Monday, 16 July 2018

2018 - 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 Carnoustie for the first time since 2007. World number one Dustin Johnson leads the strong field and he will be among those trying to master the very hard and dry links challenge this year! Meanwhile, a second string field is once again lining up for the US PGA Tour event in Kentucky.


Sunday, 15 July 2018

2018 - Week 28 Winners

Brandon Stone (ranked 122nd by Golf Predictor) won the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on the European PGA Tour. The 25 year old South African overcame recent poor form and won his third tour title with a brilliant final day performance. Trailing by three shots overnight, he closed with a course record 60 (-10) to win by four shots. Indeed, Stone missed an eight foot birdie putt on the last for the first ever 59 on the European Tour. Our top ranked player, Justin Rose, finished tied 9th and in an event where many top players failed to perform in the benign conditions, we only had seven of the top nineteen plus ties (7/22*).   

Michael Kim (ranked 94th by Golf Predictor) won the John Deere Classic on the US PGA Tour. The 25 year (and one day!) old American won his first PGA Tour  title with a record breaking performance at TPC Deere Run. Kim also overcame poor recent form to pull away from the field over the first three days. After a good start Sunday, the American was able coast to an eight shot victory on a tournament record low score of twenty seven under par. Our top ranked player, Francesco Molinari finished tied 2nd and in a tournament for the underdog, we had only four of the top sixteen plus ties (4/22).


* Oosthuizen didn't play, promoting Fitzpatrick to the top 22 of the GP rankings.

Monday, 9 July 2018

2018 - Week 28 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the ASI 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 twenty in the world rankings hoping to get some competitive links practice before heading to Carnoustie. However, there aren't many big names in Illinois, where recent winner Francesco Molinari and defending champion Bryson DeChambeau are headlining the field.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

2018 - Week 27 Winners

Russell Knox (ranked 9th by Golf Predictor) won the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation on the European PGA Tour. The 33 year old Scot built on recent good form to come from behind and claim his second tour title. Trailing by six shots overnight, Knox finished strongly with a thirty five foot birdie on the last that was good enough for a play-off after Ryan Fox missed a short birdie putt on the same hole. Then, unbelievably in the play-off, history repeated itself as Knox holed for another birdie from almost the same spot and Fox missed again from a similar distance to before! Our top ranked player, defending champion Jon Rahm, finished in tied 4th after a bad start and a great finish on Sunday. Overall, we had ten of the top nineteen plus ties (10/23) in the latest Rolex Series event. 

Kevin Na (ranked 13th by Golf Predictor) won the A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier on the US PGA Tour. The 34 year old American finally won his second tour title after almost seven years of waiting with a great final round at Old White TPC. Na won in style with a great display of putting on Sunday to pull away and win by five shots in the end. Our top ranked player, Bubba Watson, finished poorly on Sunday for tied 13th and in an event where a lot of the bigger names failed to shine, we had eight of the top twenty one plus ties (8/25) in total.



Wednesday, 4 July 2018

New Field Comparison Charts Added to Golf Predictor

New field comparison chart of season vs course history for 2018 A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier

Similar to the field strokes gained chart added to the site some time ago, I am pleased to announce 56 new field comparison charts to Golf Predictor. These new charts allow you to see at a glance which golfers have the best values in two historical metrics of your chosing. Each of the first seven pages in the Form menu (Same Course, Same Tournament, Season, Last 5 Events, Similar Tournaments, Same Region and Similar Field Strength) have a new "Compare Field" chart link which displays a chart similar to the screenshot above. The Season form page contains a link to the chart shown above, where season average is on the horizontal (X) axis and you can chose from eight metrics to compare from the drop down list box above the chart. Your selected metric appears on the vertical (Y) axis, as shown above.

