Monday, 17 September 2018

2018 - Week 38 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions for this week, the Tour Championship (US PGA Tour) and the Portugal Masters (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 and it's the usual cream of the crop, with some exceptions e.g. Jordan Spieth. However, the Texan's unexpected absence is balanced by the reappearance of Tiger Woods at East Lake. The field in Portugal is more modest, but the out of form Sergio Garcia will hope playing in the Algarve will revive his fortunes ahead of the Ryder Cup.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

2018 - Week 37 Winners

Ashun Wu (ranked 58th by Golf Predictor) won the KLM Open on the European PGA Tour. The 33 year old Chinese golfer won his third tour title in a final day battle with Chris Wood. After leading for the opening two days, Wu surrendered the lead after the third round to the Englishman. Despite regaining the upper hand briefly early on Sunday, Wu found himself chasing most of the day and was let back into it when Wood double bogeyed the twelfth. Wu hung in with some gutsy par saves and a tremendous approach on the last which set up what was to be the winning birdie. Despite finding the final green in two, Wood couldn't match him and fell short by a single shot. That made both Wu and me very happy, as I had backed/tipped him at 100/1! Our top ranked player, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, disappointingly missed the cut, but we had fourteen of the top twenty four plus ties (14/27).

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

Monday, 10 September 2018

2018 - Week 36 Winners

Matthew Fitzpatrick (ranked 7th by Golf Predictor) won the Omega European Masters on the European PGA Tour. The 24 year old Englishman defended his title and won his fifth tour title by defeating Lucas Bjerregaard in a play-off. Despite not playing his best on Sunday, Fitzpatrick hung in and needed a birdie in his last few holes to catch the Dane. Fitzpatrick played the final hole perfectly to tie Bjerregaard and repeated the feat to take the title in the scenic Swiss mountains. Fitzpatrick was our top ranked player and in an event where many bigger names failed to perform, we had only six of the top sixteen plus ties (6/22). 
 
Keegan Bradley (ranked 39th by Golf Predictor) won the third event of the FedEx Cup play-offs, the BMW Championship. The 32 year old American won his fourth tour title with an play-off victory over Justin Rose. Despite playing the last hole poorly in regulation, Bradley was saved by the grandstand and then Rose lipping out for par on the same hole after him. Rose then failed to get down in two on the first extra hole to hand the title to Bradley. At least Rose could console himself with becoming world number one for the first time. Our top ranked player, Dustin Johnson, finished in tied 24th and we had fourteen of the top nineteen plus ties (14/23).

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Field Comparison Spider Charts Added to Golf Predictor

Field Comparison for the Dell Technologies Championship with Season Average Selected and Dustin Johnson hovered over.

Similar to the field comparison charts added to the site some time ago, I am pleased to announce nine new field comparison spider/radar/star charts to Golf Predictor. These new charts allow you to see at a glance which golfers have the best values in the historical metric of your choosing. In comparison to the existing field comparison charts referred to above, these new charts are star/radar charts and compare the entire field for one metric.

The complete list of new charts is as follows:
  1. Spider chart of season average for the field.
  2. Spider chart of course average for the field.
  3. Spider chart of tournament average for the field.
  4. Spider chart of Tournament average for the field.
  5. Spider chart of last five average for the field.
  6. Spider chart of  last twelve similar events average for the field.
  7. Spider chart of  same region average for the field.
  8. Spider chart of similar field strength average for the field.
  9. Spider chart of similar weather average for the field.
Most of these charts are available in two locations: all nine together on the Rankings page (Predictions menu) and individually on each of the first seven pages in the Form menu (Same Course, Same Tournament, Season, Last 5 Events, Similar Tournaments, Same Region and Similar Field Strength). The chart available on the main Rankings page (Predictions menu) has a drop down box allowing you to pick a different metric. However, when the same individual chart is available from a page in the Form menu, this drop down box is not necessary. All these pages have a new "Compare Field (Spider)" chart link which displays a chart similar to the screenshot above. The Rankings page contains a link to the chart shown above, which shows the average finish in the current GP Season (calendar year) for the field ahead of the 2018 Dell Technologies Championship.

This brings the total number of charts on Golf Predictor up to 575. Some notes on these new charts:
  1. The nearer the points are to the centre of the chart, the better (the lower the average value is).
  2. Hovering over a point on the chart will show the golfer's name, his value in the metric, the number of events played and his GP Rank, as shown above for Dustin Johnson.
  3. The chart is ordered by GP Rank, with the top ranked golfer (DJ in the chart above) in the twelve o'clock position. As can be seen above, this means the values will tend to be lower in the upper right quadrant (higher ranked golfers) and higher in the upper left quadrant (lower ranked golfers).
  4. Due to the large number of golfers typically shown on these new charts is large, it is not possible to show the labels for each golfer in the field for legibility reasons. Therefore, the labels are shown for every n golfers, where n depends on the number of golfers displayed. This value varied from every golfer to every sixth golfer. For example, the chart above with 98 golfers shows the label for every fourth golfer.
  5. Also for legibility purposes, golfer names are truncated if their surname is too long. This is shown above for B(ryson) DeChambeau.
  6. Golfers with no value for the metric are excluded from the chart and are listed underneath instead. These zero values are also excluded from the average field value shown.
  7. You may have to reload a page (press F5 on Windows) to see the new chart links.
I trust you will find these nine new charts useful for quickly spotting good picks for upcoming tournaments. Just another way to make Golf Predictor even better!

