Bentgrass Specialists

Bentgrass performance is based on tournaments where the course features bentgrass greens. This grass type is more common on the West Coast and Northern states. The biggest difference between bentgrass and bermuda is the lack of grain. The minimum amount of rounds required to make the following lists is 25.

Always remember to compare these numbers to their expected Stokes Gained:Total numbers. For example, an elite player with a 1.25 SG:Total on bentgrass might make this list of top performers, but it could also be lower than their usual output meaning that player is actually worse on bentgrass greens.

Top 25 Performers on Bentgrass Greens (since 2013-14)

Rory McIlroy (3.164 strokes gained:total)
Jordan Spieth (2.717 strokes gained:total)
Jason Day (2.707 strokes gained:total)
Henrik Stenson (2.584 strokes gained:total)
Rickie Fowler (2.567 strokes gained:total)
Dustin Johnson (2.529 strokes gained:total)
Sergio Garcia (2.436 strokes gained:total)
Justin Rose (2.427 strokes gained:total)
Xander Schauffele (2.373 strokes gained:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (2.367 strokes gained:total)
Matt Kuchar (2.291 strokes gained:total)
Adam Scott (2.264 strokes gained:total)
Paul Casey (2.237 strokes gained:total)
Jon Rahm (2.159 strokes gained:total)
Thomas Pieters (2.11 strokes gained:total)
Jim Furyk (2.106 strokes gained:total)
Brooks Koepka (2.026 strokes gained:total)
Bubba Watson (1.948 strokes gained:total)
Phil Mickelson (1.898 strokes gained:total)
Daniel Berger (1.89 strokes gained:total)
Steve Stricker (1.824 strokes gained:total)
Zach Johnson (1.812 strokes gained:total)
Patrick Reed (1.788 strokes gained:total)
Bill Haas (1.763 strokes gained:total)
Brandt Snedeker (1.76 strokes gained:total)

Top 25 Bentgrass Specialists
(Bentgrass Performance vs. Expected Strokes Gained)

Xander Schauffele (2.373 sg:bentgrass vs. 1.093 sg:total)
Tim Herron (0.139 sg:bentgrass vs. -0.632 sg:total)
Thorbjorn Olesen (1.1 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.447 sg:total)
Steve Marino (0.728 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.116 sg:total)
S.J. Park (0.25 sg:bentgrass vs. -0.327 sg:total)
Justin Hicks (0.586 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.011 sg:total)
Michael Putnam (0.985 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.44 sg:total)
Ernie Els (0.977 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.451 sg:total)
Victor Dubuisson (1.458 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.947 sg:total)
Curtis Luck (1.046 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.547 sg:total)
Jonathan Randolph (0.435 sg:bentgrass vs. -0.062 sg:total)
Kevin Tway (0.751 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.255 sg:total)
Andrew Johnston (1.228 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.756 sg:total)
Robert Garrigus (1.001 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.541 sg:total)
Thomas Pieters (2.11 sg:bentgrass vs. 1.669 sg:total)
Scott Hend (1.155 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.721 sg:total)
Chad Campbell (1.441 sg:bentgrass vs. 1.014 sg:total)
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (0.612 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.192 sg:total)
Alex Noren (1.607 sg:bentgrass vs. 1.194 sg:total)
Johnson Wagner (0.884 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.486 sg:total)
Padraig Harrington (0.68 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.295 sg:total)
Scott Pinckney (0.706 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.333 sg:total)
Matthew Fitzpatrick (1.533 sg:bentgrass vs. 1.179 sg:total)
Rickie Fowler (2.567 sg:bentgrass vs. 2.216 sg:total)
Chris Stroud (1.087 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.738 sg:total)

Top 25 Bentgrass Anti-Specialists
(Bentgrass Performance vs. Expected Strokes Gained)

J.J. Spaun (-0.322 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.673 sg:total)
Lucas Glover (0.148 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.829 sg:total)
Sangmoon Bae (0.158 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.811 sg:total)
Y.E. Yang (-0.794 sg:bentgrass vs. -0.186 sg:total)
Tag Ridings (-0.599 sg:bentgrass vs. -0.02 sg:total)
Ted Potter, Jr. (-0.404 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.126 sg:total)
J.T. Poston (0.195 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.717 sg:total)
John Peterson (-0.211 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.298 sg:total)
Freddie Jacobson (0.288 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.79 sg:total)
Tyrrell Hatton (1.226 sg:bentgrass vs. 1.686 sg:total)
Miguel Angel Jimenez (0.106 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.547 sg:total)
David Howell (0.944 sg:bentgrass vs. 1.379 sg:total)
Peter Malnati (-0.459 sg:bentgrass vs. -0.025 sg:total)
Fabian Gomez (0.039 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.471 sg:total)
Brendan Steele (1.059 sg:bentgrass vs. 1.49 sg:total)
Steven Alker (-0.397 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.032 sg:total)
Blayne Barber (0.172 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.591 sg:total)
Thomas Aiken (0.01 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.414 sg:total)
Luke Donald (0.713 sg:bentgrass vs. 1.112 sg:total)
Pat Perez (0.739 sg:bentgrass vs. 1.132 sg:total)
Bryce Molder (0.225 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.606 sg:total)
Martin Flores (0.229 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.609 sg:total)
Jason Gore (-0.081 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.295 sg:total)
K.J. Choi (0.251 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.622 sg:total)
Justin Leonard (-0.083 sg:bentgrass vs. 0.286 sg:total)

*Minimum 25 Rounds to Qualify.

Last Updated: August 17th, 2017

Golfer Quotes

Q. Is there something about the style of golf up here, maybe the style of the course that kind of fits your style?
You know, I love bentgrass greens, that’s what I play up at home. That’s what I grew up on. I feel comfortable last week and this week on that type of surface. -2013 @ TPC Boston

Q. You had success at the Travelers in New England. Is there anything similar to this course to that course?
Yeah, I’ve always enjoyed — a lot of the amateur golf we played in high school and college was played on this northern bentgrass, really good turf, and I enjoy playing golf on this turf. Yeah, the courses up here suit me. I think they’re beautiful. And down south this time of year it can get so humid that Bermuda is totally different. It’s a great time of year to be in the northeast. – 2015 @ TPC Boston

Q. Is it the bentgrass greens?
Those are always nice. Any time you can get bentgrass greens, that just means one less factor. You don’t have all that really grainy Bermuda. -2016 at Colonial CC

ZACH JOHNSON: Yeah, typically wet conditions are not favorable for me, but this course does have some rough, and it is penal if you hit it in the rough. I think the greens are good. I like bentgrass greens. That’s what I grew up on. I can see the breaks, I can see the lines. -2016 Crooked Stick

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