Monday, 16 September 2019

2019 - Week 38 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the BMW PGA Championship (European PGA Tour) and the Sanderson Farms Championship (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. It's the flagship event on the European Tour this week and the new spot in the schedule has tempted Rory McIlroy and several other PGA Tour stars to tee it up on the testing Wentworth layout. While eight of the top twenty in the world will be teeing it up in England, a somewhat weaker line up will be battling it out in Mississippi. While stronger than other years, only four of the world's top one fifty that will be playing in the event, so there is a decent chance of a surprise winner!

Sunday, 15 September 2019

2019 - Week 37 Winners

Sergio Garcia (ranked 2nd by Golf Predictor) won the KLM Open on the European PGA Tour. The 39 year old Spaniard won his sixteenth tour title on his début in the event. Garcia, who had an up and down front nine, went three shots clear after sixteen holes. However, a bogey on the penultimate hole and a closing birdie by Nicolai Hojgaard meant Garcia won by a single stroke from the young Dane in the end. Our top ranked player, Patrick Reed, finished in tied 15th and in an event on a new course where many of the bigger names failed to perform, we had only six of the top fifteen plus ties (6/20).

Joaquin Niemann (ranked 8th by Golf Predictor) won the A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier on the US PGA Tour. The 20 year old became the first Chilean to win on tour with an assured final round at Old White TPC. Niemann won in style with a great display of putting on Sunday to pull away and win by six shots in the end. Our top ranked player, Bryson DeChambeau, missed the cut and in an event with a lot of Korn Ferry Tour graduates, we had eight of the top nineteen plus ties (8/23) in total.

Monday, 9 September 2019

2019 - Week 37 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions/stats for this week, A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier (US PGA Tour) and the KLM Open (European 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 both events combined. Patrick Reed continues his European odyssey in Amsterdam, while Bryson DeChambeau is headlining the field in the US, where the new PGA Tour season is starting up in West Virginia.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

2019 - Week 36 Winner

Paul Casey (ranked 2nd by Golf Predictor) won the Porsche European Open on the European PGA Tour. The 42 year old Englishman won his fourteenth tour title with an impressive display in Germany. Starting the final day a shot behind Robert MacIntyre and Bernd Ritthammer, Casey put on another great display from tee to green to stay right in the mix coming down the stretch. The Englishman then birdied the sixteen and seventeenth holes to give himself the cushion he needed to claim his first tour title in five years by one shot. Our top ranked player, Patrick Reed, finished in tied 36th, and we had six of the top seventeen plus ties (6/19) in the weather affected event. 

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

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

2019 - Week 36 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Porsche European Open (European PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. Not many big names at the European Open, where Patrick Reed headlines the event. The former Masters champion is joined by several other PGA Tour regulars, including Paul Casey and Xander Schauffele, who are playing on this side of the pond during the brief US PGA close season.

Sunday, 1 September 2019

2019 - Week 35 winner

Sebastian Soderberg (ranked 76th by Golf Predictor) won the Omega European Masters on the European PGA Tour. The 28 year old Swede won his first tour title by in a five man play-off in the scenic Swiss mountains.After he three putted the penultimate hole from seven feet, it looked like Soderberg's chances were gone. However, a par at the last was good enough to get in a play-off with Rory McIlroy, Andres Romero, Lorenzo Gagli and Kalle Samooja. Soderberg was the only man to find the fairway on the first extra hole and was one of three in close with their second shots. The Swede putted first and his birdie put McIlroy and Samooja off sufficiently to miss from closer in. McIlroy was our top ranked player and in an event where many of the bigger names failed to perform, we had only five of the top twelve plus ties (5/19). 

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

Monday, 26 August 2019

2019 - Week 35 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Omega European Masters (European PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. As usual, there is a decent field of tour members assembled for the popular track in Switzerland this week. The event is headlined by world number two and newly crowned FedEx Cup champion Rory McIlroy, who is joined by several other members of the US PGA Tour, now that their usual tour is in its brief close season.

Sunday, 25 August 2019

2019 - Week 34 Winners

Erik van Rooyen (ranked 5th by Golf Predictor) won the Scandinavian Invitation on the European PGA Tour. The 29 year old South African finally captured his first tour title with a gutsy one shot victory in Sweden. After starting strongly on Sunday, van Rooyen built up a three shot lead early in the back nine. However, in a nervy finish, he just managed to edge out Matthew Fitzpatrick with a birdie on the final hole. Our top ranked player, home favourite Henrik Stenson, finished in tied 3rd and although many of the bigger names didn't perform, we had eleven of the top twenty plus ties (11/28).