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

2018 - Week 36 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions/stats for this week, the BMW Championship (US PGA Tour) and the Omega European Masters (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 time. As usual, the bigger names are still in FedEx Cup contention in America, but there still are a couple of players in the top fifty in the world rankings teeing it up on the popular track in the Swiss Alps this week.


Monday, 3 September 2018

2018 - Week 35 Winners

Matt Wallace (ranked 7th by Golf Predictor) won the Made in Denmark on the European PGA Tour. The 28 year old Englishman won his fourth tour title in an all English four man play-off against Lee Westwood, Jonathan Thomson & Steven Brown. Wallace finished very strongly with five birdies in his last six holes to post -19. This was equalled by the other trio, with Lee Westwood having let a two shot lead around the turn slip. Wallace then proceeded to leave his approach on both extra holes about five feet away to vanquish his three opponents with birdies and take the title. Our top ranked player, Thorbjorn Olesen, finished in tied 20th and was delighted to sow up the last qualifying spot on the Ryder Cup team. Overall, we had fourteen of the top twenty plus ties (14/26). 

Bryson DeChambeau (ranked 16th by Golf Predictor) won the Dell Technologies Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 24 year old American won his third title of the season with an impressive two shot win over Justin Rose. DeChambeau broke out of a crowded leaderboard early on Sunday and was never really threatened on the back nine. That allowed him to win his second FedEx Cup event in a row reasonably comfortably in the end and cement his place on the US Ryder Cup team. Our top ranked player, Dustin Johnson, finished strongly in tied 7th and we had eight of the top twelve plus ties (8/19).

Monday, 27 August 2018

2018 - Week 35 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Made in Denmark (European PGA Tour) and Dell Technologies Championship (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. As usual, there is a strong field in Boston for the second play-off event, with eighteen of the top twenty in the world rankings jockeying for position in the FedEx Cup. That doesn't leave much top talent for the European Tour event, but Thorbjorn Olesen is headlining the field in his homeland as he looks to force his way into the Ryder Cup team.

Sunday, 26 August 2018

2018 - Week 34 Winners

Andrea Pavan (ranked 29th by Golf Predictor) won the D+D REAL Czech Masters on the European PGA Tour. The 29 year old Italian won his first tour title in an exciting final day battle with veteran Padraig Harrington. Trailing Harrington by two shots after thirteen holes, Pavan finished strongly to overhaul the Irishman and win by two shots in the end. Harrington will rue a missed short par putt on the fifteenth that helped Pavan's cause at a crucial time. Our top ranked player, Thomas Pieters, finished 9th and we had eight of the top eighteen plus ties (8/23) in total. 

Bryson DeChambeau (ranked 27th by Golf Predictor) won The Northern Trust on the US PGA Tour. The 24 year old American won his third tour title with an assured performance in New Jersey. Leading by four shots overnight after a brilliant 63 (-8) on Saturday, DeChambeau was never put under pressure on Sunday and coasted to his second win of the season. In doing so, he laid down a marker for a place on the US Ryder Cup team. Our top ranked player, Justin Rose, missed the cut and despite many of the stellar field not performing, we had nine of the top twenty plus ties (9/24) in total.

Monday, 20 August 2018

2018 - Week 34 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the D+D REAL Czech Masters (European PGA Tour) and The Northern Trust (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. It's the first week of the lucrative FedEx Cup play-offs on the US PGA Tour and once again, there is an impressive line up in New Jersey. Rory, Rickie (injured) and Sergio (didn't qualify) are the only top thirty players in the world not teeing it up at Ridgewood Country Club. Meanwhile, the field in the Czech Republic is not quite as impressive, with only three members of the top hundred in the world playing in Prague.

2018 - Week 33 Winners

Paul Waring (ranked 44th by Golf Predictor) won the Nordea Masters on the European PGA Tour. The 33 year old Englishman captured his first tour title with a play-off victory over Thomas Aiken in Sweden. The duo shared a three shot lead overnight and couldn't be separated over the final eighteen holes. After Aiken found the water on the first extra hole, the injury plagued Waring was able to finally land his first victory with a par. Our top ranked player, the in-form Thorbjorn Olesen, finished in 4th and we had inly five of the top seventeen plus ties (5/20) in this weak fielded event

Brandt Snedeker (ranked 11th by Golf Predictor) won the Wyndham Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 37 year old American put some recent poor form behind him with a wire to wire victory at Sedgefield Country Club. Snedeker opened up with a fantastic 59 on Thursday and although he was caught on Sunday by C.T.  Pan, a three shot swing on the final hole saw the American safely home.
Our top ranked player, Webb Simpson, finished very strongly for tied 2nd and in an event where many of the bigger names failed to perform, we had only six of the top eleven plus ties (6/19) in total. 

