Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2017: Form stats for this week's Portstewart test

Rory McIlroy is back on home turf to defend his title at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
Rory McIlroy is back on home turf to defend his title at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

The European Tour heads to the links of Portstewart, for the prestigious Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Andy Swales provides the stats for this week's tournament on the famous Causeway Coast...


"Although Rafa Cabrera-Bello is more than capable of winning this week, he does not deliver victories as often as he should, so an each-way bet is probably a better option."

For the next three weeks, the European Tour is all about links golf, starting with the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open which begins on Thursday.

The Tour then moves on to Dundonald in Scotland, before returning south to Royal Birkdale for the season's third major championship.

But for now the focus is on Portstewart, a stunning venue close to Coleraine on the County Londonderry coast.

The club has a long history, dating back to 1894, since when there have been many changes made to this superb golfing location.

This week's tournament is being held on Portstewart's Strand Course which is making its debut on the European Tour.

Three years ago the British Amateur Championship was played at Portstewart and, as with most championship links, some of the attributes required for a high finish this week will include patience, perseverance and a huge dose of finesse.


Homecoming


Northern Ireland's favourite golfing son, Rory McIlroy, is teeing-up in defence of the title he won at The K-Club last year. However, his form has been mediocre this year, not helped by niggling injuries.

This week's tournament will only be McIlroy's fourth start since The Masters in early April.


In-Form


Last week's champion in France, Tommy Fleetwood, tees-up again as he builds towards The Open Championship later this month.

The Englishman has been praised by no lesser golfing god as Nick Faldo who, even before his excellent run at last month's US Open, described Fleetwood as a potential Open champion this year.


Ireland Links


One player who has previously impressed on the links courses of Ireland is Rafa Cabrera-Bello.

Two years ago at Royal County Down the Spaniard tied for fourth while, in 2012 at Royal Portrush, he was joint-second.

However, although Cabrera-Bello is more than capable of winning this week, he does not deliver victories as often as he should, so an each-way bet is probably a better option.


Off The Pace


Earlier in the season you could hardly keep Tyrrell Hatton out of the top 10 - either side of the Atlantic.

The Englishman's excellent run of results took him up to No 14 in the World Ranking but, since early April, there has been a dip in form, leaving Hatton without a T-25 in seven events.

Yet, in 2015, he certainly showed he can play well on links, as he enjoyed a top-five finish at Royal County Down.

One other pro with a liking for links golf is Ireland's own Shane Lowry.

A little off the pace, save a handful of decent results during the past 12 months, it is about time Lowry found himself in contention again.

It is now more than eight years since he stunned the golfing world with his victory in the Irish Open at County Louth - while still an amateur.

Perhaps a week at this superb coastal location will inspire the talented 30-year-old to rediscover his competitive juices in his own national open.

Key for course form table: Adare Manor (2007-08); County Louth (2009); Killarney (2010-11); Royal Portrush (2012); Carton House (2013); Fota Island (2014); Royal County Down (2015); The K Club (2016).


Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W26 W25 W24 W23 W22 W21 W20 W19 W18 W17
Hideki Matsuyama 2 45 22 32
Rory McIlroy 17 MC 35
Jon Rahm 10 MC MC 2 72 4
Justin Rose MC 12 65 MC
Tyrrell Hatton MC MC 30 41 MC
Tommy Fleetwood 1 6 4 MC MC 41
Thomas Pieters 13 MC 14 MC
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 26 42 4 MC 4 24
Matthew Fitzpatrick MC 35 2 12 MC
Danny Willett MC Wd 58 Wd
Hideto Tanihara MC MC 15 3 32
Lee Westwood 10 55 15 14 65
Chris Wood Wd MC 2 49 4
Jeung-Hun Wang Wd MC 8 MC 59
Shane Lowry MC 46 15 6 MC 24
Andy Sullivan 13 51 8 30
Soren Kjeldsen MC 71 30 MC 24
Dylan Frittelli MC 14 1 MC MC 2
Alexander Levy 57 MC 15 51 1
Joost Luiten 32 14 7 MC 24 31
Thongchai Jaidee 62 MC 53 54 48
Ian Poulter 45 31 40 35 2 32
Brandon Stone MC 31 35 MC 18
Fabrizio Zanotti 55 67 MC MC 31
Thorbjorn Olesen 3 34 4 MC 31
Graeme McDowell MC MC 27 29 69 18
Scott Hend 32 34 47 24 6 MC
Pablo Larrazabal 16 14 MC 24 3
Dean Burmester MC 82 9 22 65
Kiradech Aphibarnrat Dq 12 41 14 6 MC
Nicolas Colsaerts 55 26 8 3 58 42
Jordan Smith 30 44 21 40 48 MC
Andrew Johnston 23 42 21 MC 29
Dave Horsey 75 2 51 7
Richard Sterne 50 34 47 MC
David Lipsky MC 10 30 MC 20 24
Jaco Van Zyl MC 20 MC 36 14 24
Hao Tong Li 7 68 26 30 3 11
Bradley Dredge 27 MC 15 40 MC 48
Victor Dubuisson MC 34 24
Renato Paratore MC 6 1 MC 23 18
George Coetzee MC 14 MC 4 MC 8 8
Graeme Storm 38 67 15 41 6 42
Matt Wallace MC MC 10 MC 38 1
Jorge Campillo MC 20 MC 40 9
Alexander Bjork 3 34 15 MC 14 27 MC
Sam Brazel MC MC 57 MC 48
Peter Uihlein 2 MC 78 25 30 31
Rikard Karlberg 45 5 47 MC MC 18
Brett Rumford MC 34 57 MC Wd 59
Padraig Harrington 17 31 MC
Gregory Bourdy 57 MC 21 62 MC
Joakim Lagergren 57 14 68 MC MC
Ryan Fox 6 26 23 21 MC MC MC
Thomas Aiken 23 58 MC MC MC
Bernd Ritthammer MC MC MC 40 MC 48
Paul Dunne 13 MC MC 30
Marcus Fraser MC MC MC MC 5
Nacho Elvira 50 8 MC 57 MC 36
SSP Chawrasia 15 30 58 36
Richard Bland MC 2 64 53 MC MC MC
Matthieu Pavon MC MC 6 MC MC 3
James Morrison MC 34 MC MC 23 31
Andrew Dodt MC 65 6 38 MC
Romain Langasque 50 31 MC MC MC MC MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 3 MC MC 11
Peter Hanson MC 44 62 21 Wd
Alejandro Canizares MC MC MC 30 MC MC
Darren Fichardt MC MC MC 18
Pep Angles 50 MC MC MC 4 MC 42
Alexander Knappe MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Jason Scrivener 38 85 MC MC 5 MC
Thomas Detry MC 2 MC MC 65 48
Lasse Jensen 32 MC 62 MC MC Wd
Soomin Lee MC MC MC MC 8 8 9
Alvaro Quiros MC MC MC 1 22
Sam Walker MC MC MC MC MC 4 36
Benjamin Hebert MC MC MC 8 58 13
Anthony Wall Wd 31 MC MC 40 MC
