Bermudagrass Specialists

The Fantasy Golfanac uses all PGA TOUR events where the course is played on bermudagrass greens. The specialists at the bottom show a much higher performance on bermudagrass greens when compared to bentgrass, seashore paspalum, and/or poa annua courses.

These stats look at overall performance (strokes gained total, not just putting). This allows us to include all events, including non-ShotLink events and also helps include golfers that may have a preference for chipping or hitting approach shots into a particular grass.

* Minimum 30 rounds to qualify. Stats are time-weighted and adjusted to the strength of competition.

Top 25 Performers on Bermudagrass Greens (since 2014)

Rory McIlroy (3.183 strokes gained:total)
Dustin Johnson (2.845 strokes gained:total)
Louis Oosthuizen (2.769 strokes gained:total)
Adam Scott (2.642 strokes gained:total)
Jordan Spieth (2.604 strokes gained:total)
Jason Day (2.599 strokes gained:total)
Francesco Molinari (2.576 strokes gained:total)
Sergio Garcia (2.569 strokes gained:total)
Henrik Stenson (2.544 strokes gained:total)
Justin Rose (2.524 strokes gained:total)
Rickie Fowler (2.471 strokes gained:total)
Matt Kuchar (2.376 strokes gained:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (2.353 strokes gained:total)
Paul Casey (2.349 strokes gained:total)
Phil Mickelson (2.323 strokes gained:total)
Ollie Schniederjans (2.292 strokes gained:total)
Justin Thomas (2.264 strokes gained:total)
Gary Woodland (2.129 strokes gained:total)
Kevin Chappell (2.127 strokes gained:total)
Daniel Berger (1.965 strokes gained:total)
Marc Leishman (1.959 strokes gained:total)
Lucas Glover (1.928 strokes gained:total)
Webb Simpson (1.914 strokes gained:total)
Patrick Reed (1.913 strokes gained:total)
Kevin Kisner (1.908 strokes gained:total)

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

Ollie Schniederjans (2.292 sg:bermuda vs. 1.34 sg:total)
Si Woo Kim (1.654 sg:bermuda vs. 0.72 sg:total)
Louis Oosthuizen (2.769 sg:bermuda vs. 1.914 sg:total)
Greg Owen (1.051 sg:bermuda vs. 0.289 sg:total)
Ryan Armour (1.595 sg:bermuda vs. 0.867 sg:total)
Francesco Molinari (2.576 sg:bermuda vs. 1.881 sg:total)
Colt Knost (1.337 sg:bermuda vs. 0.658 sg:total)
Tim Clark (0.795 sg:bermuda vs. 0.131 sg:total)
Smylie Kaufman (1.08 sg:bermuda vs. 0.432 sg:total)
Andrew Loupe (0.113 sg:bermuda vs. -0.532 sg:total)
Bo Van Pelt (0.877 sg:bermuda vs. 0.278 sg:total)
Matt Every (0.08 sg:bermuda vs. -0.516 sg:total)
John Merrick (0.58 sg:bermuda vs. 0.006 sg:total)
Grayson Murray (1.26 sg:bermuda vs. 0.701 sg:total)
Lucas Glover (1.928 sg:bermuda vs. 1.371 sg:total)
Luke Donald (1.663 sg:bermuda vs. 1.14 sg:total)
Kevin Chappell (2.127 sg:bermuda vs. 1.628 sg:total)
David Toms (1.199 sg:bermuda vs. 0.723 sg:total)
Steve Wheatcroft (0.727 sg:bermuda vs. 0.269 sg:total)
Brandon Hagy (1.25 sg:bermuda vs. 0.805 sg:total)
Steven Alker (0.593 sg:bermuda vs. 0.151 sg:total)
Ben Martin (1.384 sg:bermuda vs. 0.948 sg:total)
Roberto Castro (1.139 sg:bermuda vs. 0.707 sg:total)
Ian Poulter (1.879 sg:bermuda vs. 1.451 sg:total)
Ryo Ishikawa (0.573 sg:bermuda vs. 0.157 sg:total)

