Monday, 26 September 2016

2016 - Week 38 Winners

Alexander Levy (ranked 14th by Golf Predictor) won the Porsche European Open on the European PGA Tour. The 26 year old Frenchman won his third tour title in dramatic fashion in Germany. Despite opening up with 62 and 63 for -17, Levy only lead Ross Fisher by one coming up the last in the fog shortened event. The Frenchman ended up hitting his second on the 54th hole into a statue and did well to rescue a bogey to force a play-off after Fisher had narrowly failed to hole a winning birdie putt. On the second extra hole, Levy holed a great downhill long distant birdie putt to secure the title and launch into the most ebullient celebration seen on tour this year! Our top ranked player, Thomas Pieters, finished in tied 57th, but we had eight of the top thirteen plus ties (8/19).

Rory McIlroy (ranked 4th by Golf Predictor) won The Tour Championship by Coca-Cola on the US PGA Tour. The 27 year old Northern Irishman capped a fantastic end to the season by banking the FedEx Cup jackpot with his second title of the play-offs. On an exciting final day, McIlroy finished strongly to tie Kevin Chappell and Ryan Moore after 72 holes. With Dustin Johnson struggling, the FedEx Cup was also on the line for McIlroy and after Chappell was quickly eliminated, he finally overcame Moore's stiff resistance at the fourth extra hole. As a consolation, Moore was named in the US Ryder Cup team ahead of Bubba Watson. Our top ranked player, Jason Day, withdrew with more back problems and we had seven of the top ten plus ties (7/14) in the restricted field event.  

Monday, 19 September 2016

2016 - Week 38 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions for this week, the Tour Championship (US PGA Tour) and the Porsche European Open (European PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. Only the top thirty in the FedEx Cup rankings are playing in the US season finale this week, where several players will also be playing for the final spot on the the US Ryder Cup team. Not many big names at the European Open, where home hero Martin Kaymer and the in-form Thomas Pieters are headlining the field.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

2016 - Week 37 Winner

Francesco Molinari (ranked 8th by Golf Predictor) won the Italian Open on the European PGA Tour. The 33 year old Italian emulated last week's winner Joost Luiten by winning his home open for the second time. Molinari finished with a 65 to hold off Masters champion Danny Willett. It was nervy stuff as Willett reduced the Italian's lead from four with six to play to a single shot. However, Molinari managed to par the final hole and win by a single shot. Willett was our top ranked player and we had thirteen of the top twenty plus ties in total (13/29*).

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

* Non-finishers promote Levy into the top 29 of the GP rankings.

Monday, 12 September 2016

2016 - Week 37 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions for this week, the Italian Open (European PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. Just the one tournament this week as it's the rest week in the FedEx Cup series on the US PGA Tour. There are not many big names in Italy, but at least double major winner and last year's loser in a play-off Martin Kaymer is there with reigning Masters champion Danny Willett and a supporting cast of tour regulars.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

2016 - Week 36 Winners

Joost Luiten (ranked 6th by Golf Predictor) won the KLM Open on the European PGA Tour. The 30 year old Dutchman delighted the home crowd by winning his home open for the second time with a great final day performance. Luiten finished with a near flawless 63 (-8) in front of a large crowd to secure his his fifth tour title. Our top ranked player, Alex Noren, finished in tied 34th, but we had eight of the top sixteen plus ties (8/19*).

Dustin Johnson (ranked 4th by Golf Predictor) won the third event of the FedEx Cup play-offs, the BMW Championship. The 32 year old American continued his great 2016 form by winning his third big title of the year. It was another impressive display by Johnson, who set a scoring record of -23 in holding off Paul Casey to win by three shots. Our top ranked player, Jason Day, had to withdraw halfway through the final round with a bad back. Overall, we had ten of the top seventeen plus ties (10/19**).

*Due to withdrawals, Fleetwood is promoted to the top nineteen in the GP rankings.
**Due to Day's withdrawal, Snedeker is promoted to the top nineteen in the GP rankings.

