Monday, 20 February 2017

2017 - Week 8 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Joburg Open (European PGA Tour) and The Honda Classic (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. There is a strong field in Florida with nine out of the top twenty in the world rankings teeing it up. The European PGA Tour returns to South Africa, where the Joburg Open field has its usual large weak field, making the event a bit of a lottery. This year, the field seems even weaker than normal, with only four lowly members of the world's top one hundred teeing it up in Johannesburg.

2017 - Week 7 Winners

Brett Rumford (ranked 14th by Golf Predictor) won the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth on the European PGA Tour. The 39 year old local put a bad year last year behind him to win the new super 6 format event in Australia. After suffering from injury woes and losing his card in 2016, Rumford bounced back to dominate both the 54 hole stroke play and the innovative six hole matchplay format among the top twenty four on Sunday. Our top ranked player, Alex Noren, missed the cut and he wasn't the only one of the bigger names did not perform. Overall, we had only five of the top seventeen plus ties (5/19) in the hot and breezy conditions.
 

Dustin Johnson (ranked 1st by Golf Predictor) won the Genesis Open title on the US PGA Tour. The 32 year old American won his thirteenth tour title with a dominating display in Los Angeles. Johnson gave an impressive display of driving and putting at the weather affected event to blow the field away. After opening up a six shot lead after the end of his third round, Johnson opened up his final round with two birdies to all but end the tournament as a contest. After that, he eased off the throttle and won by five shots in the end. With the emphatic win, Johnson reached world number one for the first time and emulated Tiger Woods' streak of winning in his first ten seasons. Johnson was our top ranked player and we had nine of the top twenty two plus ties (9/27*) in total.



*With withdrawals, Howell III makes the top 27 in the GP rankings.

Monday, 13 February 2017

2017 - Week 7 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth (European PGA Tour) and the Genesis Open (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. It's the last week of the California swing this week on the US PGA Tour and there's a quality field at the re-branded event in Los Angeles. Seventeen of the top twenty five in the world are teeing it up, which doesn't leave many of the top players for the new format Super 6 event in Perth! They have to make do with world number eleven Alex Noren and world number twenty five Louis Oosthuizen. That duo joins the usual large local contingent of unknowns in the large field, which will be shrunk down to twenty four for six hole match play after the third round to settle the winner. 

Sunday, 12 February 2017

2017 - Week 6 Winners

Fabrizio Zanotti (ranked 58th by Golf Predictor) won the Maybank Championship on the European PGA Tour. The 33 year old Paraguayan  won his second tour title with a fantastic finish in Malaysia. Trailing by six shots overnight, Zanotti closed with a 63 (-9) that included a birdie-eagle finish to pip David Lipsky by a single shot. Our top ranked player, Danny Willett, led by three overnight, but faded Sunday to finish tied 5th. In an an event where many of the bigger names did not perform, we had only six of the top twelve plus ties (6/19) in this new tournament.

Jordan Spieth (ranked 2nd by Golf Predictor) won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the US PGA Tour. The 23 year old American cruised to his ninth tour on the scenic Pacific layout. Leading by six shots overnight, Spieth wasn't put under any real pressure and reeled off a long succession of pars along with two birdies to win by four shots. Our top ranked player, Jason Day, had a mixed weekend, but finished well on Sunday for tied fifth. Overall, we had nine of the top fourteen plus ties (9/22).

Monday, 6 February 2017

2017 - Week 6 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Maybank Championship (European PGA Tour) and the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (US PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. The California swing continues this week on the US Tour, where, as usual, a strong field has assembled to play with the stars. Five of the top twelve in the world rankings, including world number one Jason Day, are teeing it up in the annual pro-am at scenic Pebble Beach and two other nearby courses. Meanwhile, the European PGA Tour is in Malaysia on a different course this year, last used on tour in 2009. Like the inaugural event last year, Masters Danny Willett is headlining the field in steamy Kuala Lumper!


2017 - Week 5 Winners

Sergio Garcia (ranked 5th by Golf Predictor) won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the European PGA Tour. The 37 year old Spaniard won his twelfth tour title with a solid final day performance in Dubai. Leading by three shots coming into the final day, Garcia was never really threatened and was able to close out a three shot victory over Henrik Stenson. Garcia was among those who turned out to have the best side of the draw as high winds stopped play on Friday afternoon after the morning starters had finished in similar conditions. It was another disappointing display from the main draw, Tiger Woods, who withdrew with back spasms after a disappointing opening 77. Stenson was our top ranked player and we had only seven of the top nineteen (7/22) in the very difficult conditions.

Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama (ranked 26th by Golf Predictor) won the Waste Management Phoenix Open on the US PGA Tour. The 24 year old Japanese player defended his title in a four hole play-off with Web Simpson. Simpson had makable putts to win it on the first three extra holes, but failed with feeble efforts on the first two and was agonisingly close on the third. That was disappointing, as I had backed and tipped him at 66/1! The big hitting Matsuyama finally prevailed on the drivable par four seventeenth after Simpson stymied himself with a bunker on the L shaped green. Matsuyama was our top ranked player and we had twelve of the top sixteen plus ties (12/23) in total.

Monday, 30 January 2017

2017 - Week 5 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic (European PGA Tour) and the Waste Management Phoenix Open (US PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. It's the last week of the Desert Swing on the European PGA Tour and although Rory McIlroy is still out injured, there is a strong field of tour members, not to mention Tiger Woods, in Dubai. Meanwhile, the US PGA Tour has made the short hop from California to Arizona, where the raucous fans can cheer on a quality field, with nine of the top twenty in the world rankings teeing it up!

Sunday, 29 January 2017

2017 - Week 4 Winners

Jeung-Hun Wang (ranked 10th by Golf Predictor) won the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on the European PGA Tour. The 21 year old South Korean won his third title in less than a year with a play-off victory over Jaco van Zyl and Joakim Lagergren in Qatar. Despite losing his overnight three shot lead and leaving his birdie putt agonisingly short on the final hole in regulation, Wang wasn't to be denied. He regrouped to take the title at the first extra hole after both his opponents narrowly missed their birdie putts. Our top ranked player, Alex Noren, finished in tied 21st and we had fourteen of the top twenty one plus ties (14/27*).

Jon Rahm (ranked 34th by Golf Predictor) won the Farmers Insurance Open on the US PGA Tour. The promising 22 year old Spaniard won his first tour title with an incredible finish at Torrey Pines. Rahm broke free of a logjam with a birdie on seventeen and an incredible eagle at the last to win by two shots. In fact, Rahm had two eagles in his closing six holes for a closing 65 to win in style. Our top ranked player, Jason Day, was one of the several big names (including Tiger Woods on his proper return to the tour) to miss the cut. Overall, we had ten of the top twenty plus ties (10/27) in total.


*Canizares withdrew, promoting Campillo into the top 27 of the GP rankings.

More Interface Elements Enhanced on Golf Predictor

Old Prediction Rankings Page

Updated Prediction Rankingss Page

Similar to the recent updates to the log in/log out pages on Golf Predictor, various other interface elements have also been enhanced with more attractive Twitter Bootstrap components. Elements improved include the following:
  1. All the dropdown fields on the site e.g. the GP Season, Tour and Tournament drop down lists on most menu pages. The text labels have been replaced with graphical labels which are directly adjacent to the left hand side of the field. This can be seen in the second screenshot above.
  2. Text boxes now have their label as default text within the field. Most have got new graphical labels also.
  3. The Change Password page has been revamped similar to the log in page.
  4. The Registration and Search pages have also been updated.
  5. The background colour for the information panel on most menu pages (see screenshots above) has been changed to improve display on different monitors.
The before and after screenshots for the main Prediction Ranking page are shown above. As you can see, this new look is cleaner and modern looking. Some notes on these updates:
  1. You can hover over the new graphical labels for the dropdown fields to see the associated label text. This does not work on mobile devices, so you can also click on the label to see the same text (click again to hide it).
  2. Some text and formatting has been changed on the site to improve display on smaller mobile devices. Certain text has made smaller on such devices and/or been abbreviated. 
  3. The HTML/CSS for some site elements has been changed to reflect these new updates (e.g. there is no longer a need for separate containers for the label and the dropdown list. This may result in slightly different display formatting.
  4. I have tested these updates on desktop FireFox, Chrome IE11 and Edge and all appears to work as expected.  
  5. I have also tested the changes on Android (Chrome) and iOS (Safari) phones. I had to make some small compromises to the display of these new features on mobile devices because of a minor layout issue on iOS. 
  6. Despite the testing, there may be issues on other devices or issues that I have missed. Please contact me immediately if you experience any problems.
  7. You may have to reload pages that you have recently viewed to see the updates or get the page to display properly. The updated style sheets will also have to be reloaded, so please press Ctrl + F5 (Windows) on any such page to force your browser cache to update.
  8. Update: I have also tested the changes on a newer iPhone and an iPad and a similar minor issue as noted in point 5 exists in most orientations. It is very difficult to get the green boxes to align correctly on all mobile devices, but I will look to improve this in the coming days.

I trust you will agree that these cosmetic updates are an improvement. Just another way to make Golf Predictor a little better!

Monday, 23 January 2017

2017 - Week 4 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters (European PGA Tour) and the Farmers Insurance Open (US PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. The European Tour stays in the Arabian Gulf this week, where the action moves to Qatar. Meanwhile, there is a much better field in California, where eight of the top twenty in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines. However, all eyes will be once again on Tiger Woods, who's continuing his latest comeback on a course where he has had tremendous success in the past.