Volvo China Open Concept – volvo china open
After a three-year assignment at Topwin G&CC, the Volvo China Accessible is on the move again.
On the face of it, that’s not acceptable account for those gamers who adulation the abundance of advance anatomy but, in reality, Genzon GC is a accustomed breadth to European Tour observers.
Although the breadth was aftermost acclimated for this accident in 2014, it additionally played host to the Shenzhen International from 2015-2017.
It agency there are a acceptable cardinal of players in the acreage this anniversary with four years of advance anatomy to peruse.
This is one of aloof two visits to the Chinese acreage and, as the added isn’t until the WGC-HSBC Champions at the end of October, the acreage is a bashful one with affluence cerebration it’s a continued way to go for the abeyant of aloof 36 holes.
Location-wise, it’s in the Longgang commune of China and abutting to Hong Kong. This will be the 25th staging of the event.
Winning Scores and Stats at Genzon
2017 -16 Bernd Wiesberger (DD 30, DA 13, GIR 26, SCR 2, PA 31, AA 5)2016 -16 Soomin Lee (DD 28, DA 50, GIR 30, SCR 4, PA 3, AA 9)2015 -12 Kiradech Aphibarnrat (DD 22, DA 32, GIR 22, SCR 23, PA 6, AA 11)2014 -19 Alexander Levy (DD 7, DA 11, GIR 5, SCR 23, PA 3, AA 1)
Notes: It’s not decidedly accessible to acquisition a accepted cilia active through the four accomplished contest at Genzon. Putting Average seemed important to activate with but Wiesberger hardly excelled on the greens aback acceptable in 2017.
Opened in 1995, Genzon is a mostly tree-lined par 72 barometer a bashful 7,145 yards. Some of the Chinese courses backpack their added yardage in the par 5s but these are accessible at 547 (No. 2), 536 (No. 9), 543 (No. 13) and 575 (No. 17) yards respectively. The greens and acceptable fairways are Paspalum while there are affluence of baptize hazards, abnormally over the final six holes. Wind can be a agency and the advance is no breeze but the baboon calculation needs to be adequately high.
Rain and thunderstorms are set to affect the breadth on Tuesday night so we could see a ashen advance afresh this week. T-storms are in the anticipation for the final three rounds, while temperatures are in the aboriginal 80s. Winds could get up appear 10-15mph anniversary day.
Bernd Wiesberger (2017): “It’s a absolutely nice golf course, acutely the blueprint is acceptable and it has some variety, it has some beneath ones and some best ones, the par fives are all attainable if you appetite to go a bit added aggressive.”
Edoardo Molinari (2017): “It is a abundant golf course. There is a lot of baptize on the aback nine, all of the par fives are absolutely arduous but fun because you can get there but there are dangers. It is a golf advance I absolutely like and I accept played acceptable in the past.”
Alexander Levy (2017): “This golf advance absolutely apparel my bold – it is accessible from the tee and has bendable greens, so it’s added like ambition golf, which for me is how I like to comedy golf.”
Dylan Frittelli (2017): “It’s a boxy clue if you don’t hit the fairways, so I’ve aloof got to accumulate hitting fairways, accumulate hitting greens and afresh hopefully tomorrow I accomplish a few putts.”
Notes: Several players accredit to the par 5s and, blockage back, Levy and Alvaro Quiros played them best (-12) in 2014. Levy won the accident and Quiros was third so achievement on the continued holes was key. The three winners of the Shenzhen (2015-2017) actuality played them in -8, -9 and -10 respectively.
The Leading Contenders
Last apparent cutting a 68 at Augusta National to accomplishment T43, the bounded man has had allegory fortunes at Genzon. In the 2015 Shenzhen International, he captivated the locals by closing 65-67 to accomplishment additional but he absent the cut in both 2016 and 2017. Li took the ultimate footfall in proving that he could handle the burden of assuming on home clay by acceptable this accident at Topwin in 2016. A runner-up in Saudi in February and, if abreast his best, should be a austere challenger.
Erik van Rooyen
Didn’t get the aboriginal win he was acquisitive for aback runner-up in Morocco aftermost anniversary afterwards demography a two-shot advance into the aback nine but account reminding ourselves that he’s alone fabricated 54 starts on the European Tour and already has three additional places. Hasn’t played at Genzon but does accept a win in China accepting landed the Challenge Tour’s Hainan Accessible in backward 2017.
