Monday, 24 February 2020

2020 - Week 9 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Oman Open (European PGA Tour) and The Honda Classic (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. The field is a bit stronger in Florida this year with six out of the top twenty in the world rankings teeing it up. Things are much worse in the Middle East, where they have to make do with seven golfers from the lower regions of the world's top one hundred. Note that the course history from the Challenge Tour event is not tracked by Golf Predictor.

2020 - Week 8 Winners

Patrick Reed (ranked 14th by Golf Predictor) won the WGC - Mexico Championship on the European/US PGA Tour. The 29 year old American won his second WGC title with a great finish in Mexico. After Bryson DeChambeau bogeyed the seventeenth, Reed took advantage with three late birdies to take a two shot lead up the last. After finding trouble off the tee, Reed chipped out and made a bogey five to pip The Scientist by a shot. Our top ranked player, Rory McIlroy, started brilliantly on Thursday, but failed to impress after that, finishing in tied fifth. Overall, we had twelve of the top eighteen plus ties (12/21).

Viktor Hovland (ranked 3rd by Golf Predictor) won the Puerto Rico Open on the US PGA Tour. The 22 year old became the first Norwegian to win on the PGA Tour with a one shot victory over Josh Teater. Hovland overcame a potentially disastrous treble bogey on the eleventh hole on Sunday to win his first tour itle in the second string event in Puerto Rico. The young Norwegian bounced back with an eagle on fifteen and a long birdie putt on the last to edge out Teater. Our top ranked player, Tom Lewis, missed the cut and we had seven of the top fourteen plus ties (7/19) in this usually difficult to predict event.

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

2020 WGC - Mexico Championship - Value DFS Picks

Based on the statistics on Golf Predictor for the 2020 WGC - Mexico Championship, here is my analysis of the tournament for DFS (DraftKings) purposes. Although there are some high profile absentees this year, there is still an impressive field teeing it up at Chapultepec. Anyone can pick the top golfers for their line-up, but it's the roster fillers that can make or break your chances. Therefore, I will concentrate on low and mid salary picks and exclude any golfers above $7600. Of course, you are free to disagree and log in to Golf Predictor to make your own informed choices for the event!

Approach

To maximise your scoring potential, it's important to get as many of your line-up performing well as possible. Therefore, I will look for golfers with a good recent record in each of the stats examined. There is no cut at WGC events and lower salaried golfers generally have little or no course or WGC experience. This makes the task more difficult than usual, but for this tournament, the stats I will look at are current form, course/tournament form and similar tournament (WGC) form.

Current Form Golfers

The following list of (mostly European Tour) golfers have relatively good recent records or long cut streaks in their salary bracket:

Zach Murray (Euro Tour) - $6000
Benjamin Hebert (Euro Tour, excluding one event) - $6300
Mike Lorenzo-Vera (Euro Tour, excluding last event) - $6400
Ryan Fox (Euro Tour, excluding one event) - $6400
Marcus Kinhult (Euro Tour, excluding one event) - $6500
Matt Wallace (Euro Tour, excluding one event) - $6600
Carlos Ortiz (excluding one event) - $6600
Lucas Herbert (Euro Tour) - $6700
Jazz Janewattananond - $6700
Brendan Todd - $6800
Lee Westwood (Euro Tour, excluding last event) - $6900 
Matthias Schwab - $6900 
Kurt Kitayama (mostly Euro Tour) - $7200
Robert MacIntyre (Euro Tour, excluding last event) - $7200
Tyrell Hatton (was out injured) - $7400
Corey Connors (excluding last event) - $7500
Victor Perez (Euro Tour) - $7600

Course/Tournament Specialists

Not many golfers below $7600 have good records (or any record!) in their salary bracket at the tournament itself (especially at the course). The few that do are:

Danny Willett (event) - $7000
Francesco Molinari - $7100
Charles Howell III - $7100
Tyrell Hatton - $7400
Graeme McDowell (event) - $7500
Rafa Cabrera Bello - $7600

WGC Performers

Not many golfers below $7600 have good records (or any record!) in WGC events in their salary bracket. Those that do are:

