Magical Kenya Open 2023: Course and current form stats for this week's tournament in Nairobi

Muthaiga Golf Club: Home to the Magical Kenya Open on the DP World Tour
Muthaiga Golf Club: A lush parkland course on the outskirts of Nairobi

Following a blank week on the DP World Tour schedule, the golfers have now headed for the Kenyan capital. Words and stats supplied by Andy Swales ...

  • Muthaiga made its DP World Tour debut 12 months ago

  • Rozner on prowl for title No 4 since December 2020

  • Rafa seeks to consolidate solid start to year


  • The DP World Tour travels to the Southern Hemisphere to spend the next three weeks on the continent of Africa.

    Week one is in Kenya, followed by a brace of tournaments in South Africa.

    First up is the Magical Kenya Open at Muthaiga Golf Club in Nairobi.

    Muthaiga made its debut on the DP World Tour 12 months ago when China's Ashun Wu closed with a 65 to win by four strokes and claim his fourth title on the 'European' calendar - and his first for three and a half years.

    Muthaiga Golf Club, which is situated around five miles north of Nairobi city centre, is a lush parkland venue with tight tree-lined fairways and water hazards on eight holes.

    The course is laid out close to the Karura Forest and is undulating in places.

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    Muthaiga is slightly shorter than the majority of layouts used to host modern top level professional tournaments.

    It was opened on New Year's Eve 1913, and is a symbol of Britain's former colonial past.

    There are plenty of testing dog legs to be conquered on a course which has hosted numerous professional tournaments over the decades.

    It was once a regular member of the Safari Tour calendar, during the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s, and more recently staged Challenge Tour events in 2017 and 2018.

    In all, Muthaiga hosted 17 Challenge Tour events over a 28-year period beginning in 1991.

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    Five To Watch

    Oliver Bekker: The South African posted a top-10 finish here last year, since when he has come close to securing a maiden DP World Tour title. He recently claimed his eighth career victory on the Sunshine Tour.

    Julien Brun: The Frenchman was an impressive fifth at January's Hero Dubai Desert Classic, and tied-12th last time out in Singapore.

    Rafa Cabrera-Bello: There was a time when the Spaniard was ranked No 16 in the world and qualifying for all four major championships. His form has slipped since those heady days and he is now ranked 199. However, the 38-year-old has had three top-15 finishes in five starts during 2023, so perhaps the future is starting to look rosy again for the resident of Gran Canaria.

    Jorge Campillo: A two-time Tour winner, Campillo tied-fourth in India last time out and tied-13th at Muthaiga 12 months ago.

    Antoine Rozner: The 30-year-old Frenchman recently posted top-six finishes in Singapore and Thailand, and is chasing a fourth Tour victory in just over 27 months. Is making his fourth competitive appearance at Muthaiga.

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    Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

    Note: Muthaiga hosted Challenge Tour events in 2017 & 2018

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Last Nine Weeks / Muthaiga Form

