NBO Oman Open 2019: Latest stats for this week's European Tour event in the Persian Gulf

Al Mouj, NBO Oman Open
The Greg Norman-designed course has a links-feel to it as well as large, undulating putting surfaces
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The European Tour returns to Al Mouj for the second NBO Oman Open. Andy Swales supplies the form stats ahead of Thursday's opening round ...

"Clement Sordet knows what it’s like to win around here, having triumphed at the NBO Grand Final on the Challenge Tour in November 2017."

It's back to the Middle East for the European Tour and the first of two events in the Persian Gulf.

This week's NBO Oman Open takes place at Al Mouj, and will be followed by the Qatar Masters in early March.

While the fields for these forthcoming tournaments will be nowhere near as strong as those held in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia earlier in the year, there is still a sprinkling of decent names teeing-up in the Arabian Peninsula on Thursday.

In-Form Champ

Defending champion Joost Luiten will probably start as favourite when he tees-up on a course laid out between the Indian Ocean and the Hajjar Mountains.

The Dutchman has posted three top-10s - from four starts - this calendar year, which includes a podium finish in Abu Dhabi. He also tied-for-10th in Mexico on Sunday.

Last year's runner-up Chris Wood has his first outing since last November, while in-form South African Justin Harding is another starter in Oman.

Thomas Pieters will probably attract a lot of attention from punters, with the Belgian's game in reasonable shape despite a lack of top-10s in recent months.

Irish Hopes

Ireland's Paul Dunne should fancy his chances at this linksy-looking venue, especially if this coastal course becomes a little breezy.

Dunne played well in Perth recently when he posted the second-best qualifying score over 54 holes, before finishing third after the match play phase of the Super Six tournament.

Five-time European Tour winner Alexander Levy tied-fourth last year and was a top-six finisher in his most recent event in Saudi Arabia.

Further down the pecking order you'll find another Frenchman, Clement Sordet, who was a top-20 finisher in both Australian events during February.

Sordet knows what it's like to win around here, having triumphed at the NBO Grand Final on the Challenge Tour in November 2017.

Other names to ponder are the consistent Ross Fisher, Andrea Pavan and Jorge Campillo.

Pavan tied-16th in Oman 12 months ago, while Campillo - a four-time runner-up on Tour - tied-for-fourth.

Links Style

Designed by Greg Norman, and opened in 2012, Al Mouj runs along a two-kilometre stretch of shoreline in the Gulf of Oman.

Water hazards come into play on 10 holes, while its bunker-dotted fairways are fairly generous in width.

Flat and coastal, Al Mouj is no stranger to many of those taking part, having already hosted five Challenge Tour events during its short life.

The putting surfaces are large and undulating, while this stunning, links-style course is situated on Oman's northern coast and close to Muscat airport.

And it's not uncommon for planes to land within a few hundred yards of its 13th, 14th and 15th holes.

The following players posted top-10 finishes at Al Mouj when the course staged Challenge Tour events (2013-17):

Nick Cullen: 7th (2017)
Jens Dantorp: 5th (2017); 2nd (2016); 7th (2015)
Nacho Elvira: 3rd (2015); 9th (2013)
Ricardo Gouveia: Won (2015); 9th (2014)
Joachim B Hansen: 2nd (2015)
Sihwan Kim: 9th (2013)
Marcus Kinhult: 2nd (2017)
Max Orrin: 7th (2014); Won (2013)
Matthieu Pavon: 3rd (2016)
Bernd Ritthammer: Won (2016)
Adrien Saddier: 3rd (2016)
Callum Shinkwin: 3rd (2015)
Clement Sordet: Won (2017)
Brandon Stone: 6th (2015); 4th (2013)
Jeff Winther: 3rd (2015)

