Monday, 19 March 2018

2018 - Week 12 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the WGC - Dell Technologies Matchplay (European/US PGA Tour) and the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. There's an impressive forty six of top fifty in the world rankings playing in the WGC in Austin this week. Although Golf Predictor is not designed for matchplay events, as usual the WGC has been put through the ringer! Meanwhile, the US PGA Tour also heads to the Dominican Republic for a new tournament. With so many big names playing in Texas, the field is decidedly second tier in the Caribbean. There are only four members of the top one hundred in the world teeing it up in the Dominican Republic.

If you want to try a DFS contest for this week's events, check out DraftKings or the Official Daily Fantasy Partner of the European Tour, PlayON.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

2018 - Week 11 Winners

Rory McIlroy (ranked 7th by Golf Predictor) won the Arnold Palmer Invitational pres. by Mastercard on the US PGA Tour. The 28 year old Northern Irishman won his fourteenth tour title with an incredible finish at Bay Hill. Despite a slow start Sunday, McIlroy finished the front nine well with three birdies in the four holes just before the turn. However, he outdid himself on the back nine with five birdies in his last six holes to beat Justin Rose and long time front runners Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau in impressive fashion. Rose was our top ranked player and he finished third in the end. Overall, we had eight of the top fourteen plus ties (8/21) on the testing layout. 

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

Saturday, 17 March 2018

New Popover Style on Certain Golf Predictor Pages

New popover for DFS field average dollars per point

I have replaced some of the many popovers on Golf Predictor. The ones updated are those on the Subscribe page and those in the DFS panels on the Prediction Data page for each golfer. These new popovers are now created using Twitter Bootstrap, replacing those created using older AJAX technology. This new popover style is shown in the screenshot above, for Justin Rose's DraftKings DFS panel for the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational. As you can see, these new popovers can also have a title row and look better than the old style popovers. Note that you may have to reload the page and its associated files (Ctrl + F5 on Windows) to see these new popovers correctly.

I will probably look to replace all of the other popovers on the site in due course, should that prove feasible. Just another way to make Golf Predictor a little better!

Monday, 12 March 2018

2018 - 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. There's a strong at Arnie's event again this year, with ten of the top twenty in the world teeing it up in Orlando. Of course, eight time former champion, the resurgent Tiger Woods is also back at Bay Hill and is sure to generate massive interest again this week.

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

If you want to try a DFS contest for this week's events, check out DraftKings or the Official Daily Fantasy Partner of the European Tour, PlayON.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

2018 - Week 10 Winners

Matt Wallace (ranked 18th by Golf Predictor) won the Hero Indian Open on the European PGA Tour. The 27 year old Englishman won his second tour title with a play-off victory over his compatriot Andrew "Beef" Johnson in New Delhi. After both golfers finished on -11 on the very tough layout, Wallace hit a brilliant second shot on the par five eighteenth hole in the first play-off hole to set up a winning birdie. Our top ranked player, Joost Luiten, finished in tied 9th and we had eight of the top sixteen plus ties (8/21*) in an event with a poor field on a difficult course.

Paul Casey (ranked 7th by Golf Predictor) won the Valspar Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 40 year old Englishman finally won his second PGA Tour event in an exciting final day. Casey ended his long nine year wait by posting early and watching all the leaders fail to catch him. All eyes were on a resurgent Tiger Woods, who didn't hole anything Sunday until a monster putt on seventeen. However, Woods fail to reproduce the magic on the last and finished one back with Patrick Reed, who made a mess of the last to fall out of a possible play-off. Our top ranked player, Jordan Spieth, surprisingly missed the cut and in an event where many of the bigger names failed to perform, we only had nine of the top sixteen plus ties (9/27).

*Shaun Norris was one of the many withdrawals, promoting Green into the top twenty one of the GP rankings.

PlayON Analysis Added to Golf Predictor

Other panel on the Prediction Data page for DJ at the 2018 WGC - Mexico Championship, showing new PlayON DFS panel and renamed original DFS panel

New DFS sub-menu
PlayON Field Dollars per Point chart for the 2018 WGC - Mexico Championship

