Kenya Savannah Classic 2021: Form stats for this week's European Tour event in Nairobi

Back-to-back European Tour events for Karen Country Club
The 18th green and fairway at Karen Country Club

We're back at Karen Country Club for part two of the European Tour's African adventure. Words and stats by Andy Swales...

"Perhaps those who finished strongly in the Kenya Open, without ever really contending for the title, will be best placed mentally to pounce this coming week with the tournament starting Tuesday."

Less than 36 hours after the conclusion of Kenya's national open, the European Tour's African double continues with the Savannah Classic.

Played at the same Nairobi venue, Karen Country Club, and with virtually an identical field, this week's event will start unusually on Tuesday and end on Friday.

This will be the third time during the last eight Covid-ravaged months in which the European Tour has staged consecutive events at the same venue.

In August, there were back-to-back tournaments at Celtic Manor, while Aphrodite Hills in Cyprus enjoyed two straight weeks of Tour action during autumn.

In November's Aphrodite Hills Showdown, Robert MacIntyre tasted victory just days after standing on the podium at the Cyprus Open.

However, two months earlier, Romain Langasque won the Wales Open having been absent from the Celtic Classic the previous week.

And young Finn Sami Valimaki finished second in the Wales Open, seven days after tieing-for sixth in the Celtic Classic.

Mental fatigue

Good current form certainly remains important, although the big difference in Kenya is the much shorter recovery time between events.

Those who were contenders at Karen Country Club over the weekend may be at a slight disadvantage in the Savannah Classic because of the additional mental fatigue they will have experienced down the stretch.

Perhaps those who finished strongly in the Kenya Open, without ever really contending for the title, will be best placed mentally to pounce this coming week with the tournament starting Tuesday.

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Among this group are South African Jacques Kruyswijk and the aforementioned Frenchman Langasque who tied-fifth.

Kruyswijk closed 65-64, which made it three straight top-12 finishes from as many starts this year.

Langasque, meanwhile, has now finished inside the top-six in all three of his starts at Karen Country Club.

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One other South African to keep an eye on is 21-year-old Garrick Higgo who posted four sub-70 rounds last week and could very well return to world's top 100 anytime soon.

Sam Horsfield, who tied-eighth on Sunday, won two hastily-arranged events of similar quality last summer and will certainly feel good enough to make it a European Tour hat-trick in the space of eight months.

Last week's 'top seed' Aaron Rai never really got going but closed with a 66 to sneak into the top-25.

The Englishman, who won a prestigious Rolex Series event in Scotland last October, will be expecting greater things this coming week and there's a strong chance he'll deliver.

Finally, Guido Migliozzi - winner at Karen two years ago - tied-for-12th on Sunday after making a slow start to the tournament.

Course Key:
Challenge Tour: 2013-16
Sunshine Tour: 2018-2019 (2)
European Tour: 2019 (1)-2021

