Please meet your 2016 PDGA Europe Players of the Year

It was unlikely that during the last PDGA Points and Ratings update any drastic changes in the top of the rankings would occur, and indeed; apart from a few minor changes (positions 5 & 6 for women, and outside of the top 20 for men) nothing changed.

Final top positions are:
Men:
1. Karl Johan Nybo, DK, #28903, 385 points
2. Teemu Nissinen, FI, #39696, 385 points
3. Juho Parviainen, FI, #30858, 370 points

Women:
1. Eveliina Salonen, FI, #64927, 170 points
2. Katka Bodova, SK, #61990, 130 points
3. Natalie Holloköi, CH, #40800, 80 points

(check full standings here)

In the men’s standings, Teemu Nissinen (F) and Karl Johan Nybo (DK) ended up being tied, and their tie was broken by total strokes in head-to-head play.

These are the ways ties are broken:
1.) total strokes in head-to-head play
2.) EuroTour final standings
3.) rating at year-end

The head-to-head play is very clearly in the advantage of KJ. They played each other 8 times. Three times Teemu won, by respectively 2, 1 and 1 strokes. The other 5 times, KJ won, and each time with a large difference (11, 8, 10, 13, and 14 strokes). See table below for full details.

Event Nybo Nissinen Difference
Memorial 193 204 11
DGWT #1 176 184 8
ET #2 195 193 -2
DGWT #2 169 179 10
DGWT #3 177 190 13
DGWT #4 171 185 14
EDGC 224 223 -1
USDGC 194 193 -1
Total 1499 1551 52

This makes looking at EuroTour standings (clearly in Teemu’s advantage) or ratings (clearly in KJ’s advantage) futile.

In the women’s rankings, things were a lot more clear-cut.
Eveliina Salonen (FI) won three of the six categories that earned her points; rating, EuroTour, and EDGC.
Her direct competition, Katka Bodov√° (SK) won one category; PDGA points, and she was the only player to earn ANY points in non-European Majors (her 5th place at the PDGA Pro Worlds).

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