Monday, 16 October 2017

2017 - Week 42 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Andalucia Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation (European PGA Tour) and The CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges (US PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. The PGA Tour moves into a new part of the world and there is a decent field heading to Jeju Island in South Korea. Of course, the European Tour have held tournaments (Ballantines Championship three times) there before, albeit on a different course. Meanwhile in the revived event on the European Tour, host Sergio Garcia is headlining the field with compatriot Jon Rahm in the first running of the tournament since 2011.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

2017 - Week 41 Winners

Tyrell Hatton (ranked 8th by Golf Predictor) won the Italian Open on the European PGA Tour. The 25 year old Englishman continued his fine recent form by winning for the second week running. After a slow start Sunday, Hatton reeled off four consecutive birdies on the back nine to catch leaders Ross Fisher and Kiradech Aphibarnrat with three holes to go. He left it late to seal the win though, holing a 20 footer on the last for the winning birdie. Our top ranked player, John Rahm, finished in tied 15th and we had seven of the top fifteen plus ties (7/20).

Pat Perez (ranked 5th by Golf Predictor) won the CIMB Classic on the US PGA Tour. The 41 year old American won his third tour title with an impressive display in Malaysia. Perez lead by four shots overnight and finished with ten straight pars to coast home and preserve his cushion over the field. Since I had backed/tipped him at 45/1, I was almost as happy as Perez after his victory! Our top ranked player, Hideki Matsuyama, finished in tied 5th in a welcome return to form and we had nine of the top seventeen plus ties (9/20).

Monday, 9 October 2017

2017 - Week 41 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the CIMB Classic (US PGA Tour) and the Italian Open (European PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. Like the past few years, the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club is hosting the US Tour. There are a few big names in the Malaysian event this year, including Hideki Matsuyama and double defending champion Justin Thomas, so it should make for a good week of golf. Meanwhile, the latest Rolex Series event in Italy has attracted Spanish heavyweights Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm and a supporting cast of tour regulars.

2017 - Week 40 Winners

Tyrell Hatton (ranked 5th by Golf Predictor) won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the European PGA Tour. The 25 year old Englishman became the first man to successfully defend his title with another impressive display in Scotland. Leading by five overnight and starting fast, it looked like it was going to be a doddle for Hatton. However, Ross Fisher went on a charge and had a chance of a 59, before settling for a course record 61. That meant Hatton couldn't relax down the stretch and had to settle for a three shot win. Our top ranked player, Rory McIlroy, failed to sign off in 2017 in style and finished in tied 63rd. Overall, we only had seven of the top fifteen plus ties (7/24*).

Brendan Steele (ranked 20th by Golf Predictor) won the Safeway Open on the US PGA Tour. The 34 year old American also became the first man to successfully defend his title in California. In the difficult conditions on Sunday, Steele shot an impressive 69 (-9) to come from two back and win by two shots in the end. Our top ranked player, Phil Mickelson, somehow finished in tied 3rd, despite being all over the place off the tee! Overall, we had fifteen of the top seventeen plus ties (15/27). 


*Withdrawals mean Bourdy & Warren are promoted to the top 24 of the GP Rankings. 

Monday, 2 October 2017

2017 - Week 40 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship (European PGA Tour) and the Safeway Open (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. It's the first event of the new 2017/18 US PGA Tour season, but after the Presidents Cup last week, there not many big guns trying to get their new campaigns off to a flying start.While there aren't many big golfing names teeing it up in either event, Rory McIlroy and a solid list of European Tour stalwarts are teeing it up on the three courses in Scotland. It looks like golfers and celebrities alike have the usual difficult weather conditions for the event!

Sunday, 1 October 2017

2017 - Week 39 Winner

Paul Dunne (ranked 23rd by Golf Predictor) won the British Masters supp. by Sky Sports on the European PGA Tour. The 24 year old Irishman claimed his maiden tour title with a brilliant final day performance at Close House. Dunne closed with 61 (-9), to hold off the fast finishing Rory McIlroy. After birdieing the penultimate hole, Dunne gave himself a two shot cushion on the par three finishing hole. However, after he missed the green, the door was slightly ajar for McIlroy. Dunne then proceeded to pitch in to win in style and by three shots in the end. Our top ranked player, Sergio Garcia, missed the cut, and we had nine of the top fifteen plus ties (9/19).

There was no individual stroke play event on the US PGA Tour this week as it is the short close season (and the week of the Presidents Cup!).

Monday, 25 September 2017

2017 - Week 39 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the British Masters supp. by Sky Sports (European PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. There is no event on the US PGA Tour this week as it is still the short close season and the Presidents Cup is being held (Golf Predictor is not suitable for team matchplay events). Lee Westwood has managed to attract some big European names to the event in England, where the tournament has moved to yet another new course and another new host. This doesn't make the task of forecasting it any easier!

Sunday, 24 September 2017

2017 - Week 38 Winners

Lucas Bjerregaard (ranked 37th by Golf Predictor) won the Portugal Masters on the European PGA Tour. The 26 year old Dane won his first tour title with an impressive front running display in Vilamoura. Leading by one overnight, Bjerregaard shot an eight birdie 65 (-6) to put his poor season behind him and win by four shots. Our top ranked player, Thomas Pieters, finished in 74th and we had only six of the top twenty plus ties (6/24*) at the birdiefest in the Algarve.

Xander Schauffele (ranked 30th by Golf Predictor) won the Tour Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 23 year old American rookie capped a fantastic début season by taking the prestigious title at East Lake. Schauffele showed nerves of steel to hold off a quality field, pipping Justin Thomas with a short birdie putt on the last. Runner-up  Thomas had the consolation of banking the $10 million FedEx Cup jackpot. Our top ranked player, Dustin Johnson, finished in 74th and we had twelve of the top seventeen plus ties (12/18) in the restricted field event.  


 *Gallacher withdrew, promoting Burmester to the top 24 of the GP rankings.

Monday, 18 September 2017

2017 - Week 38 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions for this week, the Tour Championship (US PGA Tour) and the Portugal Masters (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 and it's the usual cream of the crop,with some exceptions e.g. defending FedEx Cup champion Rory McIlroy. The field in Portugal is more modest, but there are a significant number of the bigger regulars on the European Tour and a few US based Europeans playing in the Algarve.
 

Sunday, 17 September 2017

2017 - Week 37 Winners

Romain Wattel (ranked 61st by Golf Predictor) won the KLM Open on the European PGA Tour. The 26 year old Frenchman overcame some poor recent form to land his maiden tour title. Wattel, who played steady golf on Sunday, was helped somewhat by overnight leader Aphibarnrat, who double bogeyed two of the last four holes to finish three shots behind. Our top ranked player, Bernd Wiesberger, finished in tied 9th and in an event where many of the bigger names failed to perform, we had only three of the top nine plus ties (3/13).

Marc Leishman (ranked 20th by Golf Predictor) won the third event of the FedEx Cup play-offs, the BMW Championship. The 33 year old Australian won his third tour title with an impressive wire to wire victory at Conway Farms. Leading by five overnight, Leishman was put under some pressure by Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler before steadying the ship and preserving his lead in the end. After a lacklustre opening three days, our top ranked player, Dustin Johnson, finished strongly with a 64 (-7) for tied 33rd. Overall, we had twelve of the top twenty plus ties (12/26).