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Last 10 Weeks / Karen Form (Last 10 Years)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W12 W11 W10 W9 W8 W7 W6 W5 W4 W3
Aaron Rai 24 MC 18 MC MC 25
George Coetzee 16 MC 10 60 11
Kurt Kitayama 2 9 12 20 35
Justin Harding 1 MC 41 27 62
Garrick Higgo 16 19 11 MC MC MC
Sam Horsfield 8
Matthias Schwab 52 71 41 9 25
John Catlin 28 42 MC MC MC
Jazz Janewattananond MC 50 57 72 25
Daniel Van Tonder MC 2 71
Romain Langasque 5 50 72 MC 16
Jorge Campillo MC 28 MC MC MC
Connor Syme 3 62 MC
Jamie Donaldson 16 5 33 MC
Calum Hill 8 MC 4 46
Wilco Nienaber 28 64 16 33 MC MC
Guido Migliozzi 12 2 33 44 MC
Dean Burmester 8 Wd 2 41 35 MC
Adrian Otaegui 24 MC MC 51 MC
Darren Fichardt 24 2 22
Masahiro Kawamura MC MC 50 MC 57
Joost Luiten 41 MC 41 44 35
Ondrej Lieser 33
Francesco Laporta 47 72 MC MC
Chris Paisley MC 7 21 MC 7
Wil Besseling MC 47
Richard Bland 52 MC 35
Marcus Armitage MC 47 54
Joakim Lagergren MC 42 MC Wd
Adrian Meronk 47 MC
Jordan Smith 47 19 MC 60 52
Gavin Green 41 MC MC 71 MC
Matthew Southgate 70 MC 29 MC 41
Sebastian Soderberg MC MC MC MC 66
JC Ritchie 73 21 16 68
Hao Tong Li Re MC MC MC MC
Steven Brown MC 68 26 48 MC
Scott Vincent 62
Niklas Lemke 33 9
Maverick Antcliff MC 19 7 16 Wd 14
Pep Angles 8
Jack Senior 28 35
Johannes Veerman 16 14
Alexander Levy MC 50 MC 9 25
Richard Mansell MC
Ross McGowan MC MC 63 MC MC
Oliver Farr MC MC
Dale Whitnell 41 28
Thriston Lawrence 29 4 5
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia 4 MC
Grant Forrest 33 19 MC 27 54
Adrien Saddier MC MC
JaydenTreySchaper 24 Wd 5 MC 48
Joel Stalter MC MC MC MC
Hurly Long MC
Richie Ramsay 47 58 MC 68 MC
Gaganjeet Bhullar 16 2 MC MC
Victor Dubuisson 16 Wd MC 25
Robin Sciot-Siegrist 65 MC
Marcel Schneider 28
Louis De Jager 33 42 27
Darius Van Driel 52 MC
Kyong Jun Moon 73 MC
Jonathan Caldwell MC MC
Shubhankar Sharma MC 28 MC 22 MC
Nino Bertasio 12 19 MC 41 35
Matthieu Pavon MC 35 53 MC MC
Robin Roussel MC MC
Cormac Sharvin MC 64 21
Aaron Cockerill 52 MC
Rhys Enoch MC 47 1
Scott Hend 16 MC MC MC 57
Lorenzo Gagli 52 28 MC MC MC
James Morrison MC MC 41 MC 46
Zander Lombard Wd MC MC MC MC MC
Matt Ford 52
Yikeun Chang MC 19
Ewen Ferguson MC MC
Jacques Kruyswijk 5 6 11
Craig Howie
Matthew Baldwin
Lucas Bjerregaard MC MC 41
David Drysdale MC 28 MC MC 35
Bernd Ritthammer 33 MC
Rikard Karlberg 65 MC
Julien Guerrier 62 75 MC 52
Maximilian Kieffer 33 50 29 MC MC
Lars Van Meijel 65 14
Julian Suri MC 50 50 MC MC
Damien Perrier 52
Emilio Cuartero Blanco MC
Soren Kjeldsen 47 MC 12 MC 62
Anton Karlsson MC
Lee Tae-Hee MC MC
Tyler Koivisto MC
Miguel Tabuena
Shiv Kapur
Clement Sordet MC MC
Garrick Porteous 16 MC
Edoardo Molinari MC MC MC 66 MC
Dave Coupland MC 62
Ajeetesh Sandhu
Kristoffer Reitan MC MC
Ricardo Santos 33 35
Martin Simonsen
Daan Huizing MC MC
Nicolai Hojgaard MC
Tapio Pulkkanen MC MC MC MC 41
Oliver Fisher MC MC MC MC MC
Jose-Filipe Lima MC
SSP Chawrasia MC MC
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
Sihwan Kim MC MC
Toby Tree 65 58
Oliver Wilson 33 MC 66 MC 54
Lorenzo Scalise 62
Richard McEvoy 28 5 MC MC MC
Romain Wattel 65
Ashley Chesters 52 42 MC 51 MC
Benjamin Poke 41 MC
Haydn Porteous 73 MC MC MC MC
Alvaro Quiros MC MC MC MC MC
Liam Johnston MC
Alejandro Canizares MC 58
Jens Fahrbring 52
Eirik Tage Johansen
Ben Evans 41
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano MC 50
Carlos Pigem MC MC
Max Schmitt MC
Gavin Moynihan MC
Daniel Young
Pedro Figueiredo MC 50
Lee Slattery 76 MC
Daniel Gavins
David Law MC 35 76 MC MC
Chase Hanna
Mathiam Keyser MC
David Howell MC MC MC MC MC
Greg Snow MC
Simon Ngigi MC
Gary Stal
Phillip Kasozi MC
AndrewOdoh MC
Robson Chinhoi MC
Mohit Mediratta
Matthew Omondi MC
Rizwan Charania MC
CJ Wangai MC
Samuel Chege 77
Jastas Madoya Asena MC
Jacob Okello MC
Dismas Indiza MC
David Wakhu MC
Erick Ooko Obura MC
Adel Balala MC
