Oman Open 2020: Form guide for this week's European Tour event in the Persian Gulf

Oman Open 2020: Al Mouj
The eight-year-old Al Mouj course was designed by Greg Norman
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Al Mouj is once again the venue for the Oman Open. Andy Swales supplies the stats ahead of Thursday's opening round...

"World No 100 Adri Arnaus followed a tie-for-third in Dubai, with a top-30 finish in Saudi Arabia, two events where the quality of opponent will have been much higher than in Muscat this week."

The European Tour returns to the Middle East for two more tournaments on the Arabian Peninsula.

After earlier trips to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, the players face back-to-back events in the oil-rich countries of Oman and Qatar.

For a third successive year, the Oman Open is being staged at Al Mouj, located a short distance from Muscat city centre.

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 generous in width.

Flat and coastal, Al Mouj hosted five Challenge Tour events between 2013 and 2017, and is a familiar venue to many of those teeing-up this week.

The putting surfaces are large and undulating, while this stunning, links-style course is situated a few hundred yards from the capital's main airport.

The welcoming fairways will encourage the big hitters and attacking golfers to vent their natural games, although the fluctuating coastal conditions, combined with large rolling greens, will demand a strong nerve and velvet touch.

Mediocre Gathering

Compared to the more lucrative events held in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, earlier in the year, this week's tournament is distinctly lacking in star quality.

Even the reigning champion, Kurt Kitayama, has opted to tee-up in Florida on Thursday.

Not a single member of the world's top 50 is in attendance, with No 59 Shaun Norris the highest-ranked golfer taking part.

This week's event will provide more opportunities than normal for those hoping to secure a maiden European Tour victory.

These include Thomas Detry who tied-sixth in Saudi Arabia on his most recent Tour outing.

The Belgian ended 2019 strongly, and has posted five T-10s from his last 10 starts.

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Two other golfers who fall into this category are Adri Arnaus and Gavin Green.

World No 100 Arnaus followed a tie-for-third in Dubai, with a top-30 finish in Saudi Arabia, two events where the quality of opponent will have been much higher than in Muscat this week.

Malaysia's Green, a winner on the Asian Tour, is another player who has enjoyed solid performances in the Gulf during the early months of 2020, and includes standing on the podium at the Saudi International.

Course History

The South Africans are out in force this week, one of which is Brandon Stone who is a three-time winner on the European Tour - most famously at the Scottish Open two summers ago.

Although the 26-year-old's form has dipped since then, he will be encouraged by his brace of T-10s at Al Moul during the resort's Challenge Tour years.

The same goes for Clement Sordet, winner here in 2017, which he followed up with a runners-up spot on the main Tour 12 months ago.

Another Frenchman, Matthieu Pavon, also fits the bill. The world No 312 stood on the podium at Al Mouj four years ago, while also posting top-12 finishes in both Dubai and Saudi Arabia just a few weeks ago.

Finally, there is Jorge Campillo whose two appearances here on the main Tour have both yielded top-four finishes.

However, after claiming a long overdue maiden Tour victory in Morocco last April, the once-consistent Spaniard has gone completely off the boil - with no T-10s since early July. Maybe a return to Al Mouj will change that.

The Following Players (alphabetical) Posted Top-10s At Al Moul During Its Challenge Tour Years (2013-17):

Marcus Armitage: 10th (2016)
Alexander Bjork: 7th (2016)
Nacho Elvira: 3rd (2015); 9th (2013)
Julien Guerrier: 3rd (2016)
Joachim B Hansen: 2nd (2015)
Daan Huizing: 9th (2017)
Sihwan Kim: 9th (2013)
Matthieu Pavon: 3rd (2016)
Garrick Porteous: 7th (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)

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Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