Rory McIlroy (ranked 2nd by Golf Predictor) won the Tour Championship (and therefore the FedEx Cup) on the US PGA Tour. The 30 year old Northern Irishman capped a good year by taking the lucrative season ending title at East Lake. Unlike recent times, McIlroy was particularly impressive on Sunday, save for a brief spell on the back nine. That allowed him to come through to win by four from Xander Schauffele, despite starting five shots behind Justin Thomas on -5 in the new handicap system. Our top ranked player, Brooks Koepka, faded on the back nine with some poor putting and finished in tied 3rd. Overall, we had fourteen of the top sixteen plus ties (14/18)* in the restricted field event.  


*The handicapped start makes this comparison pretty irrelevant!

Monday, 19 August 2019

2019 - Week 34 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions for this week, the Tour Championship (US PGA Tour) and the Scandinavian Invitation (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. Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth. The field in Sweden is obviously nowhere near as strong, with local favourites Henrik Stenson and Alex Noren among the bigger names in the event.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

2019 - Week 33 Winners

Thomas Pieters (ranked 7th by Golf Predictor) won the D+D REAL Czech Masters on the European PGA Tour. The 27 year old Belgian won his fourth tour title and first in three years in Prague. In doing so, Pieters became the first man to win the event twice and continued his streak of winning all his events in the month from mid August! Pieters had built up a four shot cushion on the back nine, but a good finish by Adri Arnaus meant the final winning margin was a single shot. Our top ranked player, Bernd Wiesberger, finished 30th and we had only five of the top eighteen plus ties (5/23) in the weak fielded event. 

Justin Thomas (ranked 6th by Golf Predictor) won the second event of the FedEx Cup play-offs, the BMW Championship. The 26 year old American won his tenth tour title with an impressive victory at Medinah. Leading by six overnight, Thomas was put under some pressure by Patrick Cantlay and others, with his lead being reduced to two shots at one stage. However, he steadied the ship down the stretch and won by three in the end. Our top ranked player, Brooks Koepka, finished well for tied 24th and we had twelve of the top nineteen plus ties (12/23).

Monday, 12 August 2019

2019 - Week 33 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the D+D REAL Czech Masters (European PGA Tour) and the BMW Championship (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. It's the second 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 next week. As usual, the bigger names are still in FedEx Cup contention in America and the top twenty four players in the world are teeing it up at Medinah. The field in the Czech Republic is obviously not quite as impressive, with only seven members of the top hundred in the world playing in Prague. However, with a five week hiatus since the last regular event, the European Tour players will be chomping at the bit!


Sunday, 11 August 2019

2019 - Week 32 Winner

Patrick Reed (ranked 11th by Golf Predictor) won The Northern Trust on the US PGA Tour. The 29 year old American won his seventh tour title in the first FedEx Cup play-off event in New Jersey. Leading by one shot overnight, Reed fell behind Jon Rahm after the front nine on Sunday. However, a couple of dropped shots by the Spaniard in conjunction with two birdies and a gutsy par save by Reed meant he reclaimed the lead. Despite a tight back, Reed then saw it home, beating Abraham Ancer by a single shot with a closing par. Our top ranked player, Brooks Koepka, finished tied 30th and despite several of the stellar field not performing, we had ten of the top eighteen plus ties (10/20) in total.

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

Monday, 5 August 2019

2019 - Week 32 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, 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. It's a different course this year and there are forty two of the top fifty players in the world teeing it up at Liberty National this week.

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

2019 - Week 31 Winner

J.T. Poston (ranked 87th by Golf Predictor) won the Wyndham Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 26 year old American won his first tour title with an impressive display at Sedgefield Country Club. Poston became the first player since Lee Trevino in 1974 to win a tournament by going bogey free. Poston was in a final day battle with Byeong Hun An, who was also bogey free for the week until the fifteenth on Sunday. That bogey gave Poston some breathing space and when An also bogeyed the final hole, he fell to third behind tournament favourite Webb Simpson. Simpson was our top ranked player and in an event where many of the bigger names failed to perform, we had six of the top nineteen  plus ties (6/21) in total.  