The complete list of new charts is as follows:
  1. Season average vs course average for the field.
  2. Season average vs tournament average for the field.
  3. Season average vs last five average for the field.
  4. Season average vs similar length course average for the field.
  5. Season average vs last twelve similar events average for the field.
  6. Season average vs same region average for the field.
  7. Season average vs similar weather average for the field.
  8. Season average vs similar field strength average for the field.
  9. Course average vs season average for the field.
  10. Course average vs tournament average for the field.
  11. Course average vs last five average for the field.
  12. Course average vs similar length course average for the field.
  13. Course average vs last twelve similar events average for the field.
  14. Course average vs same region average for the field.
  15. Course average vs similar weather average for the field. 
  16. Course average vs similar field strength average for the field. 
  17. Tournament average vs season average for the field.
  18. Tournament average vs course average for the field,
  19. Tournament average vs last five average for the field.
  20. Tournament average vs similar length course average for the field.
  21. Tournament average vs last twelve similar events average for the field.
  22. Tournament average vs same region average for the field.
  23. Tournament average vs similar weather average for the field.
  24. Tournament average vs similar field strength average for the field.
  25. Last five average vs season average for the field.
  26. Last five average vs course average for the field.
  27. Last five average vs tournament average for the field.
  28. Last five average vs similar length course average for the field.
  29. Last five average vs last twelve similar events average for the field.
  30. Last five average vs same region average for the field.
  31. Last five average vs similar weather average for the field.
  32. Last five average vs similar field strength average for the field.
  33. Last twelve similar events average vs season average for the field.
  34. Last twelve similar events average vs course average for the field.
  35. Last twelve similar events average vs tournament average for the field.
  36. Last twelve similar events average vs similar length course average for the field.
  37. Last twelve similar events average vs last five events average for the field.
  38. Last twelve similar events average vs same region average for the field.
  39. Last twelve similar events average vs similar weather average for the field.
  40. Last twelve similar events average vs similar field strength average for the field.
  41. Same region average vs season average for the field.
  42. Same region average vs course average for the field.
  43. Same region average vs tournament average for the field.
  44. Same region average vs similar length course average for the field.
  45. Same region average vs last five events average for the field.
  46. Same region average vs last twelve similar events average for the field.
  47. Same region average vs similar weather average for the field.
  48. Same region average vs similar field strength average for the field.
  49. Similar field strength average vs season average for the field.
  50. Similar field strength average vs course average for the field.
  51. Similar field strength average vs tournament average for the field.
  52. Similar field strength average vs similar length course average for the field.
  53. Similar field strength average vs last five events average for the field.
  54. Similar field strength average vs last twelve similar events average for the field.
  55. Similar field strength average vs similar weather average for the field.
  56. Similar field strength average vs same region average for the field.

This brings the total number of charts on Golf Predictor up to 566 and these are the first charts on the site where you can change the chart data based on a drop down list box. Some notes on these new charts:
  1.  Hovering over a point on the chart will show the golfer's name, his values in both metrics and some extra statistics, as shown above for Jason Gore.
  2. The horizontal yellow line in the middle of the chart is the field average for the vertical (Y) axis. The vertical blue line is the field average for the horizontal (X) axis. These lines make it easy to identify the golfers with the best and worst values in each metric at a glance. Below the yellow line is better than average for the vertical axis and left of the blue line is better than average for the horizontal axis.
  3. These average values for both metrics are shown above the chart, as can be seen in the screenshots above. You can also hover over the lines to examine the values in the hover text. On each line, one co-ordinate (the average) will remain constant as you move along the line in question.
  4. Like the strokes gained chart referenced above, these new charts are also zoomable.
  5. Unlike the strokes gained chart referenced above,  the best combination of the compared statistics is the bottom left quadrant (it has the lowest averages for both metrics).
  6. Conversely, the worst combination of the compared statistics is the top right quadrant (it has the highest averages for both metrics).
  7. The points along the bottom of the chart above are those golfers with no course history in the previous five seasons.
  8. The points along the extreme left of the chart above are those golfers with no season history.
  9. Golfers with no value for either metric are excluded from the chart and are listed underneath instead. 
  10. Sometimes, all points for some of these new chart will form a straight line. If it is a diagonal line, it means both metrics are equal, e.g. course and tournament average for a tournament that has been held on the same course for the previous five years. If the line is vertical or horizontal, it means one of the metrics is the same (unlikely to be anything other than zero!) for the entire field. There is a note above each relevant chart outlining this.
  11. Similar to above, some charts may approach a straight line, but will not be exactly so. For example, this can happen if the last five events and season history are similar for the entire field. There is a note above each relevant chart outlining this.