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Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W8 W7 W6 W5 W4 W3 W2 W1 W52 W51
Shaun Norris 37 56 6 36
Eddie Pepperell 11 MC MC
Thomas Pieters 3 37 30
Paul Waring MC MC 12
Hao Tong Li MC 21 MC 41
Andrea Pavan MC MC MC MC 30
Justin Harding 29 56 37 51 MC
Adri Arnaus 27 3 51
Benjamin Hebert 18 27 45 MC
Joost Luiten 44 66 42
Thomas Detry 6 32 55 28 2
Martin Kaymer 13 16 8
Romain Langasque MC 27 34
Jorge Campillo 67 MC MC 34
Francesco Laporta 44 17 MC
Calum Hill MC MC 68
Andy Sullivan 27 Dq 21 6
Min Woo Lee 1 MC 15 3
Guido Migliozzi MC MC MC
Scott Vincent 41
Sebastian Soderberg 38 70 42
Gavin Green 3 27 21 15 35
Jordan Smith 56 32 21
Mikko Korhonen MC 30 MC
Jason Scrivener 22 58 59 Wd
Dean Burmester 11 11 3 MC MC
Matthew Southgate MC MC MC
Pablo Larrazabal 64 13 MC MC
George Coetzee 8 2 MC MC 6
Ross Fisher 6 MC 6
Jack Senior 17 30 4 33
Andrew Johnston MC 69
Joachim B Hansen MC 58 MC 45
Masahiro Kawamura 72 56 17 MC
Matthew Jordan 20 MC
Joakim Lagergren MC MC 21 35
Sebastian Heisele 44 66 21 MC
Aaron Rai 27 71 MC
Nicolas Colsaerts 56 50 42 7
Kalle Samooja 56 27 MC
Rasmus Hojgaard MC MC MC MC
Zander Lombard 26 MC MC 58 34 MC
Antoine Rozner 70 51
Sam Horsfield 7 MC MC 12 62
Yikeun Chang MC 52 13
Alexander Bjork 27 45 69
Darius Van Driel MC MC
Richie Ramsay 21 58 42
Brandon Stone 10 MC 19 MC MC 21 MC
Adrian Meronk 27 MC
Louis De Jager 30 8 MC 5 9 MC 41
Scott Jamieson 69 32 8
Maverick Antcliff MC 52 13 44
Robin Roussel MC
Steven Brown 21 MC MC
Adrian Otaegui 38 45 MC
Ashun Wu 13 6 MC
Darren Fichardt 6 6 Wd 1 MC
Renato Paratore 27 MC 21
Scott Hend 65 MC MC 17 47 12
Sean Crocker MC* 38 58 42 MC
Suradit Yongcharoenchai MC 9 MC 35 2
Jake McLeod 45 6 MC
Oliver Wilson MC MC MC
Richard Bland MC MC 22
Shubhankar Sharma MC MC 59
Nacho Elvira 52 16 67
Johannes Veerman 24 13 10
Wil Besseling MC* MC
Chris Paisley MC MC MC 57
Joel Sjoholm MC MC
Travis Smyth 3 11 13 15
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia MC* 74 Wd
Cormac Sharvin MC* MC
Connor Syme MC 52 22
Oliver Farr MC 28
Ricardo Santos MC MC
Grant Forrest 27 16 66
Matthieu Pavon 11 11 55
Jack Singh Brar MC 16 12
Jeff Winther 44 37 59 36
Rhys Enoch 19 11 37 42 MC 36
Sihwan Kim 37 41 20
Fabrizio Zanotti 56 MC MC
Alexander Levy 38 MC MC
Robin Sciot-Siegrist 3 MC
Justin Walters MC MC 67 MC 55 MC
Victor Dubuisson 6 MC 69
Bryce Easton MC MC 20 12 MC 10
Alvaro Quiros MC MC MC
Edoardo Molinari 56 MC 21
Callum Shinkwin Wd 58 MC MC
Ewen Ferguson MC MC MC MC
Nino Bertasio 70 66 MC 15
Jose-Filipe Lima MC
Tapio Pulkkanen MC 32 MC 15
Sami Valimaki 7 51 64
Stephen Gallacher 21 MC MC
Jeung-Hun Wang MC MC MC 54
Soren Kjeldsen 38 37 51
Ashley Chesters MC* 56 MC 42
Gaganjeet Bhullar 67 50 MC
Kyong Jun Moon MC MC 60 12
Robert Rock MC MC MC
Lars Van Meijel MC* MC
David Law MC MC 50 69 MC
Lorenzo Gagli 56 43 MC
Hugo Leon MC* MC
Nicolai Hojgaard MC Wd 29 MC MC
Niklas Lemke 12 MC
Ben Stow MC 52 50
Dale Whitnell MC MC MC 64
Daan Huizing 11 37 MC MC
Gregory Havret MC
Maximilian Kieffer 72 MC MC
David Drysdale MC 58 55 MC
Oliver Fisher MC MC 42
Jamie Donaldson MC MC MC
Marcus Armitage MC 3 MC
Rikard Karlberg 22 57
Benjamin Poke 22 MC MC MC
Lee Slattery MC
Lee Tae-Hee 72 MC 52 MC 28
Bernd Ritthammer MC 27 20 MC
Clement Sordet 42 19 16 28 MC
Dave Horsey MC MC MC
Bradley Dredge
Laurie Canter MC MC 42 MC
Dave Coupland MC* 45 MC
James Morrison 44 MC MC MC
Richard McEvoy 21 MC MC MC
Jonathan Caldwell MC* 57
