Monday, 19 June 2017

2017 - Week 25 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the BMW International Open (European PGA Tour) and the Travelers Championship (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. After the excitement of the US Open, it's back to the grind! Unusually for a week after a major, there are a fair number of the top players teeing it up this week. Six of the top twenty in the world are teeing it up in Connecticut and a couple more are making the trip from Wisconsin to Germany to compete.

2017 - Week 24 Winner

Brookes Koepka (ranked 15th by Golf Predictor) won the US Open on the European/US PGA Tour. The 27 year old American won his first major with a tremendous display at Erin Hills. Trailing by a shot overnight, Koepka blew the field away with a display of power, accuracy and putting to win by four shots over Hideki Matsuyama and Brian Harman. In doing so, he equalled Rory McIlroy's record score to par (-16), albeit on the long par 72 in Wisconsin. Koepka opened up with two birdies on Sunday and never looked in trouble after that. A burst of birdies on the back nine all but guaranteed him the title and he duly eased to the prestigious title. Our top ranked player, Dustin Johnson, was one of the unusually large number of top ranked players who missed the cut. As a result, we only had six of the top twenty one plus ties (6/22*) on what turned out to be an atypical US Open layout. 


*Mickelson famously and eventually withdrew, promoting Steve Stricker to the top 22 in the GP Rankings.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

2017 - Week 24 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the US Open (European/US PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. The excitement is mounting for the second major of the season on the relatively new Erin Hills layout in Wisconsin. All eyes will be on the USGA, who will be keen not to make it a hat-trick of calamities after the Chambers Bay and the DJ moving ball debacles! The long par 72 layout will feature wide fairways, fast greens and penal rough, if golfers veer too far off-line (as demonstrated by Kevin Na!). Defending champion, Dustin Johnson, will be on a high after becoming a father for the second time this week. Let's hope there are no controversial rulings for him this year!

Sunday, 11 June 2017

2017- Week 23 Winners

Dylan Frittelli (ranked 9th by Golf Predictor) won the Lyoness Open powered by ORGANIC+ on the European PGA Tour. The 27 year old South African won his maiden tour title in a bunched finish in Austria. Frittelli got his nose in front on the back nine on Sunday and held his nerve to win by a single shot from David Horsey, Jbe Kruger and Mikko Lorhohen. Our top ranked player, home favourite Bernd Wiesberger, didn't quite fire, but finished in tied 15th. Overall, we had seven of the top fifteen plus ties (7/19) in total.

Daniel Berger (ranked 6th by Golf Predictor) won the FedEx St. Jude Classic on the US PGA Tour. The 24 year old American won his second event on tour with a successful title defence in Memphis. On a strange final day where none of the third round leaders made any progress, Berger closed with a 66 (-4) for a come from behind victory. Our top ranked player, Rickie Fowler, had an uncharacteristic bad week and missed the cut. Overall, we had eight of the top eighteen plus ties (8/23).

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Design Update for Golf Predictor!


Old Golf Predictor Design

New Golf Predictor Design
I am pleased to unveil a brand new look for Golf Predictor! This new look is now live on the site and I hope you will agree that it is a significant improvement on the existing design. Both the old and new designs are shown in the screenshots above. Gone is the now antiquated page metaphor and in comes a cleaner, more modern responsive design. Some notes on this new look:

  1. As my design skills are somewhat limited, I had to procure a new theme for the upgrade. As my budget was also somewhat limited, I used the free Corlate theme! Although this theme is a few years old, I found it appealing and I adapted it to my needs. 
  2. Unlike the debacle of the recent European Tour website upgrade, no functionality is lost or significantly changed. Indeed, most pages should look much the same within the new theme. The only change is that some menu items had to be moved (see below). Hopefully, this update will be smoother than the shambles of the European Tour one!
  3. I had to move some menu items to fit in with the new design. Many links that were in the main menu have been moved to the new bottom menu on each page (e.g. the blog/contact/links pages on the public facing site and the "My GP" Menu in the member section). The link to the search page in the member section has been moved to top right of the page and changed to a search icon.
  4. Unfortunately for me, updating the design was a much bigger job than simply changing the template. Although the content part of each page looks similar to before, almost all the CSS had to be rewritten and tested on various browsers and devices. The good news for me is that the site CSS is now much cleaner and the site will be much easier to update in the future.
  5. I have tested the new design on Windows on FireFox, Chrome, Edge and IE11, in addition to iOS Safari/Chrome (iPhone/iPad) and Android Chrome (phone and tablet). There are some minor issues with mobile devices and with iOS in particular (see below).
  6. The main problems with iOS are the pop-up charts and Features images hover text on home page. The latter doesn't work and the former is only an issue on iPhones (iPads are fine), mainly in portrait mode. Rotating the iPhone and using the extreme left or right to scroll up and down is an acceptable workaround for the iPhone 6 and above. However, viewing the pop-up charts on smaller/older iPhones may still present problems. 
  7. Chrome on iOS appears to have less of the minor display issues than Safari.
  8. I have been able to fix several minor bugs in the system which I found while testing the new design.
  9. Because this new look offers the ability to display much more text in an attractive manner, I have removed the text pop-ups from public pages and incorporated the text into the main body of the page. This also helps with page loading times, as fewer JavaScript files are loaded in the background.
  10. I have removed the breadcrumb from the top left of the content area, as it is not necessary, being beside the page title!
  11. Some compromises had to made to keep the site loading times to a minimum. For example, the home page images are the lowest acceptable quality and I threw out the fancy viewer for the Features images to save loading two more JavaScript files for a marginally better experience than the built in browser one.
  12. Similar to the tweaks outlined here, I consolidated and minimised the JavaScript and CSS files to minimise loading time for the new home page (and the other public facing pages). The new design has many more images than the old home design, but as stated above, I have saved them in the lowest quality possible without sacrificing quality.
  13. In case you're wondering, the three slider images on the new home page are from photos I took myself! The first is from the Oceânico Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura (Portugal Masters), the second is from Carne (my home course in County Mayo, Ireland) and the final one is the eighteenth green in Fota Island in Cork (Irish Open).
  14. You will have to refresh/reload any page you recently viewed on the site to see the updated version.
  15. Every web page on the site should have been updated and tested. If you spot any overlooked pages or other errors, please contact me via the support link below.

A lot of work has gone in to this new Golf Predictor design and I really hope you like it. As usual, any feedback is welcome, via the Contact GP page or commenting on this post. Just another way to make Golf Predictor even better!

Friday, 9 June 2017

Site Upgrade Tomorrow - Access Disabled

To facilitate the implementation of a brand new design, logging in to and registering for Golf Predictor will be temporarily disabled tomorrow morning, Saturday, 10th June at approximately 9am Irish time (4am EST). Unlike the recent debacle with the European Tour website update, this update is a facelift rather than a whole new site! All the existing functionality in the member section will work as before, but just look a little nicer! Except for a few menu items, all functionality will be accessible from the same locations as before. The public facing section of the site will get the biggest overhaul, with a much more attractive façade, with nicer effects and graphics.

All going well, the process should not take more than a couple of hours, so I would ask for your patience during this time. If you are already logged in to the site, please log out or do not use it until I have completed the process, as you may experience errors or other inconsistencies. I will tweet and post on this blog when the new look Golf Predictor is ready. I hope you will like it - a lot of hard work has gone into updating the entire site!

Monday, 5 June 2017

2017- Week 23 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Lyoness Open powered by ORGANIC+ (European PGA Tour) and the FedEx St. Jude Classic (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. Although it's the last chance for a tune up before the US Open, there aren't many of the top golfers playing this week. Rickie Fowler areAdam Scott are probably the biggest stars teeing it up in Memphis, while former winners Chris Wood and Bernd Wiesberger are the only members of the world's top sixty playing in Austria.

2017 - Week 22 Winners

Renato Paratore (ranked 85th by Golf Predictor) won the Nordea Masters on the European PGA Tour. The 20 year old Italian captured his first tour title with a gutsy one shot victory in Sweden. Paratore took the lead on the back nine and finished with three gutsy pars to edge defending champion Matthew Fitzpatrick and third round leader Chris Wood. The latter had a chance to win or make a play-off, but a wild drive on the last into the woods put an end to his chances. Our top ranked player, Alex Noren, finished in tied 15th and we had nine of the top fifteen plus ties (9/20)

Jason Dufner (ranked 19th by Golf Predictor) won the Memorial Tournament pres. by Nationwide on the US PGA Tour. The 40 year old American recovered from a poor moving day to take his fifth tour title. After opening up with a tournament record thirty six hole total (130), Dufner squandered his five shot halfway lead with a third round 77 to fall four behind. However, despite a suspect putting stroke on the front nine on Sunday, Dufner steadied the ship and finished with a great par save in front of host Jack Nicklaus to win by three shots. Our top ranked player, Dustin Johnson, surprisingly missed the cut and we had seven of the top eighteen plus ties (7/21) in this event.