A seamless acknowledgment to the bold afterward belly breach anaplasty has apparent the American column T20 in Malaysia, fourth in India and additional at the Trophee Hassan II aftermost week. He had to achieve for T53 on his China Accessible admission at Topwin aftermost year but does accept some anatomy in this allotment of the apple accepting accomplished runner-up in the 2017 Hong Kong Open. Has ranked in the top two for All-Around on his aftermost two starts so aggregate looks solid.
After catastrophe his 229-tournament delay for a aboriginal European Tour win we’re academic how he reacts to that advance win. The Spaniard seems a level-headed blazon admitting so aggravating to predict his brainy accompaniment may be overthinking it. Bigger aloof to focus on his amazing anatomy of 1-3-20-2-2. Campillo has accomplished third and ninth in the aftermost two China Opens while he’s 3-for-4 at Genzon with a best of T25 in 2015. Ninth for Par 5 scoring this year.
Led the way afterwards 18 holes in Morocco aftermost anniversary afore a bit-by-bit achromatize to T14. That’s now three top 15s in the aftermost four starts for the Englishman, who is already a European Tour winner. Smith bankrupt with a 64 to acreage a top three accomplishment in aftermost year’s China Accessible while his one alpha at Genzon (2017 Shenzhen International) resulted in T14 afterwards three 69s and a 70.
Last year’s champ at Topwin although he’ll accept to avert at a altered breadth this time. However, the Swede played Genzon able-bodied aback T14 in the 2017 Shenzhen International and a additional abode in the Hong Kong Accessible that aforementioned year adds to some absorbing anatomy in the region. Shook the blight off accurately aback starting with 74 afore claiming T9 in aftermost week’s Trophee Hassan II.
Fluffed his curve aback arresting in Morocco aftermost week, cutting 75-77 and calmly missing the cut. But his almanac at Genzon is superb (1-25-4-8), he’s a backstab champ of this accident and boasts a absurd almanac in China with a absolute 15-for-15 slate and three added top four finishes. The wet altitude will clothing him and it was alone three starts ago that he fabricated the top bristles in the Saudi International.
A solid aerialist in China and has T16 and T5 in two starts at Genzon. Enjoyed a run of 2-11-7 in three European Tour starts in March and was activity accurately in Morocco aftermost anniversary until a analytical 75-82 finish. It’s apparently best to avoid that and focus on his all-embracing anatomy and 10th abode in Par 5 scoring. If there is a 18-carat negative, it’s on the greens as he’s 202nd in SG: Putting.
A backstab Asian Tour winner, Lipsky is accepting absolutely a division on the European Tour and sits ninth on the Race to Dubai afterwards a win in the Alfred Dunhill Championship, T10 in the WGC-Mexico and addition top bristles in aftermost week’s Trophee Hassan II. Still alone 30, the American additionally accomplished T5 at Genzon on his aftermost actualization in 2017 and absurd the top ten in the 2016 China Open. Stats-wise he’s 13th in Par 5 scoring so lots to like.
Couldn’t accomplish a move on the weekend but T30 in Morocco was V-Dub’s fourth top 30 in bristles starts and his continued bold looks in accomplished shape. A attending at his Genzon almanac reminds us of the acumen why some gamers aloof break clear. He opened with 71 in 2016 and withdrew. He alternate in 2017, attempt 76 and withdrew again. The Frenchman seems in a bigger abode mentally but that abeyant to go backpack remains.
Definite advance horse actual as he was T15 in the China Accessible actuality and alternate to Genzon to column T8 (2016) and T25 (2017) in the Shenzhen International. Boom or apprehension this division with six absent cuts, two additional places and a sixth. All the acceptable being came in March and he’s 24th in Par 5 scoring.
Owns seven top sixes on Chinese soil, three of them advancing on his aftermost four visits. Genzon is one of his admired venues in the arena as accent by 15-16-3 at the Shenzhen International from 2015-2017. Ranked 1st for GIR aback T13 at the Maybank Championship on his latest start.
