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.

2018 - Week 24 Winner

Brooks Koepka (ranked 6th by Golf Predictor) won the US Open on the European/US PGA Tour. The 28 year old American survived the sometimes brutal course set up at Shinnecock Hills best and became the first golfer to defend his US Open champion in almost thirty years. Tied for the lead with three others overnight, Koepka got his nose in front and stayed there with an impressive display of clutch putting on the back nine. Although his co-leaders fell away before rebounding somewhat, Koepka had an early target to beat, set by the fast finishing Tommy Fleetwood. The Englishman eventually finished two back in second after a record equalling 63 (-7) last round. Our top ranked player, Dustin Johnson, lead for most of the week and was four clear at halfway, but fell back with poor putting over the weekend to finally finish third. Overall, despite the carnage on Thursday and Saturday, we had eight of the top sixteen plus ties (8/19). 


Monday, 11 June 2018

2018 - Week 24 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the US Open (European/US PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. The excitement is mounting for the second major of the season in the plush surroundings of The Hamptons in New York. The tournament is returning to Shinnecock Hills for the first time since 2004 and the par 70 layout has been changed significantly in the interim. Among other things, the course has been lengthened and all the trees have been removed. Defending champion, Brooks Koepka, will be delighted to be back to full fitness after his injury problems and will no doubt put up a stern defence of his title!

Sunday, 10 June 2018

2018 - Week 23 Winners

Mikko Korhonen (ranked 1st by Golf Predictor) won the innovative Shot Clock Masters on the European PGA Tour. The 37 year old Finn finally won his maiden tour title with an impressive display of frontrunning in Austria. After building up a five shot lead with a blemish free opening 54 holes, Korhonen won his first title in 146 attempts by six strokes. That banished the demons of twelve visits to Q-School for the Finn, who obviously wasn't phased by the time restrictions! Including the winner, we had ten of the top nineteen plus ties (10/22*) in total. 

Dustin Johnson (ranked 1st by Golf Predictor) won the FedEx St. Jude Classic on the US PGA Tour. The 33 year old American won his second event of the season, despite not having his A game in Memphis. The two horse race after round three of DJ and Andrew Putnam turned into a one horse race after a poor start by Putnam. Despite not playing his best golf, DJ was able to bring it home, finishing in style with a hole out eagle for a six shot victory and a return to number one in the world. Including the winner, we had eight of the top eighteen plus ties (8/25), in an event where many of the bigger names competing didn't show great form ahead of the US Open next week.

*Due to withdrawals, Austin Connolly was promoted to the top 22 of the GP rankings.

2018 GP Scores Updated on Golf Predictor

Due to a small error in the prediction engine, I have had to recalculate the GP Score (and hence the GP Rank which is based on it) on Golf Predictor. This small error seems to have been introduced after week one of the 2018 season, i.e. the week of the Sony Open/South African Open. The error did not affect any of the golfer stats (e.g. average/best/worst finish etc.) produced for these tournaments, but it may have slightly affected the GP Ranks of the golfers participating in them.

This error has now been fixed and all the affected tournaments have been updated. To see the corrected GP Ranks/GP Scores for this year's tournaments, you may have to refresh any pages that might be in your browser cache (press F5 on Windows). I apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Monday, 4 June 2018

2018 - Week 23 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Shot Clock Masters (European PGA Tour) and the FedEx St. Jude Classic (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. Although it's the last chance for a tune up before the US Open, there aren't many of the top golfers playing this week. At least there are four members of the top twenty up in Memphis, while there are no members of the world's top hundred playing in the novel timed event in Austria.

2018 - Week 22 Winners

Thorbjorn Olesen (ranked 45th by Golf Predictor) won the Italian Open on the European PGA Tour. The 28 year old Dane overcame some indifferent recent form to secure his fifth tour title in Italy. On a week of hot scoring, Olesen held off home favourite and winner from last week Francesco Molinari to win by a single shot. He was made to sweat for it, after a brilliant closing birdie by Molinari and getting out of position off the final tee. However, the Dane kept his composure and got up and down from a greenside bunker to take the title. Our top ranked player, Tommy Fleetwood, finished in tied 23rd and we had eight of the top nineteen plus ties (8/20)

Bryson Dechambeau (ranked 26th by Golf Predictor) won the Memorial Tournament pres. by Nationwide on the US PGA Tour. The 24 year old American won his second tour title in a play-off with Byeong-hun An and Kyle Stanley. Despite hitting just five fairways and bogeying the final hole to fall into the three man play-off, Dechambeau prevailed at the second extra hole with a birdie to see off An and secure the title at Jack's place. Our top ranked player, Justin Rose, finished tied 6th and we had eleven of the top thirteen plus ties (11/22) in this event.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

New DraftKings Version of Custom Ranking Page Added to Golf Predictor

New Custom Rankings page with DK salary column (Overall Score now in player pop-up).

Further to this post from a few years ago, I am pleased to announce that I have added a variant of the Rankings (Custom) page with DraftKings salary to Golf Predictor. This page was added as a result of a user request and is available via a link on the existing Rankings (Custom) page on the Prediction menu. This new page is shown above for the 2018 Memorial Tournament, where you can see the new Salary column on the right hand side and the link to switch between the two page variants above the sliders. Some notes on this new page:
  1. Due to space restrictions, the computed Overall GP Score (based on your chosen weightings) shown in the right hand column in the original page is now in the pop up for each golfer. This can be seen in the screenshot above.
  2. The pop-up for each golfer also shows their DraftKings average points per game, also shown in the screenshot above.
  3. For tournaments with no DraftKings data, "n/a" is displayed in the Salary column.
  4. You may have to refresh the Rankings (Custom) page (F5 on Windows) if you have viewed it recently to see the new link to the new page variant. 

I trust you will find this new custom rankings page useful for your DraftKings DFS analysis. Just another way to make Golf Predictor even better!

Monday, 28 May 2018

2018 - Week 22 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Italian Open (European PGA Tour) and the Memorial Tournament pres. by Nationwide (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. As usual, there's a strong field for Jack's tournament, with thirteen of the world's top twenty teeing it up in Ohio. That doesn't leave many big names for the latest Rolex Series event in Italy, where three of the remainder of the world's top twenty are teeing it up in Brescia.

Sunday, 27 May 2018

2018 - Week 21 Winners

Francesco Molinari (ranked 7th by Golf Predictor) won the BMW PGA Championship on the European PGA Tour. The 35 year old Italian won his fifth tour title with an impressive performance at Wentworth. After several close calls in the flagship tournament in recent years, Molinari finally sealed the deal with a blemish free weekend to win by two strokes. Our top ranked player, Rory McIlroy, played imperiously on the first two days, but stalled big time on the weekend. However, the Northern Irishman still finished second with his C game on the weekend. Overall, we had thirteen of the top twenty plus ties (13/26) on the testing Wentworth layout. 

Justin Rose (ranked 3rd by Golf Predictor) won the Fort Worth Invitational on the US PGA Tour. The 37 year old  Englishman won his second tour title of the season with an imperious display of ball striking in Texas. On a day of both hot temperatures and scoring, Rose and playing partner Brooks Koepka were among those who shot the lights out on Sunday. That meant Koepka couldn't really make much inroads into Rose's four shot overnight lead, losing by three strokes in the end. Our top ranked player, Jordan Spieth, never really fired and finished in tied 32nd. Overall, we had only six of the top fourteen plus ties (6/19).