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Adding to his appeal is course form of T5 and T8 in two of the last three editions at Gut Larchenhof while he won the European Open on German soil in and has a fine record in the country. His putting seems to have returned 9th for PA at Wentworth and, as he's been for most of his career on the European Tour eight wins at this level , Jaidee is being a little underrated this week.
Over the course of several renewals at Gut Larchenhof, no single type of player has particularly dominated but the stats do emphasise the importance of long game accuracy and plenty of experienced, good course managers have gone well. Though now a part-timer, the 47 year-old remains competitive, registering third and sixth place finishes from a small number of starts in and The Dane only kicked off his campaign with a couple of appearances during May but performed respectably to make both cuts and is probably tuning up for bigger invites in events where he has some previous.
This is one of them and at least a place is perfectly realistic. If he plays anywhere near as well as he did there he'll take some stopping but I'm going to scan a little further down the list and plump for the ultra-confident and ever-improving Matt Wallace at a juicier price. For a summary of winners' odds on the European Tour for the past 8 years based on the schedule click here. The latest weather forecast for the area is here. After a particularly cold winter in the UK, spring has sprung and the grass and trees have been growing rapidly for the past few weeks under some sunny skies.
More sunshine is expected this week with temperatures reaching the mids Fahrenheit over the weekend, although there's a fair chance of rain at times and the potential for some thundery downpours particularly on Thursday and Friday. There will be a fairly constant 10mph breeze throughout the event which will make club selection tricky as it swirls around the trees. Analysing the final stats of the last 8 winners here since gives us a little more insight into the requirements for this test: Hit two thirds of fairways, three quarters of greens and scramble and putt in the top dozen or so and you'll be there or thereabouts is pretty much how recent winners since the original Els re-design have got the job done.
Even when weather conditions have led to higher or lower scores, it's still tended to be players who've done sufficiently well in all aspects of their game who've prevailed here.
Traditionally this has been a strong all-round test and contenders can't be lacking in any particular area of their game this week if they want to succeed. Aside from a solid tee-to-green game from last year's top-5 finishers on the revamped West Course, what was eye-catching in terms of stats was that each of them ranked inside the top-8 for scrambling on the week. The reality of the course changes last year was that it wasn't necessarily easier to score, but the course was generally fairer to all and ultimately under was good enough to see Alex Noren over the line, a score which certainly doesn't look out of line with recent years.
In recent times, the key to scoring sufficiently well to contend on the West Course has been in mastering the par 5s. The top 5 finishers last year were a combined under par for the par 5s compared to just 1-under on the par 4s. Also worth noting is that most players finishing in the top 5 or better in that time Francesco Molinari last year, Thomas Aiken in and Rory McIlroy in are the exceptions , played the par 3s at level par of better for the week - indeed Alex Noren was -3 for the par 3s on the week compared to the same score for all of the par 4s combined.
So in effect this is a case of play the par 3s well, score heavily on the par 5s and hang on around the remainder of the course's tough par 4s. The three short-priced winners McIlroy and Donald twice entered the event off the back of some strong form and at least 2 consecutive top 10s immediately prior to victory here. Manassero's form was less obvious with a couple of top 20s in his previous 4 outings, whereas Simon Khan's win came from completely off the page as a late sponsor's invitation.
Last year's winner Alex Noren had won 4 times the previous season and although he'd not taken any further silverware in up to the point of his victory here, he had made the quarter-finals of the WGC Match Play before finishing a creditable 10th at TPC Sawgrass in elite company on his last start. Until then, and including Alex Noren last year and Chris Wood the year before, recent winners here had produced a top or better over the West Course in either its previous or current guise, suggesting that positive experience of this part of Surrey in some shape or form was pretty critical.
Wentworth hadn't been Rory McIlroy's favourite stomping ground prior to victory in , however he had nevertheless produced a top-5 on his second attempt in ; Matteo Manassero had finished 7th two years prior to victory which followed his 17th place finish on debut; Luke Donald had finished 3rd in and 2nd in prior to his back-to-back wins in and ; even 'surprise' winner Simon Khan had previously finished 2nd at Wentworth 4 years previously, so his ability to play the course shouldn't have been a total shock - which he again proved in when making the play-off.
Event form prior to winning since as follows: This classical, tree-lined track is at its most challenging when the wind blows - even a mph breeze can play havoc with club selection as it whistles around the treetops - and we should expect that type of challenge pretty much throughout the week which should help keep a lid on scoring.
For me this is a combination of solid all-round play, bogey avoidance and some positive course experience. All things considered, my selections are as follows: The 23 year-old started the season off well with a 3rd place finish in Abu Dhabi which promised much in Ryder Cup year, however 3 missed cuts from 4 starts plus an early exit from the WGC Match Play followed as he was quite vocal about his game not being quite right.
With his solo finish in second place he earned enough points to take over the World Golf Ranking 1 spot. He will be the Number One player in the world headed into the Tour Championship. There are some notable names, like Jordan Spieth 31st in the standings who will miss out on a trip to Atlanta and an opportunity to win the FedEx Cup.
The rest of the FedEx Cup standings are as follows:. The man who always wears Jordan brand golf shoes on the course, Keegan Bradley plays a mixed bag of clubs and this week found the winning combination. Age 14 Playing years: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero Your email address will not be published.