Magical Kenya Open 2021: Form stats for this week's European Tour event in Africa

Karen Country Club in Nairobi opened for business 84 years ago
Karen Country Club: One of the shorter courses on the rota but plenty of thick vegetation to be avoided

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"Van Tonder must certainly be given some serious thought. The world No 134 has won four Sunshine Tour events during the past seven months, and lost a play-off in the African Players Championship on Sunday. All four of the 30-year-old's appearances at Karen have yielded top-12 finishes."

The European Tour heads to east Africa for the first of two back-to-back events in Kenya.

First up is the Magical Kenya Open at Karen Country Club, located on the outskirts of the country's capital Nairobi.

Karen Country Club has been around for more than 80 years and is arguably the second most famous course in Kenya, behind Muthaiga Golf Club.

Situated 10 miles south-west of Nairobi city centre, Karen is a parkland course with many heavily tree-lined fairways and plenty of dense vegetation.

Designed by English banker Remy Martin and opened in October 1937, Karen Country Club has reasonably flat fairways, with numerous small water hazards. The greens are on the small side, as well as undulating, and sown with Bentgrass.

Although not a long course by modern Tour standards, there are a number of subtle dog legs, so finding the right part of the narrow fairways off the tee will be important.

Accuracy, rather than power, will be the key ingredient this week when golfers will need to determine the best angle into the pin to set up a birdie opportunity.

There is an abundance of par-fours which are under 400 yards in length and, when Guido Migliozzi won here two years ago, his 72-hole total was 268.

A large part of the course was built on a former coffee estate, reflecting Kenya's colonial past.

On the tee

Unsurprisingly, this week's tournament will not be packed full of household names.

Far from it, just two members of the world's top 100 will be teeing-up in Kenya, with England's Aaron Rai the highest-ranked pro.

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Over the past decade, Karen Country Club has hosted a number of professional events across three Tours - the European, Challenge and Sunshine.

For those trying to sniff out a winner this week, then you may as well start by looking at a handful of South African pros.

Daniel Van Tonder, Justin Harding, JC Ritchie and Louis De Jager have decent histories at Karen.

Van Tonder must certainly be given some serious thought. The world No 134 has won four Sunshine Tour events during the past seven months, and lost a play-off in the African Players Championship on Sunday.

All four of the 30-year-old's appearances at Karen have yielded top-12 finishes.

European challengers

Romain Langasque is also worth a look. The Frenchman tied-for-sixth at Karen Country Club when the European Tour came to town two years ago - and he also finished second here during a Challenge Tour event in 2016.

Other names to keep an eye on include Karen debutants Kurt Kitayama and Jamie Donaldson, both of whom posted top-10s in Qatar over the weekend.

Migliozzi, winner of the Kenya Open in 2019, finished joint-second in Qatar after closing with a 65.

And when the Italian won at Karen in March of that year, he topped the category for Strokes Gained: Tee To Green, and was third in Stroke Gained: Off The Tee.

Finally Joachim B Hansen, who won in Johannesburg last autumn, might be worth a flutter. The Dane posted a tie-for-ninth on Sunday.

Tournament background

Kenya's national open dates back to 1967, and was originally part of the Safari Circuit which attracted many of Europe's leading golfers in the days before the European Tour became a year-long schedule.

During the 1970s and much of the 1980s, when the fledgling European Tour was largely an April to October existence, players such as Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam would often start their year on the continent of Africa.

Ballesteros and Woosnam are both former winners of the Kenya Open, which was promoted to Challenge Tour status in 1991.

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As a Challenge Tour event, Karen Country Club hosted the tournament between 2004 and 2008, and again from 2013 to 2016.

In 2019, the tournament was elevated once again and became part of the European Tour.

It was all set to be played again 12 months ago, but was scrapped at the 11th hour when the European Tour opted for a four-month shut down during the first Covid-19 lockdown of 2020.

Karen Country Club has also staged two events on South Africa's Sunshine Tour, in 2018 and 2019.

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MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Course Key:
Challenge Tour: 2013 to 2016
Sunshine Tour: 2018 and 2019 (2)
European Tour: 2019 (1)

