Monday, 11 December 2017

2017 - Week 49 Winner

Shubhankar Sharma (ranked 40th by Golf Predictor) won the Joburg Open on the European PGA Tour. The 21 year old Indian won his first tour title with an impressive display in Johannesburg. Despite having to sit on a final round lead for two nights, sue to severe storms necessitating a Monday finish, Sharma showed great maturity to hold off a charging Erik van Rooyen for the win. In a profitable first visit to South Africa, Sharma also made me very happy as I had backed/tipped him at 100/1! Our top ranked player, Dylan Frittelli, finished in tied 42nd and we had nine of the top nineteen plus ties (9/26) in this event with a large, poor field and difficult weather conditions!

There was no event on the US PGA Tour this week.

Monday, 4 December 2017

2017 - Week 49 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Joburg Open (European PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. The European PGA Tour returns to South Africa for the second running of the tournament in 2017. In addition to a new slot on the calendar on the 2018 European Tour season, the tournament also moves to two new courses, while its usual home gets renovated. Coupled with the usual large weak field, this makes it a bit of a lottery once again. This year, the field seems even weaker than normal, with only two members of the world's top one hundred teeing it up in Johannesburg. On the bright side, one of those is former major champion Louis Oosthuizen, who is the overwhelming favourite for the second week running.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

2017 - Week 48 Winners

Dylan Frittelli (ranked 2nd by Golf Predictor) won the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open on the European PGA Tour. The 27 year old South African won his second tour title in a play-off in windy Mauritius. Frittelli prevailed over Arjun Atwal with a birdie at the first extra hole after the pair had finished tied on -16 after 72 holes. Our top ranked player, Louis Oosthuizen, had a costly treble bogey on the 70th hole, but still finished tied 12th. Overall, we had six of the top sixteen plus ties (6/19) in the weak fielded event in difficult conditions. 

Cameron Smith (ranked 4th by Golf Predictor) won the Australian PGA Championship on the European PGA Tour. The 24 year old Australian made it a great weekend for Cameron Smiths by winning his maiden European tour title in a final day battle down with long time leader Jordan Zunic. After his namesake lade the Aussies to victory in the rugby league world cup final, Smith overcame a three shot overnight deficit to prevail on the second extra hole over third round leader Zunic. Our top ranked golfer, Sergio Garcia, finished poorly for tied 24th and despite the weather and limited history in the system, we had eight of the top twenty plus ties (8/23) in total. 

There was no official event on the US PGA Tour this week. Golf Predictor doesn't cover the (very) restricted field junket that is the Hero Challenge, even if Tiger had a promising return to action!

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Tournament/Course Information Panel Replaced on Golf Predictor


Old Tournament/Course Panel on Prediction Page for the 2017 Shriners Hospital for Children Open

New Tournament and Course Information Cards for the Same Event

Further to my recent posts on information cards (e,g. this post), I am pleased to announce that the way tournament and course information on many pages on Golf Predictor has been updated. The original panel, shown in the first screenshot above, has been replaced with cards similar to those described in the linked post above. Some notes on these new cards:
  1. You may have to reload a page to see them. This is because pages you have looked at are cached on your browser for performance reasons.
  2. As can be seen above, the course par and length have been added to the new course card.
  3. The course lengths used are the latest available, so the information may not be 100% accurate for previous seasons. 
  4. Course pars can also change occasionally, e.g. Torrey Pines played to a par 71 for the 2008 US Open. The par used for the tournament is displayed in this new course information card.
I hope you will agree that these new cards are an improvement over the previous panel. Just another way to make Golf Predictor a little better!


2017 - Week 47 Winner

Wade Ormsby (ranked 15th by Golf Predictor) won the UBS Hong Kong Open on the European PGA Tour. The 37 year old Australian finally won his first tour title in an error filled finish in China. As the field bunched down the stretch, thanks mainly to round one-three leader Chawrasia going backwards with a treble on the ninth, Ormsby pipped his competitors by a single shot. Alexander Bjork pulled his short par putt on the last to finish one back, Ormsby closed with a three putt bogey and Cabrera Bello hit a nervy short bunker shot and missed the putt to force a play-off. An emotional Ormsby didn't mind as he put his injury problems and trips to qualifying school behind him. Our top ranked golfer, Justin Rose, finished tied 10th and we had ten of the top nineteen plus ties (10/22) in total. 

There was no event on the US PGA Tour this week.

Monday, 20 November 2017

2017 - Week 47 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the UBS Hong Kong Open (European PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. It's the first week of the 2018 European Tour, even though it's still 2017 and of course, it's not in Europe! There are several big names and a strong contingent of tour regulars playing in Hong Kong Open this year. The in-form Justin Rose will be hoping to put the disappointment of his back nine mini collapse in Dubai last week behind him.