Jamie Donaldson 32 14 7 MC 58 MC
Ricardo Gouveia 38 MC MC MC MC 36
Edoardo Molinari MC 73 MC MC MC
Julien Quesne 62 82 MC MC MC MC 18
Ashun Wu MC MC 10 MC MC MC 24
Lucas Bjerregaard MC 59 7 62 MC 56
Scott Jamieson MC MC 21 14 38
Paul Waring 16 52 36 MC
Jaco Ahlers 59 MC MC MC 59 25 18
Matteo Manassero MC MC 72 30 48 36
Matthew Southgate MC 51 57 65 MC MC 42
Shih-Chang Chan MC MC MC Wd 56 MC MC 45
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC MC MC 18 13
Paul Peterson MC MC MC 40 67 42
Chris Paisley MC MC MC MC 31 56
Mikko Ilonen MC MC MC 62 36
Maximilian Kieffer 16 82 20 MC 24 MC
Paul Lawrie 44 MC 59
Richie Ramsay MC MC 36 30 62
Stephen Gallacher MC MC 38 53 21 MC
Chris Hanson 57 MC MC MC MC MC
Robert Rock 30 MC MC MC 12 48
Eddie Pepperell 23 MC 16 43 8 38 MC
Marcus Armitage MC MC 47 MC 38 10
Johan Carlsson MC 67 6 MC 58 18 24
Lee Slattery MC MC MC MC MC 11 MC
Joel Stalter MC 51 MC 34 MC MC MC
Romain Wattel MC 51 MC 66 31 24
Florian Fritsch 45 51 28 MC 30 MC MC
David Drysdale 16 MC MC 49 48 MC
Oliver Fisher 50 79 38 MC 40 27 6
Felipe Aguilar 45 MC 10 57 MC 48
Marc Warren MC MC Wd MC MC
Nino Bertasio 62 34 10 MC 14 MC MC
Justin Walters MC MC MC MC MC 13
Kristoffer Broberg 16 MC 57 30 MC
Marcel Siem 27 MC 8 MC 8 42
Robert Karlsson MC MC Dq MC 11 MC
Magnus A Carlsson MC MC MC MC
Callum Shinkwin 66 Wd Dq Dq MC
Jose-Filipe Lima MC MC 26 31 22
Duncan Stewart MC MC 34 MC MC 68
Richard McEvoy 1 59 5 MC 48 MC
Adrian Otaegui 7 51 MC MC MC MC MC
David Howell MC Wd Wd 48 MC 56
Espen Kofstad
Eduardo De La Riva MC 26 MC 36 MC 18
Haydn Porteous 32 MC 38 MC MC 38 MC
Max Orrin 57 MC MC 15 Dq 18
Gregory Havret 23 44 MC MC MC MC
Wade Ormsby MC 44 MC MC MC 38
Jeff Winther 44 MC 53 38 68 2
Daniel Brooks 38 67 MC 57 54 MC
Damien Perrier 66 MC MC MC MC 42
Stuart Manley MC MC MC MC 11 MC
Sebastian Heisele MC 73 MC MC MC 31 4
Sebastian Soderberg 60 MC MC 41 18 64
Mark Foster MC 51 47 MC 8 6
Daniel Im 66 59 34 MC MC 18
Anton Karlsson MC MC MC MC MC
Tom Lewis 44 MC 41 11 18
Michael Hoey 13 21 MC 5 11 MC
Ashley Chesters MC 20 28 MC MC 18
Miguel Angel Jimenez MC
Thomas Bjorn 69 MC MC 57 23 MC
Nathan Kimsey 38 MC MC 30 48 MC
Jens Fahrbring 45 34 MC 47 MC MC
Simon Khan MC 52 MC 59
Steven Tiley MC MC MC MC MC MC
Richard S Johnson 59 MC 58 8
Sebastien Gros 69 MC 47 64 MC
Paul Maddy MC 59 MC 23 MC 47 38 72
Laurie Canter 33 79 57 41 MC 26
Darren Clarke MC MC
Trevor Immelman MC MC MC MC
Andres Romero MC 1 MC MC
Pontus Widegren 48 59 MC MC MC 12
Matthew Nixon 42 MC MC MC MC 26
Hennie Otto MC 8 MC
Gary Stal 16 28 MC MC MC MC