Lucas Glover - $6800 
Lee Westwood - $6900 
Francesco Molinari - $7100
Charles Howell III - $7100
Kevin Kisner - $7200
Kevin Na - $7300
Billy Horschel - $7300
Tyrell Hatton - $7400
Bernd Wiesberger - $7400
Byeong-Hun An - $7500
Graeme McDowell - $7500
Victor Perez (one event - 4th place) - $7600
Rafa Cabrera Bello - $7600

Summary

Hatton appears in all three categories, but he is coming back after a wrist operation so he might be a risky choice. Molinari, Perez, Cabrera Bello, Howell III, Westwood and McDowell all appear in two categories, so they could be worth considering as good low and mid value DFS DraftKings picks this week.


Monday, 17 February 2020

2020 - Week 8 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the WGC - Mexico Championship (European/US PGA Tour) and the Puerto Rico Open (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. Most eyes will be on Mexico, where a quality field has once again assembled for the first WGC event of the year. Despite several high profile absentees, there's still fifteen of top twenty in the world rankings playing in Mexico City. As usual, there's a second string line up for the Puerto Rico event as all the big names are playing in the WGC. That will give some of the lesser lights a great chance of tasting success on tour!

2020 - Week 7 Winners

Adam Scott (ranked 14th by Golf Predictor) won the Genesis Invitational on the US PGA Tour. The 39 year old Australian won his fourteenth tour title in Los Angeles against a high quality field. With nine of the top ten in the world competing, Scott took his first tour title in four years. On a day where many of the contenders failed to make any serious progress, the Australian managed to stay clear of the field for most of the final day. Indeed, even Scott himself had to overcome an early wobble, before steadying the ship to take the title by two shots. Our top ranked golfer, Rory McIlroy, had a poor final day, but still managed to finish in tied 5th. Overall, we had eight of the top seventeen plus ties (8/22) in total, in an event where many of the highly ranked players failed to perform.

This was no event on the European Tour this week.

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Form Golfers (Field) Page Added to Golf Predictor

 
 Composite image of the Field Rankings (Field) page for the 2020 Genesis Invitational.


I am pleased to announce the addition of more donor only advanced functionality to Golf Predictor. Similar to the recently added Field Ranking (Field) page, this very useful new Form Golfers (Field) page also shows colour coded data for the entire field in one place. However, on this page, you can select to see the following data for the field in one place:
  1. Finishing position
  2. Round 1 score 
  3. Round 2 score 
  4. Round 3 score  
  5. Final Round score
  6. Made Cut
  7. Finishing score (to par)  
  You can also select which tournaments are examined for the above data:
  1. All tournaments
  2. Similar events (regular/WGC/major/FedEx) 
  3. Same course/tournament
  4. Same region 
In each case, the last ten matching tournaments (T1-10, with T10 being the most recent) will be shown for each golfer and you will be able to discern the form of the field at a glance. This new page is available from the 'Form' menu in the Member section. As can be seen in the screenshot above for the 2020 Genesis Invitational, these scores/finishing positions are colour coded and the average value is calculated for each golfer. As an added bonus for DraftKings DFS players, the DraftKings salary (hover over it for average points per game!) is also displayed on this new page. This should greatly help you make good selections for your DFS contests. 

