 52
Ockie Strydom 9 2 MC 2
Zander Lombard MC 4 36 MC MC
Jacques Kruyswijk 62 11 MC
Joel Stalter 9 MC MC 62
Johan Edfors 74 MC MC
Oliver Lindell 11 63 10
Jose-Filipe Lima 7 30 MC 20
Pep Angles 32 54 MC 57
Garrick Porteous MC 20 28 38 42 54
Jaco Ahlers MC 47
Jared Harvey MC MC 2 MC
Scott Vincent 22 MC 11 2
Romain Langasque 3 MC MC MC
Daniel Brooks MC 3 45 MC 26
Keith Horne 31 29 7 19 2
James Heath 16 MC 51 50 Wd
Bradley Neil MC 65 9 MC 8 26
Ben Evans Wd 36 55 12 5
Shubhankar Sharma 27 10 18 24 21 MC
Birgir Hafthorsson 62 37 MC MC 19
Jeff Winther 14 12 26 5
Duncan Stewart MC MC MC 57
Marcus Armitage 15 MC MC MC
Mikael Lundberg Wd MC 17 MC 42
Justin Walters 14 54 MC MC MC
Adrian Meronk 55 11 2
Suradit Yongcharoenchai 50 57 13 21 MC 24 11 7
Lorenzo Gagli MC 19 MC 26 31
Christofer Blomstrand MC 53 20 MC
Scott Fernandez 32 MC 3 19 8 19 27
Paul Howard 42 64 43 MC MC
Riekus Nortje MC 9 26
Adria Arnaus 45 1 10 54
Martin Wiegele 19 MC MC MC
Christopher Mivis MC 20 4 20 55 54
Charlie Ford 42 42 26 MC 34
Christiaan Bezuidenhout MC MC 36
Jacques Blaauw 32 8 MC 31 MC
Marco Iten MC 11
Doug McGuigan 40 3 MC 5
Joel Girrbach 34 42 MC 68 MC
Jens Fahrbring 36 MC MC
Alex Haindl MC 1 11
Pontus Widegren 65 MC 28 MC
Henric Sturehed MC 1 12 3
JC Ritchie MC MC 36
Danie Van Tonder MC
Jean Hugo MC 15 3 8
Jake Higginbottom MC 37 27 29 21 15 64 MC
Toby Tree MC 61
Jaco Prinsloo 64 1 3 8
Hennie Du Plessis MC 1
Tom Murray 20 MC 53 MC 42
Grant Forrest MC 41 28 49 2 MC 66
Stuart Manley 45 MC MC MC
Lyle Rowe 32 MC MC 8
Jonathan Thomson MC 3
Lionel Weber Wd MC 47 MC 6 MC 39 23
Mark Foster MC 53 62
Scott Henry MC MC MC MC
Ruan De Smidt MC 3
Masahiro Kawamura 22 13 61 47 MC 30 25 51 35
Anders Hansen 59 6 MC MC 44
Joachim B Hansen 15 7 26 31 MC
Dodge Kemmer MC 34 4
Yan Wei Liu 3 8 13 17 73 MC 28 55 5
Matt Ford 40 MC MC MC MC
Steve Webster MC MC
Keenan Davidse MC 4 MC 41
David Howell MC MC 58 MC
Kalle Samooja 33 8
Nathan Kimsey 9 MC MC MC
Jarin Todd 50 7 MC 14 41 39 MC
Espen Kofstad MC
Justin Harding MC 30 12 7
Sutijet Kooratanapisan 50 MC MC MC 32 9 25 MC
Hennie Otto MC MC 22
Louis De Jager 4 30 29 17
Laurie Canter 16 MC 36 52
JJ Senekal MC 31
Neil Schietekat 22 18 10
Andrea Pavan 27 19 56 50
Jake Roos MC 22 45
John O`Toole MC MC MC MC MC MC 44 64 37
Jonathan Agren 3 49
Casey O`Toole 32 MC 29 MC
Vaughn Groenewald MC MC 19
Marcel Schneider 59 7 MC
Chris Swanepoel MC MC MC 26
