ISPS Handa Wales Open 2020: Course and current form stats ahead of tournament No 5 on the UK Swing

Wales Open 2020 over Celtic Manor's TwentyTen course
The race to qualify for September's US Open reaches its climax at Celtic Manor this Sunday
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Another week in south Wales as the European Tour stages a second straight tournament at Celtic Manor. Words and stats by Andy Swales...

"The 26-year-old from Malaysia, who is yet to win on the European Tour, tied-11th in the Celtic Classic on Sunday. Green has stood on a European Tour podium three times and is moving ever closer to a maiden title on the world's second most competitive tour."

Celtic Manor Part II. It's another week near Newport for the European Tour which stages tournament No 5 on the UK Swing.

Although this six-tournament swing concludes at The Belfry next week, this mini-series essentially reaches its climax on Sunday when qualifying for next month's US Open comes to an end.

After the final putt has dropped in the ISPS Handa Wales Open, the 10 leading players in the UK Swing's Order of Merit will be invited to compete at Winged Foot in New York.

As with the Celtic Classic, the Wales Open will also be staged over the TwentyTen course, the club's premier layout since it opened 13 years ago.

Celtic Manor, which opened for business in 1994, has three courses. Wentwood Hills staged five European Tour events between 2000 and 2004 but, when Celtic Manor was named as venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup, the club set about building a new course.

Ryder Cup connection

This was named TwentyTen, which was designed and laid out on land already occupied by Wentwood Hills.

The final result was a course which essentially retained nine holes from the original Wentwood Hills design, while also creating nine brand new ones.

And during the three years it took to construct TwentyTen, the Wales Open was staged over Celtic Manor's Roman Road course which has been in existence since the club opened more than 25 years ago.

By 2008, TwentyTen was ready to be unleashed on the European Tour and, including last week's Celtic Classic, has hosted a total of eight top-tier events.

The third course at Celtic Manor is the Montgomerie, which was built just over a dozen years ago.

As for TwentyTen, it is largely a flat parkland course with a handful of undulating holes towards the end of the round.

For the second week in a row, world No 72 Thomas Pieters will be the highest-ranked golfer teeing-up.

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The Belgian tied-for-third last week, in what was his first start since early March. Even though the quality of field for European Tour events, right now, is below par, that's still a fairly impressive opener for Pieters following a longer than normal period of isolation.

Strong stats

The 28-year-old from Antwerp is well-ranked in a number of Strokes Gained (SG) categories on the European Tour this season.

He leads SG: Tee-to-Green, as well as SG: Approach the Green. Pieters is second in SG: Total and has sneaked into the top 10 for SG: Off The Tee.

Obviously, in a season decimated by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, these stats need to be viewed with a little bit of slack - especially as most of the European Tour's top players are currently in the States.

However, it still shows he is in good shape following 'hibernation', and should be among the front runners this coming Sunday.

Other likely contenders

Two other golfers whose stats look pretty solid at present are Andy Sullivan and Gavin Green.

Sullivan, winner at Hanbury Manor earlier this month, heads Strokes Averages, and is third in both SG: Approach the Green and SG: Tee-to-Green.

Green, meanwhile, leads SG: Total and is second in Stroke Averages behind Sullivan.

The 26-year-old from Malaysia, who is yet to win on the European Tour, tied-11th in the Celtic Classic on Sunday.

Green has stood on an ET podium three times and is moving ever closer to a maiden title on the world's second most competitive tour.

One other pro to keep an eye on is Alexander Bjork, a former world top-60 golfer who is now ranked No 220.

The Swede's form has looked a little more promising of late, following a slump.