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List contains leading reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W8 W7 W6 W5 W4 W3 W2 W1 W52 W51 W50 W49
Justin Harding 26 4 11 7 51 MC MC
Joost Luiten 10 6 MC 3
Lucas Herbert MC MC* 7 54
Thomas Pieters 11 22 29 16
Ross Fisher 13 24 54
Alexander Levy 5 MC 67
Chris Wood
Andrea Pavan 34 MC MC
Mikko Korhonen 44 38 MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 13 MC 32
Paul Dunne 3 17 51 MC MC
Shubhankar Sharma 60 MC 29 MC MC
Jorge Campillo 34 MC 42 56 54
John Catlin MC 44 67 17 48
Brandon Stone MC MC MC 15 7
Victor Perez 13 29 54 42
Jordan Smith 54 29 11
Gaganjeet Bhullar 34 38 27 Wd
Dean Burmester 3 MC 48 49 MC MC
Paul Waring 54 3 6
Adri Arnaus MC 29 22 9
Thomas Detry 42 48 65
Chris Paisley 24 56 MC 18 24
Andy Sullivan MC MC 32
Scott Vincent 4 MC* 24 69 MC
Joachim B Hansen 24 61 54 62 MC
Darren Fichardt 17 MC 32 12 MC
Yusaku Miyazato 22 MC MC
Marcus Kinhult 18 MC MC
Oliver Wilson MC MC 5 3
David Lipsky 10 24 MC 16 1 MC
Pablo Larrazabal 64 20 6 9 MC
Sihwan Kim 41 MC* 38 7
Romain Langasque 44 20 15 2
David Drysdale MC 5 MC MC MC 2 Wd
Nicolas Colsaerts 47 8 61 48 42
Sean Crocker MC MC MC 18 MC
Ashun Wu MC 38 MC
Scott Jamieson MC MC 11 3 MC
Kurt Kitayama MC MC* MC 71 67 MC 15
Benjamin Hebert MC MC 27
Matthew Southgate 51 69 42
Gavin Green MC 11 MC 32
David Law MC 1 MC MC 26
Hideto Tanihara MC 64 MC
Richard McEvoy 55 MC MC MC
Masahiro Kawamura MC MC* 12 18 MC
Andrew Johnston MC 24 MC
Jack Singh Brar MC 32 26 MC
Kim Koivu MC MC* MC 38 MC 42 Wd
Joakim Lagergren MC MC MC
Matthias Schwab 24 64 22
Robert Rock 34 MC MC
George Coetzee 56 MC MC 38 MC 26 MC
Scott Hend 34 MC* 6 48 27 35
Grant Forrest 47 22 MC 42 MC MC
Robert MacIntyre 20 MC* 44 63 15 15
Zander Lombard 37 2 18 70 3 15
Matthieu Pavon MC 24 MC MC MC
Thomas Aiken MC 24 55 MC 63 3
Fabrizio Zanotti 24 29 32
Bernd Wiesberger MC MC 42 51 MC
Kalle Samooja MC 16 MC 34 MC
Liam Johnston MC MC 30 MC MC MC
Lee Slattery MC MC MC
Louis De Jager MC MC* 1 MC MC
Nacho Elvira MC MC MC
Alvaro Quiros MC 3 65
Renato Paratore 18 MC 54
Tapio Pulkkanen MC 20 MC MC 15
Dave Horsey MC MC 11
Haydn Porteous 51 48 MC MC 7
Sebastian Soderberg MC MC MC MC MC MC
Justin Walters 2 15 44 MC 42 34 MC
Stuart Manley MC MC* 64 MC MC 21
Ashley Chesters MC 12 MC 67 MC
Hyo Won Park MC MC MC MC 42 MC
Min Woo Lee 5 MC 4 MC
Callum Shinkwin MC 10 56 54 33
Maximilian Kieffer 57 MC 22
Victor Dubuisson 18 38
Clement Sordet 17 8 61 MC
Oscar Lengden
Richie Ramsay MC MC 56 69
Romain Wattel MC 16 MC
Jens Dantorp 57 48 MC
Stephen Gallacher MC 67 MC
Niklas Lemke MC MC 30 7 MC
Oliver Fisher MC MC MC
Steven Brown MC MC MC 47 54
Lorenzo Gagli 44 MC MC
Connor Syme 15 MC* MC
Bradley Dredge 13 24 54
Marc Warren 71 26 24
Jose-Filipe Lima MC
Jeff Winther 8 MC 34 7
Tom Murray 25
Nino Bertasio 30 73 71
Jacques Kruyswijk 8 MC MC MC MC MC
Jeung-Hun Wang 60 MC MC MC MC MC
Pedro Figueiredo MC MC MC MC MC 48
Ricardo Gouveia MC MC
Joel Girrbach MC 48
Thongchai Jaidee 47 MC MC
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano 44 MC MC MC MC
Marcel Schneider MC
Robert Karlsson 44 38 MC 47 MC
Anton Karlsson MC 12
Edoardo Molinari 34 MC 49 MC MC
Ben Stow
Raphael Jacquelin MC 61 63 18
Max Orrin MC MC 18 MC
Christofer Blomstrand MC MC
Ben Evans 17 MC 5 MC
Jin Ho Choi MC MC
Adrien Saddier 55 MC MC MC
Nick Cullen MC 24 MC MC
Jack Senior MC
David Borda MC MC 56 MC
Guido Migliozzi MC MC 56 MC
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 24 MC 69 MC 18 MC
Per Langfors 9 MC MC MC
Gavin Moynihan MC 27 MC MC