Monday, 29 May 2017

2017 - Week 22 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Nordea Masters (European PGA Tour) and the Memorial Tournament pres. by Nationwide (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. As usual, there's a strong field for Jack's tournament, with half of the world's top twenty teeing it up in Ohio. Meanwhile, the field in Sweden is obviously nowhere near as strong, with local favourites Henrik Stenson and Alex Noren the marquee names in the event.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

2017 - Week 21 Winners

Alex Noren (ranked 3rd by Golf Predictor) won the BMW PGA Championship on the European PGA Tour. The 34 year old Swede won his ninth tour title with a spectacular final round at Wentworth. Noren finished with a fantastic eagle on the last hole to shoot a course record 62 (-10) and set a respectable clubhouse target. He then had to endure a two hour wait as all his rivals fell away one by one in the rain, as if intimidated by his performance. Our top ranked player, Henrik Stenson, stalled somewhat on the back nine Sunday, but still finished tied third. Overall, we had eight of the top fourteen plus ties (8/20) on the testing and redesigned Wentworth layout. 

Kevin Kisner ranked 15th by Golf Predictor) won the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational on the US PGA Tour. The 33 year old American won his second tour title by a single shot from a trio of golfers, including Spanish Sensation Jon Rahm and defending champion Jordan Spieth. Kisner went two clear down the stretch with a run of four birdies in six holes after the turn. However, a bogey on sixteen cut his lead to the minimum and he had to sweat a twelve foot birdie attempt on the last for Rahm and a bunker shot from Web Simpson before taking the title. Our top ranked player, Sergio Garcia, had a poor weekend and finished in tied 12th. Overall, we had only seven of the top eighteen plus ties (7/23).

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.

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!

Sunday, 19 March 2017

2017 - Week 11 Winners

Marc Leishman (ranked 29th by Golf Predictor) won the Arnold Palmer Invitational pres. by Mastercard on the US PGA Tour. The 33 year old Australian won his second tour title at Bay Hill, in the first edition of the tournament since the passing of the host. Leishman came from three shots back to overtake overnight leaders Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman. The Australian had to overcome a poor tee shot to par the difficult finishing hole and pip the third round leaders by a single shot. Our top ranked player, Henrik Stenson, disappointingly and surprisingly missed the cut and we had only seven of the top seventeen plus ties (7/22) on the testing layout. 

There was no tournament on the European Tour this week.

 

Monday, 13 March 2017

2017 - Week 11 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Arnold Palmer Invitational pres. by Mastercard (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. Unsurprisingly, there's an even stronger field than usual at Arnie's event this year, as this marks the first running of the tournament since the great man passed away. Despite all the talk in the media about who isn't turning up, there are twelve of the top twenty in the world are in Orlando to pay tribune to The King.  

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

Sunday, 12 March 2017

2017 - Week 10 Winners

S.S.P. Chawrasia (ranked 38th by Golf Predictor) won the Hero Indian Open on the European PGA Tour. The 38 year old Indian successfully defended his home open title with an impressive display in New Delhi. Playing on the very challenging Gary Player designed DLF Golf and Country Club this year, Chawrasia was a class above the rest and ran out a comfortable seven shot winner. Our top ranked player, Rafa Cabrera Bello, had a topsy turvy final round, but finished strongly for tied 5th. Overall, we had only six of the top seventeen plus ties (6/20*) in an event with a poor field on a difficult course.

Adam Hadwin (ranked 28th by Golf Predictor) won the Valspar Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 29 year old Canadian won his maiden PGA Tour event in an exciting final day tit for tat battle with Patrick Cantlay. Despite leading by four shots overnight, Hadwin was reeled in by Cantlay on the back nine. They were all square coming down the last, but a costly bogey by the American allowed Hadwin to pip him to the title. Our top ranked player, Henrik Stenson, finished in tied 7th and in an event where most of the bigger names failed to perform, we only had four of the top eighteen plus ties (4/21).


