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UBS Hong Kong Open 2017: Key stats for this week's event in the Far East

In-form Kiradech Aphibarnrat, the world No 60, has moved 100 positions up the World Ranking during the past 11 weeks.
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Andy Swales provides course and current form stats for this week's UBS Hong Kong Open, the first event of the 2018 European Tour season.

"Kiradech Aphibarnrat has been runner-up twice during the past six weeks, while posting six top-20s in his last 10 starts."

No sooner has one European Tour season come to an end, than another one begins.

Less than four days after Tommy Fleetwood was crowned the Tour's No 1 golfer in the UAE, the opening tee shots of the Race to Dubai campaign for 2018 will be struck in the Far East.

First held in 1959, the Hong Kong Open at Fanling is one of golf's longest running tournaments.

And for the past 16 years, the event has been co-sanctioned by the tours of Asia and Europe.

Hong Kong Golf Club, which has hosted every one of its national opens, is situated in the Northern Territories, approximately six miles from the border with mainland China.

The composite layout combines the club's Eden and New courses, and is one of the shorter venues in the professional game.

However, this tree-lined and flat course has reasonably tight fairways, which demand great accuracy with both woods and irons.

Considering last week's event in Dubai was the grand finale of the 2017 European Tour season, Hong Kong has still managed to attract some big names.

Big Three Teeing-Up

Three of last season's top-four ranked contestants, Fleetwood, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia, have made the 3,700-mile trip from the Middle East to Hong Kong - and it will be difficult to judge their mindsets when they step onto the first tee this Thursday.

Fleetwood should be ecstatic and relaxed, but could be worse for wear depending on his celebrations!

And he may temporarily find it difficult to rediscover his motivation, so soon after experiencing a major milestone.

Rose, winner in Hong Kong two years ago, will be disappointed he narrowly failed to overtake Fleetwood on Sunday but he appears to be a fairly well-rounded individual and extremely professional.

Garcia, the outsider in Dubai, will probably be best placed to contend this week on a course where a number of his fellow countrymen have performed well in the past.

Spanish Glory

Six of the 16 co-sanctioned Hong Kong Opens have ended-up in Spanish hands, with Rafa Cabrera-Bello narrowly failing to make this total seven, 12 months ago.

For Garcia, he makes his Fanling debut, after finishing in a tie-for-fourth on Sunday, while Cabrera-Bello is also in the field this week.

Form Guys

Seven of last Sunday's top-15 finishers at the Earth Course are in action again.

One of these is Kiradech Aphibarnrat who has been runner-up twice during the past six weeks, while posting six top-20s in his last 10 starts.

Currently ranked No 60 in the world, the 28-year-old from Bangkok has risen 100 spots up the standings since the start of September.

Young Chinese star Hao Tong Li will be keen to impress, while Matt Fitzpatrick's excellent end to the season continued last week in Dubai where he collected his eighth straight top-15 finish.

Remarkable Record

One player with an astounding record in Hong Kong is Thailand's greatest ever golfer Thongchai Jaidee.

Although never a winner in the former British colony, his last 10 visits have all yielded top-20 finishes, with podium places as far back as 2006 and 2007.

However, the 48-year-old has not teed-up in six weeks, before which he had missed the cut in his last four events.

One other pro with a respectable Hong Kong history is Aussie Marcus Fraser, while 53-year-old former champion Miguel Angel Jimenez leaves the senior tours behind for one week.