Michael Hoey 47 17 MC
Marcel Siem MC MC MC
Kristian Krogh Johannessen MC MC MC MC
Eirik Tage Johansen MC
Matthew Baldwin
Matthew Nixon MC 30 37
Sam Brazel MC* MC 56 42
James Morrison MC MC* MC MC 32
Peter Hanson MC MC 51
Hugo Leon MC MC*
Alejandro Canizares MC 26 54
Deyen Lawson 2 26 MC 47 MC
Max Schmitt MC MC MC 33
SSP Chawrasia 41 MC MC 20
Matteo Manassero MC MC MC MC MC
Thomas Bjorn MC 29 22
Jaco Van Zyl 4 MC MC MC 56 37
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez MC MC MC MC MC
Bernd Ritthammer 34 MC MC 65 24
Paul Lawrie
Kristoffer Reitan 5 MC* MC 42 MC
David Howell MC MC
Cheng Jin
Daniel Gavins 63 27 MC MC
Kristoffer Broberg MC MC
Filippo Bergamaschi MC MC MC MC
Azaan Al Rumhy
Scott Gregory MC MC MC MC
Othman Almulla MC
Espen Kofstad MC MC* 42 MC
Kieran Pratt
Max Burrow
Player 2018
Justin Harding
Joost Luiten 1
Lucas Herbert MC
Thomas Pieters
Ross Fisher
Alexander Levy 4
Chris Wood 2
Andrea Pavan 16
Mikko Korhonen MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC
Paul Dunne
Shubhankar Sharma MC
Jorge Campillo 4
John Catlin
Brandon Stone MC
Victor Perez MC
Jordan Smith 26
Gaganjeet Bhullar
Dean Burmester
Paul Waring 44
Adri Arnaus
Thomas Detry 31
Chris Paisley
Andy Sullivan 16
Scott Vincent
Joachim B Hansen
Darren Fichardt MC
Yusaku Miyazato
Marcus Kinhult 16
Oliver Wilson
David Lipsky
Pablo Larrazabal 44
Sihwan Kim
Romain Langasque
David Drysdale 23
Nicolas Colsaerts
Sean Crocker MC
Ashun Wu MC
Scott Jamieson
Kurt Kitayama
Benjamin Hebert 9
Matthew Southgate 9
Gavin Green 68
David Law
Hideto Tanihara
Richard McEvoy 65
Masahiro Kawamura
Andrew Johnston 12
Jack Singh Brar
Kim Koivu
Joakim Lagergren MC
Matthias Schwab MC
Robert Rock 7
George Coetzee
Scott Hend 56
Grant Forrest
Robert MacIntyre
Zander Lombard 65
Matthieu Pavon 31
Thomas Aiken MC
Fabrizio Zanotti 7
Bernd Wiesberger
Kalle Samooja
Liam Johnston
Lee Slattery 31
Louis De Jager
Nacho Elvira MC
Alvaro Quiros MC
Renato Paratore MC
Tapio Pulkkanen 23
Dave Horsey MC
Haydn Porteous 26
Sebastian Soderberg
Justin Walters
Stuart Manley
Ashley Chesters MC
Hyo Won Park
Min Woo Lee
Callum Shinkwin 56
Maximilian Kieffer 23
Victor Dubuisson
Clement Sordet 37
Oscar Lengden
Richie Ramsay
Romain Wattel MC
Jens Dantorp 59
Stephen Gallacher 9
Niklas Lemke
Oliver Fisher 44
Steven Brown MC
Lorenzo Gagli MC
Connor Syme 37
Bradley Dredge MC
Marc Warren 63
Jose-Filipe Lima
Jeff Winther 21
Tom Murray
Nino Bertasio 51
Jacques Kruyswijk MC
Jeung-Hun Wang 26
Pedro Figueiredo
Ricardo Gouveia MC
Joel Girrbach
Thongchai Jaidee 51
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano MC
Marcel Schneider MC
Robert Karlsson MC
Anton Karlsson
Edoardo Molinari 16
Ben Stow
Raphael Jacquelin 44
Max Orrin
Christofer Blomstrand MC
Ben Evans MC
Jin Ho Choi MC
Adrien Saddier MC
Nick Cullen
Jack Senior
David Borda
Guido Migliozzi
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 44
Per Langfors
Gavin Moynihan MC
Michael Hoey
Marcel Siem MC
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
Eirik Tage Johansen
Matthew Baldwin MC
Matthew Nixon MC
Sam Brazel 16
James Morrison MC
Peter Hanson
Hugo Leon
Alejandro Canizares
Deyen Lawson
Max Schmitt
SSP Chawrasia 53
Matteo Manassero 31
Thomas Bjorn 31
Jaco Van Zyl
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez
Bernd Ritthammer MC
Paul Lawrie 61
Kristoffer Reitan
David Howell
Cheng Jin
Daniel Gavins
Kristoffer Broberg
Filippo Bergamaschi
Azaan Al Rumhy MC
Scott Gregory
Othman Almulla
Espen Kofstad
Kieran Pratt
Max Burrow
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