The European Tour @ Genworth Statistics created a new award system. June 20 2012

Genworth Statistics Awards evening  (Getty Images)

Genworth Statistics Awards evening (Getty Images)

The European Tour and Genworth Statistics have launched a new recognition program which brings a high level of objectivity that is unique to the game of golf. The Genworth Performance Award  will measure a player’s performance in six critical performance categories, and will be awarded quarterly. This is an extension of the Genworth Statistics programme that has been supporting The European Tour since 2007.

The six categories are;

1. Tee shots (total driving from combined ranking); 2. Approach shots (Greens in regulation ranking); 3. Scrambling (scrambles ranking); 4. Putting (putts per round ranking); 5. Scoring (stroke average); 6. Prize money achieved (average money won per tournament played )

To qualify for  the Genworth Performance Award, each player must have played a minimum of 10 rounds in a given quarter, and also made the cut at two out of three tournaments they have contested.

At the end of each year there will be another award, The Genworth Performer of the Year Award, where to win each player must have played a minimum of 40 rounds in a given year, that equates to ten tournaments if they make the cut.

Peter Barrett, Global Managing Director, Genworth, said;

“These new awards reflect our desire as a sponsor of The European Tour to recognise exceptional performance, something which is vital in sport and of course in business.”

If all this sounds confusing I am sure it will all become clear during the season, plus you can follow and keep up to date on which golfers are performing the best via the official website (europeantour.com) as well as the extensive TV coverage.