England's Sam Horsfield is chasing a third UK Swing victory in four starts, while up-and-coming 22-year-old Finn Sami Valimaki tied-sixth on Sunday, his best finish since the end of lockdown.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W33 W32 W31 W30 W29 W28 W27 W26 W25 W24
Thomas Pieters 3
Robert MacIntyre 66 59
Kurt Kitayama MC 51 MC MC
Eddie Pepperell Wd 47
Hao Tong Li 17 75 MC
Sam Horsfield 1 MC 1 10
Jorge Campillo MC MC
Justin Harding 47 53 MC 3
Marcus Kinhult MC 38 14
Adri Arnaus 47 60 11 62
Andrea Pavan MC 34 MC 38
Min Woo Lee 72 6 MC MC
JC Ritchie MC MC
Ryan Fox 57 19 15 8
Francesco Laporta 57 MC MC 57 55
Romain Langasque 26 57 53
Guido Migliozzi 57 MC MC 60
Renato Paratore MC 34 28 1 15
Gavin Green 11 MC
Sami Valimaki 6 MC MC MC
Mikko Korhonen 6 29
Lucas Bjerregaard MC MC MC MC
Calum Hill 39 MC 26
Jordan Smith 22 14 MC 35
Scott Vincent 22 9 MC 60 18 25
Dean Burmester 47 6 MC MC
Brandon Stone MC 6 MC 68
Ross Fisher 27 MC 22 MC
Sebastian Soderberg 10 77 35
Jason Scrivener 14 14 47 29 MC
Jack Senior 22 44 MC 21
Matthew Jordan 47 MC MC 17
Matthew Southgate 27 61 22 35
Sebastian Heisele 14 24 MC
Andrew Johnston 3 19 Wd
Alexander Bjork 27 3 47 20
Nicolas Colsaerts 63 9 MC MC
Thorbjorn Olesen 66 34 MC
Adrian Otaegui 14 2 MC 35
Chris Paisley MC 19 3 MC
Aaron Rai 31 44 10 21
Zander Lombard MC MC MC MC
Darius Van Driel MC 51 MC 4
John Catlin 6 51 43 8
Masahiro Kawamura MC MC MC MC
Joachim B Hansen 53 28 47
Richie Ramsay MC 34 22 38
Jeff Winther MC 14
Adrian Meronk 6 34 MC 21 MC
Oliver Farr 39 MC 3 MC
Wil Besseling 11 63 34 MC 3
Louis De Jager 63 14 51 MC
Maverick Antcliff 31 MC 67 MC
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia Dq MC 10 MC 4
Connor Syme 3 19 68 MC 4
Sean Crocker 22 9 15 60
Joel Sjoholm 57 MC 22 MC MC 44
Cormac Sharvin 31 19 47 MC
Julian Suri 66 MC MC MC
Oscar Lengden 47 19 13 8 5
David Drysdale 56 MC MC
Shiv Kapur
Shubhankar Sharma 63 MC MC
Robert Rock 15 4
Lorenzo Gagli 14 34 9 25
Marc Warren 39 34 MC MC 1
Anton Karlsson MC MC 55 12
Dale Whitnell 31 MC 51 4
Adrien Saddier MC MC MC 18
Grant Forrest 69 34 65
Nacho Elvira 39 MC MC 29
Marcus Armitage MC 14 15 MC
Jake McLeod 14 MC MC 67
Niklas Lemke MC MC 41 53
Rhys Enoch 31 68 57 MC MC MC
Oliver Wilson MC MC MC MC
Bryce Easton MC 56 MC MC
Callum Shinkwin 11 71 28 MC
Justin Walters 39 MC MC MC
Edoardo Molinari 47 MC MC
Philip Eriksson 13 8 35
Ewen Ferguson 19 MC MC MC MC
Sihwan Kim 47 44 47 MC
Tapio Pulkkanen 63 63 MC MC
Ben Stow 73 26 34 10 MC
Oliver Fisher MC 26 MC 7
Ashley Chesters 39 MC 28 14
Jbe Kruger MC
Jacques Kruyswijk 14 MC
Stephen Gallacher MC
Zach Murray MC
Nicolai Hojgaard MC 26 MC MC MC 44
Lars Van Meijel MC MC MC 53 MC
Haydn Porteous MC MC MC 69 Wd
Maximilian Kieffer 14 MC 6 MC 55
Clement Sordet MC 41 17
Ross McGowan 70 MC MC Wd MC
Damien Perrier 57 MC 9 MC
Emilio Cuartero Blanco MC 70 MC MC MC
Lorenzo Scalise MC MC MC MC 72
Benjamin Poke MC MC 41 47
Daan Huizing MC MC 29 MC 25
Jonathan Caldwell 47 MC MC 8
Bernd Ritthammer 66 71 32 18
Laurie Canter MC 34 10 29
David Law 71 MC 38
Paul Dunne MC MC 38
Alejandro Canizares MC 44 MC MC
Kristoffer Reitan MC MC
James Morrison 27 MC MC MC
Steven Tiley MC MC 65 MC MC
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen MC MC 28 15
Mathieu Fenasse MC MC MC
Matthew Baldwin MC MC MC MC 31
Martin Simonsen 47 26 MC 39
Gavin Moynihan MC MC MC MC 55
Ugo Coussaud MC MC
Liam Johnston MC MC MC
