Monday, 17 July 2017

2017 - Week 29 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, The Open Championship (European/US PGA Tour) and the Barbasol Championship (US PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. The excitement is mounting this side of the pond for the most venerable major of them all, which returns to Royal Birkdale for the first time since 2008. World number one Dustin Johnson leads the strong field and he will be aiming to add the claret jug to his burgeoning trophy cabinet! Meanwhile, a second string field is once again lining up for the US PGA Tour event in Alabama.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

2017 - Week 28 Winners

Rafa Cabrera Bello (ranked 11th by Golf Predictor) won the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on the European PGA Tour. The 33 year old Spaniard finally won his third tour title with an impressive final day performance in Scotland. Cabrera Bello closed with a course record 64 (-8) and after Callum Shinkwin took four to get down from about 10 yards over the final green, the duo finished level on -13. Shinkwin played the par five eighteenth in a similar manner again and after the Spaniard hit a great second shot to about twelve feet, it was all but over. Shinkwin still had a chance to prolong the play-off, but left his putt criminally short for the second time. That allowed the happy Cabrera Bello to end his five and a half year wait for another title. Our top ranked player, Henrik Stenson, finished tied 26th and in an event where many of the top players failed to perform in the sometimes difficult conditions, we only had six of the top nineteen plus ties (6/25).   

Byron DeChambeau (ranked 5th by Golf Predictor) won the John Deere Classic on the US PGA Tour. The 23 year old American became the tenth first time winner on the PGA Tour this season at TPC Deere Run. DeChambeau finished superbly with two birdies for what he believed would be a tie at best. However, after Patrick Rodgers bogeyed the seventeenth and failed to bounce back at the last, the title went to the golfing scientist! Our top ranked player, Daniel Berger fading slightly on the back nine, but finished with two birdies for tied 5th. Overall, we had nine of the top nineteen plus ties (9/24).


Monday, 10 July 2017

2017 - Week 28 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open (European PGA Tour) and the John Deere Classic (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. It's the final week before The Open Championship and it's the last chance for a competitive tune up. There is a strong field playing in Scotland this year, with five of the top fifteen in the world rankings hoping to get some competitive links practice before heading to Royal Birkdale. However, there aren't many big names in Illinois, where Daniel Berger is headlining the field.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

2017 - Week 27 Winners

Jon Rahm (ranked 4th by Golf Predictor) won the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation on the European PGA Tour. The 22 year old Spaniard secured his first win on the European Tour at Portstewart at his first time of asking as a professional. Despite bogeying the last, Rahm won by six shots on a tournament record -24 with an impressive display on Sunday in difficult conditions. In doing so, Rahm joined his heroes Seve, Olazabal and Garcia as Spanish winners of the Irish Open. Our top ranked player, Hideki Matsuyama, finished in tied 14th and we had six of the top fourteen plus ties (6/19) in the latest Rolex Series event. 

Xander Schauffele (ranked 28th by Golf Predictor) won the Greenbrier Classic on the US PGA Tour. The 23 year old American won his first tour title with a great final tee shot at the restored Old White TPC. Tied for the tied on the last tee, Schauffele hit his tee shot to three feet to set up what turned out to be the winning birdie. Once Robert Streb wasn't able to emulate him on the last, Schauffele became the eight first time winner this season. Our top ranked player, Patrick Reed, finished in tied 20th and we had thirteen of the top twenty plus ties (13/28*) in total.


*Due to a non-finish, Mackenzie Hughes is promoted to the top 28 of the GP rankings. 

Monday, 3 July 2017

2017 - Week 27 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation (European PGA Tour) and the Greenbrier Classic (US PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. There are not many big names teeing it up in West Virginia this week, where the tournament makes a welcome return to the schedule after being cancelled last year due to devastating floods. Meanwhile, here in Ireland, Rory McIlroy is defending the tournament he is hosting at Portstewart. As it is now part of the Rolex Series and just two weeks before The Open Championship, there is a stellar field this year in Co. Derry. Five of the top fifteen in the world will be hoping to get their links game in shape for the big one in two weeks time!

