Monday, 26 September 2016

2016 - Week 38 Winners

Alexander Levy (ranked 14th by Golf Predictor) won the Porsche European Open on the European PGA Tour. The 26 year old Frenchman won his third tour title in dramatic fashion in Germany. Despite opening up with 62 and 63 for -17, Levy only lead Ross Fisher by one coming up the last in the fog shortened event. The Frenchman ended up hitting his second on the 54th hole into a statue and did well to rescue a bogey to force a play-off after Fisher had narrowly failed to hole a winning birdie putt. On the second extra hole, Levy holed a great downhill long distant birdie putt to secure the title and launch into the most ebullient celebration seen on tour this year! Our top ranked player, Thomas Pieters, finished in tied 57th, but we had eight of the top thirteen plus ties (8/19).
 

Rory McIlroy (ranked 4th by Golf Predictor) won The Tour Championship by Coca-Cola on the US PGA Tour. The 27 year old Northern Irishman capped a fantastic end to the season by banking the FedEx Cup jackpot with his second title of the play-offs. On an exciting final day, McIlroy finished strongly to tie Kevin Chappell and Ryan Moore after 72 holes. With Dustin Johnson struggling, the FedEx Cup was also on the line for McIlroy and after Chappell was quickly eliminated, he finally overcame Moore's stiff resistance at the fourth extra hole. As a consolation, Moore was named in the US Ryder Cup team ahead of Bubba Watson. Our top ranked player, Jason Day, withdrew with more back problems and we had seven of the top ten plus ties (7/14) in the restricted field event.  


Monday, 19 September 2016

2016 - Week 38 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions for this week, the Tour Championship (US PGA Tour) and the Porsche European Open (European PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. Only the top thirty in the FedEx Cup rankings are playing in the US season finale this week, where several players will also be playing for the final spot on the the US Ryder Cup team. Not many big names at the European Open, where home hero Martin Kaymer and the in-form Thomas Pieters are headlining the field.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

2016 - Week 37 Winner

Francesco Molinari (ranked 8th by Golf Predictor) won the Italian Open on the European PGA Tour. The 33 year old Italian emulated last week's winner Joost Luiten by winning his home open for the second time. Molinari finished with a 65 to hold off Masters champion Danny Willett. It was nervy stuff as Willett reduced the Italian's lead from four with six to play to a single shot. However, Molinari managed to par the final hole and win by a single shot. Willett was our top ranked player and we had thirteen of the top twenty plus ties in total (13/29*).

There was no tournament on the US PGA Tour this week.


* Non-finishers promote Levy into the top 29 of the GP rankings.

Monday, 12 September 2016

2016 - Week 37 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions for this week, the Italian Open (European PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. Just the one tournament this week as it's the rest week in the FedEx Cup series on the US PGA Tour. There are not many big names in Italy, but at least double major winner and last year's loser in a play-off Martin Kaymer is there with reigning Masters champion Danny Willett and a supporting cast of tour regulars.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

2016 - Week 36 Winners

Joost Luiten (ranked 6th by Golf Predictor) won the KLM Open on the European PGA Tour. The 30 year old Dutchman delighted the home crowd by winning his home open for the second time with a great final day performance. Luiten finished with a near flawless 63 (-8) in front of a large crowd to secure his his fifth tour title. Our top ranked player, Alex Noren, finished in tied 34th, but we had eight of the top sixteen plus ties (8/19*).

Dustin Johnson (ranked 4th by Golf Predictor) won the third event of the FedEx Cup play-offs, the BMW Championship. The 32 year old American continued his great 2016 form by winning his third big title of the year. It was another impressive display by Johnson, who set a scoring record of -23 in holding off Paul Casey to win by three shots. Our top ranked player, Jason Day, had to withdraw halfway through the final round with a bad back. Overall, we had ten of the top seventeen plus ties (10/19**).


*Due to withdrawals, Fleetwood is promoted to the top nineteen in the GP rankings.
**Due to Day's withdrawal, Snedeker is promoted to the top nineteen in the GP rankings.

Monday, 5 September 2016

2016 - Week 36 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions/stats for this week, the BMW Championship (US PGA Tour) and the KLM Open (European PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. It's the third leg of the FedEx Cup play-offs in the US this week and the pressure will be on to qualify for the lucrative Tour Championship in two weeks. As usual, the bigger names are still in FedEx Cup contention in America, but there still are a few players in the top fifty in the world rankings teeing it up on a new course in the Netherlands this week.

2016 - Week 35 Winners

Alexander Noren (ranked 2nd by Golf Predictor) won the Omega European Masters on the European PGA Tour. The 34 year old Swede won his sixth tour title by defeating Scott Hend in a play-off in the scenic Swiss mountains. Noren had a two shot lead on the back nine, but was caught by Hend on the penultimate hole. However, the Swede was not to be denied his second win both of the summer and at this event and he birdied the first extra hole to take the title. Our top ranked player, defending champion Danny Willett, finished in tied 12th and in an event where many bigger names failed to perform, we had only eight of the top eighteen plus ties (8/23). 

Rory McIlroy (ranked 5th by Golf Predictor) won the Deutsche Bank Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 27 year old Northern Irishman won his first tour title of the year with a two shot win over Paul Casey. McIlroy put his recent putting woes behind him and a poor start on Friday to come through the field and return to the winner's circle. Despite being +4 after his opening few holes, McIlroy fought back gamely and improved each day to take the title in the worsening weather on Monday. Our top ranked player, Jason Day, finished well for tied 15th and in an event where many of the bigger names also did not perform, we had only seven of the top fifteen plus ties (7/20).