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W9 W8 W7 W6 W5 W4 W3 W2 W1
Adrian Otaegui 66 30 36 28 28
Adri Arnaus MC 6 13 MC
Robert MacIntyre 37 57 MC 38 20
Oliver Bekker MC 1 56 51 MC
Rikuya Hoshino MC 6
Antoine Rozner 5 6 78 50
Ewen Ferguson MC MC 51 28 64
Richie Ramsay 55 MC 38
Shaun Norris 48 67 42 65
Laurie Canter Wd 46
Hurly Long MC 30 MC MC MC
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 5 MC 13 MC 10
Ryo Hisatsune 10 51 7 28
Julien Brun 12 MC 5 MC
Connor Syme 33 65 48 38 28
Shubhankar Sharma 13 MC 12 MC 7
Ashun Wu 33 12 56 20 20
Hennie Du Plessis 26 43 25 38 MC
Justin Harding MC MC MC 59 MC
Aguri Iwasaki 60 MC 61
Johannes Veerman MC 19 8 MC
Grant Forrest 13 6 56 51 10
Maximilian Kieffer MC MC 38 38
Edoardo Molinari 44 17 42 MC 17
JC Ritchie MC 36 MC MC
Romain Langasque 28 63 MC 16
Marcel Siem 1 17 17 MC
Louis De Jager 46 MC 28 51 MC
Jorge Campillo 4 66 MC 61 28 MC
Gavin Green 8 MC MC MC MC
Joakim Lagergren 38 38 MC MC
Marcus Armitage MC 72 MC 28 67
Kristian Krogh Johannessen MC 23 MC
Marcus Kinhult MC 8 46
Daniel Van Tonder 57 57 MC MC
Angel Hidalgo Portillo 10 MC 28 8 MC
Deon Germishuys MC 42 MC
Alejandro Del Rey 46 3 28
Matthew Jordan MC 17 19 20 34
Masahiro Kawamura 18 MC MC MC 34
Alexander Knappe 6 3 34 MC MC MC
Tom McKibbin MC 12 36 MC MC
Todd Clements MC 49 61
Ricardo Gouveia MC 60 MC
Wil Besseling 63 13 MC MC
Santiago Tarrio 13 MC 58 MC MC 50
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia MC
Francesco Laporta 32 25 MC 57
Dylan Mostert 1 MC MC 7
Lukas Nemecz 48 28 70 MC
Julien Guerrier 38 13 65 MC
Tristen Strydom MC 54 MC MC
Oliver Wilson MC MC MC MC
Jeremy Freiburghaus MC MC MC MC MC
John Catlin MC MC MC 59 60
Frederic LaCroix 57 14
Justin Walters 46 MC 68 38
Niklas Norgaard Moller 13 38 48 51 MC
Jaco Prinsloo 2 3 MC 65
James Morrison 62 MC MC MC 46
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen MC MC 75 MC
Aaron Cockerill MC MC
Nacho Elvira MC MC MC MC 67
Martin Simonsen MC 17 MC MC
Pierre Pineau MC 7 MC MC
Simon Forsstrom 8 62 58 MC
Darius Van Driel MC MC MC* 56
Wilco Nienaber MC MC 9 28
Calum Hill 67 MC 13 MC
Renato Paratore Wd 28 14
Alejandro Canizares 23 34 MC
Mateusz Gradecki MC 34 52
Daniel Brown 38 38 36
Brandon Stone 9 60 5 7
Bryce Easton 37 MC MC MC
Jeong Weon Ko 18 51 MC 28
Jayden Schaper 13 17 MC 44
Daan Huizing 25 33 51 81 MC
Nick Bachem 23 51 MC MC
Jacques Kruyswijk 46 60 MC 28 MC
Lucas Bjerregaard MC MC MC
Manu Gandas 32 28 MC MC
Velten Meyer MC 30 MC 36
Robin Sciot-Siegrist 38 MC MC
Blake Windred 62 62 MC 15
Andrew Wilson 25 MC 61
Matthew Baldwin 30 MC MC 23
Javier Sainz 20 46 23 28
Max Schmitt MC MC
Borja Virto 9 62 34 28
Gary Hurley MC 66 MC MC
Tom Vaillant 3 MC
Casey Jarvis 20 2 9 23
Adrien Saddier 30 13 65
Christopher Mivis 39 30 60 MC
John Murphy MC MC MC MC
Andrew Johnston 38
John Axelsen 42 57 55 MC
David Ravetto MC MC 23 51
Ashley Chesters 16 51 MC 14
Liam Johnston 51 18 MC
Craig Howie 28 38 14 23
Emilio Cuartero Blanco MC MC 57 MC
Jens Fahrbring 44 51 MC MC
Darren Fichardt MC 34 7
Tom Lewis MC Wd MC
Alexander Levy 69 MC MC 50
Keenan Davidse MC MC 65 MC
Christoffer Bring MC 13 MC MC
Gudmundur Kristjansson 48 51 49 MC
Niklas Lemke MC MC
Garrick Porteous Wd MC 23 MC
Henric Sturehed 20 Wd 52 MC
Benjamin Follett-Smith MC 51 MC Won
Oliver Farr MC 46 MC
Ricardo Santos MC 42
Jannik De Bruyn MC MC
Stephen Gallacher MC MC
Gary Stal 44 MC 49 MC
Joel Stalter 48 MC 55 23
Richard McEvoy MC
Pedro Figueiredo MC 51 42 MC
Thomas Aiken 37 22 MC
Mikael Lundberg MC 25 MC 72
