Monday, 21 May 2018

2018 - Week 21 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the BMW PGA Championship (European PGA Tour) and the Fort Worth Invitational (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. It's the flagship event on the European Tour this week and many of the tour big guns are out in force, including Rory McIlroy who returns to Wentworth. However, like last year, a couple of big name European stars, Justin Rose and Jon Rahm, are among the biggest names in the field in Texas. They mustn't be too worried about making the Ryder Cup team!

2018 - Week 20 Winners

Adrian Otaegui (ranked 4th by Golf Predictor) won inaugural Belgian Knockout on the European PGA Tour. The 25 year old Spaniard won his second tour title with an impressive performance in the new hybrid event in Belgium. Having qualified comfortably in tied eighth place after the opening two rounds of stroke play, Otaegui played each of his six nine hole medal matchplay rounds on the short, but narrow layout under par and was a worthy winner, defeating Benjamin Hebert by two strokes in the final. Our top ranked player, Joost Luiten, went out after first match play round, finishing in tied 33rd. Overall, we had twelve of the top seventeen plus ties (12/32) in the weak fielded, new format event.

Aaron Wise (ranked 22nd by Golf Predictor) won the AT&T Byron Nelson on the US PGA Tour. The 21 year old American won his maiden tour title with a composed final day performance on the faux links layout in Dallas. Tied for the lead overnight with Mark Leishman, Wise pulled away on Sunday with some impressive play to win by three shots with a tournament record score of -23. Our top ranked player, Trinity Forest member Jordan Spieth, finished in tied 21st and we had fifteen of the top twenty one plus ties (15/25*) in total.


*Murray withdrew, promoting Knox into the top twenty five of the prediction rankings.

Monday, 14 May 2018

2018 - Week 20 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week,  the Belgian Knockout (European PGA Tour) and the AT&T Byron Nelson (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. There are several big names teeing it up in Texas this week, where Hideki Matsuyama and Sergio Garcia join local hero Jordan Spieth at the Byron Nelson. As to be expected, the field for the inaugural Belgian Knockout is not as stellar, with just three of the top one hundred in the world teeing it up in the new strokeplay/matchplay hybrid format. 

2018 - Week 19 Winners

Joakim Lagergren (ranked 20th by Golf Predictor) won the Rocco Forte Sicilian Open on the European PGA Tour. The 26 year old Swede won his maiden tour title in a play-off with Michael Lorenzo-Vera in Sicily. After getting off to a fast start on Sunday, the birdies dried up for Lagergren on the back nine. That allowed the overnight leader Lorenzo-Vera to catch him and force extra holes. However, Lagergren was not to be denied and won at the first play-off hole with a brilliant birdie. Our top ranked player, Andy Sullivan, finished in tied 3rd and we had seven of the top fourteen plus ties (7/19*) in the weak fielded event in mostly windy conditions.

Webb Simpson (ranked 22nd by Golf Predictor) won The Players Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 32 year old American won his first tour title in five years with an impressive performance at Sawgrass. After taking a five shot lead with a second round 63 (-9) and increasing his lead to seven shots after round three, Simpson eased to a four shot win and could even easily afford a closing double bogey! Despite a promising start, our top ranked player, Dustin Johnson, finished tamely for tied 17th. Overall, we only had eight of the top seventeen plus ties (8/22) in an event where several of the bigger names struggled on the tough layout.


*Kjeldsen withdrew, promoting Lagergren into the top nineteen of the rankings.

Monday, 7 May 2018

2018 - Week 19 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, The Players Championship (US PGA Tour) and the Rocco Forte Sicilian Open (European PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. As usual, there's a very strong field for the so called "fifth major" in Florida, with all the top fifty in the world rankings teeing it up at Sawgrass. That doesn't leave much top talent for the European Tour, which has only one golfer is (barely!) inside the top one hundred in the world rankings playing in Sicily

Sunday, 6 May 2018

2018 - Week 18 Winner

Jason Day (ranked 6th by Golf Predictor) won the Wells Fargo Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 30 year old Australian captured his second title of the season with an impressive display of putting at Quail Hollow. Despite not having his best long game, Day saved himself on the greens, including on the last three holes, where he had two birdies and a clutch par putt. That meant a two shot victory over Nick Watney and Aaron Wise in the end. Our top ranked player, Justin Thomas, failed in his bid to become world number one and finished in tied 21st. Overall, we had twelve of the top twenty one plus ties (12/26) in total on the testing layout.
There was no individual stroke play event on the European PGA Tour this week.   

Monday, 30 April 2018

2018 - Week 18 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions for this week, the Wells Fargo Championship (US PGA Tour)  are now available on Golf Predictor. The event moves back to Quail Hollow this year after a break last year due to the hosting of the US PGA Championship. A strong field has signed up, with twelve of the top twenty in the world teeing it up in North Carolina, led by world number two, Justin Thomas. 

There is no individual stroke play event on the European PGA Tour this week.    

Sunday, 29 April 2018

2018 - Week 17 Winner

Alexander Bjork (ranked 6th by Golf Predictor) won the Volvo China Open on the European PGA Tour. The 27 year old Swede won his first tour title with an impressive final day performance in Beijing. Bjork closed with a blemish free 65 (-7) to post a -18 target in the clubhouse. Adrian Otaegui had a chance to catch him, but a poor bogey on the penultimate hole meant both he and Matt Wallace needed an unlikely eagle on the par five closing hole to force a play-off. That proved to be too great a task for the duo and the Swede was duly crowned champion. Our top ranked player, defending champion Alexander Levy, finished in tied 14th, and we had six of the top fourteen plus ties (6/19).
 
The Zurich Classic of New Orleans on the US PGA Tour was not covered this year due to its transition to a team event. Unfortunately, this makes it unsuitable for Golf Predictor.

Monday, 23 April 2018

2018 - Week 17 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Volvo China Open (European PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. No big names are teeing it up in China this week and the tournament has only two years of course history. Neither of these facts make it very easy to call, but last week's winner Alexander Levy will be hoping to defend his title in Beijing. The Zurich Classic of New Orleans (US PGA Tour) will not covered as it now a team event. Unfortunately, this makes it incompatible with Golf Predictor.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

2018 - Week 16 Winners

Alexander Levy (ranked 2nd by Golf Predictor) won the Trophee Hassan II on the European PGA Tour. The 27 year old Frenchman won his fifth tour title with a solid final day performance in Morocco. Levy started well on Sunday, overtaking overnight leader Alvaro Quiros. A string of pars followed on the back nine until a plugged lie in a bunker on the sixteenth cut his lead to a single shot. However, Levy bounced back with a great birdie on the penultimate hole to give himself a two shot lead up the last. That just about proved sufficient, as Quiros finished with two birdies to reduce the winning margin to a single shot. Despite his recent form, our top ranked player, Paul Dunne, missed the cut. Overall, we had nine of the top nineteen plus ties (9/21) on the testing layout with new, tricky greens.

Andrew Landry (ranked 65th by Golf Predictor) won the Valero Texas Open on the US PGA Tour. The 30 year old American won his first tour title with an assured final day performance in San Antonio. Co-leading with Zach Johnson overnight, Landry pulled away on Sunday with only Trey Mullinax staying with him. However, Mullinax let him off the hook on the two final holes, allowing Landry to win by two strokes in the end. Our top ranked player, Sergio Garcia, disappointingly missed his second cut in a row. Overall, we had only five of the top twenty plus ties (5/25) in an event partially played in difficult conditions on a tough course.