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)

Rory McIlroy (3.774 sg:total)
Jordan Spieth (3.463 sg:total)
Henrik Stenson (3.265 sg:total)
Dustin Johnson (3.238 sg:total)
Jason Day (3.106 sg:total)
Justin Rose (3.065 sg:total)
Adam Scott (2.848 sg:total)
Brooks Koepka (2.813 sg:total)
Sergio Garcia (2.801 sg:total)
Phil Mickelson (2.69 sg:total)
Branden Grace (2.558 sg:total)
Charl Schwartzel (2.491 sg:total)
Brandt Snedeker (2.453 sg:total)
Martin Kaymer (2.378 sg:total)
Louis Oosthuizen (2.27 sg:total)
Keegan Bradley (2.232 sg:total)
Matt Kuchar (2.22 sg:total)
Patrick Reed (2.213 sg:total)
Francesco Molinari (2.145 sg:total)
Jim Furyk (2.114 sg:total)
J.B. Holmes (2.101 sg:total)
Rickie Fowler (1.993 sg:total)
Victor Dubuisson (1.973 sg:total)
Robert Streb (1.933 sg:total)
Matt Jones (1.91 sg:total)

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

Branden Grace (2.558 sg:links vs. 1.439 sg:total)
Victor Dubuisson (1.973 sg:links vs. 0.934 sg:total)
Matt Jones (1.91 sg:links vs. 0.936 sg:total)
Brooks Koepka (2.813 sg:links vs. 1.844 sg:total)
Martin Kaymer (2.378 sg:links vs. 1.436 sg:total)
Padraig Harrington (1.113 sg:links vs. 0.201 sg:total)
Jordan Spieth (3.463 sg:links vs. 2.57 sg:total)
Brandt Snedeker (2.453 sg:links vs. 1.6 sg:total)
Robert Streb (1.933 sg:links vs. 1.112 sg:total)
Charl Schwartzel (2.491 sg:links vs. 1.687 sg:total)
Keegan Bradley (2.232 sg:links vs. 1.452 sg:total)
D.A. Points (0.753 sg:links vs. -0.018 sg:total)
Henrik Stenson (3.265 sg:links vs. 2.513 sg:total)
Phil Mickelson (2.69 sg:links vs. 1.954 sg:total)
Rory McIlroy (3.774 sg:links vs. 3.081 sg:total)
J.B. Holmes (2.101 sg:links vs. 1.441 sg:total)
Justin Rose (3.065 sg:links vs. 2.415 sg:total)
Louis Oosthuizen (2.27 sg:links vs. 1.651 sg:total)
Geoff Ogilvy (1.008 sg:links vs. 0.409 sg:total)
Patrick Reed (2.213 sg:links vs. 1.617 sg:total)
Hunter Mahan (1.195 sg:links vs. 0.619 sg:total)
Thongchai Jaidee (0.97 sg:links vs. 0.398 sg:total)
Dustin Johnson (3.238 sg:links vs. 2.678 sg:total)
Adam Scott (2.848 sg:links vs. 2.389 sg:total)
Stewart Cink (1.455 sg:links vs. 1.078 sg:total)

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

Charley Hoffman (-1.309 sg:links vs. 1.311 sg:total)
Paul Casey (0.952 sg:links vs. 1.981 sg:total)
Ian Poulter (0.276 sg:links vs. 1.173 sg:total)
Greg Chalmers (-0.941 sg:links vs. -0.105 sg:total)
Ben Martin (-0.047 sg:links vs. 0.74 sg:total)
Bubba Watson (1.277 sg:links vs. 2.061 sg:total)
Danny Lee (0.227 sg:links vs. 0.999 sg:total)
Russell Henley (0.495 sg:links vs. 1.216 sg:total)
Ryan Palmer (0.956 sg:links vs. 1.599 sg:total)
James Hahn (0.088 sg:links vs. 0.713 sg:total)
Billy Hurley III (0.171 sg:links vs. 0.76 sg:total)
Ryan Moore (0.983 sg:links vs. 1.548 sg:total)
Chris Kirk (0.701 sg:links vs. 1.241 sg:total)
Kevin Kisner (0.847 sg:links vs. 1.331 sg:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (1.77 sg:links vs. 2.202 sg:total)

Last Updated: June 4th, 2017

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