Monday, 25 July 2016

2016 - Week 30 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the US PGA Championship (European/US PGA Tour) and the King’s Cup pres. by PTT Group ((European PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. It's the final major of the season and the PGA Championship heads to Baltusrol for the first time since 2005. Due to the Olympics, it's the second major in three weeks and also the last chance for nine months (up from the usual 8!) for a golfer to land one of those prestigious titles. Meanwhile, the European Tour head back to Thailand where a second string field will battle it out for the inaugural King's Cup.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

2016 - Week 29 Winner

Jhonattan Vegas (ranked 60th by Golf Predictor) won the RBC Canadian Open on the US PGA Tour. The 31 year old Venezuelan won his second tour title with a strong finish in Canada. After starting very well last week and fading over the weekend, Vegas birdied his last three holes on Sunday to shoot 64 and post -12. It didn't look likely to be enough, but a series of unforced errors by his challengers meant none could catch him. That meant Vegas finally won again, five years after his maiden victory. Our top ranked player, defending champion Jason Day, finished well for tied 14th and we had eight of the top fourteen plus ties (8/22).

There was no tournament on the European Tour this week.

Monday, 18 July 2016

2016 - Week 29 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the RBC Canadian Open (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. Defending champion and world number one Jason Day is one of those who have jetted over from Scotland to tee it up in Canada this week. Not many of the bigger names have joined him, but he does have the in-form world number two Dustin Johnson for competition. There is no tournament on the European Tour this week.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

2016 - Week 28 Winners

Henrik Stenson (ranked 6th by Golf Predictor) won The Open Championship on the European/US PGA Tour. The 40 year old Swede won his first major in a titanic weekend duel with Phil Mickelson that was reminiscent of the classic Duel in the Sun between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus at Turnberry in 1977. Both players traded blows over the final two days, but it was Stenson who prevailed with an incredible display on Sunday. In relatively difficult conditions, Stenson finished with a ten birdie 63 (-8) to win by three from a resurgent Mickelson, whose own 65 and finishing total would have won all but four of the previous 144 Open Championships! Our top ranked player, Jason Day, finished in tied 22nd and we had eight of the top eighteen plus ties (8/21) in the wind affected tournament. 

Aaron Baddeley (ranked 24th by Golf Predictor) won the Barbasol Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 35 year old Australian won his fourth tour title play-off with Si Woo Kim. Despite being twelve shots back going into the weekend, Baddeley finally holed a putt to beat the young Korean at the fourth extra hole. Kim had also finished strongly over the weekend, with both golfers overhauling Jhonattan Vegas who had led by six strokes after shooting a second round 60. Baddeley missed four putts to win, before finally sealing his first win in five years with a twenty seven foot birdie. It was an emotional victory for Australian, who had lost his card last season. Our top ranked player, Roberto Castro, finished in tied 11th and we had thirteen of the top twenty plus ties (13/30) in total in this second tier event.

Monday, 11 July 2016

2016 - Week 28 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, The Open Championship (European/US PGA Tour) and the Barbasol Championship (US PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. The excitement is mounting this side of the pond for the most venerable major of them all, which returns to Royal Troon for the first time since 2004. All eyes will be on the in-form Dustin Johnson, who is coming off two big wins and will be aiming to add the claret jug to his burgeoning trophy cabinet! Meanwhile, a second string field is once again lining up for the US PGA Tour tournament in Alabama.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

2016 - Week 27 Winner

Alexander Noren (ranked 31st by Golf Predictor) won the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on the European PGA Tour. The 33 year old Swede won his fifth tour title at blustery Castle Stuart. Noren took a two shot lead into Sunday and although he was caught briefly around the turn, he pulled away again on the back nine and won by a shot over Tyrell Hatton. It was a profitable closing birdie for Hatton, as it earned him almost €300,000 extra! Our top ranked player, Henrik Stenson, finished tied 13th. Overall, we only had eight of the top thirteen plus ties (8/20*) in the wind affected event.   

The Greenbrier Classic was cancelled on the US PGA Tour, due to the dreadful flooding in West Virginia.