Wilco Nienaber MC 14 2 Dq MC
Adrien Saddier MC
Julien Guerrier 76 32 MC 49
Toby Tree MC 3 MC 12 MC MC
Alejandro Canizares 15 MC 33
Jin Ho Choi
SSP Chawrasia 32 22 48
Aaron Cockerill MC* 27
Garrick Porteous MC MC
Carlos Pigem MC
Pedro Figueiredo MC 54
Peter Hanson
Justin Suh MC MC MC
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC MC MC
David Howell 27 MC 73 MC MC
Graeme Storm MC MC
Paul Lawrie MC MC
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet MC
James Sugrue
Bailey Gill 1 12 35
Azaan Al Rumhy MC
Player 2019 2018
Shaun Norris
Eddie Pepperell 44
Thomas Pieters 6
Paul Waring MC 44
Hao Tong Li
Andrea Pavan 31 16
Justin Harding MC
Adri Arnaus 45
Benjamin Hebert 18 9
Joost Luiten 12 1
Thomas Detry 40 31
Martin Kaymer
Romain Langasque 45
Jorge Campillo 2 4
Francesco Laporta
Calum Hill
Andy Sullivan 70 16
Min Woo Lee MC
Guido Migliozzi 63
Scott Vincent 63
Sebastian Soderberg 21
Gavin Green MC 68
Jordan Smith 12 26
Mikko Korhonen 31 MC
Jason Scrivener MC
Dean Burmester MC
Matthew Southgate 63 9
Pablo Larrazabal MC 44
George Coetzee MC
Ross Fisher MC
Jack Senior
Andrew Johnston 12
Joachim B Hansen 6
Masahiro Kawamura 56
Matthew Jordan
Joakim Lagergren MC MC
Sebastian Heisele MC
Aaron Rai 37
Nicolas Colsaerts 40
Kalle Samooja MC
Rasmus Hojgaard
Zander Lombard 45 65
Antoine Rozner
Sam Horsfield MC
Yikeun Chang
Alexander Bjork 12
Darius Van Driel
Richie Ramsay MC
Brandon Stone 31 MC
Adrian Meronk
Louis De Jager 23
Scott Jamieson 9
Maverick Antcliff
Robin Roussel
Steven Brown MC MC
Adrian Otaegui 12
Ashun Wu 67 MC
Darren Fichardt 40 MC
Renato Paratore MC MC
Scott Hend 31 56
Sean Crocker 18 MC
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
Jake McLeod
Oliver Wilson 56
Richard Bland MC
Shubhankar Sharma 67 MC
Nacho Elvira MC MC
Johannes Veerman
Wil Besseling
Chris Paisley 9
Joel Sjoholm
Travis Smyth
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia
Cormac Sharvin
Connor Syme MC 37
Oliver Farr 59
Ricardo Santos
Grant Forrest MC
Matthieu Pavon MC 31
Jack Singh Brar MC
Jeff Winther 12 21
Rhys Enoch
Sihwan Kim MC
Fabrizio Zanotti 2 7
Alexander Levy Wd 4
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
Justin Walters 31
Victor Dubuisson 12
Bryce Easton
Alvaro Quiros MC MC
Edoardo Molinari MC 16
Callum Shinkwin Wd 56
Ewen Ferguson
Nino Bertasio 45 51
Jose-Filipe Lima
Tapio Pulkkanen MC 23
Sami Valimaki
Stephen Gallacher MC 9
Jeung-Hun Wang 45 26
Soren Kjeldsen MC
Ashley Chesters 9 MC
Gaganjeet Bhullar 27
Kyong Jun Moon
Robert Rock MC 7
Lars Van Meijel
David Law MC
Lorenzo Gagli MC MC
Hugo Leon 21
Nicolai Hojgaard
Niklas Lemke MC
Ben Stow
Dale Whitnell
Daan Huizing 21
Gregory Havret MC
Maximilian Kieffer 2 23
David Drysdale 23 23
Oliver Fisher MC 44
Jamie Donaldson MC
Marcus Armitage
Rikard Karlberg
Benjamin Poke
Lee Slattery MC 31
Lee Tae-Hee
Bernd Ritthammer MC MC
Clement Sordet 2 37
Dave Horsey 12 MC
Bradley Dredge 45 MC
Laurie Canter MC
Dave Coupland
James Morrison 71 MC
Richard McEvoy 31 65
Jonathan Caldwell
Wilco Nienaber
Adrien Saddier 31 MC
Julien Guerrier 3
Toby Tree
Alejandro Canizares MC
Jin Ho Choi 40 MC
SSP Chawrasia MC 53
Aaron Cockerill
Garrick Porteous
Carlos Pigem MC
Pedro Figueiredo 58
Peter Hanson 6
Justin Suh
Raphael Jacquelin 45 44
David Howell MC
Graeme Storm MC
Paul Lawrie MC 61
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet
James Sugrue
Bailey Gill
Azaan Al Rumhy MC MC

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