Some notes on this new page :
  1. As this new page is computationally intensive, this data restricted to the current week's events, and is available after the field stats are created and before the results are input into the system. This is approximately from Monday evening to Sunday evening (GMT) of the tournament week.
  2. Further to the above point, you cannot change the GP Season in the drop down box.
  3. To keep things manageable, there is no sorting on the form data. However, you can sort by GP Rank, golfer name and DraftKings salary.
  4. To ensure even the longest names can appear in the space available, the golfer names are displayed in one column in the Lastname, Firstname format.
  5. Further to the above point, I have changed the Field Rank (Field) page to display the names in the same format (was Lastname, Firstname initial).
  6. Golfers with no data for a metric are assigned "n/a" in the table and are skipped for the average calculation. These metrics are colour coded brown, as shown in the screenshot above. Golfers with no DraftKings information are also assigned "n/a".
  7. Hovering over a golfer name will show a summary of the performance in the matching (up to ten) tournaments. This is shown above for Rory McIlroy.
  8. Hovering over a tournament (T1-10) in the table for a golfer will show more information about that tournament and the golfer's performance in it. This is shown above for the T4 column for Rory McIlroy.
  9. There is a key table at the bottom of the page explaining the column headers.
  10. I have had to edit the Form menu as there is now just too much functionality in it! To make space for this new addition and keep the Form menu to a reasonable size, I have converted the Performance Analysis options (Rounds 1 to 3) into a group.
This great new page should prove very useful for deciding on good picks for upcoming tournaments, especially for DraftKings DFS contests. As this is a donor only feature, free site users will only see the data for golfers ranked 11-25 by the GP algorithm. However, you can donate after you log in to see the data for the entire tournament field. So, please consider donating today to reap the full benefits of Golf Predictor, the premium professional golf statistics site.

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

2020 Genesis Invitational - Value DFS Picks

Based on the statistics on Golf Predictor for the 2020 Genesis Invitational, here is my analysis of the tournament for DFS (DraftKings) purposes. The field is stacked with top players with new world number one Rory McIlroy and the recently usurped Brooks Koepka among the nine of the top ten in the world teeing it up at Riviera. Anyone can pick the top golfers for their line-up, but it's the roster fillers that can make or break your chances. Therefore, I will concentrate on low and mid salary picks and exclude any golfers above $7600. Of course, you are free to disagree and log in to Golf Predictor to make your own informed choices for the event!

Approach

To maximise your scoring potential, it's important to get as many of your line-up through the cut as possible. Therefore, I will look for golfers with a good recent record in each of the stats examined. This generally means relatively long cut streaks, although in some cases, I allow one aberration if the golfer's record is good otherwise. Golfers with shorter streaks of good results will also be listed. For this tournament, the stats I will look at are current form, course/tournament form and same region form.

Current Form Golfers

The following surprisingly long list of golfers have relatively good recent records or long cut streaks in their salary bracket:

C.T. Pan (excluding one event)  - $6200
Kevin Tway (excluding one event)  - $6200
Talor Gooch - $6300
Scott Stallings (excluding last event) - $6400
Cameron Tringale (excluding one event) - $6500
Pat Perez (excluding last event) - $6500
Denny McCarthy- $6600
Dylan Frittelli (excluding one event)  - $6700
Matt Jones (excluding one event)  - $6700
Patrick Rodgers (excluding last event)  - $6800
Andrew Putnam (excluding last event)  - $6800
Carlos Ortiz (excluding one event)  - $6800
Jhonattan Vegas (excluding last event)  - $6800
Brian Harman - $6900
J.T. Poston (excluding one event) - $6900
Corey Connors - $7000
Jim Furyk (excluding last event) - $7000
Erik van Rooyen (excluding last event) - $7000
Matthew Wolfe (excluding last event) - $7100
Danny Willett (excluding one event) - $7100
Adam Hadwin (excluding one event) - $7200   
Russell Knox (excluding last event) - $7200
Scott Piercy - $7200
Alex Noren - $7300
Joaquin Niemann (excluding one event) - $7300
Cameron Champ  - $7400
Brendan Todd  - $7400
Ryan Palmer (excluding last year) - $7600
Max Homa - $7500
Branden Grace (excluding last event) - $7500
Cameron Smith (excluding last event) - $7500
Keegan Bradley (excluding one event) - $7500      
Ryan Moore (excluding last year) - $7600
Kevin Na (excluding one event) - $7600

Course/Tournament Specialists

The following golfers have relatively good records in their salary bracket at the tournament itself:

Steve Stricker - $6100
Jason Dufner (excluding last year) - $6300 
Martin Laird (excluding last year)- $6500
James Hahn (excluding one year) - $6500
Cameron Tringale (excluding his last outing here) - $6500
Pat Perez (excluding one year) - $6500
Charley Hoffman (excluding last event) - $6700
Jim Furyk (excluding one year) - $7000
Jason Kokrak - $7100
Nick Taylor (excluding one year) - $7200 
Adam Hadwin - $7200 
Charles Howell III - $7500
Cameron Smith - $7500  
Kevin Na - $7600

