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 25 rounds to qualify.
** Stats adjusted to strength of competition.

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

Dustin Johnson (3.115 sg:total)
Jordan Spieth (2.553 sg:total)
Justin Rose (2.37 sg:total)
Bill Haas (2.22 sg:total)
Phil Mickelson (2.196 sg:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (2.17 sg:total)
Jimmy Walker (2.163 sg:total)
Jason Day (2.16 sg:total)
J.B. Holmes (2.14 sg:total)
Shane Lowry (2.026 sg:total)
Martin Laird (2.002 sg:total)
Keegan Bradley (1.994 sg:total)
Vaughn Taylor (1.964 sg:total)
Sangmoon Bae (1.944 sg:total)
Harris English (1.894 sg:total)
Brendan Steele (1.894 sg:total)
Paul Casey (1.862 sg:total)
Patrick Reed (1.846 sg:total)
Adam Hadwin (1.779 sg:total)
K.J. Choi (1.743 sg:total)
Gary Woodland (1.707 sg:total)
Matt Kuchar (1.696 sg:total)
Kevin Na (1.638 sg:total)
Matt Jones (1.568 sg:total)
Justin Thomas (1.54 sg:total)

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

Carlos Ortiz (1.487 sg:cali vs. 0.335 sg:total)
Sangmoon Bae (1.944 sg:cali vs. 0.839 sg:total)
K.J. Choi (1.743 sg:cali vs. 0.66 sg:total)
Vaughn Taylor (1.964 sg:cali vs. 0.924 sg:total)
Scott Stallings (1.383 sg:cali vs. 0.407 sg:total)
Martin Laird (2.002 sg:cali vs. 1.097 sg:total)
Patton Kizzire (1.408 sg:cali vs. 0.541 sg:total)
J.B. Holmes (2.14 sg:cali vs. 1.454 sg:total)
Brad Fritsch (0.689 sg:cali vs. 0.053 sg:total)
Matt Jones (1.568 sg:cali vs. 0.938 sg:total)
Adam Hadwin (1.779 sg:cali vs. 1.15 sg:total)
Harris English (1.894 sg:cali vs. 1.273 sg:total)
Kyle Reifers (1.265 sg:cali vs. 0.663 sg:total)
Jeff Overton (1.034 sg:cali vs. 0.441 sg:total)
Brendon Todd (1.199 sg:cali vs. 0.621 sg:total)
Jimmy Walker (2.163 sg:cali vs. 1.605 sg:total)
Kelly Kraft (0.761 sg:cali vs. 0.231 sg:total)
Jon Curran (1.167 sg:cali vs. 0.643 sg:total)
Bill Haas (2.22 sg:cali vs. 1.705 sg:total)
D.A. Points (0.537 sg:cali vs. 0.028 sg:total)
Andres Gonzales (0.756 sg:cali vs. 0.256 sg:total)
Keegan Bradley (1.994 sg:cali vs. 1.495 sg:total)
Derek Fathauer (0.835 sg:cali vs. 0.362 sg:total)
Padraig Harrington (0.77 sg:cali vs. 0.304 sg:total)
Brandon Hagy (1.143 sg:cali vs. 0.679 sg:total)

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

Sam Saunders (-1.082 sg:cali vs. 0.309 sg:total)
Ben Martin (-0.251 sg:cali vs. 0.826 sg:total)
Derek Ernst (-1.547 sg:cali vs. -0.532 sg:total)
Russell Henley (0.275 sg:cali vs. 1.265 sg:total)
Greg Chalmers (-0.982 sg:cali vs. -0.013 sg:total)
Kevin Chappell (0.531 sg:cali vs. 1.391 sg:total)
David Hearn (0.076 sg:cali vs. 0.926 sg:total)
Russell Knox (0.672 sg:cali vs. 1.449 sg:total)
Bo Van Pelt (-0.437 sg:cali vs. 0.317 sg:total)
Greg Owen (-0.625 sg:cali vs. 0.116 sg:total)
Scott Piercy (0.282 sg:cali vs. 1.017 sg:total)
John Senden (0.324 sg:cali vs. 1.044 sg:total)
Kevin Kisner (0.715 sg:cali vs. 1.389 sg:total)
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (-0.462 sg:cali vs. 0.21 sg:total)
Jonathan Randolph (-0.706 sg:cali vs. -0.052 sg:total)
John Merrick (-0.623 sg:cali vs. 0.028 sg:total)
Jerry Kelly (0.336 sg:cali vs. 0.986 sg:total)
Davis Love III (-0.547 sg:cali vs. 0.097 sg:total)
Mike Weir (-2.438 sg:cali vs. -1.821 sg:total)
Nicholas Thompson (-0.72 sg:cali vs. -0.104 sg:total)
Shawn Stefani (0.25 sg:cali vs. 0.844 sg:total)
Jason Day (2.16 sg:cali vs. 2.707 sg:total)
Francesco Molinari (1.283 sg:cali vs. 1.817 sg:total)
Geoff Ogilvy (-0.004 sg:cali vs. 0.509 sg:total)
Steve Wheatcroft (-0.118 sg:cali vs. 0.39 sg:total)

Last Updated: September 28th, 2017

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