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.

Monday, 17 April 2017

2017 - Week 16 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Shenzhen International (European PGA Tour) (European PGA Tour) and the Valero Texas Open (US PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. Not a great field in either event this week, but at least there are five of the top twenty five in the world teeing it up in Texas. The European Tour heads off to China, where once again, Bubba Watson has taken the trouble to fly half away around the world to headline the field!

Sunday, 16 April 2017

2017 - Week 15 Winners

Edoardo Molinari (ranked 80th by Golf Predictor) won the Trophee Hassan II on the European PGA Tour. The 36 year old Italian won his first tour title in almost seven years, defeating Paul Dunne in a play-off. Molinari had an impressive birdie-eagle finish to overtake long time leader Dunne, but the Irishman rallied to birdie the last and tie the Italian. After a poor drive on the first extra hole, Dunne was in trouble, but still missed a six foot putt to extend the play-off. Our top ranked player, defending champion Jeung-Hun Wang, was fighting his game this year and missed the cut. Overall, we had only seven of the top nineteen plus ties (7/26) on the testing layout.

Wesley Bryan (ranked 40th by Golf Predictor) won the RBC Heritage on the US PGA Tour. The 27 year old American completed his amazing journey from trick shot specialist on the mini tours to PGA Tour winner in just a few short years with an assured final day performance. On a bunched leaderboard, Bryan broke away on the back nine and became the first South Carolina native to win at Harbour Town, beating course specialist Luke Donald into yet another runner-up finish. Our top ranked player, Matt Kuchar, finished strongly for tied 11th and we had seven of the top eleven plus ties (7/21) in total.

Monday, 10 April 2017

2017 - Week 15 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Trophee Hassan II (European PGA Tour) and the RBC Heritage (US PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. After the excitement of The Masters, it's back to the grind this week! Almost of the big names are resting after the exertions of Augusta, so there aren't many several big names playing in South Carolina. Fast finisher in Augusta Matt Kuchar is the biggest name teeing it up, while Danny Willett is probably looking forward to his first tournament as former Masters champion! Meanwhile, in Morocco there is a somewhat better than usual field assembled. That's probably due to the fact that it's been a while since the last regular event on tour!

2017 - Week 14 Winner

Sergio Garcia (ranked 8th* by Golf Predictor) won the first major of the year, The Masters (European/US PGA Tour). The 37 year old Spaniard finally won his first major at the 74th time of asking after an incredible final day battle with Justin Rose. After years of near misses and disappointments, Garcia got the monkey off his back and fulfilled his youthful promise with a play-off victory over the brave Englishman. After opening up an early two shot lead on Sunday, Garcia went through a sticky patch just after the turn. However, an heroic par after a drop in the pine needles on thirteen spurred him on and both golfers went toe to toe for the rest of the back nine. Although Garcia missed a short putt on the last for the win, he wasn't to be denied and he prevailed at the first extra hole after Rose found trouble off the tee. Our top ranked player, Dustin Johnson, had to withdraw at the very last minute after he hurt his back in a freak accident slipping on stairs. Overall, we had ten of the top eighteen plus ties (10/21).


*Technically 7th, due to DJ's withdrawal!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

2017 - Week 14 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, The Masters (European/US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. Only one tournament this week, but it's the big one! It's that time of the year again and excitement is mounting among golf fans ahead of the first major of the season at Augusta. It's wide open again this year with many top players (especially world number one Dustin Johnson) showing good form ahead of the tournament. It promises to be an exciting week's golf and I, for one, will be glued to the TV!

Sunday, 2 April 2017

2017 - Week 13 Winner

Russell Henley (ranked 20th by Golf Predictor) won the Shell Houston Open on the US PGA Tour. The 27 year old American won his third tour title with an impressive final day performance in Texas. Henley fired ten birdies in an incredible display of putting on Sunday to overtake long time leader Sung-Hoon Kang and win in some style. Our top ranked player, Jordan Spieth, was one of many big names who failed to perform ahead of The Masters and disappointingly missed the cut. Overall, we only had seven of the top twenty plus ties (7/22).

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

Monday, 27 March 2017

2017 - Week 13 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Shell Houston Open (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. It's the final tune-up for The Masters and there's a strong field in Houston, where the course is set up like Augusta as usual. Eight of the top twenty in the world are teeing it up, including Jordan Spieth, who will hope for a better week in his home state than last week!

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

2017 - Week 12 Winners

Dustin Johnson (ranked 1st by Golf Predictor) won the WGC - Dell Technologies Match Play on the European/US PGA Tour. The 32 year old American continued his impressive recent form and won his third tournament and second WGC title in a row with a one up win over Jon Rahm in the final. Both big hitters had played very well to reach the decider, but after Rahm got off to a bad start and was five down after eight holes, DJ looked like he would be able to coast to the title. However, Rahm bounced back and brought the match to the final green. Indeed, he was unlucky not to extend the match further when he was distracted as he chipped to the final green. and extend his lead at the top of the world rankings. Bill Haas beat surprise packet Hideki Tanihara in the third place play-off, despite the Japanese player recording an ace. Last previous years, a surprising number of the bigger names exited after the round robin stage and the event wasn't helped this year by three withdrawals over the first couple of days.

D.A. Points (ranked 87th by Golf Predictor) won the Puerto Rico Open on the US PGA Tour. The 40 year old American won his first third title in the second string event in Puerto Rico. Points finished strongly with four birdies in his last six holes to win by two shots from a trio of players. Our top ranked player, Wesley Byron, finished in tied 62nd and in this usually difficult to predict event, we had eight of the top seventeen plus ties (8/23).

Monday, 20 March 2017

2017 - Week 12 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions/statistics for this week, the WGC - Dell Technologies Match Play (European/US PGA Tour) and the Puerto Rico Open (US PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. Although Golf Predictor is designed primarily for stroke play events, like previous seasons, the WGC - Dell Technologies Match Play has been put through the prediction engine. As usual, there's a second string line up for the Puerto Rico event as all the big names are playing in Austin. That will give some of the lesser lights a great chance of tasting success on tour!