Last 10 Weeks / Karen Form (Last 10 Years)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W11 W10 W9 W8 W7 W6 W5 W4 W3 W2
Aaron Rai MC 18 MC MC 25
George Coetzee MC 10 60 11
Matthias Schwab 71 41 9 25
Sam Horsfield
Garrick Higgo 19 11 MC MC MC
John Catlin 42 MC MC MC
Jazz Janewattananond 50 57 72 25
Kalle Samooja 28 MC 4 MC
Kurt Kitayama 9 12 20 35
Romain Langasque 50 72 MC 16
Jorge Campillo 28 MC MC MC
Jamie Donaldson 5 33 MC
Calum Hill MC 4 46
Joachim B Hansen 9 71 MC MC
Benjamin Hebert 58 MC 51 16
Daniel Van Tonder 2 71
Wilco Nienaber 64 16 33 MC MC
Guido Migliozzi 2 33 44 MC
Dean Burmester Wd 2 41 35 MC
Adrian Otaegui MC MC 51 MC
Masahiro Kawamura MC 50 MC 57
Joost Luiten MC 41 44 35
Francesco Laporta 72 MC MC
Ondrej Lieser
Wil Besseling 47
Justin Harding MC 41 27 62
Richard Bland MC 35
Marcus Armitage 47 54
Joakim Lagergren 42 MC Wd
Adrian Meronk MC
Chris Paisley 7 21 MC 7
Gavin Green MC MC 71 MC
Jordan Smith 19 MC 60 52
JC Ritchie 21 16 68
Sebastian Soderberg MC MC MC 66
Matthew Southgate MC 29 MC 41
Hao Tong Li MC MC MC MC
Darren Fichardt 2 22
Steven Brown 68 26 48 MC
Connor Syme 62 MC
Scott Vincent
Jack Senior 35
Maverick Antcliff 19 7 16 Wd 14
Pep Angles
Alexander Levy 50 MC 9 25
Richard Mansell
Ross McGowan MC 63 MC MC
Oliver Farr MC
Niklas Lemke 9
Justin Walters 35 41 59 MC
Adrien Saddier MC
Dale Whitnell 28
Johannes Veerman 14
JaydenTreySchaper Wd 5 MC 48
Grant Forrest 19 MC 27 54
Joel Stalter MC MC MC
Richie Ramsay 58 MC 68 MC
Robin Sciot-Siegrist MC
Hurly Long
Louis De Jager 42 27
Darius Van Driel MC
Gaganjeet Bhullar 2 MC MC
Victor Dubuisson Wd MC 25
Marcel Schneider
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia MC
Kyong Jun Moon MC
Jonathan Caldwell MC
Shubhankar Sharma 28 MC 22 MC
Robin Roussel MC
Cormac Sharvin 64 21
Matthieu Pavon 35 53 MC MC
Scott Hend MC MC MC 57
Rhys Enoch 47 1
Aaron Cockerill MC
Lorenzo Gagli 28 MC MC MC
James Morrison MC 41 MC 46
Nino Bertasio 19 MC 41 35
Zander Lombard MC MC MC MC MC
Matt Ford
Ewen Ferguson MC
Lucas Bjerregaard MC 41
Craig Howie
Matthew Baldwin
Yikeun Chang 19
David Drysdale 28 MC MC 35
Bernd Ritthammer MC
Rikard Karlberg MC
Maximilian Kieffer 50 29 MC MC
Julien Guerrier 75 MC 52
Julian Suri 50 50 MC MC
Jacques Kruyswijk 6 11
Soren Kjeldsen MC 12 MC 62
Damien Perrier
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
Lee Tae-Hee MC
Anton Karlsson
Lars Van Meijel 14
Tyler Koivisto
Clement Sordet MC
Edoardo Molinari MC MC 66 MC
Garrick Porteous MC
Dave Coupland 62
Ricardo Santos 35
Kristoffer Reitan MC
Daan Huizing MC
Martin Simonsen
Tapio Pulkkanen MC MC MC 41
Philip Eriksson
Nicolai Hojgaard
Oliver Fisher MC MC MC MC
Jose-Filipe Lima
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
SSP Chawrasia MC
Gregory Havret MC
Sihwan Kim MC
Toby Tree 58
Oliver Wilson MC 66 MC 54
Ashley Chesters 42 MC 51 MC
Lorenzo Scalise
Marcel Siem
Alvaro Quiros MC MC MC MC
Romain Wattel
Benjamin Poke MC
Haydn Porteous MC MC MC MC
Liam Johnston
Alejandro Canizares 58
Jens Fahrbring
Raphael Jacquelin 35 Dq MC MC
Ben Evans
Mathieu Fenasse
Carlos Pigem MC
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano 50
Max Schmitt
Ugo Coussaud
Gavin Moynihan
Daniel Young
Pedro Figueiredo 50
Lee Slattery MC
David Law 35 76 MC MC
Richard McEvoy 5 MC MC MC
Robbie Van West
Mathiam Keyser
Niall Kearney
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet MC
David Howell MC MC MC MC
Greg Snow
Tom Gandy
Phillip Kasozi
Andrew Odoh
Robson Chinoi
Rizwan Charania
CJ Wangai
Samuel Chege
Jacob Okello
Simon Ngigi
Dismas Indiza
David Wakhu
Erick Ooko Obura
Justus Madoya
Victor Joseph
Kibugu Wilbourne Mutahi