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W46 W45 W44 W43 W42 W41 W40 W39 W38 W37
Justin Rose 4 1 1 10 2
Sergio Garcia 4 1 30 MC 10 12
Tommy Fleetwood 21 10 23 20 6 25
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 21 42 5 11 10 33
Matthew Fitzpatrick 12 8 11 9 15 15 11
Hao Tong Li 13 4 66 50 48 62 25
Hideto Tanihara 54 52 70 20 MC 5
Paul Dunne 25 29 23 38 26 7 1 14
Dylan Frittelli 4 42 2 MC 36 MC 31
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 2 42 6 24 2 15 20 MC 9
Julian Suri 8 42 8 8 MC MC 55
Jeung-Hun Wang 28 55 35 75 21 36 44 23
Scott Hend 48 57 42 62 34 72 MC MC 17
Aaron Rai 14 8 25 52 52 MC
Alexander Bjork 17 52 48 MC 40 MC 20
Harold Varner 19 63 26 23 59
David Lipsky 24 42 27 58 34 21 MC 15
Thongchai Jaidee MC MC MC MC
Gavin Green 7 38 67 61 1 2
Gaganjeet Bhullar 20 12 18 1 19 7 MC 55
Julien Guerrier 20 19 8 19 27 1
Jazz Janewattananond 3 47 39 14 MC 30 50
Erik Van Rooyen 3 17 38 1 13 4
Jorge Campillo 27 35 36 40 MC 37 29 48
Clement Sordet 1 3 17 15 18 56 26
Thomas Detry 51 36 MC MC 20 38
Tapio Pulkkanen 35 42 26 2 21 1
Austin Connelly 70 54 21 MC MC 2
Poom Saksansin MC 24 54 44 21 MC 2 43
Gregory Bourdy 37 42 MC 30 4 37 MC
Jin Ho Choi 7 8 36 2 9 43
Joakim Lagergren MC 40 12 MC 9
Shiv Kapur 20 1 29 23
Robert Rock 52 8 MC 4 37 MC MC
Oscar Lengden 20 MC MC 39 50 2
Phachara Khongwatmai 3 46 39 MC 12 MC
SSP Chawrasia 10 2 31 68 MC 66 16 Dq
Marcus Fraser 66 5 Dq MC
Ajeetesh Sandhu 13 2 45 2 1 MC
Jbe Kruger 39 9 MC 13 MC
Pedro Oriol 7 33 20 34 MC
Ryan Evans 16 12 3 28 MC 22
Paul Waring 31 19 14 30 MC MC 52 39
Panupol Pittayarat 1 41 MC 47 MC 23
Alejandro Canizares 36 15 MC 60 59 62
Jamie Donaldson 4 26 MC 37 MC
David Drysdale 42 42 56 26 15 44 MC
James Morrison 36 MC 25 MC MC
Sam Brazel 42 52 66 MC MC MC 65
Thomas Aiken MC MC MC 46 MC
Marcus Kinhult 2 19 41 5 3 6
Robert Karlsson MC 32 MC 3 MC
Oliver Farr 20 49 1 7 3 10
Chris Paisley MC 58 MC MC 12
Yikeun Chang 29 24 MC 12 31 17
Ashun Wu 20 48 MC MC MC 7 31
Paul Peterson 7 2 8 46 MC MC MC MC
Jens Dantorp 5 1 14 MC 8 15 5
Steven Brown 38 7 11 19 10 2
Nino Bertasio 75 8 10 15 MC 12 MC
Carlos Pigem 36 MC MC MC 14
Johannes Veerman 27 5 2 43 19 28
Chris Hanson 18 50 MC 11 25
Tirawat Kaewsiribandit 10 2 MC 39 12 MC 10
Rattanon Wannasrichan MC 5 Wd 49 Wd MC 17
Richard McEvoy 30 MC 11 Wd MC 10
Wade Ormsby 5 63 MC 44 34 25
Miguel Tabuena 3 21 7 16 MC 19 Wd
Danthai Boonma MC 8 41 29 6 50 MC
Angleo Que 27 MC MC 2 29 5 13 MC
Victor Perez 30 7 17 50 1 MC
Nicholas Fung 72 46 19 76 14 16 MC
Sebastian Heisele 16 33 2 39 MC MC 34 3
Oliver Fisher 12 MC 7 60 62 25
Ricardo Gouveia 23 56 36 MC 5 MC
Chase Koepka 33 15 20 MC 2 MC
Lasse Jensen 36 MC 63 MC MC
Gavin Moynihan 20 4 38 6 47 50 MC
Tano Goya 11 33 MC 15 51 15
Adilson Da Silva MC 10 47 4 2 50 MC
Matteo Manassero 30 MC MC MC 17
Edoardo Molinari 55 56 58 MC MC MC
Julien Quesne MC 50 56 MC MC MC
Micah Shin 1 35 34 16 29 36
Wen-Chong Liang 26 38 MC 51 MC 19 46