*Chris Wood withdrew, thereby promoting Colsaerts into the top 20 of the GP Rankings.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

2015 - Top 5 Hardest Courses/Tournaments on the US PGA Tour

Based on the average score in relation to par in the tournaments hosted on them, these were the toughest courses/tournaments on the US PGA Tour in the 2015 GP Season (calendar year):
  1. Chambers Bay (US Open)
  2. TPC San Antonio (Valero Texas Open)
  3. PGA National - Champion Course (The Honda Classic)
  4. Riviera CC (Northern Trust Open)
  5. Trump National Doral (WGC-Cadillac Championship)
As usual, the US Open is the hardest tournament and it's no surprise to see Doral on the list once again. You can get more detailed information by looking at the 'Highest Average Round vs Par' chart on the 'Other Stats/Tourn. Stats' page in the member section of Golf Predictor.

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2015 - Top 5 Easiest Courses/Tournaments on the US PGA Tour

Based on the average score in relation to par in the tournaments hosted on them, these were the 5 easiest courses/tournaments on the US PGA Tour in the 2015 GP Season (calendar year):
  1. The Plantation Course (Hyundai Tournament of Champions)
  2. PGA West and sister courses (Humana Challenge in pship with the Clinton Foundation)
  3. Kuala Lumpur G & CC (CIMB Classic)
  4. Pebble Beach Golf Links (AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am)
  5. TPC Louisiana (Zurich Classic of New Orleans)
A couple of usual suspects in this list from the same list in previous years! You can get more detailed information by looking at the 'Lowest Average Round vs Par' chart on the 'Other Stats/Tourn. Stats' page in the member section of Golf Predictor.

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2015 - Top 5 Easiest Courses/Tournaments on the European PGA Tour

Based on the average score in relation to par in the tournaments hosted on them, these were the 5 easiest courses on the European PGA Tour in the 2015 GP Season (calendar year):
  1. GC Milano (72° Open D'Italia pres. by Damiani) 
  2. Earth Course, Jumeirah Golf Estates (DP World Tour Championship, Dubai)
  3. Oceânico Victoria Clube de Golfe (Portugal Masters)
  4. Sheshan International GC (WGC-HSBC Champions)
  5. Abu Dhabi GC (Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship)
This is somewhat similar to the same list in previous seasons. You can get more detailed information by looking at the 'Lowest Average Round vs Par' chart on the 'Other Stats/Tourn. Stats' page in the member section of Golf Predictor.

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2015 - Top 5 Hardest Courses/Tournaments on the European PGA Tour

Based on the average score in relation to par in the tournaments hosted on them, these were the 5 toughest courses on the European PGA Tour in the 2015 GP Season (calendar year):
  1. RACV Royal Pines Resort (Australian PGA Championship)
  2. Royal Co. Down GC (Dubai Duty Free Irish Open)
  3. Chambers Bay (US Open)
  4. Le Golf National (Alstom Open de France)
  5. Real Club de Golf El Prat (Open de Espana)
Granted, the weather and relatively weak fields may have played a part in some of these events, but on the other hand, the list is similar to lists from previous years. You can get more detailed information by looking at the 'Highest Average Round vs Par' chart on the 'Other Stats/Tourn. Stats' page in the member section of Golf Predictor.

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2014 - Top 5 Easiest Courses/Tournaments on the US PGA Tour

Based on the average score in relation to par in the tournaments hosted on them, these were the 5 easiest courses/tournaments on the US PGA Tour in the 2014 GP Season (calendar year):
  1. PGA West and sister courses (Humana Challenge in pship with the Clinton Foundation)
  2. The Plantation Course (Hyundai Tournament of Champions)
  3. TPC Summerlin (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open)
  4. TPC Deere Run (John Deere Classic)
  5. Coco Beach Golf & Country Club (Puerto Rico Open pres. by seepuertorico.com)
A couple of usual suspects in this list from the same list in previous years! You can get more detailed information by looking at the 'Lowest Average Round vs Par' chart on the 'Other Stats/Tourn. Stats' page in the member section of Golf Predictor.