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

Patrick Rodgers (-0.439 sg:bermuda vs. 0.766 sg:total)
Hiroshi Iwata (-1.109 sg:bermuda vs. -0.165 sg:total)
Steve Marino (-0.683 sg:bermuda vs. 0.191 sg:total)
Robert Garrigus (-0.018 sg:bermuda vs. 0.786 sg:total)
Kyle Reifers (-0.057 sg:bermuda vs. 0.698 sg:total)
Martin Laird (0.629 sg:bermuda vs. 1.379 sg:total)
Scott Pinckney (-0.182 sg:bermuda vs. 0.502 sg:total)
Kevin Streelman (0.627 sg:bermuda vs. 1.273 sg:total)
Matthew Fitzpatrick (0.734 sg:bermuda vs. 1.366 sg:total)
Carlos Ortiz (-0.236 sg:bermuda vs. 0.383 sg:total)
Branden Grace (1.16 sg:bermuda vs. 1.744 sg:total)
Josh Teater (-0.313 sg:bermuda vs. 0.235 sg:total)
Anirban Lahiri (0.543 sg:bermuda vs. 1.077 sg:total)
Justin Hicks (-0.509 sg:bermuda vs. -0.031 sg:total)
Harris English (0.778 sg:bermuda vs. 1.248 sg:total)
J.J. Henry (-0.135 sg:bermuda vs. 0.328 sg:total)
Jon Curran (0.068 sg:bermuda vs. 0.531 sg:total)
Brooks Koepka (1.641 sg:bermuda vs. 2.088 sg:total)
Keegan Bradley (1.146 sg:bermuda vs. 1.592 sg:total)
Brendon Todd (-0.206 sg:bermuda vs. 0.229 sg:total)
John Huh (0.457 sg:bermuda vs. 0.876 sg:total)
Bill Haas (1.287 sg:bermuda vs. 1.705 sg:total)
J.B. Holmes (1.154 sg:bermuda vs. 1.559 sg:total)
Max Homa (-1.371 sg:bermuda vs. -0.991 sg:total)
Trey Mullinax (0.348 sg:bermuda vs. 0.718 sg:total)

Last Updated: February 20th, 2018

Golfer Quotes

WESLEY BRYAN: It was really nice getting back on the East Coast on some bermudagreens that I grew up on as a kid. Yeah, the putter was hot and able to roll a few in. -2017 Honda

Q. You’re a southern guy, so these greens really suit you, don’t you?
Absolutely, yeah. This is what I grew up on. I guess we were bent in Athens, but there was a lot of places that had bermuda. Growing up, you live on bermuda. -2017 Honda

Q. You said the bermudarough, it’s new to you and you never know how it’s going to come out?
It frustrates me so much. It’s so inconsistent. Hopefully I can hit 18 greens tomorrow. -2017 Honda

Q. You seem to have struggled a bit with chipping out of the bermudarough. I saw a couple times, you got upset about the result.
Just it frustrates me a little bit. I find it really inconsistent. Sometimes it will come out soft and go like three feet in front of you, and you haven’t sort of made a bad swing, kind of thing.

The next one, you do exactly the same and it will come out hot and goes like 15 feet past the hole. So it’s just maybe I’m not used to it but at the moment it frustrates me a little bit. -2017 Honda

BILLY HORSCHEL: I knew coming here I was going to feel comfortable, and I’m ready to kick off my year. I’m back to where I feel comfortable on the East Coast playing bermudagreens, bermudarough, ryegrass, whatever. I’m used to this stuff. I’m excited about the process forward. -2017 Honda

GEORGE McNEILL: Being back in Florida, I feel a little more comfortable, back on bermudagrass and bermudagreens. The stuff out west, I can’t putt out there. Being back in Florida, it helps. -2017 Honda

HUDSON SWAFFORD: …but growing up on bermuda, I feel like I have a good understanding kind of what it does. -2017 Sony Open

LUCAS GLOVER: Yeah, I grew up in the South, grew up on Bermuda fairways, grew up with Bermuda rough, and the greens I grew up on weren’t quite this good Bermuda, but still pretty darned good. -2016 CC of Jackson

KEVIN KISNER: I don’t get along with that poa annua too well. I don’t know what it is, either; I guess it’s just how I grew up. But Bermuda is sweet, and seems like every time around this time of year I start playing better, so it must be the grass. -2015 PLAYERS

HARRIS ENGLISH: Playing at Waialae is one of my favorite golf courses. It kind of reminds me of growing up in South Georgia, playing on Bermuda grass, firm and fast greens. -2015 Sony Open

Q. Statistically this is your best two years in putting, do you feel like your putting is better?
We’re back on Bermuda. That’s what we mostly played so far this year. You look at it, just about every golf course we play, the tournaments I’ve played are Bermuda. That helps me out except when I’m on the West Coast. -2013 Heritage

Q. Up north on the bent?
Yeah, I mean, I don’t know, I ain’t figured out how to read that yet. -2013 Heritage

This article has 12 comments

  1. Hi Josh, I felt sorry after asking for an update then later saw your tweet about your eye problem.

    Hope you’re feeling much better now. I look forward to your update and especially, you and Joel’s Happy Hour podcast drink 🙂

  2. Josh this info is amazing!
    If you have any time to update these stats, I know many people would be very grateful, me included. But even if you don’t update, I will continue to use your site because this info is so wonderful. Thank you for typing it up and sharing!!

  3. This is great information. Do all the courses they are playing on this weekend at the Career Builder event have bermuda? Any other good sites that show relevant putting stats based on the types of greens?

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  5. Hi Josh, I see you have Jason Day and Dustin Johnson on both the Top 25 Performers and Top 25 Bermuda Anti-Specialists lists. What does that really mean?

    And thanks again for sharing your great research and knowledge with us.

    • Hey Charty,

      Great question. That means that DJ and Day are worse than their expected output when playing on Bermuda (Anti-Specialists) but they are still good enough to gain more than a stroke per round over the field (Top Performers). Does that make sense?

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