Paul McGinley
Niclas Fasth 32 20 MC 54 MC
Jose Maria Olazabal MC MC
Simon Dyson MC MC MC 57 MC MC MC
Ricardo Gonzalez MC 10 MC MC
Richard Finch MC MC Wd MC MC MC
Simon Thornton
Dermot McElroy 33 57 MC 2 2
Gavin Moynihan 21 28 44 16 2 MC 1
Damien McGrane MC 25
David Higgins 17
Colm Moriarty MC
Neil O`Briain 57 MC 57 MC MC
Richard Kilpatrick
Player 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Hideki Matsuyama
Rory McIlroy 1 MC MC MC 10 34 35 50 7
Jon Rahm
Justin Rose 44
Tyrrell Hatton 5 4 MC
Tommy Fleetwood MC 21 MC MC MC
Thomas Pieters MC MC 38
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 8 4 26 5 2 MC MC 20 37
Matthew Fitzpatrick MC 8 29
Danny Willett 23 6 3 10 MC MC
Hideto Tanihara
Lee Westwood 10 53 30 3 21
Chris Wood 54 16 8 MC MC 3 10
Jeung-Hun Wang MC
Shane Lowry 23 43 MC 5 51 MC 21 1
Andy Sullivan MC 6 MC 22 MC
Soren Kjeldsen 19 1 MC 18 MC 30 35 45
Dylan Frittelli MC
Alexander Levy Ret MC MC MC
Joost Luiten MC 2 66 59 9
Thongchai Jaidee 31 10 18 20
Ian Poulter
Brandon Stone MC MC
Fabrizio Zanotti MC 40 14 MC 2 MC MC MC
Thorbjorn Olesen 10 MC 18 15
Graeme McDowell 65 30 6 MC 16 25 31 Ret MC 31
Scott Hend MC 65 MC
Pablo Larrazabal 31 MC 26 4 MC 30 16
Dean Burmester
Kiradech Aphibarnrat MC
Nicolas Colsaerts 23 MC MC 21
Jordan Smith
Andrew Johnston MC MC MC
Dave Horsey MC 49 MC 45 MC 14 MC
Richard Sterne 10 22 44 MC 37
David Lipsky 43 MC
Jaco Van Zyl 23 16 MC MC 11
Hao Tong Li 18 66
Bradley Dredge 2 10 24 MC MC MC 8 2
Victor Dubuisson MC MC MC MC MC
Renato Paratore 58 MC
George Coetzee MC MC MC MC
Graeme Storm MC MC 33 32 MC MC 21 20 MC
Matt Wallace
Jorge Campillo 19 MC MC 32 44
Alexander Bjork
Sam Brazel
Peter Uihlein 60 32
Rikard Karlberg 10 21 MC
Brett Rumford 36 Wd MC 22 MC Ret 9 8 52
Padraig Harrington MC 43 14 MC 7 MC 2 MC 31 1
Gregory Bourdy 10 63 8 33 MC MC MC
Joakim Lagergren MC MC MC
Ryan Fox
Thomas Aiken 43 MC MC 35
Bernd Ritthammer
Paul Dunne 60
Marcus Fraser MC 43 25 MC 41 MC MC
Nacho Elvira 48 MC
SSP Chawrasia MC MC MC MC MC 61 MC
Richard Bland 23 53 44 30 18 45 5 10 MC MC
Matthieu Pavon
James Morrison 10 MC MC 42 24 40 MC
Andrew Dodt MC 65 47 MC MC 27
Romain Langasque
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC MC 20 31
Peter Hanson MC MC MC 58 7
Alejandro Canizares 43 MC 38 10 44 59 44 MC 45
Darren Fichardt MC 21 63 MC MC Ret
Pep Angles
Alexander Knappe
Jason Scrivener
Thomas Detry
Lasse Jensen 58
Soomin Lee MC
Alvaro Quiros MC Ret 44 5 8
Sam Walker 58 MC MC
Benjamin Hebert MC 63 MC MC
Anthony Wall MC 10 49 2 34 39 10 10 MC
Jamie Donaldson 10 10 1 45 21 13 MC
Ricardo Gouveia 36
