Links Golf Specialists

Links golf is known for wide-open terrain with many trees or water in the way. Links purists may say that links golf has to be played in Scotland, or that links golf can’t have any water or trees. Or they may make up all sorts of rules to say a course isn’t a “true” links course.

For the purposes of the Fantasy Golfanac, we don’t use those strict guidelines. We consider any course that is “links style”.

For something like links golf, these events are played less regularly on the PGA TOUR, so the sample sizes are lower. Proceed accordingly with the data below. I would recommend using this angle as a tiebreaker, but not a leading factor.

* Minimum 20 rounds on Links-style courses to qualify.
* Adjusted to strength of competition.

Top 25 Performers on Links-style Courses (since 2014)

Jordan Spieth (3.47 sg:total)
Rory McIlroy (3.389 sg:total)
Brooks Koepka (3.257 sg:total)
Henrik Stenson (3.073 sg:total)
Dustin Johnson (2.924 sg:total)
Tony Finau (2.812 sg:total)
Justin Rose (2.799 sg:total)
Jason Day (2.736 sg:total)
Sergio Garcia (2.709 sg:total)
Brandt Snedeker (2.601 sg:total)
Adam Scott (2.587 sg:total)
Matt Kuchar (2.564 sg:total)
Phil Mickelson (2.485 sg:total)
Marc Leishman (2.436 sg:total)
Branden Grace (2.426 sg:total)
Steve Stricker (2.357 sg:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (2.324 sg:total)
Rickie Fowler (2.319 sg:total)
Martin Kaymer (2.231 sg:total)
Patrick Reed (2.218 sg:total)
Jim Furyk (2.177 sg:total)
J.B. Holmes (2.172 sg:total)
Charl Schwartzel (2.092 sg:total)
Zach Johnson (2.016 sg:total)
Louis Oosthuizen (1.997 sg:total)

Top 25 Links Specialists
(Links vs. Expected Strokes Gained)

Brooks Koepka (3.257 sg:links vs. 2.048 sg:total)
Tony Finau (2.812 sg:links vs. 1.636 sg:total)
Victor Dubuisson (1.974 sg:links vs. 0.945 sg:total)
Matt Jones (1.926 sg:links vs. 0.912 sg:total)
Cameron Smith (1.877 sg:links vs. 0.924 sg:total)
Brandt Snedeker (2.601 sg:links vs. 1.689 sg:total)
Branden Grace (2.426 sg:links vs. 1.528 sg:total)
D.A. Points (0.755 sg:links vs. -0.088 sg:total)
Padraig Harrington (1.106 sg:links vs. 0.308 sg:total)
J.B. Holmes (2.172 sg:links vs. 1.423 sg:total)
Martin Kaymer (2.231 sg:links vs. 1.487 sg:total)
Jordan Spieth (3.47 sg:links vs. 2.728 sg:total)
Thongchai Jaidee (1.144 sg:links vs. 0.414 sg:total)
Marc Leishman (2.436 sg:links vs. 1.751 sg:total)
Robert Streb (1.783 sg:links vs. 1.119 sg:total)
Steve Stricker (2.357 sg:links vs. 1.707 sg:total)
Geoff Ogilvy (1.015 sg:links vs. 0.492 sg:total)
Hunter Mahan (1.199 sg:links vs. 0.689 sg:total)
Patrick Reed (2.218 sg:links vs. 1.725 sg:total)
Phil Mickelson (2.485 sg:links vs. 1.994 sg:total)
David Lingmerth (1.429 sg:links vs. 0.943 sg:total)
Henrik Stenson (3.073 sg:links vs. 2.596 sg:total)
Aaron Baddeley (1.233 sg:links vs. 0.768 sg:total)
Rory McIlroy (3.389 sg:links vs. 2.962 sg:total)
Brendon Todd (0.995 sg:links vs. 0.609 sg:total)

Top 15 Links Anti-Specialists
(Links vs. Expected Strokes Gained)

Charley Hoffman (0.023 sg:links vs. 1.483 sg:total)
Greg Chalmers (-0.922 sg:links vs. -0.027 sg:total)
Ben Martin (-0.04 sg:links vs. 0.825 sg:total)
Joost Luiten (0.129 sg:links vs. 0.964 sg:total)
Danny Lee (0.237 sg:links vs. 1.042 sg:total)
Paul Casey (1.424 sg:links vs. 2.181 sg:total)
Bernd Wiesberger (0.548 sg:links vs. 1.283 sg:total)
William McGirt (0.373 sg:links vs. 1.093 sg:total)
Bubba Watson (1.286 sg:links vs. 1.991 sg:total)
James Hahn (0.13 sg:links vs. 0.814 sg:total)
Ryan Moore (0.875 sg:links vs. 1.551 sg:total)
Ian Poulter (0.689 sg:links vs. 1.325 sg:total)
Kevin Kisner (0.788 sg:links vs. 1.402 sg:total)
Ryan Palmer (0.928 sg:links vs. 1.526 sg:total)
Billy Hurley III (0.169 sg:links vs. 0.699 sg:total)
Byeong Hun An (0.703 sg:links vs. 1.213 sg:total)
Daniel Summerhays (0.547 sg:links vs. 1.035 sg:total)
Billy Horschel (0.787 sg:links vs. 1.265 sg:total)
Roberto Castro (0.028 sg:links vs. 0.5 sg:total)
Chris Kirk (0.707 sg:links vs. 1.163 sg:total)
Russell Henley (0.852 sg:links vs. 1.277 sg:total)
Webb Simpson (1.249 sg:links vs. 1.553 sg:total)
Kevin Streelman (0.714 sg:links vs. 0.99 sg:total)
Kevin Na (1.419 sg:links vs. 1.688 sg:total)
Anirban Lahiri (0.706 sg:links vs. 0.943 sg:total)

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2017


LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN: “The Old Course gets it right. To me, the greatest fun of some of the links courses are what I call a link hole, where you’ve got to get from one area to another – a good designer makes that hole playable. My dream would be to build a golf course in a sand area because I love links golf.” –

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