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

Monday, 29 July 2019

2019 - Week 31 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Wyndham Championship (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. There are not many big names competing in America  this week, with the Wyndham Championship coming right before the play-offs and after two big tournaments. However, there is a host of middle tier guys trying to improve/maintain their place in the FedEx Cup standings ahead of those play-offs.

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

2019 - Week 30 Winners

Brooks Koepka (ranked 1st by Golf Predictor) won the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational on the European/US PGA Tour. The 29 year old American won his first WGC title and second title of the season in the tournament's first staging in Memphis. Despite only arriving at the course less than an hour before his tee time, Koepka won easily, finishing three shots clear of Webb Simpson. The final round shoot-out with his final round playing partner Rory McIlroy never materialised, with the Northern Irishman closing another up and down tournament with a poor performance. Koepka was our top ranked player and we had twelve of the top twenty plus ties (12/23) in total.

Colin Murikawa (ranked 7th by Golf Predictor) won the Barracuda Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 22 year old American rookie secured his first tour title with an impressive finish in the modified Stableford event. Morikawa birdied four of the last five holes to win by three points, thus realising his early potential. Our top ranked player, Martin Kaymer finished in tied 31st and we had eleven of the top eighteen plus ties (11/24*) in the second tier event. 


*Vegas withdrew due to the arrival of his new son, promoting Sloan to the top 24 of the GP Rankings.

Monday, 22 July 2019

2019 - Week 30 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the WGC - FedEx St. Jude Invitational (European/US 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 Reno this week, the WGC makes up for it with the vast majority of the world's top fifty golfers!

2019 - Week 29 Winners

Shane Lowry (ranked 36th by Golf Predictor) won The Open Championship on the European/US PGA Tour. The 32 year old Irishman delighted the huge home crowd with a brilliant victory at Royal Portrush, which was hosting the tournament for the first time since 1951. Leading by four overnight after a brilliant 63 on Saturday, Lowry was never really threatened in the extremely difficult conditions on Sunday and won by six shots in the end. Our top ranked player, Brooks Koepka, started poorly on Sunday, but still finished tied 4th and we had eleven of the top twenty plus ties (11/29) in the weather affected tournament. 

Jim Herman (ranked 96th by Golf Predictor) won the Barbasol Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 41 year old American overcome some poor form to win his second tour title in Kentucky. Despite only making Sunday twice in nineteen events this season, Herman came out on top by one stroke at the birdie fest, pipping Kelly Kraft to the title. Our top ranked player, Jhonattan Vegas, finished in 64th and we had seven of the top eighteen plus ties (7/21) in total in this second tier event.

Monday, 15 July 2019

2019 - 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 Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951. World number one Brooks Koepka leads the strong field and he will be aiming to add the claret jug to his burgeoning major trophy cabinet! Meanwhile, a second string field is once again lining up for the US PGA Tour event in Kentucky.

Sunday, 14 July 2019

2019 - Week 28 Winners

Bernd Wiesberger (ranked 15th by Golf Predictor) won the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on the European PGA Tour. The 33 year old Austrian won his second title of the season with a play-off win in Scotland. In a week of low scoring, overnight leader Wiesberger defeated the fast finishing Benjamin Hebert with a par on the third extra hole, after the Frenchman had missed a number of chances to win. Our top ranked player, Rory McIlroy, finished tied 34th and we only had twelve of the top twenty plus ties (12/25).   

Dylan Frittelli (ranked 20th by Golf Predictor) won the John Deere Classic on the US PGA Tour. The 29 year old South African won his first tour title on at TPC Deere Run. Frittelli hunted down the fast finishing Russell Henley with a strong front nine and overtook him with a couple of birdies after the turn. Frittelli then finished solidly to win by two shots in the end. Our top ranked player, Sungjae Im finished in tied 26th and we had ten of the top eighteen plus ties (10/25).

Monday, 8 July 2019

2019 - 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 fairly strong field playing in Scotland this year, with four of the top fifteen in the world rankings hoping to get some competitive links practice before heading to Portrush. However, there aren't many big names in Illinois, where there is none of the top fifty in the world teeing it up at TPC Deere Run.

Sunday, 7 July 2019

2019 - Week 27 Winners

Jon Rahm (ranked 1st by Golf Predictor) won the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open on the European PGA Tour. The 24 year old Spaniard continued his love affair with Ireland by winning the event for the second time in three years. Trailing by seven shots in tied 38th place after Friday, Rahm roared home over the weekend with 64-62 to slice through the field and win by two shots. he was helped by some of his nearest challengers who fell back in the face of his onslaught. Rahm was our top ranked player and we only had eight of the top nineteen plus ties (8/22).

