Monday, 14 September 2020

2020 - Week 38 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions and statistics for this week, the US Open (European/US PGA Tour) and the Open de Portugal at Royal Obidos (European PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. The excitement is mounting for the second major of the disrupted year at Winged Foot in New York. As usual, the layout will be tricked up to challenge the best golfers in the world. No Brooks Koepka, but all the other big names will be looking to write their names in the history books. The field on the European Tour isn't very strong as a result, but last week's winner George Coetzee will fancy a Portuguese double!

2020 - Week 37 Winners

George Coetzee (ranked 7th by Golf Predictor) won the Portugal Masters on the European PGA Tour. The 34 year old South African won his fifth tour title with an impressive final round display in Vilamoura. Coetzee got off to a steady start on Sunday, parring until he birdied the difficult seventh hole. He then gave an superb display of frontrunning, finishing the round in four under par to win by two shots from Laurie Canter. Our top ranked player, late entrant Tommy Fleetwood, finished strongly for tied 3rd and we had seven of the top fourteen plus ties (7/23) at the birdiefest in the Algarve. 

 
Stewart Cink (ranked 79th by Golf Predictor) won the Safeway Open on the US PGA Tour. The 47 year old American won his seventh tour title in California eleven years after his last victory. With his son on the bag, the likeable Cink beat a host of more fancied younger guns to win in Napa. Our top ranked player, Shane Lowry, was one of the many bigger names who didn't perform and missed the cut. Overall, we had only four of the top fourteen plus ties (4/22) in the weak fielded event.

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

2020 - Week 37 Predictions/Statistics Online

The predictions for this week, the Safeway Open (US PGA Tour) and the Portugal Masters (European PGA Tour), are now available on Golf Predictor. The new PGA Tour moves to California for the new 2020/21 season a full three days after the end of the previous season! There aren't many big names teeing it up in the season opener, even though it's the final chance of a tune-up before the US Open next week. The field in Portugal isn't very strong either, but at least they have Tommy Fleetwood playing at the birdie fest in the Algarve.

2020 - Week 36 Winners

John Catlin (ranked 49th by Golf Predictor) won the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucia Masters on the European PGA Tour. The 29 year old unfancied American won his first tour title with an impressive display at Valderrama. Leading by two strokes overnight, a closing round of four over par 75 was good enough for Catlin to pip Martin Kaymer on the closing hole. The duo had reached the final tee all square, but Catlin took the title with a par to the German's bogey. Strong winds made the already testing Valderrama layout even more challenging and the entire field finished over par. Our top ranked player, Bernd Wiesberger, finished in tied 31st after a poor final round and we had eight of the top seventeen plus ties (8/23*).

Dustin Johnson (ranked 1st by Golf Predictor) won the Tour Championship (and therefore the FedEx Cup) on the US PGA Tour. The 36 year old American capped a great play-off series by taking the lucrative season ending title at East Lake. After a win and play-off loss in the previous two FedEx Cup events, DJ started on -10 in the new handicap system. That proved too much of a head-start to give the hottest player in the world and despite the gap closing somewhat on the back nine Sunday, he won fairly comfortably by three from Xander Schauffele and Justin Thomas. DJ was our top ranked player and we had twelve of the top fifteen plus ties (12/16**) in the restricted field event.  


*Withdrawals mean Syme is promoted to the top 23 of the GP Rankings.

**The handicapped start and small field makes this comparison pretty irrelevant!