*Scrivener was disqualified, promoting Meesawat into the top twenty of the GP rankings.

Monday, 6 March 2017

2017 - Week 10 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Hero Indian Open (European PGA Tour) and the Valspar Championship (US PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. As the build up to Augusta begins in earnest, five of the top twenty in the world rankings are teeing it up in Florida, including last week's major victim of food poisoning in Mexico, Henrik Stenson. Meanwhile, the European PGA Tour returns to India with a similar strength field to last year, but on a different course. They have a bigger name to headline the field though, with Rafa Cabrera Bello teeing it up in New Delhi. Note that as Golf Predictor does not track the Asian Tour, the tournament/course history of the Asian tour players is not taken into account.

Box Plots Added to Season Segment Data Page

New box plot (showing pop-up) on Season Segment Data page
Further to this post from around eighteen months ago, I am pleased to announce that I have added box plots to the Season Segment Data page for each golfer. In total, four new box plots have been added, one for overall statistics and one each for early, mid and late season segment statistics. The screenshot above shows the Overall panel on the Season Segment Data page for Rory McIlroy. Hovering over the plot will show a pop-up, as can be seen above.

This brings the total number of charts on the site to 479. I trust you will find these new box plots useful as a graphical representation of the golfer's performance in each season segment. Just another way to make Golf Predictor even better!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

2017 - Week 9 Winners

Dustin Johnson (ranked 1st by Golf Predictor) won the WGC - Mexico Championship on the European/US PGA Tour. The 32 year old American won his fourteenth tour title just two weeks after his thirteenth and enjoyed a successful first outing as world number one! Despite playing a tight, tree lined course at altitude in Mexico, the big hitting Johnson put in an impressive performance on the short, but testing layout against a quality field. Johnson did make it hard on himself on the back nine though, having frittered away a four shot lead to be caught briefly by Jon Rahm. However, he steadied the ship and won by a shot in the end from the fast finishing Tommy Fleetwood. Including the winner, we had eight of the top sixteen plus ties (8/19).

Dean Burmester (ranked 3rd by Golf Predictor) won the Tshwane Open on the European PGA Tour. The 27 year old South African* won his first tour title with an impressive final day performance. Burmester came out of the traps quickly, going out in 29 and building up a six shot lead. After that, the tournament was practically over and, despite some back nine jitters, he had a comfortable three shot victory. Our top ranked player, Jaco van Zyl, missed the cut, but we had eight of the top eighteen plus ties (8/21).


*originally a Zimbabwean! 

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Further Site Optimisations

Further to this post from last year, I have also made the following additional changes to increase the performance of the public facing section of  Golf Predictor:
  1. I have further consolidated the number of style sheets to a single one. This should increase performance by reducing the number of HTTP requests to display pages.
  2. I have removed all unused CSS classes in the one remaining style sheet. This reduced the file size considerably.
  3. I have minimised the remaining CSS to further optimise loading times.
  4. Similarly, I have consolidated the three JQuery/Twitter Bootstrap JavaScript files used on these pages into one file and minimised all the code to optimise loading times. I have also loaded this file asynchronously for an added performance gain.
  5. I have changed the order that the CSS and JavaScript files are loaded for speedier rendering of visible content (more pertinent for mobile users).
  6. I have added expiry dates to these seldom changed CSS and JavaScript files, in addition to the image files used on these pages.
  7. I have removed the keywords metatag from these pages. This is because search engines do not use this for ranking sites any more and some commentators speculate that it may actually hurt a site's ranking.
  8. I have altered the code to reduce the number of HTTP requests needed to display the AJAX text pop-ups on the public facing pages. I plan to remove these pop-ups in the not too distant future, so stay tuned for future developments!
All these changes will make the public facing site perform a little better, particularly for first time visitors (files/pages should be cached thereafter!) and help with its search page ranking. For a small operation competing against the Goliaths of the sports industry, it is very important that Golf Predictor is optimised as much as possible from a search engine ranking perspective. More could be done with the CSS (at the expense of maintainability), but for now, I'll leave it as is.