Monday, 13 August 2018

2018 - Week 33 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Nordea Masters (European PGA Tour) and the Wyndham Championship (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. There aren't many big names competing in America this week, with the Wyndham Championship coming directly after the last major of the season. However, there are a few biggish names and a host of middle tier guys trying to improve/maintain their place in the FedEx Cup standings ahead of the upcoming play-offs. Meanwhile, the field in Sweden is even weaker, with the in-form Dane Thorbjorn Olesen headlining the event.

2018 - Week 32 Winner

Brooks Koepka (ranked 6th by Golf Predictor) won the US PGA Championship on the European/US PGA Tour. The 28 year old American secured his third major title and second of the season with an impressive performance at Bellerive. On an exciting final day's play with a stacked leaderboard that included the resurgent Tiger Woods, Koepka kept his cool to pull away on the back nine to win by two over a resurgent Adam Scott and the aforementioned Woods. Our top ranked player, Justin Rose, finished in tied 19th and although many top names failed to perform, we had eleven of the top nineteen plus ties (11/26*).

*Oosthuizen didn't play, promoting Hatton to the top 26 of the GP Rankings.

Monday, 6 August 2018

2018 - Week 32 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the US PGA Championship (European/US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. It's the final major of the season and the PGA Championship heads to Bellerive Country Club for the first time since 1992. It's the last chance for eight months for a golfer to land one of those prestigious titles, so competition is bound to be fierce!

New Golf Predictor Logo


New Golf Predictor Logo

I am happy to announce a new logo for Golf Predictor. After ten years of using the amateurish one I designed myself, I finally got around to getting one professionally done. After running a brief on-line contest, I chose the above logo as the winner. I liked this one for its simplicity, attractiveness and because it conveys the same idea as my own original effort. The version above is designed for the green background of the website header, but there are also other versions designed for a lighter background. These may make an appearance in other channels, such as social media profiles.

Some notes on this new logo:
  1. The site template, the iFrame with betting odds and this new logo are now the only things on the site not done by me!
  2. This new logo is vertically stacked and thus has different dimensions than the old logo used on the website. Therefore, it wasn't straightforward to replace the logo. Indeed, the header sections in the public facing site and member area had to be rewritten and tested on various sized screens.
  3. While editing the header section on the public pages, I was able to fix a few minor display issues, particularly on smaller phones.
I hope you like this new logo, which I am am very happy with. Just another way to make Golf Predictor look a little better!

2018 - Week 31 Winners

Justin Thomas (ranked 8th by Golf Predictor) won the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational on the European/US PGA Tour. The 25 year old American won his first WGC title and third title of the season in the tournament's last staging in Ohio. Despite not having his A game on Sunday, Thomas was able to build on his overnight lead after his three nearest challengers all had poor final rounds. Our top ranked player, Dustin Johnson, finished strongly in tied 3th and we had ten of the top seventeen plus ties (10/22) in total.

Andrew Putnam (ranked 11th by Golf Predictor) won the Barracuda Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 29 year old American secured his first tour title with an impressive display in the modified Stableford event. Putnam won in style, with a twenty fooot plus birdie putt at the last to win by four points from Chad Campbell. Our top ranked player, Shane Lowry, finished poorly in tied 15th and we had nine of the top fifteen plus ties (9/21) in the second tier event. 

Gaganjeet Bhullar (ranked 8th by Golf Predictor) won the Fiji International pres. by Fiji Airways on the European PGA Tour. The 30 year old Indian won his first tour title with a strong finish in the South Pacific. Bhullar was trailing by one with two to play, but chipped in for eagle on seventeen and parred the last to edge out the fast finishing Anthony Quayle. Our top ranked player, Justin harding, finished in tied 25th and we only had eight of the top eighteen plus ties (8/24) in this weak fielded event.



Monday, 30 July 2018

2018 - Week 31 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational (European/US PGA Tour), the Fiji International pres. by Fiji Airways (European PGA Tour) and the Barracuda Championship (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. While there aren't many big golfing names teeing it up in either minor event (especially in Fiji!) this week, the WGC makes up for it with a full compliment of the world's top fifty golfers!

2018 - Week 30 Winners

Richard McEvoy (ranked 32nd by Golf Predictor) won the Porsche European Open on the European PGA Tour. The 39 year old Englishman finally won his maiden tour title at the 285th time of asking on a topsy turvy day in Germany. After letting a two shot lead slip early on the back nine on Sunday, McEvoy laid up on the last, but still holed his birdie putt to take the title by a single shot. Our top ranked player, Patrick Reed, finished poorly for tied 9th and we had eight of the top nineteen plus ties (8/21).

Dustin Johnson (ranked 1st by Golf Predictor) won the RBC Canadian Open on the US PGA Tour. The 34 year old American won his third tour title of the season in Canada. After several close calls in what is now almost his adopted homeland, Johnson delighted the home crowd with an imperious display of driving at Glen Abbey. The world number overpowered the course on the weekend to surge clear and win by three shots in the end. Including the winner, in a weather affected event where many of the bigger names failed to perform, we had only five of the top seventeen plus ties (5/21). 