Monday, 5 September 2016

2016 - Week 36 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions/stats for this week, the BMW Championship (US PGA Tour) and the KLM Open (European PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. It's the third leg of the FedEx Cup play-offs in the US this week and the pressure will be on to qualify for the lucrative Tour Championship in two weeks. As usual, the bigger names are still in FedEx Cup contention in America, but there still are a few players in the top fifty in the world rankings teeing it up on a new course in the Netherlands this week.

2016 - Week 35 Winners

Alexander Noren (ranked 2nd by Golf Predictor) won the Omega European Masters on the European PGA Tour. The 34 year old Swede won his sixth tour title by defeating Scott Hend in a play-off in the scenic Swiss mountains. Noren had a two shot lead on the back nine, but was caught by Hend on the penultimate hole. However, the Swede was not to be denied his second win both of the summer and at this event and he birdied the first extra hole to take the title. Our top ranked player, defending champion Danny Willett, finished in tied 12th and in an event where many bigger names failed to perform, we had only eight of the top eighteen plus ties (8/23). 

Rory McIlroy (ranked 5th by Golf Predictor) won the Deutsche Bank Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 27 year old Northern Irishman won his first tour title of the year with a two shot win over Paul Casey. McIlroy put his recent putting woes behind him and a poor start on Friday to come through the field and return to the winner's circle. Despite being +4 after his opening few holes, McIlroy fought back gamely and improved each day to take the title in the worsening weather on Monday. Our top ranked player, Jason Day, finished well for tied 15th and in an event where many of the bigger names also did not perform, we had only seven of the top fifteen plus ties (7/20).

Monday, 29 August 2016

2016 - Week 35 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Omega European Masters (European PGA Tour) and the Deutsche Bank Championship (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. As usual, there is a strong field in Boston for the second play-off event, with the entire top 10 in the world rankings all jockeying for position in the FedEx Cup. On the European Tour, there is also a decent field assembled for the popular track in Switzerland this week. The field is led by the next man in the rankings, world number eleven Danny Willett, who is joined by several other members of the European Ryder Cup team.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

2016 - Week 34 Winners

Thomas Pieters (ranked 3rd by Golf Predictor) won the Made in Denmark on the European PGA Tour. The 24 year old Belgian won his third tour title with an impressive display under pressure. Seeking to secure a Ryder Cup captain's pick from Darren Clarke, Pieters needed to win to have any chance. After opening with a course record tying 62 while playing with Clarke, the tall Belgian finished with three birdies to pip Bradley Dredge to the title. Pieters gave a great display of driving and approach play under the severest of pressure and has made himself very difficult to leave out of the team. Our top ranked player, home favourite Soren Kjeldsen, finished tied 8th and we had only seven of the top eighteen plus ties (7/23). 

Patrick Reed (ranked 14th by Golf Predictor) won The Barclays on the US PGA Tour. The 26 year old American won his first FedEx Cup play-off event and fifth tour title in total with another solid display. After a string of high finishes this season, Reed finally got into the winner's circle, albeit with help from his nearest challenger at the start of the day Rickie Fowler. After having only one bogey on the tough Bethpage Black layout over the first 64 holes, Fowler imploded down the stretch and Reed was able to close out the win without too much pressure. Our top ranked player, defending champion Jason Day, finished in tied 4th and we had nine of the top eighteen plus ties (9/21*) in total.

*Stenson withdrew, promoting Oosthuizen into the top 21 of the GP Rankings.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Golf Predictor Member Pages Go Responsive!

Old non-responsive (left) and new responsive (right) Prediction Ranking page

Further to this code update post earlier this year and this public pages go responsive post last year, I am happy to announce that the member section of Golf Predictor has now also finally gone responsive. This means that all site pages will now display better on screens of all sizes, from large monitors down to mobile phones.

Before now, these pages would only display properly on screens with a minimum width of about 800 pixels, but now they adapt to much smaller screen sizes (to a minimum of 320 pixels, which corresponds to an iPhone 4 screen in portrait mode, for example). This was done to provide a better experience for users of mobile devices.