Matthew Wolff (ranked 2nd by Golf Predictor) won the inaugural 3M Open on the US PGA Tour. The 20 year old American rookie won his first tour title in only his third start as a pro. Wolff did it in style, eagling the last to edge out Bryson DeChambeau and fellow rookie Collin Morikawa by a single shot. Our top ranked player, Brooks Koepka, didn't really turn up in another regular tour event and finished in tied 65th. Overall, we had seven of the top fifteen plus ties (7/22) in this new event.

Monday, 1 July 2019

2019 - Week 27 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open (European PGA Tour) and the and the 3M Open (US PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. The PGA Tour heads to Minnesota for another new tournament this week and there is a fairly decent field lined up in the Twin Cities area for the event. Meanwhile, here in Ireland, no Rory McIlroy this year, but new host Paul McGinley has managed to persuade some big names to Lahinch for the tournament.

Sunday, 30 June 2019

2019 - Week 26 Winners

Christiaan Bezuidenhout (ranked 29th by Golf Predictor) won the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucia Masters on the European PGA Tour. The 25 year old South African won his first tour title with an impressive display at Valderrama. Leading by five strokes overnight, a closing round of even par was good enough for Bezuidenhout to extend his winning margin to six on the testing Valderrama layout. Our top ranked player, Jon Rahm, finished in tied second despite an over par final round. Overall, we had seven of the top fifteen plus ties (7/19).

Nate Lashley (not ranked by Golf Predictor as he was a late alternate) won the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic on the US PGA Tour. The 36 year old American also won his first tour title by six shots with a great display in Detroit. Lashley opened up with 63 (-9) ans easily went wire to wire to complete an amazing story. Having lost his parents and girlfriend in a plane crash, only getting his tour card a couple of years ago, missing out in Monday qualifying and getting in anyway, Lashley's win was as popular as it was unlikely. Our top ranked player,  Dustin Johnson, missed the cut, despite it being a turkey shoot in Detroit! Overall, we had seven of the top seventeen plus ties (7/20) in this new event where the lesser lightly largely took the limelight.

Monday, 24 June 2019

2019 - Week 26 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucia Masters* (European PGA Tour) and the Rocket Mortgage Classic (US PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. The PGA Tour goes to Detroit for the first time and there is a decent field lined up in the Great Lakes area for the event. Meanwhile on the European Tour, host Sergio Garcia and compatriot Jon Rahm are once again headlining the field on the challenging Valderrama layout.


*Full title is the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucia Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation.

2019 - Week 25 Winners

Andrea Pavan (ranked 30th by Golf Predictor) won the BMW International Open on the European PGA Tour. The 30 year old Italian won his second tour title with a birdie on the second extra hole. Pavan came from four shots back to edge out Matthew Fitzpatrick in a play-off, thanks to a fine approach from the rough to a few feet. Our top ranked player, Matt Wallace, finished in tied 3rd and we had nine of the top sixteen plus ties (9/19)

Chez Reavie (ranked 17th by Golf Predictor) won the Travelers Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 37 year old American ended an eleven year winless streak at TPC River Highlands. Leading by six shots overnight, only a total collapse would have prevented Reavie from finally landing that second win. Remarkably, Keegan Bradley got within one stroke, but a three shot swing on the penultimate hole with a Bradley double bogey and Reavie birdie meant the latter could relax up the last with a four shot lead. Our top ranked player, Brooks Koepka, finished in tied 57th and we had seven of the top twenty in total.

Monday, 17 June 2019

2019 - 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 large number of the top players teeing it up this week. Nine of the top twenty in the world are teeing it up in Connecticut and a couple or top thirty players are making the trip from California to Germany to compete.

2019 - Week 24 Winner

Gary Woodland (ranked 15th by Golf Predictor) won the US Open on the European/US PGA Tour. The 35 year old American won his first major, taming a tricked up Pebble Beach with four rounds in the sixties. That allowed Woodland to win by three shots from double defending champion Brooks Koepka. Interestingly, Koepka also shot four rounds in the sixties and becam the first man to do so and not win the event. Our top ranked player, Dustin Johnson, ever really featured at the top end of the leaderboard and finished in tied 35th. Overall, we had seventeen of the top twenty one plus ties (17/27) in an event where most of the big names played well. 