Edoardo Molinari 2 40
Julien Quesne MC MC MC 69
Ashun Wu 31
Lucas Bjerregaard MC 18 MC
Scott Jamieson MC 30 MC MC MC MC
Paul Waring MC Ret 10 18 61 66
Jaco Ahlers
Matteo Manassero MC MC MC MC 21
Matthew Southgate 4 MC MC
Shih-Chang Chan
Raphael Jacquelin 23 Ret MC 22 25 41 7
Paul Peterson
Chris Paisley MC 65
Mikko Ilonen MC MC 1 32 10 MC MC 16 Wd
Maximilian Kieffer 5 8 MC 71
Paul Lawrie MC MC MC 47 33 14 30 MC MC
Richie Ramsay 54 10 MC 16 65 9 MC
Stephen Gallacher 43 MC MC 47 44 3 27 MC 24 37
Chris Hanson
Robert Rock MC MC 29 2 65 MC Dq 2 MC MC
Eddie Pepperell 8 2 MC 22
Marcus Armitage
Johan Carlsson MC MC 58
Lee Slattery MC 43 MC MC 54 MC 25 MC MC
Joel Stalter
Romain Wattel 36 53 21 63 28 59
Florian Fritsch MC 34
David Drysdale MC MC MC 47 7 25 14 35 63 MC
Oliver Fisher 54 MC 26 47 MC 45 MC MC 22 MC
Felipe Aguilar 36 53 MC MC MC 21 MC MC 2
Marc Warren 23 MC 29 18 39 Dq 4 MC 12
Nino Bertasio
Justin Walters 70 53
Kristoffer Broberg 48 MC 3 MC
Marcel Siem Wd MC 14 57 17 39 57 54 MC
Robert Karlsson MC MC 44 3
Magnus A Carlsson MC 35 6 MC MC MC MC
Callum Shinkwin 19
Jose-Filipe Lima MC MC MC MC
Duncan Stewart MC
Richard McEvoy 53 MC MC MC 35
Adrian Otaegui 19 MC MC
David Howell MC 49 71 33 8 44 MC MC
Espen Kofstad MC
Eduardo De La Riva MC MC MC 32
Haydn Porteous MC
Max Orrin
Gregory Havret MC Wd 49 15 39 61 24 MC
Wade Ormsby MC 49 MC MC
Jeff Winther MC
Daniel Brooks MC MC MC MC
Damien Perrier
Stuart Manley 54 MC 31
Sebastian Heisele
Sebastian Soderberg
Mark Foster 40 MC MC 5 45 44 MC MC 37
Daniel Im MC MC
Anton Karlsson
Tom Lewis 35 72 MC
Michael Hoey MC MC 8 32 28 34 7 Dq MC MC
Ashley Chesters
Miguel Angel Jimenez MC 43 MC 21
Thomas Bjorn MC 18 25 52
Nathan Kimsey
Jens Fahrbring MC
Simon Khan MC MC 14 MC 69 52 27 35 40 45
Steven Tiley
Richard S Johnson
Sebastien Gros 10
Paul Maddy MC
Laurie Canter
Darren Clarke 43 28 58 MC 39 MC 12 14 16
Trevor Immelman
Andres Romero 4
Pontus Widegren
Matthew Nixon 35 14 MC MC MC
Hennie Otto MC MC Wd MC MC MC MC MC
Gary Stal MC MC 8 MC
Paul McGinley 63 Wd MC MC 54 MC 14 67 16 58
Niclas Fasth 31 10 MC MC 59 MC 41
Jose Maria Olazabal 54 5 MC 50
Simon Dyson Wd MC MC 10 1 MC 41 MC 7
Ricardo Gonzalez 43 21 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Richard Finch MC 8 53 MC MC 31 MC 1 MC
Simon Thornton 60 MC 18 33 21 MC MC MC
Dermot McElroy MC MC MC
Gavin Moynihan 36 MC MC MC
Damien McGrane MC MC MC 64 21 35 57 MC 12
David Higgins MC MC MC MC MC MC MC 37
Colm Moriarty MC 45 MC MC
Neil O`Briain MC MC
Richard Kilpatrick

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