Taimur Malik MC
Jaydeep Singh Sandhu MC
Isaac Ogolla Makokha MC
Edwin Inana Asuza MC
Michael Karang
Njoroge Njonge Kibugu
Player `21 `19 (2) `19 (`1) `18 `16 `15 `14 `13
Aaron Rai 24 MC
George Coetzee 16 17
Kurt Kitayama 2
Justin Harding 1 2 18
Garrick Higgo 16 5
Sam Horsfield 8
Matthias Schwab 52
John Catlin 28 66
Jazz Janewattananond MC
Daniel Van Tonder MC 12 5 12 5
Romain Langasque 5 6 2
Jorge Campillo MC
Connor Syme 3 35
Jamie Donaldson 16
Calum Hill 8 66
Wilco Nienaber 28
Guido Migliozzi 12 1
Dean Burmester 8
Adrian Otaegui 24 14
Darren Fichardt 24
Masahiro Kawamura MC Wd
Joost Luiten 41
Ondrej Lieser 33
Francesco Laporta 47 39
Chris Paisley MC MC
Wil Besseling MC 38 MC 37 39
Richard Bland 52
Marcus Armitage MC MC
Joakim Lagergren MC 62
Adrian Meronk 47
Jordan Smith 47 28
Gavin Green 41
Matthew Southgate 70 41
Sebastian Soderberg MC 25 1 MC
JC Ritchie 73 4 8
Hao Tong Li Re
Steven Brown MC MC MC 28 5 MC
Scott Vincent 62 MC
Niklas Lemke 33 12 23
Maverick Antcliff MC
Pep Angles 8 35
Jack Senior 28 62 MC 41 39
Johannes Veerman 16 17
Alexander Levy MC
Richard Mansell MC
Ross McGowan MC 45
Oliver Farr MC MC* MC 56
Dale Whitnell 41
Thriston Lawrence 7 46
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia 4 MC 14
Grant Forrest 33
Adrien Saddier MC 17 46
JaydenTreySchaper 24
Joel Stalter MC 15 34
Hurly Long MC
Richie Ramsay 47
Gaganjeet Bhullar 16 5
Victor Dubuisson 16
Robin Sciot-Siegrist 65
Marcel Schneider 28 31 46
Louis De Jager 33 2 15 19
Darius Van Driel 52 MC* 8
Kyong Jun Moon 73
Jonathan Caldwell MC
Shubhankar Sharma MC MC
Nino Bertasio 12
Matthieu Pavon MC 56
Robin Roussel MC
Cormac Sharvin MC 17
Aaron Cockerill 52 57
Rhys Enoch MC MC 55
Scott Hend 16
Lorenzo Gagli 52 MC 53 40
James Morrison MC
Zander Lombard Wd MC
Matt Ford 52 17 20
Yikeun Chang MC
Ewen Ferguson MC 31
Jacques Kruyswijk 5 MC
Craig Howie
Matthew Baldwin
Lucas Bjerregaard MC 22
David Drysdale MC
Bernd Ritthammer 33 57 3 MC 10 7
Rikard Karlberg 65
Julien Guerrier 62 33 48
Maximilian Kieffer 33
Lars Van Meijel 65
Julian Suri MC
Damien Perrier 52 19 MC
Emilio Cuartero Blanco MC MC MC 9
Soren Kjeldsen 47
Anton Karlsson MC 9 33
Lee Tae-Hee MC
Tyler Koivisto MC
Miguel Tabuena
Shiv Kapur
Clement Sordet MC 52 MC
Garrick Porteous 16 63 MC
Edoardo Molinari MC
Dave Coupland MC MC MC 29
Ajeetesh Sandhu
Kristoffer Reitan MC 57
Ricardo Santos 33 15
Martin Simonsen 45
Daan Huizing MC MC 8 5
Nicolai Hojgaard MC
Tapio Pulkkanen MC MC MC
Oliver Fisher MC
Jose-Filipe Lima MC 25 9 4
SSP Chawrasia MC
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
Sihwan Kim MC
Toby Tree 65 Wd
Oliver Wilson 33 52 17
Lorenzo Scalise 62
Richard McEvoy 28 MC
Romain Wattel 65
Ashley Chesters 52 MC
Benjamin Poke 41
Haydn Porteous 73 12 1 48
Alvaro Quiros MC
Liam Johnston MC 8
Alejandro Canizares MC
Jens Fahrbring 52 6 MC 39
Eirik Tage Johansen 24
Ben Evans 41 57 37
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano MC 45
Carlos Pigem MC
Max Schmitt MC 31
Gavin Moynihan MC MC 19
Daniel Young
Pedro Figueiredo MC 35 MC 50
Lee Slattery 76
Daniel Gavins MC MC
David Law MC MC 25 MC 22
Chase Hanna
Mathiam Keyser MC
David Howell MC
Greg Snow MC 7 MC MC MC 10 34
Simon Ngigi MC 25 46 MC MC MC
Gary Stal 34
Phillip Kasozi MC MC MC MC MC
AndrewOdoh MC 22 59 46 MC
Robson Chinhoi MC
Mohit Mediratta MC 53
Matthew Omondi MC MC MC 63 MC MC
Rizwan Charania MC 51 MC 62 MC MC MC MC
CJ Wangai MC 46 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Samuel Chege 77 MC
Jastas Madoya Asena MC 64 72 MC MC MC MC
Jacob Okello MC MC MC MC MC MC MC Wd
Dismas Indiza MC 37 MC 33 38 28 13 MC
David Wakhu MC 27 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Erick Ooko Obura MC MC MC MC MC MC
Adel Balala MC
Taimur Malik MC
Jaydeep Singh Sandhu MC
Isaac Ogolla Makokha MC
Edwin Inana Asuza MC
Michael Karang
Njoroge Njonge Kibugu

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