Monday, 10 June 2019

2019 - 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 (now!) third major of the season on the iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links in California. As usual, the layout will be tricked up to challenge the best golfers in the world. Defending champion, Brooks Koepka, will be hoping to keep his incredible run in the majors going. He also has the chance to become the first man to win the event three times in a row in over a hundred years.

2017- Week 23 Winner

Rory McIlroy (ranked 3rd by Golf Predictor) won the RBC Canadian Open on the US PGA Tour. The 30 year old Northern Irish man won his sixteenth tour title with a dominating final day performance in Canada. McIlroy gave himself a perfect tune up for the US Open next week, closing with a fine 61 that could have been even better, as it included two bogeys in his last three holes. Our top ranked player, Dustin Johnson, finished in tied 20th and we had twelve of the top twenty plus ties (12/26). 

There was no stroke play event on the European Tour this week.

Monday, 3 June 2019

2019 - Week 23 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the RBC Canadian Open (US PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. The top two in the world, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson are among those who have headed up in Canada to warm up for the US Open next week. The event heads back to Hamilton Golf and Country Club for the first time since 2012, which doesn't make calling it any easier!

There is no stroke play event on the European Tour this week and Golf Predictor is incompatible with the Golf Sixes format.

Sunday, 2 June 2019

2019 - Week 22 Winners

Guido Migliozzi (ranked 20th by Golf Predictor) won inaugural Belgian Knockout on the European PGA Tour. The 22 year old Italian won his second tour title of the year with an impressive performance in the hybrid event in Belgium. Having qualified comfortably in tied eleventh after the opening two rounds of stroke play, Migliozzi saw off several players in the matchplay, including last week's winner  Bernd Wiesberger, before defeating Darius van Driel by four strokes in the final. Our top ranked player, host Thomas Pieters, missed the cut and overall, we had ten of the top seventeen plus ties (10/32) in the weak fielded, hybrid event.

Patrick Cantlay (ranked 7th by Golf Predictor) won the Memorial Tournament pres. by Nationwide on the US PGA Tour. The 27 year old American won his second title with a strong finish on Sunday at Muirfield Village. Trailing by four shots overnight, Cantlay stormed home with a fine 64 to win by two shots in front of host Jack Nicklaus. Our top ranked player, Rory McIlroy, was one of several big names to surprisingly miss the cut and we had ten of the top seventeen plus ties (10/21) in total.

Monday, 27 May 2019

2019 - Week 22 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Belgian Knockout (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 twelve of the world's top twenty teeing it up in Ohio. As to be expected, the field for the Belgian Knockout is not as stellar, with host Thomas Pieters one of just three of the top one hundred in the world who are teeing it up in the strokeplay/matchplay hybrid format.

2019 - Week 21 Winners

Bernd Wiesberger (ranked 81st by Golf Predictor) won the Made in Denmark pres. by FREJA on the European PGA Tour. The 33 year old Austrian won his first tour title in two years in a final day battle with Robert MacIntyre. After being nip and tuck for the first fifteen holes on Sunday, Wiesberger went two ahead after a MacIntyre bogey on seventeen. However, the Austrian got in trouble up the last, but a closing bogey was enough to give the injury stricken Wiesberger the victory. Our top ranked player, defending champion Matt Wallace, finished in tied 41st and we had only five of the top eighteen plus ties (5/24) in the wind affected event. 

Kevin Na ranked 14th by Golf Predictor) won the Charles Schwab Challenge on the US PGA Tour. The 35 year old American won his third tour title with a commanding final day performance. Leading by two shots overnight, Na played impressive frontrunning golf, hitting an impressive amount of greens and putting well. That allowed him to win by four strokes in the end from Tony Finau. Our top ranked player, Justin Rose, never really featured and finished in tied 58th. Overall, we had twelve of the top nineteen plus ties (12/26).

Monday, 20 May 2019

2019 - Week 21 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Made in Denmark pres. by FREJA (European PGA Tour) and the Charles Schwab Challenge (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. For a week after a major, there is a strong field in Texas, where nine of the top twenty in the world will have to battle home favourite and former champion Jordan Spieth for the title. That doesn't leave much top talent for the European Tour event, but Matt Wallace is back to defend his title in Denmark.