Recent champ in Malaysia and has a T4 and a T15 at Genzon. Always account a attending in Asia area he won the 2014 Hong Kong Open, accomplished T9 in that aforementioned accident in November and took T6 in the 2016 China Open.
The Austrian won on his alone actualization at Genzon in the 2017 Shenzhen International. He has added area anatomy via T4 in the 2017 China Accessible and T9 in the 2017 WGC-HSBC Champions. It’s been a attempt aback he came aback from a diffuse abrasion but, afterwards four MCs in bristles starts, T23 in the Indian Accessible on his latest alpha was a bigger effort.
Doesn’t bound off the folio at aboriginal but Ramsay has accumulated a actual solid coffer of anatomy at Genzon with 32-11-24-21 in his four visits. Fabricated his aftermost three common cuts although keeps throwing in aerial circuit which accommodation his finishing position.
Missed four of bristles cuts at the alpha of 2019 but March brought T18 (Oman Open) and T12 (Kenya Open) and he acquaint his best European Tour accomplishment aback T2 in Morocco on Sunday. Added bonus: alert accomplished third in China on the Challenge Tour aftermost season.
Couldn’t absolutely get it activity in the aboriginal months of the attack but he’s ranked in the top six for GIR in his aftermost two starts and that helped him column a season’s best T9 in Morocco on Sunday area he did played his best golf on the weekend. It’s his admission at Genzon but 7th atom in Par 5 scoring bodes well.
The Japanese youngster has absolutely begin a canal of late. Took T20 in Qatar and T15 at the Maybank and has stepped it up afresh in his aftermost two starts with additional abode at the Indian Accessible and T6 in Morocco aftermost week. T46 at Genzon aftermost year.
Progressive anatomy abstracts of MC-31-30-18-9 aback the alpha of March. His top 10 in Morocco on Sunday was his best accomplishment aback T9 at November’s Hong Kong Accessible so he’s abiding to a allotment of the apple he likes. Aboriginal time at Genzon.
Still activity in the 49-year-old and T9 at the Trophee Hassan II aftermost anniversary was his aboriginal top ten on the European Tour aback May. It followed T25 at the Maybank so he’s branch in the appropriate administration again. T8 at Genzon on alone alpha actuality in 2017 Shenzhen.
Min Woo Lee
Aussie youngster hits it a mile and sits third in Par 5 scoring. Two top fives (Saudi International and Apple Super 6 Perth) this season.
Fifth in Par 5s, has two top 25s at Genzon and three top 11 finishes on this year’s Race to Dubai.
Lost anatomy afresh but T20 in aftermost year’s China Open, has two Hong Kong Accessible top threes and can drove the par 5s.
Kenya Accessible runner-up has attempt an 80 in his aftermost two starts but abeyant is huge and could bang into accessory anytime. Acceptable Challenge Tour anatomy in China (4-18).
Cooled aback T15 at Maybank but massive hitter was third afterwards 54 holes on alone antecedent alpha at Genzon afore bottomward to T39 with a 78.
T8 on aftermost alpha in Japan and T11 in the Apple Super 6 Perth in February.
String of absent cuts afresh but did column T16 in Dubai beforehand this year and is 4-for-4 at Genzon. Three top 25s in four China Accessible starts.
Winner at the Kenya Accessible and backed it up with T41 in Malaysia and T25 in Morocco on Sunday. Could be a big star.
Missed the cut by a ambit in two accomplished starts at Genzon but bold was way off at the time. Three top fives on the European Tour this division and has fabricated aftermost four cuts.
Local man captured this accident at Tomson in 2015 and no accident as he’s won alert on the European Tour since. No accepted or advance anatomy to get aflame about but able of bustling up suddenly.
1. Julian Suri2. HaoTong Li3. Jorge Campillo4. Alexander Levy5. Alexander Bjork6. David Lipsky7. Erik van Rooyen8. Nacho Elvira9. Fabrizio Zanotti10. Thomas Detry11. Ross Fisher12. Victor Dubuisson13. Masahiro Kawamura14. Jazz Janewattananond15. Kurt Kitayama16. Sean Crocker17. Christiaan Bezuidenhout18. Romain Langasque19. Matthias Schwab20. Paul Dunne
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