16th Jan 2018 | Abu Dhabi Championship
Abu Dhabi Championship Trends
The European Tour starts the desert swing with a high quality field in Abu Dhabi. We look at the trends of past winners.
For many European Tour pros the 2018 season gets under way in Abu Dhabi with the likes of Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson joined by Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose.
This is the 13th year Abu Dhabi Golf Club has hosted the event and it is a course that has created repeat winners with Martin Kaymer and Paul Casey having won five times between them.
Top-60 on tour in putts per GIR
Measuring 7,600 yards the course is a brute but the championship is still decided on the greens. Eight of the last nine winners ranked inside the top-60 on tour in putts per GIR.
Top-60 on tour for GIRs
Eight of the last eleven winners ranked inside the top-60 on tour for GIRs, with surprise winners Gary Stal and Pablo Larrazabal missing out.
Players that fit both trends:
Odds correct at time of publishing: 19:18 16th Jan, 2018 but subject to change