2019 - Week 20 Winners

Brooks Koepka (ranked 1st by Golf Predictor) won the US PGA Championship on the European/US PGA Tour. The 29 year old American successfully defended a major title for a second time with an impressive performance at Bethpage. Koepka spread eagled the field with an opening 63 and was imperious over the first three days, building up a large lead. However, he stalled on the back nine Sunday and was almost caught by Dustin Johnson. After almost reeling him in, Johnson then bogeyed twice late on, allowing Koepka to claim his fourth major in eight starts by two shots. Koepka was our top ranked golfer and we had eight of the top sixteen plus ties (8/22) on the brutal layout.


Monday, 13 May 2019

2019 - Week 20 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the US PGA Championship (European/US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. The second major of the year heads to Bethpage for the first running of the event in its new slot in May. All eyes will once again be on Tiger Woods as the only possible winner of the grand slam this year! It'll be interesting to see how this new condensed major calendar affects the tournament. A great field has assembled in New York, with the entire top one hundred in the world teeing it up on the tough layout.

2019 - Week 19 Winners

Marcus Kinhult (ranked 69th by Golf Predictor) won the Betfred British Masters on the European PGA Tour. The 22 year old Swede claimed his maiden tour title with a resilient final day performance at Hillside Golf Club. After bogeying fifteen and sixteen on Sunday to fall one back, Kinhult rebounded with two closing birdies to pip his more fancied opponents to the title. Our top ranked player, host Tommy Fleetwood, finished in tied 8th, and we had eight of the top fifteen plus ties (8/22).

Sung-Hoon Kang (ranked 36th by Golf Predictor) won the AT&T Byron Nelson on the US PGA Tour. The 31 year old South Korean won his maiden tour title at the birdie fest in Texas. After rain softened the defenceless course, Kang won the shoot out with a bunch of timely birdies on the back nine. Our top ranked player, Brooks Koepka, finished in 4th and we had only three of the top seventeen plus ties (3/19*) in total in the weather affected event.

*Withdrawals mean Sabbatini & Piercy are promoted to the top nineteen. 

Monday, 6 May 2019

2019 - Week 19 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Betfred British Masters (European PGA Tour) and the AT&T Byron Nelson (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. There aren't many big names teeing it up in Texas this week, where world number three Brooks Koepka joins local hero Jordan Spieth as the biggest draws at the Byron Nelson. New host Tommy Fleetwood hasn't managed to attract many of the big European names to the event in England, where the tournament has moved to yet another new course. This doesn't make the task of forecasting it any easier! 

2019 - Week 18 Winners

Mikko Korhonen (ranked 16th by Golf Predictor) won the Volvo China Open on the European PGA Tour. The 38 year old Finn won his second tour title with an impressive putting display on the final day in Beijing. In an exciting final day battle with overnight leader Benjamin Hebert and last week's winner Jorge Campillo, Korhonen used his flat stick to great effect, defeating Hebert on the first extra hole of a play-off with a birdie. Our top ranked player, home favourite Hao-Tong Li, finished 4th and we had eleven of the top nineteen plus ties (11/28*).

Max Homa (ranked 118th by Golf Predictor) won the Wells Fargo Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 28 year old American put his travails behind him with an impressive display at Quail Hollow. The world number 417 held off some big names, including course specialist Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler and survived a weather delay to win by three shots. McIlroy was out top ranked player and he finished in tied 8th. Overall, we had thirteen of the top eighteen plus ties (13/23**) in total on the testing layout.


*Due to withdrawals, Dubuisson is promoted to the top 28 of the GP Rankings. 
**Due to withdrawals, Stanley, Mitchell & Sabbatini are promoted to the top 23 of the GP Rankings.

Monday, 29 April 2019

2019 - Week 18 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Volvo China Open (European PGA Tour) and the Wells Fargo Championship (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. A strong field has signed up at Quail Hollow, with eight of the top twenty in the world teeing it up in North Carolina, led by world number two, Justin Rose. No big names are teeing it up in China this week and the tournament has yet another new course. Neither of these facts make it very easy to call, but local favourite Hao-Tong Li will be hoping for another home victory.

Sunday, 28 April 2019

2019 - Week 17 Winner

Jorge Campillo (ranked 2nd by Golf Predictor) won the Trophee Hassan II on the European PGA Tour. The 32 year old Spaniard finally won his first tour title with a solid final day performance in Morocco. After many near misses in the recent past, Campillo won by two shots with a strong finish on Sunday after overnight leader Eric van Rooyen faltered on the back nine. Our top ranked player, Joost Luiten, finished in tied 25th and we had nine of the top fourteen plus ties (9/21) on the long testing layout.
 