Ashley Chesters 12 36 52 52 60
Rahman Siddikur 70 25 19 MC
Pep Angles 54 MC 57 MC 38
Scott Vincent 11 2 30 3
Daniel Brooks 3 45 MC 26 73 48
Bradley Neil 9 MC 8 26 59 MC
Prom Meesawat 29 11 9 6 12 39 36
Keith Horne 29 7 19 2 MC 15
Ben Evans 36 55 12 5 52 31
Todd Sinnott 31 MC MC 52 20
Daniel Im MC MC MC MC MC
Jeff Winther 12 26 5 52 MC
Gregory Havret MC 21 36 26 39 MC
Chien-Yao Hung 20 4 10 50
Richard T Lee 13 51 MC 49 31 1
Suradit Yongcharoenchai 13 21 MC 24 11 7 58
Danny Chia 17 66 63 11 22 MC
Christofer Blomstrand 53 20 MC 34
Lorenzo Gagli 19 MC 26 31 6
Scott Fernandez 3 19 8 19 27 34
Adrian Meronk 11 2 34 MC
Wei-Chih Lu 51 Dq 3 MC 50
Shih-Chang Chan 42 56 60 MC 39 MC Wd MC
Pavit Tangkamolprasert 20 Wd 12 MC 19 MC
Rashid Khan Wd 29 5 Wd 29 MC
Christopher Mivis 20 4 20 55 54 34 MC
Soomin Lee 50 MC MC MC
Shubhankar Sharma 18 24 21 MC MC MC
Pontus Widegren 28 MC MC 55
Jyoti Randhawa 5 38 Wd Wd MC MC
Miguel Angel Jimenez 10 MC
Thomas Linard 5 19 MC 50 MC 15
Ben Leong Wd MC 25 7 30 17
Jonathan Thomson 3 25 MC
Mark Foster 53 62 MC MC
Lionel Weber 47 MC 6 MC 39 23 MC 36
Chiragh Kumar 47 2 19 49 MC MC MC
Espen Kofstad
Wen-Tang Lin 44 54 24 MC 29 MC
David Howell MC 58 MC
Antonio Lascuna 63 27 54 MC 6 16
Thaworn Wiratchant 12 61 34 9 MC MC MC
S Chikkarangappa MC MC 33 55 19 30 MC
Sutijet Kooratanapisan MC MC 32 9 25 MC MC 43
Laurie Canter MC 36 52 68 MC
Mukesh Kumar 21
Nico Geyger MC MC 34 15
Natipong Srithong 39 29 12 55 37 54 6
Casey O`Toole 29 MC MC MC
Marcel Schneider 7 MC 46
Rahil Gangjee MC 21 MC 29 MC 46 43
Javier Colomo MC Wd MC MC 29 30 MC
Arjun Atwal 17 MC MC 73 7
Scott Barr 22 51 32 49 15 39 31 21
Terry Pilkadaris 29 38 45 47 23 MC MC
Mardan Mamat 51 49 62 68 MC 61 MC
Matthew Baldwin 42 MC 28 13 27 15
Jeev Milkha Singh Wd MC MC MC MC MC
Matthew Nixon MC MC 68 30 12
Sam Chien MC 54 47 MC MC 39 55
Piya Swangarunporn MC MC MC MC MC MC
Lian Wei Zhang 41
Alfie Plant 46 MC MC
James Stewart
Sean Crocker 58 MC
Anthony Kang 61 MC 39 MC MC
Woon Man Wong
Henric Sturehed 1 12 3 21 6
Leon D`Souza
Matthew Cheung
Taichi Kho
Joshua Shou
Player 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Justin Rose 36 1 MC
Sergio Garcia
Tommy Fleetwood 3
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 2 60 15 MC
Matthew Fitzpatrick 3
Hao Tong Li MC
Hideto Tanihara
Paul Dunne 29
Dylan Frittelli MC
Kiradech Aphibarnrat MC MC 30 7 29
Julian Suri
Jeung-Hun Wang MC 67 34
Scott Hend 51 MC 1 74 72 62 MC MC
Aaron Rai
Alexander Bjork 45
Harold Varner
David Lipsky 5 64 61 12
Thongchai Jaidee 14 13 10 15 15 11 19 2
Gavin Green
Gaganjeet Bhullar 45 13 MC MC MC 31 MC
Julien Guerrier
Jazz Janewattananond 60 24 41
Erik Van Rooyen
Jorge Campillo 10 24
Clement Sordet
Thomas Detry MC
Tapio Pulkkanen
Austin Connelly
Poom Saksansin
Gregory Bourdy 25 34 22 53 11 1 81 MC
Jin Ho Choi
Joakim Lagergren MC MC
Shiv Kapur 54 MC 20 12 MC Ret MC 48 MC 12
Robert Rock 45 MC MC
Oscar Lengden
Phachara Khongwatmai
