California Course Horses

When the PGA TOUR takes to the California coasts, you know its going to be great weather (when the rain holds off) and a good chance of poa annua greens. You will find a high correlation between California performance and performance on poa annua.

Taking a look at California stroke-play events since the start of 2014, these golfers have performed the best. The second list is for specialists, which compares their output to their expected strokes gained over that same time period. Finally, we have a look at guys that have historically dropped down a level when playing in the Golden State.

* Minimum 30 rounds to qualify.
** Stats adjusted to strength of competition.

Top 25 Performers on California Courses (since 2013-14)

Dustin Johnson (3.144 sg:total)
Jordan Spieth (2.581 sg:total)
Justin Rose (2.4 sg:total)
Phil Mickelson (2.339 sg:total)
Bill Haas (2.244 sg:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (2.199 sg:total)
Jason Day (2.194 sg:total)
Jimmy Walker (2.193 sg:total)
J.B. Holmes (2.17 sg:total)
Brendan Steele (2.058 sg:total)
Martin Laird (2.042 sg:total)
Keegan Bradley (1.931 sg:total)
Paul Casey (1.896 sg:total)
Patrick Reed (1.881 sg:total)
Harris English (1.826 sg:total)
Adam Hadwin (1.812 sg:total)
Gary Woodland (1.738 sg:total)
Tony Finau (1.727 sg:total)
K.J. Choi (1.68 sg:total)
Kevin Na (1.651 sg:total)
Justin Thomas (1.572 sg:total)
Matt Jones (1.566 sg:total)
Brandt Snedeker (1.553 sg:total)
Carlos Ortiz (1.517 sg:total)
Marc Leishman (1.506 sg:total)

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

Carlos Ortiz (1.517 sg:cali vs. 0.357 sg:total)
K.J. Choi (1.68 sg:cali vs. 0.647 sg:total)
Martin Laird (2.042 sg:cali vs. 1.111 sg:total)
Scott Stallings (1.352 sg:cali vs. 0.43 sg:total)
J.B. Holmes (2.17 sg:cali vs. 1.423 sg:total)
Adam Hadwin (1.812 sg:cali vs. 1.117 sg:total)
Matt Jones (1.566 sg:cali vs. 0.913 sg:total)
D.A. Points (0.534 sg:cali vs. -0.109 sg:total)
Kyle Reifers (1.298 sg:cali vs. 0.675 sg:total)
Brendon Todd (1.229 sg:cali vs. 0.609 sg:total)
Harris English (1.826 sg:cali vs. 1.222 sg:total)
Jimmy Walker (2.193 sg:cali vs. 1.6 sg:total)
Bill Haas (2.244 sg:cali vs. 1.69 sg:total)
Andres Gonzales (0.789 sg:cali vs. 0.261 sg:total)
Nick Watney (1.425 sg:cali vs. 0.898 sg:total)
Brendan Steele (2.058 sg:cali vs. 1.542 sg:total)
Jonas Blixt (1.033 sg:cali vs. 0.519 sg:total)
Jon Curran (1.043 sg:cali vs. 0.55 sg:total)
Padraig Harrington (0.798 sg:cali vs. 0.313 sg:total)
Dustin Johnson (3.144 sg:cali vs. 2.692 sg:total)
Sean O’Hair (1.307 sg:cali vs. 0.865 sg:total)
Will MacKenzie (0.867 sg:cali vs. 0.445 sg:total)
Hunter Mahan (1.111 sg:cali vs. 0.694 sg:total)
Keegan Bradley (1.931 sg:cali vs. 1.518 sg:total)
Ryo Ishikawa (0.671 sg:cali vs. 0.274 sg:total)

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

Sam Saunders (-0.992 sg:cali vs. 0.291 sg:total)
Greg Chalmers (-0.896 sg:cali vs. -0.039 sg:total)
Ben Martin (0.004 sg:cali vs. 0.839 sg:total)
Kevin Chappell (0.561 sg:cali vs. 1.394 sg:total)
David Hearn (0.152 sg:cali vs. 0.934 sg:total)
Russell Knox (0.702 sg:cali vs. 1.425 sg:total)
Greg Owen (-0.591 sg:cali vs. 0.129 sg:total)
John Senden (0.355 sg:cali vs. 1.057 sg:total)
Kevin Kisner (0.747 sg:cali vs. 1.42 sg:total)
Jerry Kelly (0.371 sg:cali vs. 1.001 sg:total)
Davis Love III (-0.52 sg:cali vs. 0.106 sg:total)
Shawn Stefani (0.239 sg:cali vs. 0.843 sg:total)
Nicholas Thompson (-0.693 sg:cali vs. -0.106 sg:total)
Scott Piercy (0.491 sg:cali vs. 1.025 sg:total)
Jason Day (2.194 sg:cali vs. 2.721 sg:total)
Francesco Molinari (1.312 sg:cali vs. 1.803 sg:total)
Chris Stroud (0.186 sg:cali vs. 0.674 sg:total)
Troy Merritt (-0.085 sg:cali vs. 0.398 sg:total)
John Huh (0.178 sg:cali vs. 0.647 sg:total)
Geoff Ogilvy (0.028 sg:cali vs. 0.493 sg:total)
Brendon de Jonge (0.139 sg:cali vs. 0.59 sg:total)
Danny Lee (0.632 sg:cali vs. 1.035 sg:total)
Webb Simpson (1.176 sg:cali vs. 1.562 sg:total)
Carl Pettersson (-0.323 sg:cali vs. 0.062 sg:total)
Rory Sabbatini (0.116 sg:cali vs. 0.497 sg:total)

Last Updated: January 10, 2018

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