The Zurich Classic of New Orleans on the US PGA Tour was not covered due to its transition to a team event. Unfortunately, this makes it unsuitable for Golf Predictor.

Monday, 22 April 2019

2019 - Week 17 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Trophee Hassan II (European PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. No big names are teeing it up in Morocco as the European Tour starts up again this week, so they have to make do with five golfers from the lower reaches of the top one hundred in the world.

The Zurich Classic of New Orleans (US PGA Tour) will not covered as it now a team event. Unfortunately, this makes it incompatible with Golf Predictor.

2019 - Week 16 Winners

Cheng-Tsung (C.T.) Pan (ranked 62nd by Golf Predictor) won the RBC Heritage on the US PGA Tour. The 27 year old Taiwanese golfer came from nowhere at windy Hilton Head to capture his first tour title. With overnight leader, world number one Dustin Johnson unexpectedly crumbling on the back none Sunday, Pan kept his nerve on the difficult closing holes to win by a single shot from Matt Kuchar. DJ was our top ranked player and he finished a lowly tied 28th in the end thanks to a closing 77. Overall, we had only six of the top sixteen plus ties (6/24) in an event where many of the bigger names floundered in the difficult conditions.

There was no event on the European Tour this week. 

Monday, 15 April 2019

2019 - Week 16 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, 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! Despite the exertions of Augusta, there are quite a few big names teeing it up this week. Headlining the field is Dustin Johnson, newly back in the world number one spot. DJ is joined by big names such as Francesco Molinari, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau Xander Schauffele and Jordan Spieth for the popular event in South Carolina.

There is no event on the European Tour this week. 

Sunday, 14 April 2019

2019 - Week 15 Winner

Tiger Woods (ranked 16th by Golf Predictor) won the first major of the year, The Masters (European/US PGA Tour). The 43 year old American completed his fairytale return by finally adding to his total of fourteen majors, eleven years after winning his last one. After long time leader Francesco Molinari and others faltered on the back nine on Sunday, Woods turned on the style to edge clear of a stacked field and record a very popular fifth Masters victory. Our top ranked player, Rory McIlroy, seemed to suffer under the burden of completing the career grand slam and finished in tied 21st. Overall, we had eighteen of the top twenty one plus ties (18/28).



Monday, 8 April 2019

2019 - Week 15 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 several top players 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!

2019 - Week 14 Winners

Corey Conners (ranked 72nd by Golf Predictor) won the Valero Texas Open on the US PGA Tour. The 27 year old Canadian won his first tour title with a topsy turvy final round in San Antonio. After a fast start, Conners reeled off four bogeys in a row, before getting back on the birdie train and finishing strongly. In total, Conners only had four pars in his final round, winning by two shots from Charley Hoffman. Our top ranked player, Rickie Fowler, faded on the weekend and finished in tied 17th. Overall, we had nine of the top twenty plus ties (9/22) in the final Masters warm up.

There was no event on the European Tour this week.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

2019 - Week 14 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Valero Texas Open (US PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. Despite the move to the week before The Masters, the field isn't particularly strong this year. There are only three of the top twenty five in the world teeing it up in Texas as a final tune up before the first major of the year.

There is no event on the European Tour this week. 

Monday, 1 April 2019

2019 - Week 13 Winners

Kevin Kisner (ranked 1st by Golf Predictor) won the WGC - Dell Technologies Matchplay on the European/US PGA Tour. The 35 year old American secured his first WGC title with a 3&2 win over Matt Kuchar in the final. It was a sweet victory for Kisner after he lost in the final last year. He never trailed in the final and Kuchar didn't play his best golf. Francesco Molinari defeated Lucas Bjerregaard in the third place play-off. Like previous years in Austin, a surprising number of the bigger names exited after the round robin stage.

Stephen Gallacher (ranked 46th by Golf Predictor) won the Hero Indian Open on the European PGA Tour. The 44 year old Scot ended a five year drought by winning his fourth tour title on the tough layout in New Delhi. On a course where many floundered, including the third round leaders, Gallacher overcame a quadruple bogey on the seventh hole on Sunday to finish strongly and win by a shot. It was an especially sweet victory for the Scot, as he had his son on the bag. Our top ranked player, Jazz Janewattananond, missed the cut and we had eight of the top eighteen plus ties (8/22) in the weak fielded event.

