Joburg stat pack
A preview and stats for this week's Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.
Last Updated: 10/01/12 1:50pm
The European Tour remains in South Africa, as it heads more than 450 miles north from East London to Johannesburg.
While last week's undulating venue was close to the coast, this week's Joburg Open is more centrally located.
And, for the sixth year in a row, the tournament is being staged at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.
Once again, both the East and West courses will be used allowing over 200 golfers to take part.
The West Course was opened in 1928, seven years before the East, and both venues have an abundance of trees and water hazards.
Every golfer will play one round on each course over Thursday and Friday, with the final 36 holes reverting to the longer and tougher East course at the weekend.
So who's teeing-up on Thursday?
Thomas Aiken: The consistent 28-year-old from Johannesburg would love to win in his home city. He tied-for-14th on Sunday.
Retief Goosen: The 43-year-old rarely finishes outside the top-10 on home soil and he contended for the Africa Open title on Sunday.
Garth Mulroy: Twice a runner-up in this event, Mulroy arrives in Johannesburg having finished just outside the top-30 in last week's Africa Open.
Charl Schwartzel: The two-time defending champion has never finished lower than 20th in five starts in Joburg. In 20 rounds over the East and West courses, the reigning US Masters champion averages an excellent 67.65.
Richard Sterne: Made a welcome return to the game after nearly a year out by finishing sixth last week - seven shots behind winner Louis Oosthuizen. Is a former champion at this week's venue.
Danny Willett: Twice fourth in Johannesburg, the Sheffield professional opened with rounds of 67-68-65 in East London last week before slipping back on Sunday to finish seventh following a closing level-par 73.
SELECTED PLAYERS with GOOD to REASONABLE FORM at ROYAL JOHANNESBURG & KENSINGTON
Player: '07 / '08 / '09 / '10 / '11
Warren Abery: 55 / 14 / MC / 12 / Wd
Thomas Aiken: MC / MC / 12 / MC / 3
Ariel Canete: Won / 9 / MC / 30 / MC
David Drysdale: MC / 63 / 3 / MC / 13
Jamie Elson: - / - / - / 30 / 4
Tyrone Ferreira: - / 8 / 52 / MC / 20
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet: 12 / - / - / MC / 5
Alex Haindl: 4 / 46 / MC / 17 / MC
Keith Horne: 12 / MC / 57 / 2 / 20
James Kamte: MC / 21 / 12 / 4 / MC
James Kingston: 8 / 41 / 28 / MC / 7
Garth Mulroy: 34 / 2 / MC / - / 2
Mark Murless: 4 / 5 / MC / MC / MC
Hennie Otto: 3 / MC / 52 / 6 / 27
Charl Schwartzel: 19 / 14 / 4 / Won / Won
Richard Sterne: 17 / Won / 12 / 44 / 60
Tjaart Van Der Walt: - / - / - / 17 / 7
Jaco Van Zyl: 34 / 55 / 12 / 12 / MC
Danny Willett: - / - / 4 / 4 / 33
SELECTED PLAYERS with POOR FORM at ROYAL JOHANNESBURG & KENSINGTON
(No Top-60 Finishes from Three or More Starts)
Player: '07 / '08 / '09 / '10 / '11
Jaco Ahlers: 67 / MC / MC / MC / -
Jacques Blaauw: - / - / MC / 73 / MC
Desvonde Botes: MC / MC / MC / MC / MC
Merrick Bremner: MC / - / MC / MC / 66
Louis De Jager: - / MC / MC / MC / MC
Pelle Edberg: MC / - / - / MC / MC
Vaughn Groenewald: 70 / MC / MC / 73 / MC
Julien Guerrier: - / - / MC / MC / MC
David Hewan: - / MC / MC / MC / MC
Peter Karmis: MC / MC / - / - / MC
Sam Little: - / - / 78 / MC / 62
Alan Michell: MC / MC / - / - / MC
Lindani Ndwandwe: MC / MC / MC / MC / MC
Steven O'Hara: MC / MC / MC / MC / 62
Omar Sandys: 83 / MC / MC / MC / -
Thabang Simon: MC / - / MC / MC / -
Chris Swanepoel: - / MC / - / MC / MC
Sam Walker: MC / - / MC / - / MC
LOWEST 12 STROKE AVERAGES at ROYAL JOHANNESBURG & KENSINGTON
(Last Four Years - 2008/11)
67.25: Charl Schwartzel (16)
68.10: Garth Mulroy (10)
68.50: Danny Willett (12)
68.63: Jamie Elson (8)
68.63: Tjaart Van Der Walt (8)
68.79: James Kamte (14)
69.20: Magnus A Carlsson (10)
69.42: Thomas Aiken (12)
69.44: Richard Sterne (16)
69.46: Warren Abery (13)
69.57: David Drysdale (14)
69.64: Keith Horne (14)
(Min. No. of Rounds = 8)
SIX or MORE TOP-25 Finishes at European Tour events staged in SOUTH AFRICA
(Last Five Years - since Jan 1st, 2007)
12: Charl Schwartzel
12: Richard Sterne
9: Thomas Aiken
9: Keith Horne
8: Branden Grace
8: James Kingston
7: Garth Mulroy
7: Hennie Otto
7: Robert Rock
6: David Drysdale
6: Retief Goosen
6: Jbe Kruger
6: Jaco Van Zyl
LOWEST ROUNDS at ROYAL JOHANNESBURG & KENSINGTON
(Since East and West courses first staged a European Tour event in 2007)
61: Charl Schwartzel (West - 2011)
62: Neil Schietekat (West - 2010)
62: Martin Maritz (East - 2011)
62: Tyrone Mordt (West - 2011)
62: James Kingston (West - 2011)
63: 10 times (twice by Charl Schwartzel)
Note: As yet, no player has carded a round as low as 63 on the final day.
East: Par 71; 7,592 yards
West: Par 71; 7,237 yards
Winning Totals (Last Three Years):
2011 - 265 (Charl Schwartzel)
2010 - 261 (Charl Schwartzel)
2009 - 269 (Anders Hansen)