Tuesday 27 December 2011

Page Titles/Descriptions Edited on Golf Predictor

The titles and introductory text of most of the pages available from the "Stats Analysis" menu of Golf Predictor have been edited. The titles were mainly changed for clarity purposes and some of the descriptions were edited to be more appropriate if looking at data from a previous season. Just another way to make Golf Predictor slightly better for the new season ahead! Note that you may have to refresh a recently viewed page to see the changes.

Thursday 22 December 2011

Win/Top Ten/Missed Cut/WD Percentages Added to Golfer Pages

Luke Donald's Performance Data (before the 2011 Dubai World Championship)
The three main pages with golfer information ('Prediction Data', 'Season Stats' and 'Golfer Details' pages) on Golf Predictor have been updated to include the win/top ten/missed cut/withdrawl percentages for the golfer in question. Previously, some of this information (charts and data) was visible on the 'Golfers' page ('View Options' menu) or on the percentage charts on the 'Season Stats', 'Season History' and 'Similar Tournament History' pages ('Stats Analysis' menu). However, you can now see this useful information for any golfer by going to any of the three main golfer pages named above.

The screenshot above shows Luke Donald's performance information on his 'Prediction Data' page in advance of the 2011 Dubai World Championship. It shows how the table in the Performance panel has been updated with the percentages for each statistic. It also shows just how impressive Donald's amount of top ten finishes were in the recent past. For the 'Prediction Data' page, the percentages have been placed underneath the actual numbers in a smaller font and different colour for maximum clarity. On the other two pages, the percentages have been placed alongside the actual numbers in the same font, size and colour.

Just another way to make Golf Predictor even better for the new season ahead! Note that you may have to refresh a recently viewed page to see the changes. All users can see these new percentage statistics for golfers they can access. For subscribers, this means all pages in the system. For non-subscribers, it means golfers ranked 11-25 in the prediction and season statistics rankings and all golfers on the Golfers page. So, sign up today and reap the full benefits of Golf Predictor, the premium professional golf statistics site.

Tuesday 20 December 2011

More 2012 European PGA Tour Events Added to Golf Predictor

Further to an earlier announcement, eighteen more 2012 European PGA Tour events have been added to Golf Predictor. There are still several events and courses to be confirmed for next season and only one new event (the Perth International Golf Championship in Australia). I have taken the liberty to add Carton House as the venue for the Irish Open, as it is widely being reported as such here in Ireland today.

Five of the newly added events (Irish, Scottish, Austrian and Italian Opens and the Andalucia Masters) are currently without sponsors, a situation that is likely to change in the coming months. When that happens, their new names will be updated on the system.

Now that the European PGA Tour have finally managed to get a complete season into a calendar year, there will be around five less weeks in the combined US/European PGA Tour season this year. In addition to meaning less work for me, it also means an off-season two weeks longer than before. Yippee!

Monday 19 December 2011

Season Statistics Data Added to Golfer Pages

Tiger Woods' Season Stats Since 2003
The 'Golfer Details' page on Golf Predictor has been updated to include the completed season statistics for the golfer in question. There is now a Completed Season Statistics data table with sortable columns at the bottom of the page. This table displays an overview of all the completed seasons since 2003 in which the golfer played at least five events. This is shown above from Tiger Woods' page on Golf Predictor. It shows just how much off the boil he has gone in the last two seasons, after all his injuries and personal issues. Clicking on the year in the season column will bring up more detailed statistics for the year in question.

Just another way to make Golf Predictor even better! Note that only subscribers can view this new season statistics data on the 'Golfer Details' page. So, sign up today and reap the full benefits of Golf Predictor, the premium professional golf statistics site.

Tuesday 13 December 2011

2012 European/US PGA Tour Events on Golf Predictor

The complete 2012 US PGA Tour schedule is now on Golf Predictor. Luckily for me this year, there was a surprisingly small number of changes from the 2011 season! Bar a few tournament name changes (including a really long one for what was the Bob Hope Classic!), it is almost identical to last year.

The 2012 European PGA Tour schedule is far from finalised at this stage, but the twenty confirmed events have been added to the system. The remaining ones will be added as soon as possible.

Monday 12 December 2011

2011 Season Statistics Available on Golf Predictor

Following the conclusion of the long season in Dubai yesterday, the statistics  for the 2011 season are now available on Golf Predictor (Stats Analysis menu, Season Stats options). The numbers have been crunched for all 569 golfers who played at least five tournaments (excluding non-finishes) on the European/US PGA Tour during the course of the season

Unsurprisingly, Luke Donald leads the way, with Tiger-like (in his prime!) statistics, posting an incredible 19 top tens in 25 events (76%) and the highest win percentage (16% of events entered). Meanwhile, Tiger himself has slipped way down to 26th after his less than impressive curtailed effort this year. While it was no surprise that Donald topped the stats chart, it was somewhat surprising how little the gap was to his nearest competitor. Without setting the world on fire this year, Steve Stricker has also had an incredibly consistent year. He has the best cut record on either tour and made the cut in all twenty of his events*. Tim Clark preformed well in in the few events he was actually able to play and Rory McIlroy also had an impressively consistent year. Despite dengue fever and a terrible carbon footprint, the Northern Irishman had the next highest percentage of top tens to Donald (59.1%) and of course secured his first major in wonderful style. Another very notable performance was by the amateur Patrick Cantlay, who finished with the 13th best average and no missed cuts, albeit from just five events. Clearly one for the future!

*Some events, e.g. WGCs, did not have cuts!

Sunday 11 December 2011

2011 - Week 51 Winner

Alvaro Quiros (ranked 18th by Golf Predictor) won The Dubai World Championship pres. by DP World on the European PGA Tour. The 28 year old big hitting Spaniard won in style, closing with an eagle three on the final hole for a two shot victory. While Quiros completed the "Dubai Double" this season, it was our top ranked golfer, Luke Donald, who trumped him with his third place finish. That allowed the ultra-consistent Englishman to make history by becoming the first player to top the money list on both sides of the pond in the same year. His achievement is all the more impressive given the recent passing of his father and birth of his new daughter). Overall, we had nine of the top eleven plus ties (9/15) in total. 

That's another long season over and I'm looking forward to a few free weekends! I'd like to thank all the Golf Predictor users this year and here's to a great 2012!

Monday 5 December 2011

2011 - Week 51 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, The Dubai World Championship pres. by DP World (European PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. It's the last event of a long year and Rory McIlroy has added some interest to the season finale with his great victory in Hong Kong yesterday. That win gives him an outside chance of denying Luke Donald the money list double. However, he still has his work cut out for him!

Sunday 4 December 2011

2011 - Week 50 Winner

Rory McIlroy (ranked 1st by Golf Predictor) won the UBS Hong Kong Open on the European PGA Tour. The Northern Irish sensation overcame recent illness and a crazy schedule to take the title with a brilliant closing 65 (-5). McIlroy finished in style, holing out from a bunker, and will now keep Luke Donald on his toes in the season finale in Dubai next week. Including the winner, we had eleven of the top seventeen plus ties (11/20)* in total.

*Three non-starters above them brought Lara and Derksen into the top twenty in the rankings.