Monday, 10 December 2018

2018 - Week 49 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Alfred Dunhill Championship (European PGA Tour)  are now available on Golf Predictor. It's the last week of the 2018 GP Season and like last week, there is a strong South African contingent, including multiple champion Charl Schwartzel and last week's winner Louis Oosthuizen.

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

Sunday, 9 December 2018

2018 - Week 48 Winners

Louis Oosthuizen (ranked 1st by Golf Predictor) won the South African Open. The 36 year old South African finally won his home Open with a great start and finish in Johannesburg. After opening with a 62 (-9) to lead, Oosthuizen fell behind until the end of the third round. Despite leading by three overnight, Oosthuizen was almost caught early on Sunday. However, he was able to rally and cruised to an emotional win on home soil. Oosthuizen was our top ranked player and we had seven of the top eighteen plus ties (7/20) in total. 

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

Monday, 3 December 2018

2018 - Week 48 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the South African Open* (European PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. Local favourites Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace headline the field in South Africa, which only has seven of the top one hundred in the world rankings. This year the championship is being held on the same course as last year's Joburg Open, so there will be a little bit of competitive course history to go on this week.

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


*The full name of this event is the South African Open Hosted by City of Johannesburg, which is a little too verbose for Golf Predictor!

Sunday, 2 December 2018

2018 - Week 47 Winners

Kurt Kitayama (ranked 49th by Golf Predictor) won the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at Anahita on the European PGA Tour. The 25 year old American won his maiden tour title with an assured display in Mauritius. In only his third event since qualifying to play on the tour, Kitayama held off the field to win by two strokes. His lead was cut to one on the sixteenth, but a great birdie on seventeen coupled with some poor play from his nearest challengers meant he carried a two shot lead up the last. A safe par on the closing hole sealed the win for the American. Our top ranked player, defending champion Dylan Frittelli, finished strongly for tied 5th and we had six of the top seventeen plus ties (6/19) in the weak fielded event. 

Cameron Smith (ranked 2nd by Golf Predictor) won the Australian PGA Championship on the European PGA Tour. The 25 year old Australian successfully defended his title on the Gold Coast. Despite leading by three shots overnight, Smith was overtaken by Marc Leishman by the turn. However, Leishman faded on the back nine and Smith finished strongly to win by two shots in the end. Leishman was our top ranked golfer and despite the limited history in the system, we had eight of the top nineteen plus ties (12/31) 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!

Monday, 26 November 2018

2018 - Week 47 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at Anahita (European PGA Tour) and the Australian PGA Championship (European PGA Tour), are now available on Golf PredictorOf course, neither continent is Europe, but there are two events on two different continents on the European Tour this week. The first location is Mauritius, where despite the exotic setting in the Indian Ocean, only two golfers are inside the top one hundred in the world rankings. While this marks the fourth year that the Australian PGA has been on the European Tour (and hence on Golf Predictor), it has a long history, dating all the way back to 1905. However, only the tournament history for when it has been part of the European Tour (i.e. last three years) is available in Golf Predictor, so please factor that into your analysis.

There is no event on the US PGA Tour this week, except for Tiger's invitational junket (Hero World Challenge). As in previous years, Golf Predictor is not not covering that (very) restricted field event.

Sunday, 25 November 2018

2018 - Week 46 Winner

Aaron Rai (ranked 32nd by Golf Predictor) won the Homna Hong Kong Open pres. by Amundi on the European PGA Tour. The 23 year old Englishman won his first tour title with an assured display in China. However, despite leading by six shots overnight and not doing much wrong on Sunday, Rai was put under pressure by a charging Matthew Fitzpatrick. Whoever, when Fitzpatrick bogeyed the penultimate hole, Rai used his two shot cushion to bogey the last and win by a single shot. Our top ranked golfer, Tommy Fleetwood, finished poorly on Sunday for finished tied 14th and we had fifteen of the top twenty plus ties (15/29*) in total. 

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


*Horsfield didn't play, promoting Chesters into the top 29 of the GP Rankings. 

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Region History Added to Winners Form Pages


New Region History for the winners in the 2018 GP Season (US Tour)
The 'Tournament Winners (Form)' and Tournament Winners (Form by Tournament)' pages have been enhanced with the same region history. These pages are available on the 'Other Stats' menu in the member section of Golf Predictor. This new region option has been added to the 'Previous 10 events form to analyse' drop-down list on each page. This is shown above for the winners in the 2018 GP Season (calendar year) on the US PGA Tour. As usual, hovering over a result will show some details about that particular tournament; this is shown above for Charles Howell's previous result in the same region as the RSM Classic.

This new historical form may make it easier to spot potential winners of future tournaments, by analysing the trends of past winners. Just another way to make Golf Predictor a little better!

Monday, 19 November 2018

2018 - Week 46 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Honma Hong Kong Open pres. by Amundi (European PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. It's the first week of the 2019 European Tour, even though it's still 2018 and of course, it's not in Europe! There are several big names and a strong contingent of tour regulars playing in Hong Kong this year. American Patrick Reed continues to support the European Tour and he is joined by tour regulars and big names Tommy Fleetwood and Sergio Garcia at the iconic Fanling layout.

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

Sunday, 18 November 2018

2018 - Week 45 Winners

Danny Willett (ranked 48th by Golf Predictor) won the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai on the European PGA Tour. The 31 year old Englishman put his almost three year drought behind him with victory at the season ending event in Dubai. Willett started strongly on Sunday with a great eagle on the second, and although he was caught during the round, he also finished strongly to pull away and win by two shots. After overcoming injuries and loss of form since his Masters triumph in 2016, Willett was understandably emotional in his post round interview. Francesco Molinari capped a great year by securing the Race to Dubai title. Our top ranked player, Rory McIlroy, had another indifferent week with his wedges and finished tied 20th. Overall, we had eleven of the top twenty plus ties (11/21) 

Charles Howell III (ranked 7th by Golf Predictor) won The RSM Classic on the US PGA Tour. The 39 year old American won his first PGA Tour title in over eleven years in a play-off with Patrick Rodgers in Georgia. After letting his overnight advantage slip, Howell finished strongly to tie the fast finishing Rodgers, who had cosed with a record setting 61-62 over the weekend. After missing two putts to win, Howell prevailed with a birdie at the second extra hole to finally win his third tour title. Afterwards, Howell was also understandably emotional to get the monkey off his back. Our top ranked player, Webb Simpson, finished in third and in an event that's usually hard to predict, we had eight of the top fifteen plus ties (8/22) overall. 

Monday, 12 November 2018

2018 - Week 45 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! There is a strong field of tour regulars for the European season finale, including Masters champion Patrick Reed and defending champion Jon Rahm. While six of the top twenty in the world are teeing it up in Dubai, the field is more modest in Georgia. World number twenty Webb Simpson 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.