Lee Slattery MC 65 57 53
Craig Howie MC 4
Aaron Cockerill 14 26 MC 53
Michael Campbell MC MC 70 MC
Richard McEvoy 62 57 MC
Ben Evans MC MC 51 MC
Thomas Bjorn MC 69 MC
Carlos Pigem 74 MC 63 MC 23
Marcel Siem 43 23
Jens Fahrbring MC 10 MC 44
Graeme Storm MC MC 10
Gregory Bourdy MC 44
David Howell MC 68 MC MC
Phillip Price
Mark Pilkington
Tom Gandy MC
Daniel Young MC
Wilco Nienaber 22 4
Hurly Long 43 34
Player `20 `14 `13 `12 `11 `10 `09 `08
Thomas Pieters 3 45
Robert MacIntyre
Kurt Kitayama MC
Eddie Pepperell 4 68
Hao Tong Li
Sam Horsfield 1
Jorge Campillo MC MC 43 MC
Justin Harding 47
Marcus Kinhult
Adri Arnaus 47
Andrea Pavan MC 9 72
Min Woo Lee 72
JC Ritchie MC
Ryan Fox 57
Francesco Laporta 57
Romain Langasque
Guido Migliozzi 57
Renato Paratore MC
Gavin Green 11
Sami Valimaki 6
Mikko Korhonen MC 8 MC
Lucas Bjerregaard MC 56
Calum Hill 39
Jordan Smith 22
Scott Vincent 22
Dean Burmester 47
Brandon Stone MC
Ross Fisher 27 32 62 6 MC MC 31 10
Sebastian Soderberg 10
Jason Scrivener 14
Jack Senior 22
Matthew Jordan 47
Matthew Southgate 27 MC
Sebastian Heisele 14
Andrew Johnston 3 48
Alexander Bjork 27
Nicolas Colsaerts 63 4 12
Thorbjorn Olesen 66 32 MC 18 50
Adrian Otaegui 14 50
Chris Paisley MC 31
Aaron Rai 31
Zander Lombard MC
Darius Van Driel MC
John Catlin 6
Masahiro Kawamura MC
Joachim B Hansen 22
Richie Ramsay MC 17 MC MC 27 10
Jeff Winther
Adrian Meronk 6
Oliver Farr 39
Wil Besseling 11 MC
Louis De Jager 63
Maverick Antcliff 31
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia Dq
Connor Syme 3
Sean Crocker 22
Joel Sjoholm 57 MC 8 8
Cormac Sharvin 31
Julian Suri 66
Oscar Lengden 47
David Drysdale MC 31 11 30 Ret MC MC
Shiv Kapur MC MC 59 MC
Shubhankar Sharma 63
Robert Rock 9 15 MC 4 26
Lorenzo Gagli 14 MC 57 59
Marc Warren 39 4 MC MC 12 MC MC
Anton Karlsson MC
Dale Whitnell 31
Adrien Saddier MC
Grant Forrest 69
Nacho Elvira 39 65
Marcus Armitage MC
Jake McLeod 14
Niklas Lemke MC
Rhys Enoch 31 52 MC
Oliver Wilson MC 48 MC 66 MC
Bryce Easton MC
Callum Shinkwin 11
Justin Walters 39 MC 26
Edoardo Molinari 47 4 MC 4 31
Philip Eriksson
Ewen Ferguson
Sihwan Kim 47 22
Tapio Pulkkanen
Ben Stow 73
Oliver Fisher MC 40 31 46 MC 72 6 MC
Ashley Chesters 39
Jbe Kruger MC MC MC
Jacques Kruyswijk 14
Stephen Gallacher MC MC Ret 42 MC 4 MC 58
Zach Murray MC
Nicolai Hojgaard MC
Lars Van Meijel MC
Haydn Porteous MC
Maximilian Kieffer 14 74 52
Clement Sordet MC
Ross McGowan 70 MC MC 63 MC 10
Damien Perrier 57
Emilio Cuartero Blanco MC
Lorenzo Scalise MC
Benjamin Poke MC
Daan Huizing 50
Jonathan Caldwell 47 68
Bernd Ritthammer 66
Laurie Canter MC
David Law
Paul Dunne
Alejandro Canizares MC MC MC MC MC MC
Kristoffer Reitan MC
James Morrison 27 32 MC 57 MC MC
Steven Tiley MC
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen MC
Mathieu Fenasse MC
Matthew Baldwin MC MC 18 MC
Martin Simonsen 47
Gavin Moynihan MC
Ugo Coussaud
Liam Johnston MC
Lee Slattery MC 60 Dq 28 MC MC 26 61
Craig Howie
Aaron Cockerill 14
Michael Campbell MC MC MC MC MC MC
Richard McEvoy MC 18 12 9
Ben Evans MC
Thomas Bjorn 58 58 2 MC 9 43 21
Carlos Pigem 74
Marcel Siem 33 30 7 43 15
Jens Fahrbring MC
Graeme Storm 12 6 69 18 69 MC
Gregory Bourdy MC 1 14 2 39 10 21
David Howell MC MC Ret 48 MC MC Wd 35
Phillip Price 32 MC MC 12 46 MC 50
Mark Pilkington Dq
Tom Gandy
Daniel Young
Wilco Nienaber 22
Hurly Long

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