Same Region Performers

The following golfers have relatively good recent records or long cut streaks in their salary bracket in the same region as this week's event:

Sam Ryder (excluding one event) - $6200
Troy Merritt (excluding one event) - $6200
Jason Dufner (excluding last year) - $6300  
Cameron Tringale (excluding one event) - $6500
Sung-Hoon Kang (excluding one event) - $6700
Patrick Rodgers (excluding last event)  - $6800
Brian Harman - $6900
J.T. Poston - $6900
Rafa Cabrera Bello (excluding last event) - $7300
Scott Piercy - $7200
Adam Hadwin (excluding last event) - $7200  
Russell Knox (excluding last event) - $7200 
Max Homa - $7500
Cameron Smith - $7500
Keegan Bradley (excluding one event) - $7500 

Summary

Hadwin, Tringale and Smith feature in all three categories, so they might be good low and mid value DFS DraftKings picks this week. Homa, Dufner, Bradley, Knox, Poston, Perez, Piercy, Na and Harman all appear in two categories, so they could be worth considering also.




Monday, 10 February 2020

2020 - Week 7 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Genesis Invitational (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. It's the last week of the California swing on the US PGA Tour this week and there's a real quality field in Los Angeles. Nine of the top ten in the world rankings are teeing it up at Riviera, led by new number one Rory McIlroy, who has just reclaimed top spot from Brooks Koepka.

This is no event on the European Tour this week.

2020 - Week 6 Winners

Min Woo Lee (ranked 8th by Golf Predictor) won the ISPS Handa Vic Open on the European PGA Tour. The 21 year old Australian won his maiden tour title in front of home fans in Australia. In doing so, Lee made it a unique family affair, emulating his sister who has won the female event twice. Lee was well clear on the final day, until a brilliant finish by Ryan Fox in the windy conditions meant he onlyhad a one shot lead going to the last. However, Lee birdied the finishing hole to put a little more daylight between him and the fast finishing Kiwi. Our top ranked player, Lucas Herbert, finished tied 12th and in the event with a poor field and challenging weather, we had six of the top twenty plus ties (6/21).

Nick Taylor (ranked 37th by Golf Predictor) won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the US PGA Tour. The 31 year old Canadian won his second tour event with a wire to wire victory on the scenic Pacific layout(s). Despite a wobble on the back nine on Sunday in very windy conditions, Taylor steadied the ship to win by four shots from event specialist Kevin Streelman. Our top ranked player, Dustin Johnson, failed to shake off the effects of a long journey from Saudi Arabia, finishing in tied 32nd with a poor finish. Overall, we had eight of the top eighteen plus ties (8/24) in the weather affected event.

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

2020 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am - Value DFS Picks

Based on the statistics on Golf Predictor for the 2020 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, here is my analysis of the tournament for DFS (DraftKings) purposes. Anyone can pick the top golfers for their line-up, but it's the roster fillers that can make or break your chances. Therefore, I will concentrate on low and mid salary picks and exclude any golfers above $7600. Of course, you are free to disagree and log in to Golf Predictor to make your own informed choices for the event!

Approach

To maximise your scoring potential, it's important to get as many of your line-up through the cut as possible. Therefore, I will look for golfers with a good recent record in each of the stats examined. This generally means relatively long cut streaks, although in some cases, I allow one aberration if the golfer's record is good otherwise. Golfers with shorter streaks of good results will also be listed. For this tournament, the stats I will look at are current form, course/tournament form and same region form.

