The Rocco Forte Open 2018: Stats for this week's European Tour event in Sicily

Julien Guerrier: Tees-up in this week's Rocco Forte Open at Verdura in Sicily
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The European Tour travels to Sicily for The Rocco Forte Open at Verdura. Before placing a bet, check out the form stats supplied by Andy Swales ...

"With wind usually a major factor at coastal venues, those who want to succeed on Sunday will probably have to possess a good touch on and around the greens."

The spectacular Verdura Resort on the Mediterranean island of Sicily hosts this week's Rocco Forte Open.

It will be the third time that the nine-year-old venue will have staged a top-tier European Tour event.

Verdura made its debut in 2012 when holding the Sicily Open and, after a gap of five years, returned to the schedule 12 months ago for the inaugural Rocco Forte-sponsored tournament.

Located close to the seaside town of Sciacca, this week's layout will be a composite circuit, using nine holes from each of the resort's two Kyle Phillips-designed courses.

It will feature the same 18 holes that were used in 2017, although a slightly different route to the one which staged the event six years ago.

Flat and exposed to coastal conditions, there are water hazards on half of the holes, with the final six running adjacent to the coastline.

Poor Field

There is a strong likelihood that the field gathered in Sicily this week will be the weakest European-based European Tour event of 2018.

Although a number of Tour winners are taking part, including this year's Qatar Masters champion Eddie Pepperell, most of them are struggling for form right now.

Just a handful of those teeing-up on Thursday are ranked inside the world's top 120, with many of the competitors short of regular European Tour experience.

Course Champions

Both players to have won European Tour events at Verdura are taking part.

Thorbjorn Olesen, winner in 2012, is presently ranked 112 in the world, which just happens to be his lowest position in over six years.

Defending champion Alvaro Quiros is in slightly better form at the moment, having recently finished second in Morocco where he led through 54 holes.

But he too is still someway off the form he showed when reaching No 21 in the autumn of 2011.

Time To Shine

Once again, this week provides the perfect opportunity for an up-and-coming player to make their breakthrough on Tour.

One such golfer is Julien Guerrier who tied-for-eighth in Sicily last year and has had a brace of top-10s during 2018, including a podium finish in Oman.

Another is Andrea Pavan who has shown good consistency in recent months. The Italian has posted six top-25s from his last seven starts on the European Tour.

And with this week's tournament feeling a little like a glorified Challenge Tour event, then those near the top of The Road to Ras Al Khaimah rankings could be worth a look - even at this early stage of the season.

Good Touch

With wind usually a major factor at coastal venues, those who want to succeed on Sunday will probably have to possess a good touch on and around the greens, thus putting and scrambling may hold the key this week.

At last year's event, most of those near the top of the leaderboard were also close to the top of the putting categories - both for Putts Per GiR and Total Putts.

Andy Sullivan is fairly high in the Putts Per GiR standings for the 2018 season, and if experience counts for anything then Marcus Fraser could be your man.

The Aussie tied-fifth at Verdura last year and ended the season inside the top 10 for Putts Per GiR and Total Putts.