The files in the member section have not as yet being similarly optimised. These pages are not crawled by search engines and anyone viewing them is by definition less fickle than someone perusing the site home page! In addition, the CSS files for this section change much more often, which causes caching problems if they have an expiry date and are harder to maintain if they need to be minimised after each small update. They may be optimised in the future, but since they are performing perfectly fine as they are, they will remain as they are for now.

I have tested all the public facing pages, but please contact me immediately if you experience any problems. Just another way to make Golf Predictor even better!

Monday, 27 February 2017

2017 - Week 9 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the WGC - Mexico Championship (European/US PGA Tour) and the Tshwane Open (European PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. All eyes will be on Mexico, where a quality field has assembled for the first WGC event of the year. There's an impressive forty nine of top fifty in the world rankings playing in the relocated event (world number two Jason Day, with ear infections/flu, is the only absentee). Meanwhile, the European PGA Tour stays in South Africa, where once again there is a poor field and more rain promised this week.


Sunday, 26 February 2017

2017 - Week 8 Winners

Darren Fichardt (ranked 23rd by Golf Predictor) won the Joburg Open on the European PGA Tour. The 41 year old South African won his fifth tour win with a two shot victory in soggy Johannesburg. In an event shortened to 54 holes due to the excessive rain, Fichardt pipped Paul Waring and Stuart Manley in a tight final day to win for the first time in four years. As an added bonus, the top three qualified for The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in July. In a disappointing week, our top ranked player, Jordan Smith, finished in tied 60th and we had only five of the top sixteen plus ties (5/22) in this event with a large, poor field and difficult weather conditions!

Rickie Fowler (ranked 4th by Golf Predictor) won the Honda Classic on the US PGA Tour. The 28 year old American won his fourth tour title after finally converting a 54 hole lead on the PGA Tour. Although leading by four overnight, Fowler made it hard on himself initially, with his lead cut to a single shot at one stage. However, he steadied the ship on the back nine and won by four shots in the end, thanks in part to Gary Woodland's poor finish! Our top ranked player, Adam Scott, finished in tied 14th, and we had eight of the top fourteen plus ties (8/20*)


*Due to the withdrawal of Branden Grace, Martin Kaymer is promoted to the top 20 of the GP rankings.




Monday, 20 February 2017

2017 - Week 8 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Joburg Open (European PGA Tour) and The Honda Classic (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. There is a strong field in Florida with nine out of the top twenty in the world rankings teeing it up. The European PGA Tour returns to South Africa, where the Joburg Open field has its usual large weak field, making the event a bit of a lottery. This year, the field seems even weaker than normal, with only four lowly members of the world's top one hundred teeing it up in Johannesburg.

2017 - Week 7 Winners

Brett Rumford (ranked 14th by Golf Predictor) won the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth on the European PGA Tour. The 39 year old local put a bad year last year behind him to win the new super 6 format event in Australia. After suffering from injury woes and losing his card in 2016, Rumford bounced back to dominate both the 54 hole stroke play and the innovative six hole matchplay format among the top twenty four on Sunday. Our top ranked player, Alex Noren, missed the cut and he wasn't the only one of the bigger names did not perform. Overall, we had only five of the top seventeen plus ties (5/19) in the hot and breezy conditions.
 

Dustin Johnson (ranked 1st by Golf Predictor) won the Genesis Open title on the US PGA Tour. The 32 year old American won his thirteenth tour title with a dominating display in Los Angeles. Johnson gave an impressive display of driving and putting at the weather affected event to blow the field away. After opening up a six shot lead after the end of his third round, Johnson opened up his final round with two birdies to all but end the tournament as a contest. After that, he eased off the throttle and won by five shots in the end. With the emphatic win, Johnson reached world number one for the first time and emulated Tiger Woods' streak of winning in his first ten seasons. Johnson was our top ranked player and we had nine of the top twenty two plus ties (9/27*) in total.



*With withdrawals, Howell III makes the top 27 in the GP rankings.

Monday, 13 February 2017

2017 - Week 7 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth (European PGA Tour) and the Genesis Open (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. It's the last week of the California swing this week on the US PGA Tour and there's a quality field at the re-branded event in Los Angeles. Seventeen of the top twenty five in the world are teeing it up, which doesn't leave many of the top players for the new format Super 6 event in Perth! They have to make do with world number eleven Alex Noren and world number twenty five Louis Oosthuizen. That duo joins the usual large local contingent of unknowns in the large field, which will be shrunk down to twenty four for six hole match play after the third round to settle the winner. 

