Driver-Heavy Course Performance

One way to identify how a course sets up is to look at the average driver distance of the field. Some courses are loaded with doglegs or hazards that force you to club down off the tee (less-than-driver courses) but others are not restrictive vertically down the fairway. This lets bombers really unleash with the big stick and we consider these “driver-heavy courses.”

The easiest way to pinpoint a driver-heavy course is to look at the field average driving distance of all drives. Anything over 285 yards we will classify as a driver-heavy course. This number generally covers the top 10 highest driving distance courses each year.

Golfers must have 25 rounds on driver-heavy courses (since 2014) to qualify for these lists.

Top 25 Performers on Driver-Heavy Courses (since 20144)

Rory McIlroy (3.213 sg:total)
Dustin Johnson (2.723 sg:total)
Rickie Fowler (2.671 sg:total)
Jason Day (2.643 sg:total)
Jon Rahm (2.559 sg:total)
Sergio Garcia (2.448 sg:total)
Jordan Spieth (2.355 sg:total)
Bubba Watson (2.339 sg:total)
Matt Kuchar (2.333 sg:total)
Adam Scott (2.329 sg:total)
Justin Rose (2.322 sg:total)
Brooks Koepka (2.276 sg:total)
Paul Casey (2.235 sg:total)
Brandt Snedeker (2.217 sg:total)
Shane Lowry (2.197 sg:total)
Henrik Stenson (2.193 sg:total)
Justin Thomas (2.185 sg:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (2.161 sg:total)
Phil Mickelson (2.116 sg:total)
Jim Furyk (2.045 sg:total)
Charl Schwartzel (2.028 sg:total)
Louis Oosthuizen (1.994 sg:total)
Jimmy Walker (1.861 sg:total)
Billy Horschel (1.827 sg:total)
Webb Simpson (1.793 sg:total)

Top 25 Driver-Heavy Specialists
(Driver-Heavy Performance vs. Expected Strokes Gained)

Ryan Brehm (1.268 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.428 sg:total)
Max Homa (0.11 sg:driver-heavy vs. -0.654 sg:total)
Shane Lowry (2.197 sg:driver-heavy vs. 1.553 sg:total)
Xander Schauffele (1.735 sg:driver-heavy vs. 1.105 sg:total)
Brian Gay (0.796 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.204 sg:total)
Brandt Snedeker (2.217 sg:driver-heavy vs. 1.655 sg:total)
Kevin Tway (0.78 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.24 sg:total)
Ernie Els (0.974 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.456 sg:total)
Thomas Aiken (0.929 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.415 sg:total)
Billy Horschel (1.827 sg:driver-heavy vs. 1.317 sg:total)
Rickie Fowler (2.671 sg:driver-heavy vs. 2.168 sg:total)
Boo Weekley (0.97 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.468 sg:total)
Brandon Hagy (1.109 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.622 sg:total)
Brett Stegmaier (0.585 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.112 sg:total)
Greg Owen (0.571 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.097 sg:total)
Smylie Kaufman (1.178 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.712 sg:total)
Harris English (1.731 sg:driver-heavy vs. 1.269 sg:total)
Justin Thomas (2.185 sg:driver-heavy vs. 1.725 sg:total)
Rod Pampling (0.667 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.225 sg:total)
Kyle Stanley (1.137 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.701 sg:total)
Brian Davis (0.505 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.083 sg:total)
Jason Bohn (1.024 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.603 sg:total)
Colt Knost (1.216 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.796 sg:total)
Hudson Swafford (1.183 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.77 sg:total)
Jonathan Randolph (0.42 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.011 sg:total)

Top 25 Driver-Heavy Anti-Specialists
Driver-Heavy Performance vs. Expected Strokes Gained)

Bryce Molder (-0.539 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.617 sg:total)
Tyler Aldridge (-1.221 sg:driver-heavy vs. -0.087 sg:total)
Nicholas Thompson (-1.056 sg:driver-heavy vs. -0.135 sg:total)
Stuart Appleby (-0.438 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.37 sg:total)
Graeme McDowell (0.562 sg:driver-heavy vs. 1.333 sg:total)
Rory Sabbatini (-0.278 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.442 sg:total)
Jonathan Byrd (-0.215 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.488 sg:total)
Jim Renner (-1.445 sg:driver-heavy vs. -0.84 sg:total)
Padraig Harrington (-0.301 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.302 sg:total)
Blayne Barber (0.006 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.575 sg:total)
David Toms (0.148 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.677 sg:total)
Scott Langley (-0.024 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.5 sg:total)
Pat Perez (0.65 sg:driver-heavy vs. 1.139 sg:total)
Erik Compton (-0.037 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.443 sg:total)
Tommy Gainey (-0.978 sg:driver-heavy vs. -0.519 sg:total)
Scott Brown (0.274 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.717 sg:total)
Jon Curran (0.177 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.616 sg:total)
Jamie Donaldson (0.73 sg:driver-heavy vs. 1.151 sg:total)
Jason Dufner (1.076 sg:driver-heavy vs. 1.49 sg:total)
Henrik Norlander (0.388 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.796 sg:total)
Derek Ernst (-0.925 sg:driver-heavy vs. -0.558 sg:total)
Steve Stricker (1.339 sg:driver-heavy vs. 1.703 sg:total)
Miguel Angel Carballo (-0.938 sg:driver-heavy vs. -0.575 sg:total)
Bud Cauley (0.719 sg:driver-heavy vs. 1.075 sg:total)
Cameron Tringale (0.571 sg:driver-heavy vs. 0.926 sg:total)

Last Updated: July 24th, 2017