Good Scrambling is also likely to play a key role this weekend, so Trevor Fisher will fancy his chances.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W18 W17 W16 W15 W14 W13 W12 W11 W10 W9 W8 W7
Eddie Pepperell MC MC 1 44
Thorbjorn Olesen 37 46 MC
Dave Horsey 36 MC 13 MC
Andy Sullivan 7 21 34 16
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 62 34 10 MC
Jazz Janewattananond 12 56 28 MC MC
Julien Guerrier 20 MC 9 MC 38 MC 3
Soren Kjeldsen MC MC MC
Jason Scrivener 20 MC 73 40 19 MC
Matthew Southgate MC 9
Lucas Herbert MC MC MC
Haydn Porteous MC MC 48 MC 26
Scott Vincent MC 11 4 MC 13 MC 38
Lucas Bjerregaard 6 MC MC MC
Ajeetesh Sandhu 5 MC 10 40
Tapio Pulkkanen 56 36 21 MC MC 23
Mikko Korhonen 41 MC 3 MC MC
Paul Waring 9 63 19 44
Joakim Lagergren 37 3 MC 45 MC
Alvaro Quiros 45 2 MC 19 MC
Austin Connelly MC 13 63
Nino Bertasio 32 59 34 MC MC MC 51
Jacques Kruyswijk MC 9 29 39 MC
Sam Horsfield 32 MC MC 14 2 MC MC
Ryan Evans 46 MC 34 21 61 53
SSP Chawrasia MC 40 MC MC 53
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen 45 42 16 38 MC
Pedro Oriol 29 39 8 MC
Anthony Wall Wd 52 25 MC MC
Lorenzo Gagli 2 36 MC 1 29 34 MC
Lee Slattery MC 32 MC MC 31
Jbe Kruger 75 Wd 49 5 MC MC 60
Marcus Fraser 32 22 46 60 29
Chase Koepka MC MC Wd 53 MC
Adrien Saddier MC MC 62 MC MC
Sebastian Heisele 4 MC MC 44 8 MC
Jens Dantorp MC 67 16 21 MC 59
David Drysdale MC MC MC MC MC 23
Matthew Millar MC 5 2
Jordan Zunic 38 17
James Morrison 65 MC MC 16 45 MC
Gregory Bourdy MC 62 46 54 MC 31
Bradley Dredge 13 52 45 MC
Victor Perez 48 MC 27 18 13 MC
Adilson Da Silva 67 37 MC 14 29 MC 11 13
Oliver Farr MC MC MC MC 39 59
Trevor Fisher 20 67 8 7 MC 27
Matthias Schwab MC 28 8 4 29 61 MC
Nick Cullen MC 25 7 MC
Andrea Pavan 11 3 21 MC 13 16
Steven Brown 65 MC 16 MC 39 MC
Thomas Aiken MC MC 8 MC MC
Edoardo Molinari 45 MC MC 57 72 16
Marcus Armitage 42 2 58
Nicholas Fung 64 MC 14 19 48
Florian Fritsch MC MC 24
Richard McEvoy 34 MC MC 65
Jeff Winther MC 34 21 MC 21
Jens Fahrbring 2 MC
Bernd Ritthammer MC 38 27 44 MC MC
Tom Lewis 9 MC MC
Alexander Knappe 9 17 MC MC MC 4
Charlie Ford MC 63 66 MC 26
Johan Carlsson MC
Tano Goya 15 57 MC Wd
Justin Walters MC 66 9 21 45 9
Matteo Manassero 20 46 39 57 MC 31
Romain Langasque 23 22 44 MC 13 MC
Zander Lombard MC MC MC MC 65
Felipe Aguilar 65 17 MC 28 53 4 MC MC
Ben Evans MC MC MC 14 MC MC MC
Joel Stalter 53 Wd 43 28 33 Wd
Henric Sturehed 52 5 MC MC MC MC
Oliver Lindell MC MC 69
Daniel Brooks MC 66 MC Wd MC Wd
Jarand Ekeland Arnoy MC 61 MC MC 15 30
Scott Fernandez MC MC 34 MC 19 37
Birgir Hafthorsson MC MC MC
Nico Geyger 23 4 MC MC 3 MC 34 12
Bradley Neil MC MC 58 MC MC 63
Eun Shin Park 55 MC
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 46 22 28 MC 17 28 44
Mikael Lundberg 62 MC MC MC MC
Daniel Im MC MC MC MC 77 53
Julien Quesne 54 MC MC 18 63
Kalle Samooja MC MC 16 3
Christopher Mivis 23 MC 59 MC 63 MC
Thomas Bjorn MC 34 MC 31
Thomas Linard 58 9 MC 38
Pep Angles 48 MC 46 MC MC 69
Christofer Blomstrand MC MC 60 38 MC
Laurie Canter 29 MC 8 21 MC MC
Tom Murray MC 9 63 MC MC
Mark Foster MC MC MC 13 MC
James Heath 72 MC MC MC MC
Mark Tullo
Duncan Stewart MC 53 36 38 MC
Nathan Kimsey 17 54 MC
Francesco Laporta MC 9 27 MC 49 4
Jonathan Thomson MC 66 39 MC 72 MC 65
Anthony Michael 42 37 9 44 14 MC 55 18
Pontus Widegren 41 MC MC 78 MC
Rak Hyun Cho MC MC 12 MC 34 MC
Alessandro Tadini 23 MC 38
Philipp Mejow 9 61 31 3
Kristian Krogh Johannessen MC MC 24 14 1 33 5
Sebastien Gros MC 12 25 4 45 MC
Eduardo De La Riva 48 MC
Matthew Baldwin MC 52 28 38 10 MC
Steve Webster 26
Connor Syme 74 MC MC 11 MC 37
Oliver Wilson
David Howell 36 39 MC 21 61
Michele Cea 84 MC 1
Guido Migliozzi MC MC
Christian Braeunig 5 68 MC MC 6
James Maw 58 MC MC 23 51 10 36
Marcel Schneider MC 66 58 MC MC 70 MC