Further to this post from a few weeks ago, I am pleased to announce that PlayON DFS analysis has been added to Golf Predictor. The analysis is similar to the existing DraftKings features on the site and is comprised of the following:
  1. A new Predictions (PlayOn) page with seven new charts, similar to those on the existing Predictions (DFS) page. The latter page has been renamed - see note one below. These new charts include a great zoomable chart showing the value picks at a glance.
  2. A new PlayOn panel added to the Other tab on the Prediction Data page for each golfer (see first screenshot above). There are 4 new charts on this panel, again similar to those on the DFS panel (now renamed to DraftKings panel).
  3. A new PlayON DFS Builder page, where you can filter the field by over fifty metrics and build your PlayON line-up.
  4. PlayON Salary and points per game have been added to the Field rankings page with a new chart for each (same as two charts on the new Predictions (PlayOn) page).
  5. Two new PlayOn filters are now on the Filter Predictions page (bringing the total number of filters to 59), but not on the DraftKings DFS Builder page, where they are not relevant. Similarly, the DraftKings filters are not on the new PlayON DFS Builder page.  
Of course, this means that there will be even more data that I will have to import into the system on a weekly basis, but it should be of great benefit to PlayON DFS golf players. Some notes on this new PlayON functionality:
  1. I have renamed some existing pages now that there are two DFS companies catered for on the site. The existing DFS pages have been renamed to DraftKings, rather than the more generic DFS.
  2. You can not export your line-up on the PlayON DFS Builder page, as PlayOn doesn't have a line-up import feature.
  3. I've noticed that the salaries in PO contests sometimes are different to that in the exported CSV. I can only go by what PlayOn supply in their downloadable CSV file on a Monday.
  4. I've displayed the PlayON salaries in thousands, rather than millions for two reasons: it makes them less unwieldy to deal with and it makes them the same as DraftKings (and hence easier for me!). I tried using "21.3" and "21300000" for 21.3 million, but both caused problems either with salary and/or average dollar per point. This means that 21.3 million is shown as 21300 on the site, i.e. whatever the PlayOn value is in millions, it is in thousands on GP. It doesn't affect the functionality as all money values (dollars per point and salary cap) are scaled down by the same factor (1000).
  5. I have added a new "DFS Options" sub-menu to the Predictions menu with all the renamed DFS pages for DraftKings and the new PlayON pages. This can be seen in the second screenshot above. I decided to use sub menus due to the number of options now on the Predictions menu. I will probably add at least one to the longer Form menu also to allow for future additions.
  6. This new "DFS Options" sub-menu gave me (many) more problems than the new PlayOn functionality! After a long battle, I was finally able to get it to work on all types of device. On PC, phones and tablets where you can see the normal menu, you have to click on this option to expand it to the right. On small mobile devices with a collapsed menu, the "DFS Options" sub-menu will be permanently expanded. Originally, I had the new DFS sub-menu appearing on hover, which worked great on mouse based devices (i.e. non touchscreen PCs). However, this caused the menu to malfunction (in different ways!) on various touch devices and on PCs with a touchscreen and a mouse (these hybrid devices were the worst!). Note that the sub-menu will remain open (when the Predictions menu is open) with the "DFS Options" highlighted when clicked until you click it again, even if you navigate to a different menu and back again. Of course, navigating to a different page will also close the sub-menu.
  7. Further to the above point, I have tested the new sub-menu on a non touchscreen PC, a touchscreen PC, an Android phone, an iPad and an iPhone. It appears to work on all these devices.
  8. Judging by the zoomable field dollars per point charts (see third screenshot above, for the 2018 WGC - Mexico Championship), PlayON seems to overvalue the high salary golfers considerably and undervalue the low salary golfers to a lesser degree. This is reflected in very red colour coding for the dollars per point column for the top players and green colour coding for lower ranked golfers. I have noticed this for all tournaments in the system so far and leads to the steep average line in the charts. DraftKings tends to have more balanced salaries for the field. 
  9. You may have to refresh any page (Ctrl + F5 on Windows) you have viewed recently to see the new sub menu and PlayON DFS options.

The new charts added as part of this new PlayON functionality brings total number of charts on the site crashing through the 500 barrier to 510! I trust you will find these new features useful for your PlayON DFS endeavours. Just another way to make Golf Predictor even better!

Sunday, 4 March 2018

2018 - Week 9 Winners

Phil Mickelson (ranked 12th by Golf Predictor) won the WGC - Mexico Championship on the European/US PGA Tour. The 47 year old American won his forty third tour title after an almost five year gap since his last. In doing so, Mickelson became the oldest ever WGC winner by some seven years in an exciting day's golf in Mexico. After the fast finishing Justin Thomas holed out for eagle on the last to set a challenging target, Mickelson rose to the occasion to catch him with two late birdies. On the first extra hole, Mickelson secured the title after Thomas hit a weak chip and missed his par putt. Defending champion, Dustin Johnson, was our top ranked player and he finished in tied 7th. Overall, we had eleven of the top eighteen plus ties (11/19).

George Coetzee (ranked 3rd by Golf Predictor) won the Tshwane Open on the European PGA Tour. The 31 year old local delighted the home support by winning the title for the second time. Coetzee overcame some Sunday weather delays and an early bogey-bogey wobble to beat Sam Horsfield by two strokes. Coetzee single putted many greens around the middle of his round to pull away from the field. Our top ranked player, Julian Suri, finished in tied 48th and we had eleven of the top twenty one plus ties (11/28).