Zack Byrd
Scott Barr MC 31 22 51 32 49 15 39 31
Anthony Michael 35 68
Mark Williams 32 MC
MJ Viljoen MC 7 MC 5
Javier Colomo MC MC MC Wd MC MC 29
Breyten Meyer 9 11
Christiaan Basson 57 MC MC
Titch Moore Wd 34 29
Gary Stal Wd MC MC 25 MC
Simon Khan MC MC
Tyrone Ferreira 15 7 36
Connor Syme MC 64 15
Wallie Coetsee MC MC 41
Terry Pilkadaris 57 29 38 45 47 23
Herman Loubser MC 41 MC
Tjaart Van Der Walt
Josh Geary 62 56 26 MC
Matthew Baldwin Wd 42 MC 28 13
Robert MacIntyre 1 3
Ross McGowan MC
Rourke Van der Spuy 9 MC MC
Jason Knutzon 40 44 67 32 62 29
Tyrone Ryan Wd MC 19 17
Steve Lewton 44 14 29 32 32 24 8 MC 23
Bryce Easton MC MC
Andre De Decker
Omar Sandys MC 25 MC 22
Madalitso Muthiya MC MC
Matthew Nixon MC MC MC 68
Scott Campbell 18 MC
Sam Chien MC 57 MC 54 47 MC MC
Steve Surry 11 MC
Jean-Paul Strydom 9 9 19 41
Daniel Greene 34 33
David Law 19 MC 61
Piya Swangarunporn MC MC MC MC MC MC
Ulrich Van Den Berg MC 25 22 59
Colin Nel 30 3 31
Callum Mowat MC MC 3
Andrew Curlewis MC MC MC 17
Petr Dedek MC MC 23 MC
Marcus Both 4 31 29 MC 32 35 19 MC
Bryandrew Roelofsz MC 36 MC
Kristian K Johannessen MC MC
Combrinck Smit MC MC 22
Jack Munro 24 44 MC MC
Matthew Carvell Wd 22 MC
Dawie Van Der Walt MC
Andre Nel MC 22 31
Martin Rohwer MC MC 45
Aubrey Beckley MC MC 11
Jack Harrison 65
Alfie Plant MC MC 46 MC
Luke Jerling Wd 51
Rhys West 18 MC MC
Garth Mulroy
Chan Woo Kim MC MC Wd 76 43
Stephen Ferreira 18 15 11
Eirik Tage Johansen
Theunis Spangenberg MC 31
Danie Van Niekerk MC MC 36
Jacquin Hess 18 40 MC
Desne Van den Bergh MC MC 17
Sipho Bujela MC
Stefan Engell Andersen MC 12 MC
Jake Redman MC MC 11
Michael G Palmer 42 MC MC
Teaghan Gauche MC 39 MC MC
Hugo Leon 62 21 37
Charl Coetzee 25 MC MC
Sam Horsfield 22
NJ Arnoldi MC MC MC
Lindani Ndwandwe MC 39 17
Nico Geyger 27 MC MC 34
Dayne Moore MC MC MC
Cameron Esau MC MC MC
Clinton Grobler
Irvin Mazibuko MC 33 36
Ben Follett-Smith 25
Jason Froneman 9 MC MC
Coert Groenewald MC MC
Wynand Dingle 25 29 MC
Ryan Tipping MC MC MC
Matthew Spacey MC MC MC
Stuart J Smith Wd MC MC
Marc Cayeux MC 30 MC
Phumlani Maluka 51 MC MC
Ryan Cairns 34 22 36
Kyle McClatchie
Dylan Naidoo
OscarSerna
Robin Williams MC
Christopher Cannon 7 45 4
Makhetha Mazibuko MC MC MC
James Kamte MC MC
Toto Thimba MC MC
Heinrich Bruiners 18 MC
Dwayne Basson 15 MC MC
James Allan MC 27 MC

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