There is no event on the US PGA Tour this week.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

2017 - Week 46 Winners

John Rahm (ranked 5th by Golf Predictor) won the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai on the European PGA Tour. The 23 year old Spanish Rookie of the Year capped a great début season with victory at the season ending event in Dubai. Rahm finished with a blemish free 67 to pip Kiradech Aphibarnrat and a fast finishing Shane Lowry to the lucrative title. Tommy Fleetwood secured the Race to Dubai title, despite stumbling home on Sunday. Luckily for him, nearest challenger Justin Rose, also faltered on the back nine after being imperious on the front nine. Rose was our top ranked player and still finished tied fourth in the end. Overall, we had fourteen of the top twenty one plus ties (14/23) 

Austin Cook (ranked 59th by Golf Predictor) won The RSM Classic on the US PGA Tour. The 26 year old American rookie won his first PGA Tour title with an assured performance in Georgia. After hitting the front with a second round 62, Cook showed great maturity to hold off the field and win comfortably by four shots in the end. Our top ranked player, Matt Kuchar, finished in tied 29th and in an event that's usually hard to predict, we had only five of the top seventeen plus ties (5/21) overall. 

Thursday, 16 November 2017

More Information Cards added to Golf Predictor

News cards and A-Z Picker on Courses page ('T' chosen)
Further to this post from a few weeks ago, I am pleased to announce that information cards have been added to more pages on Golf Predictor. Some of the stats shown in these new cards will obviate the need to sort the data table underneath them to an extent, while some of other stats are not shown on the data tables at all. As can be seen in the screenshot above showing courses beginning with "T", the stats on the cards are relevant to the page they are displayed on. Cards have been added to the following pages:

Predictions Menu
  1. Prediction Rankings (Streaks)
  2. Prediction Rankings (Odds)
  3. Prediction Rankings (DFS)
  4. Prediction Rankings (Strokes Gained)
  5. Prediction Rankings (Streaks)

Form Menu
  1. Same Course
  2. Same Tournament
  3. GP Season
  4. Last 5 Events
  5. Similar Tournaments
  6. Same Region
  7. Early/Mid/Late/Overall Season
  8. Round Scores
  9. R1 Performance Analysis
  10. R2 Performance Analysis
  11. R3 Performance Analysis

Information Menu
  1. Courses
  2. Tournaments
  3. Tournaments (Course)
  4. Tournaments (Field Strength)
  5. Golfers

Results Menu
  1. Results by GP Season

Other Stats Menu
  1. Winners (World Rankings)
  2. Winners (Pred Rankings)
  3. Tournament Stats
  4. Tournament Stats (Rounds)
  5. GP Season Stats
  6. GP Season Stats (Rounds)

I've also updated the A-Z picker on the Course and Tournaments pages on the Information menu. The new look picker can be seen in the screenshot above. Some notes on the new information cards:
  1. You may have to reload a page to see the new cards. This is because pages you have looked at are cached on your browser for performance reasons.
  2. You may have to reload a page to see the latest stats on some cards as golfers/results etc. are added every week.
  3. Like before, I tried to use appropriate images in the cards. Sometimes, that wasn't possible to do from the choices available in Font Awesome.
  4. The round averages on the Results and Tournament Stats pages shows the values for rounds one to four. For old Bob Hope five round tournaments, the round five average is omitted.
  5. I have added the percentage of the field that the most common nationality makes up on the existing nationality card on the Prediction Rankings page.
  6. All the stats on these new cards are available to all users.
  7. The winner stats cards counts a multiple winner separately each time he wins, e.g. in the count and nationality stats.
  8. The course lengths used are the latest available, so the average/max/min lengths may not be 100% accurate for previous seasons on pages like the Tournaments page.

I hope you will find all these extra new cards useful. A lot of work has gone into providing them and a total of 28 pages have been updated on the site with these great new cards. Just another way to make Golf Predictor even better.
















Monday, 13 November 2017

2017 - Week 46 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions/statistics for this week, the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai (European PGA Tour) and The RSM Classic (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. It's the last event of the season (but not the year!) on the European PGA Tour and the last event of the year (but not the season!) on the US Tour! Although there is no Rory McIlroy or Henrik Stenson this year due to injury, there is still a strong field of tour regulars for the season finale. While seven of the top twenty in the world are teeing it up in Dubai, the field is more modest in Georgia. Mat Kuchar headlines the field and it will be the last chance before January for the lesser lights to put some FedEx Cup points on the board.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

2017 - Week 45 Winners

Branden Grace (ranked 9th by Golf Predictor) won the Nedbank Golf Challenge on the European PGA Tour. The 29 old South African delighted the home crowd by winning "Africa's Major" at Sun City. Despite trailing overnight by three shots, Grace played hit all eighteen greens in an impressive closing 66 (-6) on the tough Sun City layout to overtake Scott Jamieson and Victor Dubuisson. Our top ranked golfer, Tyrrell Hatton, bounced back from a poor finish on Saturday to finish in tied nineteenth place. Overall, we had seventeen of the top nineteen plus ties (17/26*) in total. 

Patton Kizzire (ranked 49th by Golf Predictor) won the OHL Classic at Mayakoba on the US PGA Tour. The 31 year old American held off favourite Rickie Fowler to win his maiden tour title in stormy Mexico. Despite having a three or four shot cushion for most of the final round, Fowler turned the screw on Kizzire with late birdies to cut the deficit to a single shot on the last. However, he wasn't able to repeat the trick on the last and a relieved Kizzire was able to par the last for the win. Fowler was our top ranked player and in an event plagued by weather delays, we had ten of the top fourteen plus ties (10/19).


* Uihlein's withdrawal promoted Sterne into the top 26 of the GP rankings.