Graeme McDowell (ranked 21st by Golf Predictor) won the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 39 year old Northern Irishman won his fourth tour title with a grinding performance in the Dominican Republic. After putting in back to back 64s on Friday and Saturday, it was a more workman like performance on Sunday that saw McDowell edge the title by a single shot after he bogeyed the final hole. Luckily for him, his nearest competitor Chris Stroud did worse, bogeying his two last holes. Our top ranked player, Sungjae Im, faded slightly over the weekend, but still finished in tied 7th. In this new second string event, we had twelve of the top twenty two plus ties (12/25).
 

Monday, 25 March 2019

2019 - Week 13 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the WGC - Dell Technologies Matchplay (European/US PGA Tour), the Hero Indian Open (European PGA Tour) and the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. There's an impressive forty eight 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 back to the Dominican Republic. With so many big names playing in Texas, the field is decidedly second tier in the Caribbean. There are only three members of the top one hundred in the world teeing it up in the Dominican Republic. It is a similar story in India, where the European Tour only has four of the top hundred in the world playing in New Delhi.

Sunday, 24 March 2019

2019 - Week 12 Winners

Scott Hend (ranked 51st by Golf Predictor) won the Maybank Championship on the European PGA Tour. The 45 year old Australian won his third tour title with a play-off victory in Malaysia. Trailing by three shots overnight, Hend closed with a 67 (-5) to finish level with overnight leader Nacho Elvira. Indeed, Elvira had to hole a long birdie putt 100 minutes after the pitch during a thunder storm that produced it just to make it to extra holes. Despite hitting trees with his first two shots on the first extra hole, Hend took the title with a winning birdie. Our top ranked player, Ryan Fox, finished in tied 36th and in an event where many of the bigger names did not perform, we had only eight of the top twenty plus ties (8/24).

Paul Casey (ranked 7th by Golf Predictor) won the Valspar Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 41 year old Englishman defended a professional title for the first time with another victory at the event. On a tough final day, Casey was over par for the day, but still won by a shot from Louis Oosthuizen and Jason Kokrak. Our top ranked player, Dustin Johnson, didn't fire on the final day, going birdieless but still finishing in tied 6th. Overall, we had seven of the top eighteen plus ties on the challenging Copperhead layout (7/23).

Monday, 18 March 2019

2019 - Week 12 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Maybank Championship (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, eight of the top twenty in the world rankings are teeing it up in Florida, including world number one Dustin Johnson. Meanwhile, the European PGA Tour is back in Malaysia, where the field isn't quite as impressive in steamy Kuala Lumper!

2019 - Week 11 Winners

Guido Migliozzi (ranked 78th by Golf Predictor) won the Magical Kenya Open pres. by Absa on the European PGA Tour. The 22 year old Italian won his first tour title with an assured final day's play in East Africa. Migliozzi edged clear of a crowded leaderboard on the closing stretch and held his nerve admirably to close it out and win by a single shot. Our top ranked player, last week's winner Justin Harding, finished strongly for tied 2nd and despite the poor field, we had twelve of the top seventeen plus ties (12/23).

Rory McIlroy (ranked 4th by Golf Predictor) won The Players Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 29 year old Northern Irishman finally sealed another victory with a strong finish at Sawgrass. McIlroy overcame a slow start on Sunday to finish with two late birdies for a one shot victory over Jim Furyk. Our top ranked player, Dustin Johnson, finished in tied 5th for his first top ten at the event. Overall, we had eight of the top twenty plus ties (8/21) in an event where many of the bigger names failed to perform on the tough layout.

Friday, 15 March 2019

Region Change Accommodated on Golf Predictor

Due to The Players Championship moving back to March and thus into the Florida Swing, I have had to accommodate this on Golf Predictor. This is because the Florida Swing is one of the "logical" regions on Golf Predictor (along with the West Coast Swing) and is distinct from tournaments held in Florida at other times of the year (such as The Players Championship in previous seasons on Golf Predictor).

This means that from 2019 on (and while it remains it March), The Players Championship will be deemed to be in the Florida Swing, rather than the Florida US region. However, when viewing stats in the system for The Players Championship in seasons before 2019, the event will remain in the original Florida US region. In addition, when computing region stats for the Florida Swing, The Players Championship will only be included from 2019 on (and while it remains it March).

The updating of the system to allow for a region change will make it easy in the future to add any other similar changes to the system. This latest update means Golf Predictor now deals with changes in course par, tournament name, tournament format, season structure, course region and player names. Besides that, there are are no complications in the system!