SSP Chawrasia MC 59 5 65 MC MC 57 22 MC 32
Marcus Fraser 10 32 5 47 3 11 10 34 7
Ajeetesh Sandhu
Jbe Kruger 10 42 20 24 46 38 MC
Pedro Oriol
Ryan Evans
Paul Waring 7 56 34
Panupol Pittayarat 36 74 MC 18 MC 29
Alejandro Canizares 22 MC
Jamie Donaldson 7 51 53 36
David Drysdale 57 18 MC 39 21 31
James Morrison 56 47 19 MC 38
Sam Brazel 1 18 MC
Thomas Aiken MC
Marcus Kinhult
Robert Karlsson MC 2
Oliver Farr MC
Chris Paisley 54 67 39
Yikeun Chang
Ashun Wu
Paul Peterson 45 MC MC
Jens Dantorp MC MC
Steven Brown
Nino Bertasio 67
Carlos Pigem 14 29 MC
Johannes Veerman
Chris Hanson MC
Tirawat Kaewsiribandit
Rattanon Wannasrichan 69
Richard McEvoy 18 MC
Wade Ormsby 25 51 41 8 40
Miguel Tabuena 51 MC MC MC
Danthai Boonma 36
Angleo Que MC 13 2 5 MC MC MC 11 MC
Victor Perez
Nicholas Fung MC 64 53
Sebastian Heisele
Oliver Fisher 24 12 53 MC 11 MC
Ricardo Gouveia
Chase Koepka
Lasse Jensen MC 51
Gavin Moynihan
Tano Goya 24 MC MC
Adilson Da Silva 14 35 34 30 71
Matteo Manassero 4 MC 2
Edoardo Molinari 14 47 MC
Julien Quesne MC 34 22
Micah Shin
Wen-Chong Liang 14 MC 34 MC 22 17 MC 11 15 15
Ashley Chesters
Rahman Siddikur 45 18 MC
Pep Angles 14
Scott Vincent
Daniel Brooks 61 MC 73
Bradley Neil
Prom Meesawat 29 29 20 2 30 MC MC MC 20
Keith Horne MC MC 42 MC MC MC 36
Ben Evans 11
Todd Sinnott
Daniel Im 36 20 39
Jeff Winther
Gregory Havret MC 69 18 61 2 35 MC MC 64
Chien-Yao Hung 29 MC
Richard T Lee MC MC MC
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
Danny Chia 8 51 MC MC 35 64 11 MC
Christofer Blomstrand
Lorenzo Gagli 30
Scott Fernandez
Adrian Meronk
Wei-Chih Lu MC 42 12 47 MC 45 17 50
Shih-Chang Chan MC 35 MC
Pavit Tangkamolprasert 61 75
Rashid Khan Wd MC MC
Christopher Mivis
Soomin Lee 29 3
Shubhankar Sharma
Pontus Widegren
Jyoti Randhawa MC 59 15 30 22 29 MC 22 19
Miguel Angel Jimenez 54 MC MC 1 1 11 MC 18 24 1
Thomas Linard
Ben Leong 66 21 24
Jonathan Thomson
Mark Foster 55 4 10 MC 38 11 MC
Lionel Weber MC 59
Chiragh Kumar MC MC Wd
Espen Kofstad 24
Wen-Tang Lin MC 7 MC 71 61 MC 25 22 1 MC
David Howell 14 69 55 31 18 66
Antonio Lascuna MC MC MC 57 50 MC MC MC 34 47
Thaworn Wiratchant MC 41 22 29 MC 42 15
S Chikkarangappa
Sutijet Kooratanapisan
Laurie Canter
Mukesh Kumar
Nico Geyger
Natipong Srithong 61
Casey O`Toole
Marcel Schneider
Rahil Gangjee MC 18 15 MC 36 MC 60
Javier Colomo MC MC 12 5 47
Arjun Atwal 29 MC MC
Scott Barr MC MC MC MC MC 17 35 MC MC
Terry Pilkadaris 51 59
Mardan Mamat MC MC 53 MC 30 MC 25 36 42 45
Matthew Baldwin
Jeev Milkha Singh 24 MC MC MC 7 36 11
Matthew Nixon 42 31
Sam Chien
Piya Swangarunporn
Lian Wei Zhang MC MC MC 15 MC MC 36 MC 50
Alfie Plant
James Stewart MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Sean Crocker
Anthony Kang MC MC MC MC 4 63 70 55
Woon Man Wong MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Henric Sturehed
Leon D`Souza
Matthew Cheung
Taichi Kho
Joshua Shou
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