Monday, 23 July 2018

2018 - Week 30 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the RBC Canadian Open (US PGA Tour) and the Porsche European Open (European PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. World number one Dustin Johnson and Open Championship runner-up Matt Kuchar are among those who have jetted over from Scotland to tee it up in Canada at their sponor's event. A few big names are also teeing it up at the European Open, where Masters champion Patrick Reed are among those who have been somehow enticed to stay in Europe for another week after the trials of Carnoustie!

2018 - Week 29 Winners

Francesco Molinari (ranked 3rd by Golf Predictor) won The Open Championship on the European/US PGA Tour. The 35 year old Molinari won his first major with a blemish free weekend on the fiendishly difficult Carnoustie links. Despite trailing three players by three shots overnight, Molinari opened with a Faldoesque thirteen straight pars while everyone around him made multiple mistakes. He didn't flinch either when his more famous playing partner Tiger Woods hid the front around the turn. Molinari closed with two birdies in the last five holes, including one at the difficult finishing hole, to win by two strokes in the end. Our top ranked player, Dustin Johnson, surprisingly missed the cut and we had nine of the top seventeen plus ties (9/23) on the testing layout. 

Troy Merritt (ranked 16th by Golf Predictor) won the Barbasol Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 32 year old American won his second tour title by a single shot in a shoot out in Kentucky. Although he opened up with 62 (-10), Merritt had to keep his pedal to the metal to edge out Billy Horschel, Tom Lovelady and Richy Werenski at the rain delayed event. Our top ranked player, Chris Kirk, finished in tied 40th and we had eight of the top fifteen plus ties (8/19) in total in this second tier event.

Monday, 16 July 2018

2018 - Week 29 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 Carnoustie for the first time since 2007. World number one Dustin Johnson leads the strong field and he will be among those trying to master the very hard and dry links challenge this year! Meanwhile, a second string field is once again lining up for the US PGA Tour event in Kentucky.


Sunday, 15 July 2018

2018 - Week 28 Winners

Brandon Stone (ranked 122nd by Golf Predictor) won the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on the European PGA Tour. The 25 year old South African overcame recent poor form and won his third tour title with a brilliant final day performance. Trailing by three shots overnight, he closed with a course record 60 (-10) to win by four shots. Indeed, Stone missed an eight foot birdie putt on the last for the first ever 59 on the European Tour. Our top ranked player, Justin Rose, finished tied 9th and in an event where many top players failed to perform in the benign conditions, we only had seven of the top nineteen plus ties (7/22*).   

Michael Kim (ranked 94th by Golf Predictor) won the John Deere Classic on the US PGA Tour. The 25 year (and one day!) old American won his first PGA Tour  title with a record breaking performance at TPC Deere Run. Kim also overcame poor recent form to pull away from the field over the first three days. After a good start Sunday, the American was able coast to an eight shot victory on a tournament record low score of twenty seven under par. Our top ranked player, Francesco Molinari finished tied 2nd and in a tournament for the underdog, we had only four of the top sixteen plus ties (4/22).


* Oosthuizen didn't play, promoting Fitzpatrick to the top 22 of the GP rankings.

Monday, 9 July 2018

2018 - Week 28 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the ASI Scottish Open (European PGA Tour) and the John Deere Classic (US 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 is a strong field playing in Scotland this year, with five of the top twenty in the world rankings hoping to get some competitive links practice before heading to Carnoustie. However, there aren't many big names in Illinois, where recent winner Francesco Molinari and defending champion Bryson DeChambeau are headlining the field.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

2018 - Week 27 Winners

Russell Knox (ranked 9th by Golf Predictor) won the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation on the European PGA Tour. The 33 year old Scot built on recent good form to come from behind and claim his second tour title. Trailing by six shots overnight, Knox finished strongly with a thirty five foot birdie on the last that was good enough for a play-off after Ryan Fox missed a short birdie putt on the same hole. Then, unbelievably in the play-off, history repeated itself as Knox holed for another birdie from almost the same spot and Fox missed again from a similar distance to before! Our top ranked player, defending champion Jon Rahm, finished in tied 4th after a bad start and a great finish on Sunday. Overall, we had ten of the top nineteen plus ties (10/23) in the latest Rolex Series event. 

Kevin Na (ranked 13th by Golf Predictor) won the A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier on the US PGA Tour. The 34 year old American finally won his second tour title after almost seven years of waiting with a great final round at Old White TPC. Na won in style with a great display of putting on Sunday to pull away and win by five shots in the end. Our top ranked player, Bubba Watson, finished poorly on Sunday for tied 13th and in an event where a lot of the bigger names failed to shine, we had eight of the top twenty one plus ties (8/25) in total.