Mathew Omondi
Edwin Inana Asuza
Anthony Juma
Jaydeep Singh Sandhu
Taimur Malik
Alsaac Ogolla Makokh
Paul Njuguna
Player `19 (2) `19 (1) `18 `16 `15 `14 `13
Aaron Rai MC
George Coetzee 17
Matthias Schwab
Sam Horsfield
Garrick Higgo 5
John Catlin 66
Jazz Janewattananond
Kalle Samooja 6
Kurt Kitayama
Romain Langasque 6 2
Jorge Campillo
Jamie Donaldson
Calum Hill 66
Joachim B Hansen 19
Benjamin Hebert MC 57
Daniel Van Tonder 12 5 12 5
Wilco Nienaber
Guido Migliozzi 1
Dean Burmester
Adrian Otaegui 14
Masahiro Kawamura Wd
Joost Luiten
Francesco Laporta 39
Ondrej Lieser
Wil Besseling 38 MC 37 39
Justin Harding 2 18
Richard Bland
Marcus Armitage MC
Joakim Lagergren 62
Adrian Meronk
Chris Paisley MC
Gavin Green
Jordan Smith 28
JC Ritchie 4 8
Sebastian Soderberg 25 1 MC
Matthew Southgate 41
Hao Tong Li
Darren Fichardt
Steven Brown MC MC 28 5 MC
Connor Syme 35
Scott Vincent MC
Jack Senior 62 MC 41 39
Maverick Antcliff
Pep Angles 35
Alexander Levy
Richard Mansell
Ross McGowan 45
Oliver Farr MC* MC 56
Niklas Lemke 12 23
Justin Walters MC
Adrien Saddier 17 46
Dale Whitnell
Johannes Veerman 17
JaydenTreySchaper
Grant Forrest
Joel Stalter 15 34
Richie Ramsay
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
Hurly Long
Louis De Jager 2 15 19
Darius Van Driel MC* 8
Gaganjeet Bhullar 5
Victor Dubuisson
Marcel Schneider 31 46
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia MC 14
Kyong Jun Moon
Jonathan Caldwell
Shubhankar Sharma MC
Robin Roussel
Cormac Sharvin 17
Matthieu Pavon 56
Scott Hend
Rhys Enoch MC 55
Aaron Cockerill 57
Lorenzo Gagli MC 53 40
James Morrison
Nino Bertasio
Zander Lombard MC
Matt Ford 17 20
Ewen Ferguson 31
Lucas Bjerregaard 22
Craig Howie
Matthew Baldwin
Yikeun Chang
David Drysdale
Bernd Ritthammer 57 3 MC 10 7
Rikard Karlberg
Maximilian Kieffer
Julien Guerrier 33 48
Julian Suri
Jacques Kruyswijk MC
Soren Kjeldsen
Damien Perrier 19 MC
Emilio Cuartero Blanco MC MC 9
Lee Tae-Hee
Anton Karlsson 9 33
Lars Van Meijel
Tyler Koivisto
Clement Sordet 52 MC
Edoardo Molinari
Garrick Porteous 63 MC
Dave Coupland MC MC 29
Ricardo Santos 15
Kristoffer Reitan 57
Daan Huizing MC 8 5
Martin Simonsen 45
Tapio Pulkkanen MC MC
Philip Eriksson 27 25
Nicolai Hojgaard
Oliver Fisher
Jose-Filipe Lima 25 9 4
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
SSP Chawrasia
Gregory Havret MC
Sihwan Kim
Toby Tree Wd
Oliver Wilson 52 17
Ashley Chesters MC
Lorenzo Scalise
Marcel Siem MC
Alvaro Quiros
Romain Wattel
Benjamin Poke
Haydn Porteous 12 1 48
Liam Johnston 8
Alejandro Canizares
Jens Fahrbring 6 MC 39
Raphael Jacquelin
Ben Evans 57 37
Mathieu Fenasse 35
Carlos Pigem
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano 45
Max Schmitt 31
Ugo Coussaud MC
Gavin Moynihan MC 19
Daniel Young
Pedro Figueiredo 35 MC 50
Lee Slattery
David Law MC 25 MC 22
Richard McEvoy MC
Robbie Van West
Mathiam Keyser
Niall Kearney 54 MC
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet 12 52
David Howell
Greg Snow 7 MC MC MC 10 34
Tom Gandy
Phillip Kasozi MC MC MC MC
Andrew Odoh 22 59 46 MC
Robson Chinoi MC
Rizwan Charania 51 MC 62 MC MC MC MC
CJ Wangai 46 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Samuel Chege MC
Jacob Okello MC MC MC MC MC MC Wd
Simon Ngigi 48 44
Dismas Indiza 37 MC 33 38 28 13 MC
David Wakhu 27 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Erick Ooko Obura MC MC MC MC MC
Justus Madoya 64 72 MC MC MC MC
Victor Joseph
Kibugu Wilbourne Mutahi MC MC
Mathew Omondi MC MC 63 MC MC
Edwin Inana Asuza
Anthony Juma
Jaydeep Singh Sandhu
Taimur Malik
Alsaac Ogolla Makokh
Paul Njuguna

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