Yan Wei Liu 51 MC MC MC MC
Tobias Eden MC MC MC MC
Rhys Enoch 46 MC 19 MC
Pavan Sagoo MC MC MC MC
Lorenzo Gagli MC 72
Sam Hutsby MC 60 51
Tom Murray MC 18 19
Steven Brown 46 38 60
Elias Bertheussen MC MC MC MC
David Howell MC
Gunner Wiebe MC MC MC MC MC
Joshua Lee MC 70 MC MC
Oliver Fisher
Sandy Scott MC
Toby Tree MC MC 34 MC
Ma Cheng Yao MC MC MC
Jastas Madoya Asena
Adel Balala
Greg Snow
Dismas Indiza
Simon Ngigi
Ronald Rugumayo
Dennis Maara
John Lejirma
Njoroge Njonge Kibugu
Jay Sandhu
Mutahi Kibugu
Daniel Nduva
Mike Kisia
Visitor Mapwanya
Daniel Kiragu
Samuel Njoroge
Player 2022 2018 2017
Adrian Otaegui 34
Adri Arnaus 8 MC
Robert MacIntyre
Oliver Bekker 8 6
Rikuya Hoshino
Antoine Rozner 34 54 MC
Ewen Ferguson 8
Richie Ramsay MC
Shaun Norris
Laurie Canter 8
Hurly Long 2
Rafael Cabrera-Bello
Ryo Hisatsune
Julien Brun 13 MC
Connor Syme 26 MC
Shubhankar Sharma 13
Ashun Wu 1
Hennie Du Plessis 42
Justin Harding 42
Aguri Iwasaki
Johannes Veerman 26
Grant Forrest 38
Maximilian Kieffer
Edoardo Molinari
JC Ritchie
Romain Langasque 44
Marcel Siem
Louis De Jager MC 9
Jorge Campillo 13
Gavin Green MC
Joakim Lagergren MC
Marcus Armitage 17 58
Kristian Krogh Johannessen 14
Marcus Kinhult 8 12
Daniel Van Tonder 51 29
Angel Hidalgo Portillo 17
Deon Germishuys
Alejandro Del Rey
Matthew Jordan 71
Masahiro Kawamura 42
Alexander Knappe MC
Tom McKibbin
Todd Clements
Ricardo Gouveia
Wil Besseling 40 7
Santiago Tarrio 26
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia 17
Francesco Laporta 51 MC 3
Dylan Mostert
Lukas Nemecz 17 MC
Julien Guerrier MC
Tristen Strydom
Oliver Wilson MC 45
Jeremy Freiburghaus
John Catlin
Frederic LaCroix 51
Justin Walters 66
Niklas Norgaard Moller 51
Jaco Prinsloo
James Morrison
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen MC 38
Aaron Cockerill 2
Nacho Elvira
Martin Simonsen
Pierre Pineau
Simon Forsstrom 25 MC
Darius Van Driel MC 12
Wilco Nienaber
Calum Hill
Renato Paratore 40
Alejandro Canizares MC
Mateusz Gradecki
Daniel Brown
Brandon Stone
Bryce Easton MC MC
Jeong Weon Ko
Jayden Schaper 34
Daan Huizing MC 28 MC
Nick Bachem
Jacques Kruyswijk 60 7
Lucas Bjerregaard
Manu Gandas
Velten Meyer
Robin Sciot-Siegrist 54 MC
Blake Windred 65
Andrew Wilson MC
Matthew Baldwin 28 9
Javier Sainz
Max Schmitt 17 18
Borja Virto MC 12
Gary Hurley 54 45
Tom Vaillant
Casey Jarvis
Adrien Saddier 51 2
Christopher Mivis MC 20
John Murphy
Andrew Johnston
John Axelsen
David Ravetto
Ashley Chesters 65 MC
Liam Johnston
Craig Howie 42
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
Jens Fahrbring MC 2
Darren Fichardt
Tom Lewis MC
Alexander Levy
Keenan Davidse
Christoffer Bring
Gudmundur Kristjansson
Niklas Lemke 17
Garrick Porteous 13 MC MC
Henric Sturehed 65 MC
Benjamin Follett-Smith
Oliver Farr 48 MC
Ricardo Santos 26 MC 16
Jannik De Bruyn
Stephen Gallacher
Gary Stal 18
Joel Stalter MC 28
Richard McEvoy MC
Pedro Figueiredo MC 38
Thomas Aiken
Mikael Lundberg MC 20
Yan Wei Liu
Tobias Eden
Rhys Enoch MC
Pavan Sagoo
Lorenzo Gagli 34 1 16
Sam Hutsby
Tom Murray
Steven Brown MC MC
Elias Bertheussen
David Howell MC
Gunner Wiebe
Joshua Lee
Oliver Fisher MC
Sandy Scott
Toby Tree Wd
Ma Cheng Yao
Jastas Madoya Asena MC MC MC
Adel Balala MC
Greg Snow MC MC MC
Dismas Indiza MC MC 54
Simon Ngigi MC MC 34
Ronald Rugumayo MC
Dennis Maara MC
John Lejirma MC
Njoroge Njonge Kibugu 64
Jay Sandhu
Mutahi Kibugu
Daniel Nduva MC MC
Mike Kisia
Visitor Mapwanya
Daniel Kiragu
Samuel Njoroge

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