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.

* Minimum of 30 rounds on bermuda greens to qualify.
** Adjusted to strength of competition.

Top 25 Performers on Bermudagrass Greens (since 2014)

Rory McIlroy (2.999 strokes gained:total)
Dustin Johnson (2.536 strokes gained:total)
Justin Rose (2.485 strokes gained:total)
Francesco Molinari (2.436 strokes gained:total)
Jordan Spieth (2.38 strokes gained:total)
Matt Kuchar (2.357 strokes gained:total)
Louis Oosthuizen (2.335 strokes gained:total)
Paul Casey (2.255 strokes gained:total)
Phil Mickelson (2.252 strokes gained:total)
Jason Day (2.216 strokes gained:total)
Sergio Garcia (2.183 strokes gained:total)
Henrik Stenson (2.109 strokes gained:total)
Rickie Fowler (2.06 strokes gained:total)
Ollie Schniederjans (1.952 strokes gained:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (1.947 strokes gained:total)
Jim Furyk (1.944 strokes gained:total)
Adam Scott (1.836 strokes gained:total)
Daniel Berger (1.81 strokes gained:total)
Gary Woodland (1.755 strokes gained:total)
Justin Thomas (1.751 strokes gained:total)
Luke Donald (1.749 strokes gained:total)
Russell Knox (1.744 strokes gained:total)
Ryan Moore (1.729 strokes gained:total)
Kevin Na (1.728 strokes gained:total)
Ian Poulter (1.727 strokes gained:total)

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

Matt Every (0.547 sg:bermuda vs. -0.339 sg:total)
Ollie Schniederjans (1.952 sg:bermuda vs. 1.077 sg:total)
Si Woo Kim (1.538 sg:bermuda vs. 0.71 sg:total)
Greg Owen (0.954 sg:bermuda vs. 0.129 sg:total)
Colt Knost (1.412 sg:bermuda vs. 0.736 sg:total)
Grayson Murray (1.261 sg:bermuda vs. 0.595 sg:total)
Louis Oosthuizen (2.335 sg:bermuda vs. 1.694 sg:total)
Francesco Molinari (2.436 sg:bermuda vs. 1.803 sg:total)
Smylie Kaufman (1.279 sg:bermuda vs. 0.649 sg:total)
Luke Donald (1.749 sg:bermuda vs. 1.137 sg:total)
Ben Martin (1.362 sg:bermuda vs. 0.839 sg:total)
Bo Van Pelt (0.847 sg:bermuda vs. 0.326 sg:total)
Brandon Hagy (1.202 sg:bermuda vs. 0.692 sg:total)
Robert Allenby (0.023 sg:bermuda vs. -0.48 sg:total)
John Merrick (0.508 sg:bermuda vs. 0.012 sg:total)
Lucas Glover (1.455 sg:bermuda vs. 0.969 sg:total)
David Toms (1.168 sg:bermuda vs. 0.709 sg:total)
Martin Flores (1.166 sg:bermuda vs. 0.714 sg:total)
Tim Clark (0.583 sg:bermuda vs. 0.139 sg:total)
Roberto Castro (0.923 sg:bermuda vs. 0.5 sg:total)
Y.E. Yang (0.198 sg:bermuda vs. -0.211 sg:total)
Ryan Armour (0.887 sg:bermuda vs. 0.48 sg:total)
Fabian Gomez (0.893 sg:bermuda vs. 0.487 sg:total)
Ian Poulter (1.727 sg:bermuda vs. 1.325 sg:total)
Ryo Ishikawa (0.669 sg:bermuda vs. 0.274 sg:total)

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

Hiroshi Iwata (-1.013 sg:bermuda vs. 0.001 sg:total)
Robert Garrigus (-0.286 sg:bermuda vs. 0.538 sg:total)
Kyle Reifers (-0.099 sg:bermuda vs. 0.675 sg:total)
Scott Pinckney (-0.374 sg:bermuda vs. 0.374 sg:total)
Kelly Kraft (-0.334 sg:bermuda vs. 0.309 sg:total)
Martin Laird (0.491 sg:bermuda vs. 1.111 sg:total)
Jon Curran (-0.043 sg:bermuda vs. 0.55 sg:total)
Carlos Ortiz (-0.225 sg:bermuda vs. 0.357 sg:total)
Steve Marino (-0.347 sg:bermuda vs. 0.165 sg:total)
Trey Mullinax (0.111 sg:bermuda vs. 0.62 sg:total)
Brendon Todd (0.102 sg:bermuda vs. 0.609 sg:total)
Jason Day (2.216 sg:bermuda vs. 2.721 sg:total)
Adam Scott (1.836 sg:bermuda vs. 2.335 sg:total)
Matthew Fitzpatrick (0.778 sg:bermuda vs. 1.275 sg:total)
Henrik Stenson (2.109 sg:bermuda vs. 2.596 sg:total)
Patrick Rodgers (0.209 sg:bermuda vs. 0.695 sg:total)
Anirban Lahiri (0.508 sg:bermuda vs. 0.945 sg:total)
Ben Curtis (-1.335 sg:bermuda vs. -0.902 sg:total)
Brooks Koepka (1.622 sg:bermuda vs. 2.048 sg:total)
Lee Westwood (1 sg:bermuda vs. 1.406 sg:total)
Bud Cauley (0.782 sg:bermuda vs. 1.164 sg:total)
Angel Cabrera (-0.13 sg:bermuda vs. 0.243 sg:total)
Tony Finau (1.268 sg:bermuda vs. 1.637 sg:total)
Eric Axley (-0.738 sg:bermuda vs. -0.383 sg:total)
Jordan Spieth (2.38 sg:bermuda vs. 2.728 sg:total)

Last Updated: January 8th, 2018

Golfer Quotes

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.

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

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

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

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

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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