Sunday, 12 February 2017

2017 - Week 6 Winners

Fabrizio Zanotti (ranked 58th by Golf Predictor) won the Maybank Championship on the European PGA Tour. The 33 year old Paraguayan  won his second tour title with a fantastic finish in Malaysia. Trailing by six shots overnight, Zanotti closed with a 63 (-9) that included a birdie-eagle finish to pip David Lipsky by a single shot. Our top ranked player, Danny Willett, led by three overnight, but faded Sunday to finish tied 5th. In an an event where many of the bigger names did not perform, we had only six of the top twelve plus ties (6/19) in this new tournament.

Jordan Spieth (ranked 2nd by Golf Predictor) won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the US PGA Tour. The 23 year old American cruised to his ninth tour on the scenic Pacific layout. Leading by six shots overnight, Spieth wasn't put under any real pressure and reeled off a long succession of pars along with two birdies to win by four shots. Our top ranked player, Jason Day, had a mixed weekend, but finished well on Sunday for tied fifth. Overall, we had nine of the top fourteen plus ties (9/22).

Monday, 6 February 2017

2017 - Week 6 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Maybank Championship (European PGA Tour) and the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (US PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. The California swing continues this week on the US Tour, where, as usual, a strong field has assembled to play with the stars. Five of the top twelve in the world rankings, including world number one Jason Day, are teeing it up in the annual pro-am at scenic Pebble Beach and two other nearby courses. Meanwhile, the European PGA Tour is in Malaysia on a different course this year, last used on tour in 2009. Like the inaugural event last year, Masters Danny Willett is headlining the field in steamy Kuala Lumper!


2017 - Week 5 Winners

Sergio Garcia (ranked 5th by Golf Predictor) won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the European PGA Tour. The 37 year old Spaniard won his twelfth tour title with a solid final day performance in Dubai. Leading by three shots coming into the final day, Garcia was never really threatened and was able to close out a three shot victory over Henrik Stenson. Garcia was among those who turned out to have the best side of the draw as high winds stopped play on Friday afternoon after the morning starters had finished in similar conditions. It was another disappointing display from the main draw, Tiger Woods, who withdrew with back spasms after a disappointing opening 77. Stenson was our top ranked player and we had only seven of the top nineteen (7/22) in the very difficult conditions.

Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama (ranked 26th by Golf Predictor) won the Waste Management Phoenix Open on the US PGA Tour. The 24 year old Japanese player defended his title in a four hole play-off with Web Simpson. Simpson had makable putts to win it on the first three extra holes, but failed with feeble efforts on the first two and was agonisingly close on the third. That was disappointing, as I had backed and tipped him at 66/1! The big hitting Matsuyama finally prevailed on the drivable par four seventeenth after Simpson stymied himself with a bunker on the L shaped green. Matsuyama was our top ranked player and we had twelve of the top sixteen plus ties (12/23) in total.

Monday, 30 January 2017

2017 - Week 5 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic (European PGA Tour) and the Waste Management Phoenix Open (US PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. It's the last week of the Desert Swing on the European PGA Tour and although Rory McIlroy is still out injured, there is a strong field of tour members, not to mention Tiger Woods, in Dubai. Meanwhile, the US PGA Tour has made the short hop from California to Arizona, where the raucous fans can cheer on a quality field, with nine of the top twenty in the world rankings teeing it up!

Sunday, 29 January 2017

2017 - Week 4 Winners

Jeung-Hun Wang (ranked 10th by Golf Predictor) won the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on the European PGA Tour. The 21 year old South Korean won his third title in less than a year with a play-off victory over Jaco van Zyl and Joakim Lagergren in Qatar. Despite losing his overnight three shot lead and leaving his birdie putt agonisingly short on the final hole in regulation, Wang wasn't to be denied. He regrouped to take the title at the first extra hole after both his opponents narrowly missed their birdie putts. Our top ranked player, Alex Noren, finished in tied 21st and we had fourteen of the top twenty one plus ties (14/27*).