I trust you will find these 56 new charts useful for quickly spotting good picks for upcoming tournaments. Just another way to make Golf Predictor even better!

Monday, 2 July 2018

2018 - 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 A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier (US PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. There are not many big names teeing it up in either event this week, with just two members of the top twenty in the world teeing it up in either event. Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson are headlining the field in West Virginia, while here in Ireland, we have host Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm, who is defending the title he won last year at Portstewart. No doubt the latter duo will be hoping to get their links game in shape for the big one in two weeks time!

Sunday, 1 July 2018

2018 - Week 26 Winners

Alex Noren (ranked 5th by Golf Predictor) won the HNA Open de France on the European PGA Tour. The 35 year old Swede won his tenth tour title with an impressive weekend performance in Paris. Noren closed with 65-67 on the tough 2018 Ryder Cup venue and came through the field and win from seven shots back. Of course, it helped his cause that all the contenders fell away at the end, most expensively Julian Suri, who doubled the last to lose by one. Our top ranked player, Justin Thomas, finished in tied eighth on his Ryder Cup reconnaissance  and we had fourteen of the top twenty one plus ties (14/26) on the testing layout.

Francesco Molinari (ranked 2nd by Golf Predictor) won the Quicken Loans National on the US PGA Tour. The 35 year old became the first Italian born player to win on tour in over 70 years with an incredible display of ball striking. Tied for the lead overnight, Molinari turned on the afterburners just after the turn and blew away the field with an golfing exhibition to win by eight shots in the end. Our top ranked player, Rickie Fowler, finished in 12th and we had eight of the top seventeen plus ties (8/22) in total.  

Monday, 25 June 2018

2018 - 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,but at least Rickie Fowler has turned up again and the man himself is playing this year. The French event has a strong field this year, with a number of Ryder Cup hopefuls, including American Justin Thomas, teeing it up in anticipation of returning to the course for the biannual event in September!

Sunday, 24 June 2018

2018 - Week 25 Winners

Matt Wallace (ranked 14th by Golf Predictor) won the BMW International Open on the European PGA Tour. The 28 year old Englishman won his second title of the season with a fast finish in Germany. Wallace closed with a 65 (-7) to overtake the six overnight joint leaders and win by a single shot. One of the trio in tied second was Thorbjorn Olesen, who finished with a brilliant 61 (-11) to almost win the tournament from nowhere. Our top ranked player, Tommy Fleetwood, was lucky to make the cut after flying over from the US Open and having his father on the bag! He finished in tied 59th and we had eleven of the top eighteen plus ties (11/25) in an event plagued by high winds for the first two days

Bubba Watson (ranked 3rd by Golf Predictor) won the Travelers Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 39 year old American won his third title of the season and his third title at TPC River Highlands with a strong finish. Despite being tied 77th after round one and six shots behind Paul Casey after round three, Watson finished strongly with a 63 (-7) to overtake the stuttering Casey, who threw away an overnight four shot lead. A poor finish by the Englishman and the other contenders meant they fell away and Watson won by three shots in the end. Our top ranked player, last week's winner at the US Open, Brooks Koepka, finished in tied 19th and we had eleven of the top nineteen plus ties (11/25) in total.

Monday, 18 June 2018

2018 - 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 good number of the top players teeing it up this week. Nine of the top twenty in the world are teeing it up in Connecticut, including double US Open champion Brooks Koepka. The man be beat into second place, Tommy Fleetwood, is one of the couple more top twenty players that are making the trip from New York to Germany to compete.