Ross McGowan 2 MC MC 14 MC MC MC
Jack Munro MC MC 43 28 MC 17 12
Michele Ortolani 3 MC 2
Federico MacCario MC 66 MC
Eirik Tage Johansen 42 25
Matthew Nixon 26 46 MC 44 MC 13 MC
Ruaidhri McGee 23 MC MC
Federico Zucchetti 47 MC MC MC 3 14
Luca Cianchetti MC MC MC
Enrico Di Nitto MC MC 24 17
Carlos Del Moral MC
Maarten Lafeber MC MC
Simon Khan 38 42 MC
Steven Tiley 38 MC
Niclas Johansson 15 44 7
Richard Finch 57
Ben Stow MC 53 56 MC
Jacopo Vecchi Fossa
Alfie Plant MC
Filippo Bergamaschi 15 32 15 22
Ashton Turner
Josh Geary 26 46 MC MC MC MC
Joel Sjoholm 9 MC 31 72 45 2 17
Hugo Leon 23 MC 10 35
Oscar Serna MC MC
Christopher Doak MC MC MC Wd
Petr Gal MC
Philip Geerts MC MC
Ayoub Id-Omar 66
Andrea Saracino 8 6 MC
Joshua White 61
Emilio Cuartero Blanco MC 26 MC
Andrea Romano
Giovanni Manzoni
Pietro Bovari
Gianmarco Manfredi
Edoardo Raffaele Lipparelli
Tom Foster
Player 2017 2012
Eddie Pepperell 38
Thorbjorn Olesen 1
Dave Horsey 7
Andy Sullivan MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera
Jazz Janewattananond
Julien Guerrier 8 27
Soren Kjeldsen 3
Jason Scrivener 5
Matthew Southgate MC MC
Lucas Herbert
Haydn Porteous 38
Scott Vincent
Lucas Bjerregaard
Ajeetesh Sandhu
Tapio Pulkkanen
Mikko Korhonen 11
Paul Waring
Joakim Lagergren 56
Alvaro Quiros 1
Austin Connelly 31
Nino Bertasio MC MC
Jacques Kruyswijk
Sam Horsfield
Ryan Evans
SSP Chawrasia
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
Pedro Oriol
Anthony Wall 6
Lorenzo Gagli 71 MC
Lee Slattery 11
Jbe Kruger 11
Marcus Fraser 5
Chase Koepka
Adrien Saddier 48
Sebastian Heisele 31
Jens Dantorp 38
David Drysdale
Matthew Millar
Jordan Zunic
James Morrison 23 31
Gregory Bourdy
Bradley Dredge MC
Victor Perez
Adilson Da Silva
Oliver Farr MC
Trevor Fisher MC
Matthias Schwab
Nick Cullen 63
Andrea Pavan MC MC
Steven Brown
Thomas Aiken
Edoardo Molinari MC
Marcus Armitage 38
Nicholas Fung
Florian Fritsch
Richard McEvoy 48 31
Jeff Winther 38
Jens Fahrbring MC
Bernd Ritthammer MC MC
Tom Lewis 11 11
Alexander Knappe MC
Charlie Ford
Johan Carlsson 18
Tano Goya 9
Justin Walters
Matteo Manassero 48 MC
Romain Langasque MC
Zander Lombard 2
Felipe Aguilar
Ben Evans 27
Joel Stalter MC
Henric Sturehed
Oliver Lindell
Daniel Brooks MC
Jarand Ekeland Arnoy
Scott Fernandez
Birgir Hafthorsson
Nico Geyger
Bradley Neil
Eun Shin Park
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
Mikael Lundberg MC 64
Daniel Im 18
Julien Quesne MC
Kalle Samooja
Christopher Mivis
Thomas Bjorn 23
Thomas Linard MC
Pep Angles 4
Christofer Blomstrand
Laurie Canter MC
Tom Murray
Mark Foster 8
James Heath MC
Mark Tullo
Duncan Stewart MC
Nathan Kimsey 48
Francesco Laporta 48
Jonathan Thomson
Anthony Michael
Pontus Widegren MC
Rak Hyun Cho
Alessandro Tadini MC 47
Philipp Mejow
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
Sebastien Gros MC
Eduardo De La Riva 18
Matthew Baldwin 37
Steve Webster 48 31
Connor Syme
Oliver Wilson MC MC
David Howell MC MC
Michele Cea
Guido Migliozzi MC
Christian Braeunig
James Maw
Marcel Schneider
Ross McGowan MC
Jack Munro
Michele Ortolani MC
Federico MacCario MC
Eirik Tage Johansen 31
Matthew Nixon MC MC
Ruaidhri McGee
Federico Zucchetti
Luca Cianchetti 67
Enrico Di Nitto MC
Carlos Del Moral 47
Maarten Lafeber 27
Simon Khan MC
Steven Tiley MC
Niclas Johansson 58
Richard Finch MC Ret
Ben Stow
Jacopo Vecchi Fossa MC
Alfie Plant
Filippo Bergamaschi MC
Ashton Turner
Josh Geary
Joel Sjoholm MC
Hugo Leon
Oscar Serna
Christopher Doak MC
Petr Gal MC
Philip Geerts MC
Ayoub Id-Omar
Andrea Saracino
Joshua White
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
Andrea Romano
Giovanni Manzoni
Pietro Bovari
Gianmarco Manfredi
Edoardo Raffaele Lipparelli
Tom Foster MC
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