Current Form Golfers

The following fairly long list of golfers have relatively good recent records or long cut streaks in their salary bracket:

Ryan Brehm (excluding one event) - $6200
Ricky Barnes (excluding last event) - $6300
Stewart Cink (excluding one event) - $6500
Zac Blair (excluding one event) - $6700
Brian Stuard (excluding last event) - $6900
Chase Seiffert  - $6800
Matt Jones (excluding last event) - $7000 
Henrik Norlander (excluding last event) - $7000 
Cameron Tringale (excluding last event) - $7000 
Mark Hubbard (excluding one event) - $7100
Matthew Nesmith - $7100
Harry Higgs (excluding one event) - $7200
Maverick McNealy - $7300
Sung-Hoon Kang (excluding one event) - $7300
Pat Perez  - $7500
Lucas Glover (excluding one event) - $7600
Scott Stallings - $7600

Course/Tournament Specialists

The following golfers have relatively good records in their salary bracket at the tournament itself:

Jonathan Byrd - $6000
Alex Cejka - $6200 
Ricky Barnes (excluding one year) - $6300
Luke Donald (excluding one year) - $6500
Sean O'Hair (note: non-finish last year)  - $6800
Kevin Chappell (excluding one year) - $6800
Brian Gay - $6900
Nick Taylor (excluding one year) - $7000
Cameron Tringale (excluding last event) - $7000  
Kevin Streelman - $7400
Pat Perez (excluding last year) - $7500
Scott Stallings (excluding last year) - $7600

Same Region Performers

The following golfers have relatively good recent records or long cut streaks in their salary bracket in the same region as this week's event:

Ryan Brehm - $6200
Tim Wilkinson (excluding last event) - $6600
Doc Redman - $6800
Sean O'Hair (excluding one event, one non-finish & no event this year)  - $6800
Brian Stuard (excluding last event) - $6900
Nick Taylor (excluding one event) - $7000
Mark Hubbard - $7100
Charley Hoffman (excluding one event) - $7200
Sung-Hoon Kang - $7300
Cameron Davis - $7300

Summary

No one features in all three categories, but Brehm, Taylor, Hubbard, Stuard (again this week!), Barnes, Kang, Perez and Stallings all appear in two. Therefore, they might be worth considering as low and mid value DFS DraftKings picks this week. O'Hair also features in two categories, but given his long standing injury problems, he may be a brave choice.




Monday, 3 February 2020

2020 - Week 6 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the ISPS Handa Vic Open (European PGA Tour) and the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (US PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. The California swing continues this week on the US Tour, where a weaker field than normal has assembled to play with the stars. There are only three of the top twenty in the world rankings this year, led by world number five and runner-up in the Middle East last week Dustin Johnson, teeing it up in the annual pro-am at scenic Pebble Beach and two other nearby courses. Meanwhile, the European PGA Tour is back in Australia for the second year of the weak fielded mixed event in Victoria.

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open - Value DFS Picks

Based on the statistics on Golf Predictor for the 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open, here is my analysis of the tournament for DFS (DraftKings) purposes. Anyone can pick the top golfers for their line-up, but it's the roster fillers that can make or break your chances. Therefore, I will concentrate on low and mid salary picks and exclude any golfers above $7600. Of course, you are free to disagree and log in to Golf Predictor to make your own informed choices for the event!

Approach

To maximise your scoring potential, it's important to get as many of your line-up through the cut as possible. Therefore, I will look for golfers with a good recent record in each of the stats examined. This generally means relatively long cut streaks, although in some cases, I allow one aberration if the golfer's record is good otherwise. Golfers with shorter streaks of good results will also be listed. For this tournament, the stats I will look at are current form, course/tournament form and same region form.

Current Form Golfers

The following golfers have relatively good recent records or long cut streaks in their salary bracket:

Mark Hubbard (excluding one event) - $6200
C.T. Pan (excluding last event) - $6500
Brian Stuard - $6600
Kevin Tway (excluding one event) - $6700
Talor Gooch - $7000
Matt Jones - $7000
Max Homa - $7100
Scott Piercy - $7100
Denny McCarthy - $7200
Tom Hoge (hot last 3 events) - $7400
Andrew Putnam - $7500
Vaughn Taylor - $7500
J.T. Poston (excluding one event) - $7600

Course/Tournament Specialists

The following golfers have relatively good records in their salary bracket at the tournament itself:

Chris Kirk - $6300
John Huh - $6400
Brian Stuard - $6600
Martin Laird - $6700
Brian Gay - $6700
Matt Jones - $7000
Zach Johnson (excluding last event) - $7300
Charley Hoffman - $7400
Brendan Steele (excluding last year) - $7500

Same Region Performers

The following golfers have relatively good recent records or long cut streaks in their salary bracket in the same region as this week's event:

Mark Hubbard - $6200
Trey Mullinax - $6500
Kevin Chappell (excluding last event) - $6500
Sam Ryder (excluding last event) - $6600
Brian Stuard - $6600
Max Homa - $7100
Scott Piercy - $7100
Emiliano Grillo (excluding last event) - $7300
Zach Johnson (excluding last event) - $7300
J.T. Poston - $7600
Russell Knox - $7600

Summary

Brian Stuard looks like a great choice as he features in all three lists. Scott Piercy, Max Homa, Matt Jones, J.T. Poston and Mark Hubbard all feature in two of the lists, so they might be worth considering as low and mid value picks this week.




2020 Saudi International - Value DFS Picks

Based on the statistics on Golf Predictor for the 2020 Saudi International, here is my analysis of the tournament for DFS (DraftKings) purposes. Anyone can pick the top golfers for their line-up, but it's the roster fillers that can make or break your chances. Therefore, I will concentrate on low and mid salary picks and exclude any golfers above $7600. Of course, you are free to disagree and log in to Golf Predictor to make your own informed choices for the event!

Approach

To maximise your scoring potential, it's important to get as many of your line-up through the cut as possible. Therefore, I will look for golfers with a good recent record in each of the stats examined. This generally means relatively long cut streaks, although in some cases, I allow one aberration if the golfer's record is good otherwise. Golfers with shorter streaks of good results will also be listed. For this tournament, the stats I will look at are current form, course/tournament form and same region form.

Current Form Golfers

The following golfers have relatively good recent records or long cut streaks in their salary bracket:

Ashley Chesters (excluding last event) - $6300
Joakim Largergren (excluding last event) - $6700
Matthieu Pavon - $6800
Scott Hend (excluding last event) - $6900
Calum Hill (excluding last event) - $6900
Haydn Porteous (excluding last event) - $6900
Jorge Campillo - $7000
Richie Ramsay - $7000
Nicolas Colsaerts (excluding one event) - $7000
Jack Sing Brar - $7200
Benjamin Hebert (excluding one event) - $7200
Sam Horsfield (excluding last event) - $7300
Marcus Kinhult (excluding last event) - $7500
Lucas Herbert - $7600

Course/Tournament Specialists

As this is only the second running of the event, there isn't much to go on. However. the following golfers played relatively well at the tournament itself last year:

Victor Dubuisson - $6800
Scott Hend - $6900
Alex Levy - $7000
Renate Paratore - $7200
Zander Lombard - $7300
Ryan Fox - $7400
Brendan Steele (excluding last year) - $7500
 

Same Region Performers

The following golfers have relatively good recent records or long cut streaks in their salary bracket in the same region as this week's event:

Ricardo Santos (excluding last event) - $6100
Gaganjeet Bhullar (excluding one event) - $6300
Grant Forrest - $6700
Alexander Bjork - $6800
Jeff Winther - $6800
Jorge Campillo (excluding last event) - $7000
Nicolas Colsaerts - $7000
Scott Jamieson - $7100
Ross Fisher (excluding last event) - $7300
Jordan L Smith - $7400
Lucas Herbert - $7600

Summary

No one features in all three categories, which is unsurprising given the paucity of course/tournament history.  However, Colsaerts, Herbert, Hend and Campillo appear in two, so they might be worth considering as low and mid value picks this week. Given that Herbert's maiden win was only a few days ago on Australia Day, it might be best to avoid him this week though! 




