Hard Fairway Specialists

The Fantasy Golfanac looks at the performance of each golfer on a course-by-course basis. This is crucial when it comes to finding value in daily fantasy golf formats or any weekly fantasy golf format that requires gamers to find value plays.

In this section, we look at performance when golfers tee it up on a course where fairways are difficult to hit. We have defined difficulty-to-hit fairways as any course where the field averages 56 percent or less in terms of fairways hit.

Top 25 Performers on Hard Fairway Courses (since 2014)

Rory McIlroy (3.518 strokes gained:total)
Bubba Watson (3.011 strokes gained:total)
Jon Rahm (2.918 strokes gained:total)
Dustin Johnson (2.897 strokes gained:total)
Jason Day (2.682 strokes gained:total)
Adam Scott (2.542 strokes gained:total)
Henrik Stenson (2.481 strokes gained:total)
Matt Kuchar (2.387 strokes gained:total)
Justin Rose (2.349 strokes gained:total)
Sergio Garcia (2.287 strokes gained:total)
Paul Casey (2.175 strokes gained:total)
Phil Mickelson (2.151 strokes gained:total)
Jordan Spieth (2.099 strokes gained:total)
Charl Schwartzel (2.052 strokes gained:total)
Branden Grace (1.988 strokes gained:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (1.917 strokes gained:total)
Jim Furyk (1.91 strokes gained:total)
Brooks Koepka (1.888 strokes gained:total)
Shane Lowry (1.833 strokes gained:total)
Harris English (1.833 strokes gained:total)
Daniel Berger (1.802 strokes gained:total)
Gary Woodland (1.792 strokes gained:total)
Jimmy Walker (1.792 strokes gained:total)
Marc Leishman (1.786 strokes gained:total)
Rickie Fowler (1.742 strokes gained:total)

Top 25 Hard Fairway Specialists (Hard Fairways vs. Expected Strokes Gained)

Bubba Watson (3.011 sg:hard fairways vs. 2.013 sg:total)
K.J. Choi (1.601 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.63 sg:total)
Carlos Ortiz (1.195 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.307 sg:total)
Jason Bohn (1.452 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.603 sg:total)
Jon Rahm (2.918 sg:hard fairways vs. 2.201 sg:total)
Harris English (1.833 sg:hard fairways vs. 1.269 sg:total)
Chez Reavie (1.597 sg:hard fairways vs. 1.073 sg:total)
Smylie Kaufman (1.226 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.712 sg:total)
Branden Grace (1.988 sg:hard fairways vs. 1.479 sg:total)
Patton Kizzire (1.025 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.535 sg:total)
Camilo Villegas (1.115 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.645 sg:total)
Rory McIlroy (3.518 sg:hard fairways vs. 3.049 sg:total)
Vaughn Taylor (1.352 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.901 sg:total)
Ben Crane (0.902 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.459 sg:total)
Brett Stegmaier (0.549 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.112 sg:total)
Billy Horschel (1.725 sg:hard fairways vs. 1.317 sg:total)
Michael Thompson (0.814 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.424 sg:total)
Daniel Summerhays (1.44 sg:hard fairways vs. 1.057 sg:total)
Fabian Gomez (0.85 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.473 sg:total)
Angel Cabrera (0.579 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.205 sg:total)
Seung-yul Noh (1.1 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.728 sg:total)
Alex Prugh (0.456 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.09 sg:total)
Tyrone Van Aswegen (0.613 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.25 sg:total)
J.J. Henry (0.483 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.132 sg:total)
Charl Schwartzel (2.052 sg:hard fairways vs. 1.704 sg:total)

Top 25 Hard Fairway Anti-Specialists (Hard Fairway vs. Expected Strokes Gained)

Bryson DeChambeau (-0.2 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.825 sg:total)
Martin Kaymer (0.536 sg:hard fairways vs. 1.462 sg:total)
Jim Renner (-1.667 sg:hard fairways vs. -0.84 sg:total)
Jonathan Byrd (-0.309 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.488 sg:total)
Blayne Barber (-0.181 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.575 sg:total)
Tyler Aldridge (-0.811 sg:hard fairways vs. -0.087 sg:total)
Victor Dubuisson (0.238 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.947 sg:total)
Derek Ernst (-1.212 sg:hard fairways vs. -0.558 sg:total)
Anirban Lahiri (0.199 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.833 sg:total)
Francesco Molinari (1.15 sg:hard fairways vs. 1.772 sg:total)
Henrik Norlander (0.202 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.796 sg:total)
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (-0.358 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.218 sg:total)
Steven Bowditch (-1.138 sg:hard fairways vs. -0.567 sg:total)
Davis Love III (-0.521 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.038 sg:total)
Justin Hicks (-0.536 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.011 sg:total)
Jordan Spieth (2.099 sg:hard fairways vs. 2.629 sg:total)
Graeme McDowell (0.808 sg:hard fairways vs. 1.333 sg:total)
Steve Marino (-0.39 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.12 sg:total)
Russell Knox (0.948 sg:hard fairways vs. 1.443 sg:total)
Patrick Reed (1.166 sg:hard fairways vs. 1.655 sg:total)
D.A. Points (-0.503 sg:hard fairways vs. -0.031 sg:total)
Brice Garnett (-0.335 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.127 sg:total)
Jim Herman (0.238 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.695 sg:total)
Padraig Harrington (-0.138 sg:hard fairways vs. 0.302 sg:total)
Rickie Fowler (1.742 sg:hard fairways vs. 2.168 sg:total)

*Minimum 25 Rounds to Qualify.

Last Updated: July 24th, 2017

This article has 2 comments

  1. Hey! Question. I am curious as to why extremely accurate guys like Knox, Molinari, GMac are not good on tough to hit fairway courses. You would think that they would do especially well there given their accuracy off the tee. Thoughts? Thanks!

    Reply
    • The thing about Hard Fairways is that EVERYONE in the field is going to miss more fairways. That includes the accurate guys like Knox, Moli, Gmac. If everyone is missing more fairways, then the advantage goes back to bombers as they are 50 yards further up in the rough, coming in with less club.

      Their are always exceptions on particular courses based on length of rough and what not but that would be my best explanation. This is actually a very common question (and a good one).

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