2017 - Week 26 Winners

Tommy Fleetwood (ranked 8th by Golf Predictor) won the HNA Open de France on the European PGA Tour. The 26 year old Englishman continued his impressive recent form by winning his third tour title in Paris. Fleetwood finished with an impressive bogey free 66 on the 2018 Ryder Cup venue and although his lead was four shots on the back nine at one point, a strong finish by Peter Uihlein meant he won by just a single shot in the end. Our top ranked player, Alex Noren, finished in tied tenth and we had only seven of the top sixteen plus ties (7/22) on the testing layout.

Kyle Stanley (ranked 19th by Golf Predictor) won the Quicken Loans National on the US PGA Tour. The 29 year old American won his second tour title in a play-off with Charles Howell III. After both golfers had finished level on -7, Stanley won with a par on the first extra hole. It was an emotional win for Stanley, who had to endure a five year wait for his second tour win. Our top ranked player, Rickie Fowler, finished strongly for tied 3rd and we had ten of the top twenty two plus ties (10/25) in total.  

Monday, 26 June 2017

2017 - Week 26 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the HNA Open de France (European PGA Tour) and the Quicken Loans National (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. There aren't many big names at Tiger Woods' tournament this week, including the man himself, who is getting help for his addiction issues. However, Rickie Fowler makes his first appearance since contending at the US Open. The French event sees the European Tour début of rookie sensation John Rahm, thanks no doubt to its updated status as a Rolex Series event and the venue being the host of the next Ryder Cup.


2017 - Week 25 Winners

Andres Romero (ranked 147th by Golf Predictor) won the BMW International Open on the European PGA Tour. The 36 year old Argentinian won his second tour title with a birdie burst on the back nine to edge out Sergio Garcia, Thomas Detry and Richard Bland by a single shot. Ten years after his only other victory which was also in Germany, Romero relied on a sponsor's invite after falling to 837th in the world rankings. Indeed, he is the lowest ranked golfer ever to win on Golf Predictor (147) and he did it with an impressive blemish free final round 65 (-7). On a tightly packed leaderboard, Romero posted his score and after Garcia missed a tiddler on sixteen and Bland bogeyed seventeen, both needed an eagle on the last to tie. It wasn't to be and a grateful Romero returned unexpectedly to the winner's circle. Garcia was our top ranked player and we had ten of the top twenty plus ties (10/25)

Jordan Spieth (ranked 3rd by Golf Predictor) won the Travelers Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 23 year old American became the second youngest after Tiger Woods to register ten wins on the PGA Tour season in his first appearance at TPC River Highlands. Despite a good start, Spieth didn't play well on Sunday and was lucky not to find the water three times on the closing nine holes. He was caught by Daniel Berger, who played well on Sunday to come from five shots back to force a play-off. However, Spieth was not to be denied and he holed out spectacularly from the bunker on the first extra hole to get over the line. Our top ranked player, Rory McIlroy, finished strongly for tied 17th, despite swapping putters several times during the week! Overall, we had eleven of the top seventeen plus ties (11/25) in total.

Monday, 19 June 2017

2017 - Week 25 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the BMW International Open (European PGA Tour) and the Travelers Championship (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. After the excitement of the US Open, it's back to the grind! Unusually for a week after a major, there are a fair number of the top players teeing it up this week. Six of the top twenty in the world are teeing it up in Connecticut and a couple more are making the trip from Wisconsin to Germany to compete.

2017 - Week 24 Winner

Brookes Koepka (ranked 15th by Golf Predictor) won the US Open on the European/US PGA Tour. The 27 year old American won his first major with a tremendous display at Erin Hills. Trailing by a shot overnight, Koepka blew the field away with a display of power, accuracy and putting to win by four shots over Hideki Matsuyama and Brian Harman. In doing so, he equalled Rory McIlroy's record score to par (-16), albeit on the long par 72 in Wisconsin. Koepka opened up with two birdies on Sunday and never looked in trouble after that. A burst of birdies on the back nine all but guaranteed him the title and he duly eased to the prestigious title. Our top ranked player, Dustin Johnson, was one of the unusually large number of top ranked players who missed the cut. As a result, we only had six of the top twenty one plus ties (6/22*) on what turned out to be an atypical US Open layout. 


*Mickelson famously and eventually withdrew, promoting Steve Stricker to the top 22 in the GP Rankings.