Monday, 27 January 2020

2020 - Week 5 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Saudi International (European PGA Tour) and the Waste Management Phoenix Open (US PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. It's the last week of the Desert Swing (for now!) on the European PGA Tour and a strong enough field has been somehow lured back to Saudi Arabia! Meanwhile, the US PGA Tour has made the short hop from California to Arizona, where the raucous fans can cheer on a quality field, with seven of the top twenty in the world rankings teeing it up!

2020 - Week 4 Winners

Lucas Herbert (ranked 65th by Golf Predictor) won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the European PGA Tour. The 24 year old Australian won his first European Tour tour title on Australia Day in Dubai. With many of the leaders struggling in the conditions on the tough layout, Herbert finished level with Christiaan Bezuidenhout after the duo shot best of the day 68s to finish on nine under par.  Herbert overcame a water ball on the first extra hole to salvage a par with a great wedge. That allowed him to take the title on the next with a two putt birdie after he got on the par five eighteenth in two. Our top ranked player, Tommy Fleetwood, started and finished poorly, but still finished tied 11th. Overall, we had eight of the top sixteen (8/22) in total in the testing conditions.

Marc Leishman (ranked 10th by Golf Predictor) won the Farmers Insurance Open on the US PGA Tour. The 36 year old Australian  made it a great Australia Day for professional golfers with an impressive closing round at Torrey Pines. Trailing Jon Rahm by four strokes overnight, Leishman shot a fine 65 (-7) to edge the slow starting and fast finishing Spaniard by a single shot. Rahm was our top ranked player and we had nine of the top sixteen plus ties (9/20) in total.

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Field Rankings (Field) Page Added to Golf Predictor

Composite image of the Field Rankings (Field) page for the 2020 Farmers Insurance Open.

As mentioned in the post on the site going free, I am pleased to announce the addition of donor only advanced functionality to Golf Predictor. This useful new page shows the field ranks of the entire field in various metrics at a glance and is available from the 'Predictions' menu in the Member section. As can be seen in the screenshot above for the 2020 Farmers Insurance Open, these field ranks are colour coded and the average value is calculated for each golfer. This new page will allow you to easily spot the relative performance of the golfers in the field in these metrics. The field rankings visible for the field on this page are:
  1. GP season average
  2. Last 5 events average
  3. Similar length course average
  4. World ranking
  5. Wins in current GP Season
  6. Top tens in current GP Season
  7. Wins in last 12 similar events
  8. Top tens in last 12 similar events
  9. Course average
  10. Tournament average
  11. Last 12 similar event average
  12. Same Region average
  13. Cut streak
  14. Winless streak

Some notes on this new page :
  1. As this new page is computationally intensive, this data restricted to the current week's events, and is available after the field stats are created and before the results are input into the system. This is approximately from Monday evening to Sunday evening (GMT) of the tournament week.
  2. Further to the above point, you cannot change the GP Season in the drop down box.
  3. To keep things manageable, there is no sorting on the field rank data. However, you can sort by GP Rank and golfer name.
  4. To ensure even the longest names can appear in the space available, the golfer names are displayed in the Lastname, Firstname Initial format.
  5. Golfers with no data for a metric are assigned "n/a" in the table and are skipped for the average calculation. These metrics are colour coded brown, as shown in the screenshot above.
  6. Hovering over a golfer name will show a summary of the rankings in the various metrics. This is shown above for Jon Rahm.
  7. Hovering over a field rank in the table for a golfer will show more information and show what the column header means. This is shown above for the WS (Winless Streak) column for John Rahm.
  8. There is a key table at the bottom of the page explaining the column headers.
I hope this new page will prove useful for deciding on good picks for upcoming tournaments. As this is a donor only feature, free site users will only see the data for golfers ranked 11-25 by the GP algorithm. However, you can donate after you log in to see the data for the entire tournament field. So, please consider donating today to reap the full benefits of Golf Predictor, the premium professional golf statistics site.


Monday, 20 January 2020

2020 - Week 4 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic (European PGA Tour) and the Farmers Insurance Open (US PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. The European Tour stays in the UAE this week, where the action moves to Dubai with eight of the top thirty in the world are teeing it up. Meanwhile, there is a pretty strong field in California, where twelve of the top thirty in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines, including Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm. However, all eyes will be once again on Tiger Woods, who's making his 2020 debut on a course where he has had tremendous success in the past.

