Monday, 14 January 2019

2019 - Week 3 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship (European PGA Tour) and the Desert Classic (US PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. It's the first event of the new year on the European Tour and once again, several big names have been lured to the Middle East. Big hitting Americans Brookes Koepka and Dustin Johnson are headlining the event and they have a strong cast of Europeans chomping at the bit to get going in 2019! Meanwhile, the US PGA Tour makes its 2019 debut on the mainland at La Quinta. All eyes at the annual birdie fest will probably be on world number one Justin Rose and defending champion Jon Rahm.

2019 - Week 2 Winner

In the first full field event of the year on the US PGA Tour, Matt Kuchar (ranked 7th by Golf Predictor) won the Sony Open in Hawaii. After waiting four and a half years for his eight career win in November, the 40 year old American won for the second time in two months in Hawaii. After opening with a pair of 63s, Kuchar closed with a pair of 66s to win by four shots from Andrew Putnam. Kuchar didn't have it all his own way as he actually lost the lead to Putnam after a shaky start on Sunday. However, he bounced back with a strong back nine to win comfortably in the end. Our top ranked player, Justin Thomas, finished in tied 16th and we had only six of the top sixteen plus ties (6/19) in total as the field brushed off the Christmas cobwebs!

There was no event on the European Tour this week. 

Sunday, 13 January 2019

More Field Spider/Radar Charts Added to Golf Predictor

Field Comparison for the Sony Open with new metric DK Ave Pts/Game selected and Danny Lee hovered over.

Further to this post from a few years ago, I am pleased to announce twelve new field comparison spider/radar/star charts to Golf Predictor. Like before, these new charts allow you to see at a glance which golfers have the best (or worst!) values in the metric of your choosing. The list of new charts is as follows:
  1. Spider chart of world rankings for the field.
  2. Spider chart of DraftKings salary for the field.
  3. Spider chart of DraftKings average points/game for the field.
  4. Spider chart of PlayON salary for the field.
  5. Spider chart of PlayON average points/game for the field.
  6. Spider chart of performance likelihood for the field.
  7. Spider chart of cut streak for the field.
  8. Spider chart of winless streak for the field.
  9. Spider chart of wins in current season for the field.
  10. Spider chart of wins in last twelve similar events for the field.
  11. Spider chart of top tens in current seasons for the field. 
  12. Spider chart of top tens in last twelve similar events for the field. 
These charts are available from the same Metric drop down box as the original nine charts on the chart page, linked to on the main Rankings page (Predictions menu). Because of the new metrics added to the chart page, this chart link has also been added to the Rankings (Streaks), Rankings (DraftKings) and Rankings (PlayOn) pages and renamed (see note one below). Clicking on this chart link on any of these pages will display a chart similar to above, which shows the DraftKings average points per game for the 2019 Sony open in Hawaii Field. As you can see, outliers (both good and bad!) can now be easily spotted at a a glance.

This brings the number of field comparison charts on this page to 21 and the total number of charts on Golf Predictor up to 587. Some notes on these new charts (similar to referenced post above):
  1. I have renamed the link to this chart at its original location on the main Rankings page from Compare Form (Spider)" to "Compare Field (Spider)" as there is now a wider rang of metrics available.
  2. The nearer the points are to the centre of the chart, the lower the value is.
  3. Hovering over a point on the chart will show the golfer's name, his value in the metric, his GP Rank and another statistic, if relevant. This is shown above for Danny Lee, who is one of the golfers in the field with the largest number of average points per game.
  4. The chart is ordered by GP Rank, with the top ranked golfer who is Justin Thomas in the chart above (not labelled, see next note) in the twelve o'clock position. As can be seen above, this means the values will tend to be better in the upper right quadrant (higher ranked golfers) and worse in the upper left quadrant (lower ranked golfers).
  5. 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 128 golfers shows the label for every fourth golfer.
  6. Also for legibility purposes, golfer names are truncated if their surname is too long. This is shown above for O(llie) Schniederjans.
  7. 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.
  8. You may have to reload a page (press F5 on Windows) to see the new chart links. 
  9. I wanted to add strokes gained and round scores radar/spider charts too, but due to charting limitations, this was not possible. I can only vary the maximum value of the charts, not the minimum (zero). This makes plotting negative values (possible with strokes gained) or very similar values (round averages) infeasible (and I tried!). 
  10. Depending on the values, some of these new charts (e.g. the streak ones) may be difficult to read for all golfers due to the scale. Unfortunately, I can't do much about that, but you will still be able to see most of the values easily, as smaller ones are the ones that suffer the most.
I trust you will find these new charts useful for quickly spotting good picks for upcoming tournaments. As with the existing field comparison charts, you must be subscribed to Golf Predictor to see these great charts. So, sign up today to Golf Predictor, the best golf statistics site!

Monday, 7 January 2019

2019 - Week 2 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Sony Open in Hawaii (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. It's the second leg of the Hawaiian swing and the first full field event on the US PGA Tour in 2019. A pretty strong field has gathered again this year with eight of the top twenty five in the world teeing it up at Waialae.
There is no event on the European Tour this week. 

2019 - Week 1 Winner

Xander Schauffele (ranked 13th by Golf Predictor) won the Sentry Tournament of Champions. The 25 year old American won his fourth tour title with an amazing final day performance in Hawaii. Trailing Gary Woodland by five shots overnight, Schauffele opened with a bogey, but still shot 62 (-11) to pip the overnight leader by a single shot. Our top ranked golfer, defending champion Dustin Johnson, finished well for tied 4th and we had ten of the top fourteen plus ties (10/15) in this restricted field event.

There was no event on the European Tour this week.