The results can be seen in the screenshot above, which shows the main prediction page on a device 320 pixels wide. The old Prediction Rankings page is shown on the left and is truncated, with users having to swipe/scroll to see all the page. On the right, the new responsive Prediction Rankings page is shown, with the content resizing to fit the screen. Note that, like before, the two menus are replaced by the so called "hamburger" icons, which provide a dropdown menu when clicked on smaller devices. Note also that the data table appears truncated on the new responsive page. The whole table is actually available via a simple swipe (on a mobile device) and this is explained in point two below.

Some notes on this new responsiveness (similar to notes from linked post above):
  1. Despite the fact that the site looks almost identical to before on larger devices (e.g. computer monitors), a lot of niggly CSS work had to be done to get it to scale down to the smaller devices! Some minor compromises had to be made in some instances, but users on wide screens should not notice any difference from before (except for the Season Segment panel - see point six below).  
  2. There were two choices when it came to dealing with the wide data tables on Golf Predictor. I could either drop columns on smaller devices or add scrolling to allow users to access all the information on the smaller page. I went with the latter option as it offered no loss in information and it was much easier to implement! On a mobile device, the entire table can be viewed with a simple left or right swipe.This also applied to the many charts on the site, which also use a scrollbar on a small screen rather than being squashing down to a very small size. 
  3. Further to the above point, most mobile devices do not display scroll bars when wide content is displayed. Therefore, it can be difficult to know if there is more content or not without actually flicking the content in question.
  4. Depending on the (width of the) values returned, scroll bars may now be displayed on some data tables (e.g. on the compare pages) in full screen mode.The font size has been reduced on certain data tables to minimise the chances of this happening.
  5. With the plethora of mobile devices of varying sizes, it is not possible to cater for or test on them all. I have tested the site on a computer, an iPhone 4, a 2012 Nexus 7 tablet (Android Lollipop) and a Galaxy Note 4 phone (Android Marshmallow).
  6. Changing from portrait to landscape (or vice versa) on a mobile device can sometimes result in having to pinch to display the page at the correct zoom level. On investigation, this was ultimately caused mainly by the text pop ups on the site. Therefore, I have either decreased the width of such pop-ups  on mobile devices or, in some cases, removed the pop-up text. For example, in the Season Segment panel on the Prediction Data page, I have removed the pop-up text entirely and reformatted the panel. On some pages, e.g. the site home page, it's not feasible to remove the text pop-ups, so this issue may persist on such pages. The position of some pop-ups have also had to be adjusted to optimise the display across all devices.
  7. The normal menus appear in landscape mode on the Nexus 7. However, the mobile menus still appear on the Note 4 in landscape mode, despite its size!
  8. The biggest issues with the smaller screens are with the pop-up charts. When clicking on one, you may have to scroll up if you see a darkened screen (this is the background for the pop-up window).
  9. In addition, I had issues with the pop-up charts on Safari on my old iPhone. Scrolling on the data tables worked fine, but scrolling in the modal pop-ups didn't work at all. After much ado, I was finally able to get them to work in an acceptable manner.
  10. It is not recommended to look at the pop-up charts in landscape mode on a small mobile device (e.g. a phone). Depending on the size of the device, you may not be able to access the Close button on the bottom of the pop-up. However, you should still be able to close it with the X button on the top right of the pop-up.
  11. A lot of work has gone into updating and testing the member section on the above mentioned devices. Every single page in the member section has been updated and I have carried out extensive testing. It is possible a page slipped through the cracks or your particular device displays a page differently. Please contact me immediately if you experience any layout issues on the site. 
  12. You may have to refresh a page to see the changes, if you have viewed it recently.
Overall, this improves the appearance of the member section pages across all devices. However, due to the many stats tables, panels and charts on the site, it is still recommended to use a larger screened device (and a PC in particular!) to use Golf Predictor.