Wednesday, 4 July 2018

New Field Comparison Charts Added to Golf Predictor

New field comparison chart of season vs course history for 2018 A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier

Similar to the field strokes gained chart added to the site some time ago, I am pleased to announce 56 new field comparison charts to Golf Predictor. These new charts allow you to see at a glance which golfers have the best values in two historical metrics of your choosing. Each of the first seven pages in the Form menu (Same Course, Same Tournament, Season, Last 5 Events, Similar Tournaments, Same Region and Similar Field Strength) have a new "Compare Field" chart link which displays a chart similar to the screenshot above. The Season form page contains a link to the chart shown above, where season average is on the horizontal (X) axis and you can chose from eight metrics to compare from the drop down list box above the chart. Your selected metric appears on the vertical (Y) axis, as shown above.

The complete list of new charts is as follows:
  1. Season average vs course average for the field.
  2. Season average vs tournament average for the field.
  3. Season average vs last five average for the field.
  4. Season average vs similar length course average for the field.
  5. Season average vs last twelve similar events average for the field.
  6. Season average vs same region average for the field.
  7. Season average vs similar weather average for the field.
  8. Season average vs similar field strength average for the field.
  9. Course average vs season average for the field.
  10. Course average vs tournament average for the field.
  11. Course average vs last five average for the field.
  12. Course average vs similar length course average for the field.
  13. Course average vs last twelve similar events average for the field.
  14. Course average vs same region average for the field.
  15. Course average vs similar weather average for the field. 
  16. Course average vs similar field strength average for the field. 
  17. Tournament average vs season average for the field.
  18. Tournament average vs course average for the field,
  19. Tournament average vs last five average for the field.
  20. Tournament average vs similar length course average for the field.
  21. Tournament average vs last twelve similar events average for the field.
  22. Tournament average vs same region average for the field.
  23. Tournament average vs similar weather average for the field.
  24. Tournament average vs similar field strength average for the field.
  25. Last five average vs season average for the field.
  26. Last five average vs course average for the field.
  27. Last five average vs tournament average for the field.
  28. Last five average vs similar length course average for the field.
  29. Last five average vs last twelve similar events average for the field.
  30. Last five average vs same region average for the field.
  31. Last five average vs similar weather average for the field.
  32. Last five average vs similar field strength average for the field.
  33. Last twelve similar events average vs season average for the field.
  34. Last twelve similar events average vs course average for the field.
  35. Last twelve similar events average vs tournament average for the field.
  36. Last twelve similar events average vs similar length course average for the field.
  37. Last twelve similar events average vs last five events average for the field.
  38. Last twelve similar events average vs same region average for the field.
  39. Last twelve similar events average vs similar weather average for the field.
  40. Last twelve similar events average vs similar field strength average for the field.
  41. Same region average vs season average for the field.
  42. Same region average vs course average for the field.
  43. Same region average vs tournament average for the field.
  44. Same region average vs similar length course average for the field.
  45. Same region average vs last five events average for the field.
  46. Same region average vs last twelve similar events average for the field.
  47. Same region average vs similar weather average for the field.
  48. Same region average vs similar field strength average for the field.
  49. Similar field strength average vs season average for the field.
  50. Similar field strength average vs course average for the field.
  51. Similar field strength average vs tournament average for the field.
  52. Similar field strength average vs similar length course average for the field.
  53. Similar field strength average vs last five events average for the field.
  54. Similar field strength average vs last twelve similar events average for the field.
  55. Similar field strength average vs similar weather average for the field.
  56. Similar field strength average vs same region average for the field.

This brings the total number of charts on Golf Predictor up to 566 and these are the first charts on the site where you can change the chart data based on a drop down list box. Some notes on these new charts:
  1.  Hovering over a point on the chart will show the golfer's name, his values in both metrics and some extra statistics, as shown above for Jason Gore.
  2. The horizontal yellow line in the middle of the chart is the field average for the vertical (Y) axis. The vertical blue line is the field average for the horizontal (X) axis. These lines make it easy to identify the golfers with the best and worst values in each metric at a glance. Below the yellow line is better than average for the vertical axis and left of the blue line is better than average for the horizontal axis.
  3. These average values for both metrics are shown above the chart, as can be seen in the screenshots above. You can also hover over the lines to examine the values in the hover text. On each line, one co-ordinate (the average) will remain constant as you move along the line in question.
  4. Like the strokes gained chart referenced above, these new charts are also zoomable.
  5. Unlike the strokes gained chart referenced above,  the best combination of the compared statistics is the bottom left quadrant (it has the lowest averages for both metrics).
  6. Conversely, the worst combination of the compared statistics is the top right quadrant (it has the highest averages for both metrics).
  7. The points along the bottom of the chart above are those golfers with no course history in the previous five seasons.
  8. The points along the extreme left of the chart above are those golfers with no season history.
  9. Golfers with no value for either metric are excluded from the chart and are listed underneath instead. 
  10. Sometimes, all points for some of these new chart will form a straight line. If it is a diagonal line, it means both metrics are equal, e.g. course and tournament average for a tournament that has been held on the same course for the previous five years. If the line is vertical or horizontal, it means one of the metrics is the same (unlikely to be anything other than zero!) for the entire field. There is a note above each relevant chart outlining this.
  11. Similar to above, some charts may approach a straight line, but will not be exactly so. For example, this can happen if the last five events and season history are similar for the entire field. There is a note above each relevant chart outlining this.