2020 - Week 3 Winners

Lee Westwood (ranked 26th by Golf Predictor) won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on the European PGA Tour. The 46 year old Englishman won his twenty fifth tour title with an impressive front running display in Abu Dhabi. Leading by one overnight, Westwood was never caught and birdied the final hole to win by two strokes from Matthew Fitzpatrick and the fast finishing Victor Perez and Tommy Fleetwood. Our top ranked golfer, Brooks Koepka, shook off the rust and finished tied 34th. Overall, we had nine of the top seventeen plus ties (9/20) in total.

Andrew Landry (ranked 97th by Golf Predictor) won The American Express on the US PGA Tour. The 32 year old American overcame a final day wobble to win his second tour title. Leading by four overnight with Scottie Scheffler, Landry led by six shots at one stage, before falling back into a tie with Abraham Ancer. However, he collected himself and finished with two birdies to defeat the Mexican by two shots. Our top ranked golfer, Paul Casey, finished in tied 21st and in a birdie fest where most of the bigger names failed to perform, we had only had seven of the top seventeen plus ties (7/20) in total.

Monday, 13 January 2020

2020 - Week 3 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship (European PGA Tour) and The American Express (US PGA Tour) are now available on Golf Predictor. It's the first event of the desert swing on the European Tour and once again, several big names have been lured to the Middle East. World number one Brooks Koepka, Patrick Cantlay and Bryson DeChambeau are joining a strong cast of Europeans hoping to get a winning start to 2020! Meanwhile, the US PGA Tour makes its 2020 debut on the mainland at La Quinta. It's got a new sponsor and name, but it will be the same old birdie fest in the desert!

2020 - Week 2 Winners

Branden Grace (ranked 6th by Golf Predictor) won the first event of the year on the European Tour, the South African Open. The 31 year old South African finally won his home Open with a great finish in Johannesburg to defeat defending champion Louis Oosthuizen. In doing so, Grace completed his set of wins in big tournaments on home soil. Despite an early bogey, he blew away the competition with a brilliant putting display in a closing 62 (-9). That allowed him to overcome a three shot overnight deficit and win his ninth tour title by three shots. Oosthuizen was our top ranked player and we only had five of the top fifteen plus ties (5/21) in the weak fielded event.

In the first full field event of the year on the US PGA Tour, Cameron Smith (ranked 15th by Golf Predictor) won the Sony Open in Hawaii. The 26 year old Australian won for the second time on tour and first individual title after Brendan Steele feel apart late on. Leading by three on the back nine and by two shots with two to play, Steele finished poorly to fall into a play-off with Smith. The Australian then prevailed with an easy two putt par on the first extra hole after Steele went over the green from an ideal position and made bogey. Our top ranked player, a tired Justin Thomas, missed the cut after winning last week and we had eight of the top twelve plus ties (8/20) in total at the weather affected event.

Monday, 6 January 2020

2020 - Week 2 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the South African Open* (European PGA Tour) and the Sony Open in Hawaii (US PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. Local favourites Louis Oosthuizen and Erik van Rooyen headline the field in South Africa, which only has six of the top one hundred in the world rankings. Meanwhile, 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 thirty in the world teeing it up at Waialae.

*The full name of this event is the South African Open Hosted by City of Johannesburg, which is a little too verbose for Golf Predictor!

2020 - Week 1 Winner

Justin Thomas (ranked 2nd by Golf Predictor) won the Sentry Tournament of Champions. The 26 year old American won his twelfth tour title with a second victory at the year opener in Hawaii. Trailing defending champion Xander Schauffele overnight, Thomas overcame a ropey finish to tie Schauffele and the fast finishing Patrick Reed after seventy two holes. Thomas then hung in there while Reed missed a few putts to win to take the title on the third extra hole. Our top ranked golfer, John Rahm, finished in tenth and we had fourteen of the top seventeen plus ties (14/18) in this restricted field event.

There was no event on the European Tour this week.