Monday, 22 May 2017

2017 - Week 21 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the BMW PGA Championship (European PGA Tour) and the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. It's the flagship event on the European Tour this week and even though there is no Rory McIlroy, many of the European stars are teeing it up on the redesigned Wentworth layout. However, a couple of big name European stars, Masters champion Sergio Garcia and rookie sensation Jon Rahm, are among the biggest names in the field in Texas, where they'll have to battle home favourite and defending champion Jordan Spieth for the title.

2017 - Week 20 Winners

Alvaro Quiros (ranked 13th by Golf Predictor) won The Rocco Forte Open - Verdura on the European PGA Tour. The 34 year old Spaniard won his seventh tour title with a closing day performance in Sicily. Despite being seven shots clear after six holes on Sunday, Quiros leaked shots on back nine in the windy conditions and needed a play-off to defeat Zander Lombard. It was a welcome return to the winner's circle after six years for the Spaniard, who has struggled with his game. Our top ranked player, Jordan Smith, finished in tied 48th and we had only four of the top eighteen plus ties (4/22) in the weak fielded event in difficult conditions.

Billy Horschel (ranked 66th by Golf Predictor) won the AT&T Byron Nelson on the US PGA Tour. The 30 year old American won his fourth tour title in a play-off with Jason Day. Horschel overcame poor recent form to take his fist title in almost three years in a close battle with Day and James Hahn. However, after Hahn finished one shot short, Horschel won when Day surprisingly missed a four foot par putt at the first extra hole. Our top ranked player, Dustin Johnson, finished in tied 13th and we had eleven of the top twenty plus ties (11/26) in total.

Monday, 15 May 2017

2017 - Week 20 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, The Rocco Forte Open - Verdura (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 world number one Dustin Johnson and Masters champion Sergio Garcia join local hero Jordan Spieth at the Byron Nelson. As to be expected, the field in Sicily is not as impressive, but it does have young Jordan Smith headlining the event.

2017 - Week 19 Winners

Matt Wallace (ranked 12th by Golf Predictor) won the Open de Portugal at Morgado Golf Resort on the European PGA Tour. The the 27 year old Englishman won his maiden tour title with an impressive wire to wire victory at the resurrected event. After opening with a 63 (-10), Wallace closed out his win with his third blemish free round of the week. Despite that, he didn't have it all his own way and after a slow start Sunday, he was almost caught by a fast finishing Julian Suri. However, Wallace was able to raise his game and close out a three shot win. Our top ranked player, Ricardo Melo Gouveia, disappointed the home fans by missing the cut and we had nine of the top twenty two plus ties (9/25) in the weak fielded event on a new course in winy conditions.

Si-Woo Kim (ranked 63rd by Golf Predictor) won The Players Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 21 year old South Korean rank outsider won his second tour title with an impressive final day performance at Sawgrass. After hitting the lead on the front nine, the young Korean showed great composure and a brilliant touch around the greens. That allowed him to keep the high quality field at bay and become the youngest ever winner of this prestigious event by a three shot margin. Our top ranked player, Dustin Johnson, finished strongly for tied 12th. Overall, we only had five of the top sixteen plus ties (5/21) in an event where many of the bigger names floundered on the tough layout.

Monday, 8 May 2017

2017 - Week 19 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, The Players Championship (US PGA Tour) and the Open de Portugal at Morgado Golf Resort (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 forty eight of the top fifty in the world rankings teeing it up at a redesigned Sawgrass. That doesn't leave much top talent for the European Tour, which heads back to Portugal for the return to the schedule of the Portuguese Open. In the event co-sanctioned with the Challenge Tour, only one golfer is inside the top one hundred and fifty in the world rankings.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

2017 - Week 18 Winner

Brian Harman (ranked 36th by Golf Predictor) won the Wells Fargo Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 30 year old American captured his second tour title with a dramatic putt on the par five final hole. After half duffing his pitch to the green, Harman rolled in an unlikely thirty foot downhill putt to pip the condensed field. Our top ranked player, Dustin Johnson, finished strongly for tied second in his comeback from that famous slip and narrowly failed to win four events in a row. Overall, we had eight of the top eighteen plus ties (8/23) in total on the impressive, but tough, Eagle Point layout.
There was no individual stroke play event on the European PGA Tour this week.   

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

2017 - Week 17 Winner

Alexander Levy (ranked 6th by Golf Predictor) won the Volvo China Open on the European PGA Tour. The 26 year old China specialist won this title for the second time after catching third round leader Daniel Frittelli in Beijing. The South African will be disappointed not to build on his three shot overnight lead, but a closing 74 allowed Levy to make up seven shots and force a play-off. The Frenchman went on to win with a birdie on the first extra hole. Our top ranked player, Bernd Wiesberger, finished in tied 4th, and we had eight of the top eighteen plus ties (8/23).
 
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, 1 May 2017

2017 - 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 to a different course this year as Quail Hollow will host the US PGA Championship in August. That makes the event harder to call, as does the somewhat weaker field than normal. However, there are still six of the top twenty in the world teeing it up in North Carolina, led by world number one, Dustin Johnson. 

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

Monday, 24 April 2017

2017 - 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 one year of course history. Neither of these facts make it very easy to call, but Bernd Wiesberger will be hoping to complete a Chinese double in Beijing. The Zurich Classic of New Orleans (US PGA Tour) will not covered this year due to its transition to a team event. Unfortunately, this makes it incompatible with Golf Predictor.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

2017 - Week 16 Winners

Bernd Wiesberger (ranked 3rd by Golf Predictor) won the Shenzhen International on the European PGA Tour. The 31 year old Austrian won his fourth tour title with a play-off victory over the fast finishing Tommy Fleetwood. Despite having a three shot lead overnight, Wiesberger needed a gritty finish to match Fleetwood in the clubhouse, after the Englishman had closed with an excellent 63 (-9). Wiesberger almost went into the water both times on eighteen, but a fantastic second shot at the first extra hole set up a winning birdie. Despite a great start, our top ranked player, Bubba Watson, faded over the weekend and finished tied 26th. Overall, we had twelve of the top twenty one plus ties (12/24*) in the weather affected event, which finished on Monday.

Kevin Chappell (ranked 11th by Golf Predictor) won the Valero Texas Open on the US PGA Tour. The 30 year old American finally won his first tour title at the 180th time of asking in San Antonio. Chappell was put under pressure by the fast finishing Brooks Koepka and needed a birdie on the last hole to record a one shot victory. Our top ranked player, Matt Kuchar, finished in tied 40th and we had seven of the top eighteen plus ties (7/21) in an event partially played in difficult conditions.


*Dubuisson withdrew, promoting Bourdy into the top twenty four of the GP Rankings.