I trust you will find these 56 new charts useful for quickly spotting good picks for upcoming tournaments. Just another way to make Golf Predictor even better!

Monday, 2 July 2018

2018 - Week 27 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation (European PGA Tour) and A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier (US PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. There are not many big names teeing it up in either event this week, with just two members of the top twenty in the world teeing it up in either event. Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson are headlining the field in West Virginia, while here in Ireland, we have host Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm, who is defending the title he won last year at Portstewart. No doubt the latter duo will be hoping to get their links game in shape for the big one in two weeks time!

Sunday, 1 July 2018

2018 - Week 26 Winners

Alex Noren (ranked 5th by Golf Predictor) won the HNA Open de France on the European PGA Tour. The 35 year old Swede won his tenth tour title with an impressive weekend performance in Paris. Noren closed with 65-67 on the tough 2018 Ryder Cup venue and came through the field and win from seven shots back. Of course, it helped his cause that all the contenders fell away at the end, most expensively Julian Suri, who doubled the last to lose by one. Our top ranked player, Justin Thomas, finished in tied eighth on his Ryder Cup reconnaissance  and we had fourteen of the top twenty one plus ties (14/26) on the testing layout.

Francesco Molinari (ranked 2nd by Golf Predictor) won the Quicken Loans National on the US PGA Tour. The 35 year old became the first Italian born player to win on tour in over 70 years with an incredible display of ball striking. Tied for the lead overnight, Molinari turned on the afterburners just after the turn and blew away the field with an golfing exhibition to win by eight shots in the end. Our top ranked player, Rickie Fowler, finished in 12th and we had eight of the top seventeen plus ties (8/22) in total.  

Monday, 25 June 2018

2018 - Week 26 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the HNA Open de France (European PGA Tour) and the Quicken Loans National (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. There aren't many big names at Tiger Woods' tournament this week,but at least Rickie Fowler has turned up again and the man himself is playing this year. The French event has a strong field this year, with a number of Ryder Cup hopefuls, including American Justin Thomas, teeing it up in anticipation of returning to the course for the biannual event in September!

Sunday, 24 June 2018

2018 - Week 25 Winners

Matt Wallace (ranked 14th by Golf Predictor) won the BMW International Open on the European PGA Tour. The 28 year old Englishman won his second title of the season with a fast finish in Germany. Wallace closed with a 65 (-7) to overtake the six overnight joint leaders and win by a single shot. One of the trio in tied second was Thorbjorn Olesen, who finished with a brilliant 61 (-11) to almost win the tournament from nowhere. Our top ranked player, Tommy Fleetwood, was lucky to make the cut after flying over from the US Open and having his father on the bag! He finished in tied 59th and we had eleven of the top eighteen plus ties (11/25) in an event plagued by high winds for the first two days

Bubba Watson (ranked 3rd by Golf Predictor) won the Travelers Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 39 year old American won his third title of the season and his third title at TPC River Highlands with a strong finish. Despite being tied 77th after round one and six shots behind Paul Casey after round three, Watson finished strongly with a 63 (-7) to overtake the stuttering Casey, who threw away an overnight four shot lead. A poor finish by the Englishman and the other contenders meant they fell away and Watson won by three shots in the end. Our top ranked player, last week's winner at the US Open, Brooks Koepka, finished in tied 19th and we had eleven of the top nineteen plus ties (11/25) in total.

Monday, 18 June 2018

2018 - 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 good number of the top players teeing it up this week. Nine of the top twenty in the world are teeing it up in Connecticut, including double US Open champion Brooks Koepka. The man be beat into second place, Tommy Fleetwood, is one of the couple more top twenty players that are making the trip from New York to Germany to compete.

2018 - Week 24 Winner

Brooks Koepka (ranked 6th by Golf Predictor) won the US Open on the European/US PGA Tour. The 28 year old American survived the sometimes brutal course set up at Shinnecock Hills best and became the first golfer to defend his US Open champion in almost thirty years. Tied for the lead with three others overnight, Koepka got his nose in front and stayed there with an impressive display of clutch putting on the back nine. Although his co-leaders fell away before rebounding somewhat, Koepka had an early target to beat, set by the fast finishing Tommy Fleetwood. The Englishman eventually finished two back in second after a record equalling 63 (-7) last round. Our top ranked player, Dustin Johnson, lead for most of the week and was four clear at halfway, but fell back with poor putting over the weekend to finally finish third. Overall, despite the carnage on Thursday and Saturday, we had eight of the top sixteen plus ties (8/19). 


Monday, 11 June 2018

2018 - 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 in the plush surroundings of The Hamptons in New York. The tournament is returning to Shinnecock Hills for the first time since 2004 and the par 70 layout has been changed significantly in the interim. Among other things, the course has been lengthened and all the trees have been removed. Defending champion, Brooks Koepka, will be delighted to be back to full fitness after his injury problems and will no doubt put up a stern defence of his title!