Jon Rahm (ranked 34th by Golf Predictor) won the Farmers Insurance Open on the US PGA Tour. The promising 22 year old Spaniard won his first tour title with an incredible finish at Torrey Pines. Rahm broke free of a logjam with a birdie on seventeen and an incredible eagle at the last to win by two shots. In fact, Rahm had two eagles in his closing six holes for a closing 65 to win in style. Our top ranked player, Jason Day, was one of the several big names (including Tiger Woods on his proper return to the tour) to miss the cut. Overall, we had ten of the top twenty plus ties (10/27) in total.


*Canizares withdrew, promoting Campillo into the top 27 of the GP rankings.

More Interface Elements Enhanced on Golf Predictor

Old Prediction Rankings Page

Updated Prediction Rankingss Page

Similar to the recent updates to the log in/log out pages on Golf Predictor, various other interface elements have also been enhanced with more attractive Twitter Bootstrap components. Elements improved include the following:
  1. All the dropdown fields on the site e.g. the GP Season, Tour and Tournament drop down lists on most menu pages. The text labels have been replaced with graphical labels which are directly adjacent to the left hand side of the field. This can be seen in the second screenshot above.
  2. Text boxes now have their label as default text within the field. Most have got new graphical labels also.
  3. The Change Password page has been revamped similar to the log in page.
  4. The Registration and Search pages have also been updated.
  5. The background colour for the information panel on most menu pages (see screenshots above) has been changed to improve display on different monitors.
The before and after screenshots for the main Prediction Ranking page are shown above. As you can see, this new look is cleaner and modern looking. Some notes on these updates:
  1. You can hover over the new graphical labels for the dropdown fields to see the associated label text. This does not work on mobile devices, so you can also click on the label to see the same text (click again to hide it).
  2. Some text and formatting has been changed on the site to improve display on smaller mobile devices. Certain text has made smaller on such devices and/or been abbreviated. 
  3. The HTML/CSS for some site elements has been changed to reflect these new updates (e.g. there is no longer a need for separate containers for the label and the dropdown list. This may result in slightly different display formatting.
  4. I have tested these updates on desktop FireFox, Chrome IE11 and Edge and all appears to work as expected.  
  5. I have also tested the changes on Android (Chrome) and iOS (Safari) phones. I had to make some small compromises to the display of these new features on mobile devices because of a minor layout issue on iOS. 
  6. Despite the testing, there may be issues on other devices or issues that I have missed. Please contact me immediately if you experience any problems.
  7. You may have to reload pages that you have recently viewed to see the updates or get the page to display properly. The updated style sheets will also have to be reloaded, so please press Ctrl + F5 (Windows) on any such page to force your browser cache to update.
  8. Update: I have also tested the changes on a newer iPhone and an iPad and a similar minor issue as noted in point 5 exists in most orientations. It is very difficult to get the green boxes to align correctly on all mobile devices, but I will look to improve this in the coming days.

I trust you will agree that these cosmetic updates are an improvement. Just another way to make Golf Predictor a little better!

Monday, 23 January 2017

2017 - Week 4 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters (European PGA Tour) and the Farmers Insurance Open (US PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. The European Tour stays in the Arabian Gulf this week, where the action moves to Qatar. Meanwhile, there is a much better field in California, where eight of the top twenty in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines. However, all eyes will be once again on Tiger Woods, who's continuing his latest comeback on a course where he has had tremendous success in the past.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

2017 - Week 3 Winners

Tommy Fleetwood (ranked 23rd by Golf Predictor) won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on the European PGA Tour. The 26 year old Englishman won his second tour title with an impressive back nine performance in Abu Dhabi. After chipping in for eagle on the tenth, Fleetwood added three birdies, including a crucial one at the last, to post a score that his pursuers just could not match. Our top ranked golfer, Dustin Johnson, finished strongly with an eagle for tied second and we had twelve of the top nineteen plus ties (12/22) in total.

Hudson Swafford (ranked 42nd by Golf Predictor) won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the US PGA Tour. The 29 year old American finally won his first tour title, also with an impressive back nine on Sunday. Swafford broke free from a crowded leaderboard with three birdies in a row from the fifteenth, beating Mr 59 Adam Hadwin by a single shot. Our top ranked golfer, Patrick Reed, finished in tied 12th and in an event where most of the bigger names failed to perform, we had only had five of the top seventeen plus ties (5/20) in total.