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2014 - Top 5 Hardest Courses/Tournaments on the US PGA Tour

Based on the average score in relation to par in the tournaments hosted on them, these were the toughest courses/tournaments on the US PGA Tour in the 2014 GP Season (calendar year):
  1. Pinehurst (US Open)
  2. Augusta National GC (The Masters)
  3. Trump National Doral (WGC-Cadillac Championship)
  4. Congressional CC (Quicken Loans National)
  5. Innisbrook Resort & GC (Valspar Championship)
As usual, this year's list is top heavy with major tournaments, with another difficult major venue, Congressional CC, rounding out the top five. You can get more detailed information by looking at the 'Highest Average Round vs Par' chart on the 'Other Stats/Tourn. Stats' page in the member section of Golf Predictor.

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2014 - Top 5 Easiest Courses/Tournaments on the European PGA Tour

Based on the average score in relation to par in the tournaments hosted on them, these were the 5 easiest courses on the European PGA Tour in the 2014 GP Season (calendar year):
  1. East London GC (Africa Open)
  2. Oceânico Victoria Clube de Golfe (Portugal Masters)
  3. GC Gut Larchenhof (BMW International Open)
  4. Laguna National G & CC (The Championship at Laguna National)
  5. Earth Course, Jumeirah Golf Estates (DP World Tour Championship, Dubai)
This is somewhat similar to the same list in previous seasons. You can get more detailed information by looking at the 'Lowest Average Round vs Par' chart on the 'Other Stats/Tourn. Stats' page in the member section of Golf Predictor.

Click on the "Lists" category opposite to see more such lists.

2014 - Top 5 Hardest Courses/Tournaments on the European PGA Tour

Based on the average score in relation to par in the tournaments hosted on them, these were the 5 toughest courses on the European PGA Tour in the 2014 GP Season (calendar year):
  1. Pinehurst (US Open)
  2. Le Golf National (Alstom Open de France)
  3. PGA Golf de Catalunya (Open de Espana)
  4. Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort (Made in Denmark)
  5. Augusta National GC (The Masters)
The list is somewhat different to the 2013 one, although the US Open is once again the toughest event and Le Golf National is even harder than last year! You can get more detailed information by looking at the 'Highest Average Round vs Par' chart on the 'Other Stats/Tourn. Stats' page in the member section of Golf Predictor.

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Monday, 4 July 2016

2016 - Week 27 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open (European PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. It's the final week before the Open Championship and it's the last chance for a competitive tune up. There are a few big names playing in Scotland this year, with  Phil Mickelson once again leading an American contingent hoping to get some competitive links practice before heading to Troon. However, most of the big name golfers are taking the week off and heading to Troon early. The Greenbrier Classic due to be held this week has been cancelled due to the recent severe flooding in West Virginia. Our thoughts are with those affected, especially those who lost family members or friends.

2016 - Week 26 Winners

Thongchai Jaidee (ranked 9th by Golf Predictor) won the 100th Open de France on the European PGA Tour. The 46 year old Thai won his eight tour title with an impressive weekend performance. Jaidee went 40 holes without a bogey on the tough Le Golf National layout until the very last hole. That meant he had to settle for a four shot victory on a day where he was never put under any pressure. Despite bedding in some swing changes, our top ranked player, Rory McIlroy, finished in third place and we had eleven of the top sixteen plus ties (11/21).

Dustin Johnson (ranked 42nd by Golf Predictor) won the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational on the European/US PGA Tour. The 32 year old American continued his recent US Open form by securing his second big title in a row. Although Johnson finished strongly on the weekend, he still needed help from world number one Jason Day to take the title. Day looked in control until a series of ropey drives late in the round saw him drop four shots in the final four holes and fall to tied third. Day was our top ranked player and we had ten of the top sixteen plus ties (10/20) in total.

Greg Chalmers (ranked 82nd by Golf Predictor) won the Barracuda Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 42 year old Australian secured his first tour title at the 386th time of asking with a six point win over Gary Woodland in the modified Stableford event. It was still difficult to get over the line, as Chalmers needed a five point eagle on the final hole and a bogey from Woodland on the same hole to finally get that win. Our top ranked player, Brendan Steele, finished in tied 5th and we had only six of the top seventeen plus ties (6/19) in the second tier event.