Sunday, 10 June 2018

2018 - Week 23 Winners

Mikko Korhonen (ranked 1st by Golf Predictor) won the innovative Shot Clock Masters on the European PGA Tour. The 37 year old Finn finally won his maiden tour title with an impressive display of frontrunning in Austria. After building up a five shot lead with a blemish free opening 54 holes, Korhonen won his first title in 146 attempts by six strokes. That banished the demons of twelve visits to Q-School for the Finn, who obviously wasn't phased by the time restrictions! Including the winner, we had ten of the top nineteen plus ties (10/22*) in total. 

Dustin Johnson (ranked 1st by Golf Predictor) won the FedEx St. Jude Classic on the US PGA Tour. The 33 year old American won his second event of the season, despite not having his A game in Memphis. The two horse race after round three of DJ and Andrew Putnam turned into a one horse race after a poor start by Putnam. Despite not playing his best golf, DJ was able to bring it home, finishing in style with a hole out eagle for a six shot victory and a return to number one in the world. Including the winner, we had eight of the top eighteen plus ties (8/25), in an event where many of the bigger names competing didn't show great form ahead of the US Open next week.

*Due to withdrawals, Austin Connolly was promoted to the top 22 of the GP rankings.

2018 GP Scores Updated on Golf Predictor

Due to a small error in the prediction engine, I have had to recalculate the GP Score (and hence the GP Rank which is based on it) on Golf Predictor. This small error seems to have been introduced after week one of the 2018 season, i.e. the week of the Sony Open/South African Open. The error did not affect any of the golfer stats (e.g. average/best/worst finish etc.) produced for these tournaments, but it may have slightly affected the GP Ranks of the golfers participating in them.

This error has now been fixed and all the affected tournaments have been updated. To see the corrected GP Ranks/GP Scores for this year's tournaments, you may have to refresh any pages that might be in your browser cache (press F5 on Windows). I apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Monday, 4 June 2018

2018 - Week 23 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Shot Clock Masters (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. At least there are four members of the top twenty up in Memphis, while there are no members of the world's top hundred playing in the novel timed event in Austria.

2018 - Week 22 Winners

Thorbjorn Olesen (ranked 45th by Golf Predictor) won the Italian Open on the European PGA Tour. The 28 year old Dane overcame some indifferent recent form to secure his fifth tour title in Italy. On a week of hot scoring, Olesen held off home favourite and winner from last week Francesco Molinari to win by a single shot. He was made to sweat for it, after a brilliant closing birdie by Molinari and getting out of position off the final tee. However, the Dane kept his composure and got up and down from a greenside bunker to take the title. Our top ranked player, Tommy Fleetwood, finished in tied 23rd and we had eight of the top nineteen plus ties (8/20)

Bryson Dechambeau (ranked 26th by Golf Predictor) won the Memorial Tournament pres. by Nationwide on the US PGA Tour. The 24 year old American won his second tour title in a play-off with Byeong-hun An and Kyle Stanley. Despite hitting just five fairways and bogeying the final hole to fall into the three man play-off, Dechambeau prevailed at the second extra hole with a birdie to see off An and secure the title at Jack's place. Our top ranked player, Justin Rose, finished tied 6th and we had eleven of the top thirteen plus ties (11/22) in this event.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

New DraftKings Version of Custom Ranking Page Added to Golf Predictor

New Custom Rankings page with DK salary column (Overall Score now in player pop-up).

Further to this post from a few years ago, I am pleased to announce that I have added a variant of the Rankings (Custom) page with DraftKings salary to Golf Predictor. This page was added as a result of a user request and is available via a link on the existing Rankings (Custom) page on the Prediction menu. This new page is shown above for the 2018 Memorial Tournament, where you can see the new Salary column on the right hand side and the link to switch between the two page variants above the sliders. Some notes on this new page:
  1. Due to space restrictions, the computed Overall GP Score (based on your chosen weightings) shown in the right hand column in the original page is now in the pop up for each golfer. This can be seen in the screenshot above.
  2. The pop-up for each golfer also shows their DraftKings average points per game, also shown in the screenshot above.
  3. For tournaments with no DraftKings data, "n/a" is displayed in the Salary column.
  4. You may have to refresh the Rankings (Custom) page (F5 on Windows) if you have viewed it recently to see the new link to the new page variant. 

I trust you will find this new custom rankings page useful for your DraftKings DFS analysis. Just another way to make Golf Predictor even better!

Monday, 28 May 2018

2018 - Week 22 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Italian Open (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 thirteen of the world's top twenty teeing it up in Ohio. That doesn't leave many big names for the latest Rolex Series event in Italy, where three of the remainder of the world's top twenty are teeing it up in Brescia.

Sunday, 27 May 2018

2018 - Week 21 Winners

Francesco Molinari (ranked 7th by Golf Predictor) won the BMW PGA Championship on the European PGA Tour. The 35 year old Italian won his fifth tour title with an impressive performance at Wentworth. After several close calls in the flagship tournament in recent years, Molinari finally sealed the deal with a blemish free weekend to win by two strokes. Our top ranked player, Rory McIlroy, played imperiously on the first two days, but stalled big time on the weekend. However, the Northern Irishman still finished second with his C game on the weekend. Overall, we had thirteen of the top twenty plus ties (13/26) on the testing Wentworth layout. 

