Hard GIR 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 greens are difficult to hit. We have defined difficulty-to-hit greens as any course where the field averages 61 percent or less in terms of greens hit in regulation.

* Minimum 30 rounds to qualify. Stats are time-weighted and adjusted to the strength of competition.

Top 25 Performers on Hard GIR Courses (since 2014)

Patrick Cantlay (3.104 strokes gained:total)
Dustin Johnson (2.948 strokes gained:total)
Justin Rose (2.764 strokes gained:total)
Jordan Spieth (2.703 strokes gained:total)
Rickie Fowler (2.687 strokes gained:total)
Henrik Stenson (2.66 strokes gained:total)
Matt Kuchar (2.619 strokes gained:total)
Jason Day (2.601 strokes gained:total)
Rory McIlroy (2.586 strokes gained:total)
Paul Casey (2.495 strokes gained:total)
Tommy Fleetwood (2.463 strokes gained:total)
Sergio Garcia (2.401 strokes gained:total)
Brooks Koepka (2.362 strokes gained:total)
Bubba Watson (2.336 strokes gained:total)
Adam Scott (2.314 strokes gained:total)
Xander Schauffele (2.298 strokes gained:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (2.223 strokes gained:total)
Tony Finau (2.171 strokes gained:total)
Phil Mickelson (2.162 strokes gained:total)
Justin Thomas (2.146 strokes gained:total)
Steve Stricker (2.12 strokes gained:total)
Patrick Reed (2.102 strokes gained:total)
Louis Oosthuizen (2.019 strokes gained:total)
Jamie Lovemark (2 strokes gained:total)
Charley Hoffman (1.998 strokes gained:total)

Top 25 Hard GIR Specialists (Hard GIR vs. Expected Strokes Gained)

John Senden (1.374 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.619 sg:total)
Dominic Bozzelli (1.325 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.591 sg:total)
Seamus Power (1.385 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.664 sg:total)
Jamie Lovemark (2 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.285 sg:total)
Adam Schenk (1.597 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.892 sg:total)
Patrick Cantlay (3.104 sg:hard GIR vs. 2.409 sg:total)
Wesley Bryan (1.026 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.336 sg:total)
Satoshi Kodaira (0.399 sg:hard GIR vs. -0.28 sg:total)
Max Homa (0.697 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.02 sg:total)
Sam Burns (1.495 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.92 sg:total)
Chad Campbell (1.27 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.737 sg:total)
Ricky Barnes (1.019 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.486 sg:total)
Bubba Watson (2.336 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.842 sg:total)
Alex Noren (1.897 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.43 sg:total)
Michael Kim (0.718 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.251 sg:total)
Trey Mullinax (1.341 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.885 sg:total)
Charley Hoffman (1.998 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.553 sg:total)
Jason Dufner (1.634 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.21 sg:total)
Steve Stricker (2.12 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.696 sg:total)
Xander Schauffele (2.298 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.875 sg:total)
Jonas Blixt (1.053 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.634 sg:total)
Alex Prugh (0.732 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.314 sg:total)
Joel Dahmen (1.563 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.156 sg:total)
Austin Cook (1.638 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.249 sg:total)
Matt Kuchar (2.619 sg:hard GIR vs. 2.234 sg:total)

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

Beau Hossler (-0.146 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.154 sg:total)
Martin Flores (-0.326 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.609 sg:total)
Scott Langley (-0.412 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.514 sg:total)
Jonathan Byrd (-0.381 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.521 sg:total)
Mackenzie Hughes (-0.054 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.839 sg:total)
Patton Kizzire (-0.041 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.832 sg:total)
Cameron Smith (0.446 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.289 sg:total)
Si Woo Kim (0.246 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.062 sg:total)
Harold Varner III (0.264 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.997 sg:total)
Josh Teater (-0.415 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.295 sg:total)
Ted Potter, Jr. (-0.232 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.417 sg:total)
Chris Stroud (-0.007 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.64 sg:total)
Jon Rahm (1.974 sg:hard GIR vs. 2.594 sg:total)
Gary Woodland (1.2 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.819 sg:total)
Richy Werenski (0.083 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.7 sg:total)
Anirban Lahiri (0.302 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.874 sg:total)
Kevin Tway (0.53 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.083 sg:total)
Davis Love III (-0.511 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.012 sg:total)
Brice Garnett (0.068 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.585 sg:total)
David Hearn (0.238 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.731 sg:total)
Johnson Wagner (0.415 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.838 sg:total)
Bryson DeChambeau (1.441 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.842 sg:total)
Chris Kirk (0.799 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.169 sg:total)
Justin Thomas (2.146 sg:hard GIR vs. 2.509 sg:total)
Rory McIlroy (2.586 sg:hard GIR vs. 2.943 sg:total)

Last Updated: May 20th, 2019

This article has 9 comments

  1. hi josh – would you be able to update this specialist list to be more current?

    Much appreciated, and good luck this week.

  2. hi josh – would you be able to update this specialist list to be more current? all reports indicating that the greens are firm and not receptive.. this list might become very relevant

    Much appreciated, and good luck this week.

  3. Hi Josh –

    Can you please refresh the “Performance on Slow Greens” report, so it’s more up to date?

    Appreciate the work.

    Thank you,


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