Justin Rose (ranked 3rd by Golf Predictor) won the Fort Worth Invitational on the US PGA Tour. The 37 year old  Englishman won his second tour title of the season with an imperious display of ball striking in Texas. On a day of both hot temperatures and scoring, Rose and playing partner Brooks Koepka were among those who shot the lights out on Sunday. That meant Koepka couldn't really make much inroads into Rose's four shot overnight lead, losing by three strokes in the end. Our top ranked player, Jordan Spieth, never really fired and finished in tied 32nd. Overall, we had only six of the top fourteen plus ties (6/19).

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Strokes Gained for European Tour Added to Golf Predictor

Further to this post from a few years ago, I am pleased to announce that strokes gained for the European Tour has been added to Golf Predictor. This data has only recently become available and because of its importance, it has been added to the site. It will be available for European Tour events from week 21, 2018 (the week of the BMW PGA Championship). Some notes on this new strokes gained functionality:
  1. This new strokes gained data is available on the existing Rankings (Strokes Gained) page on the Predictions menu. To facilitate this, you can now select your tour of interest in the Tour drop down box.
  2. For consistency, the stats imported are the same as those imported for the US PGA Tour, i.e. strokes gained total, strokes gained rank (based on total), strokes gained tee to green and strokes gained putting. This also allows me to use the existing infrastructure for the strokes gained stats, already used for the US PGA Tour stats.
  3. For the first few weeks, the source strokes gained values seemed to change every day. That appears to have stopped now, but the values will be imported on the Monday of tournament week, whatever they are!
  4. For tournaments on both tours (i.e. majors and WGCs), the strokes gained for the US PGA Tour will be used, as this will cover more of the top players. 
  5. The strokes gained for each tour are kept separate on the strokes gained charts on the Other tab of golfer Prediction Data pages. It doesn't make much sense to combine them, given the definition of strokes gained is dependent on averages for the particular tour. Given the previous point, data for majors and WGCs only appear on charts for golfers in US PGA Tour events.
  6. In some instances, the names (or more accurately, the name variant) used in the source strokes gained lists do not appear to be the same as those used in the other lists (e.g. entry and results). I will endeavour to fix these anomalies as they are found, but some may fall between the cracks. This may prevent those particular golfers from having their data imported for that week.
  7. I have checked/updated the Field Ranking, Rankings (Filter) and the DFS Lineup Builder pages to make sure that the strokes gained options now work for European Tour events, where the data is available.
  8. You may have to refresh any page with strokes gained information (F5 on Windows) you have viewed recently to see the new European strokes gained statistics. 
  9. I wanted to have this functionality live ahead of the start of the flagship BMW PGA Championship. However, due to the fact that I finally got to fulfil a long-time dream of visiting the amazing Skellig Michael (aka Star Wars island!) this week, I was unable to go live during the week!

I trust you will find this new strokes gained functionality useful for your European Tour analysis. Just another way to make Golf Predictor even better!

Monday, 21 May 2018

2018 - Week 21 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the BMW PGA Championship (European PGA Tour) and the Fort Worth Invitational (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. It's the flagship event on the European Tour this week and many of the tour big guns are out in force, including Rory McIlroy who returns to Wentworth. However, like last year, a couple of big name European stars, Justin Rose and Jon Rahm, are among the biggest names in the field in Texas. They mustn't be too worried about making the Ryder Cup team!

2018 - Week 20 Winners

Adrian Otaegui (ranked 4th by Golf Predictor) won inaugural Belgian Knockout on the European PGA Tour. The 25 year old Spaniard won his second tour title with an impressive performance in the new hybrid event in Belgium. Having qualified comfortably in tied eighth place after the opening two rounds of stroke play, Otaegui played each of his six nine hole medal matchplay rounds on the short, but narrow layout under par and was a worthy winner, defeating Benjamin Hebert by two strokes in the final. Our top ranked player, Joost Luiten, went out after first match play round, finishing in tied 33rd. Overall, we had twelve of the top seventeen plus ties (12/32) in the weak fielded, new format event.

Aaron Wise (ranked 22nd by Golf Predictor) won the AT&T Byron Nelson on the US PGA Tour. The 21 year old American won his maiden tour title with a composed final day performance on the faux links layout in Dallas. Tied for the lead overnight with Mark Leishman, Wise pulled away on Sunday with some impressive play to win by three shots with a tournament record score of -23. Our top ranked player, Trinity Forest member Jordan Spieth, finished in tied 21st and we had fifteen of the top twenty one plus ties (15/25*) in total.


*Murray withdrew, promoting Knox into the top twenty five of the prediction rankings.

Monday, 14 May 2018

2018 - Week 20 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week,  the Belgian Knockout (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 Hideki Matsuyama and Sergio Garcia join local hero Jordan Spieth at the Byron Nelson. As to be expected, the field for the inaugural Belgian Knockout is not as stellar, with just three of the top one hundred in the world teeing it up in the new strokeplay/matchplay hybrid format.