Long Course Specialists

The Fantasy Golfanac looks at a hole-by-hole breakdown of PGA TOUR courses and uses the top third in terms of length.

The specialists at the bottom show a much higher performance on longer courses when compared to their typical output. The Anti-Specialists performance worse than expected on long courses.

Top 25 Performers on Long Courses (since 2014)

Dustin Johnson (3.038 strokes gained:total)
Jon Rahm (2.999 strokes gained:total)
Rory McIlroy (2.788 strokes gained:total)
Adam Scott (2.685 strokes gained:total)
Henrik Stenson (2.676 strokes gained:total)
Jason Day (2.668 strokes gained:total)
Jordan Spieth (2.453 strokes gained:total)
Paul Casey (2.331 strokes gained:total)
Rickie Fowler (2.324 strokes gained:total)
Justin Rose (2.263 strokes gained:total)
Matt Kuchar (2.216 strokes gained:total)
Brooks Koepka (2.091 strokes gained:total)
Sergio Garcia (2.069 strokes gained:total)
Bubba Watson (2.066 strokes gained:total)
Charl Schwartzel (2.04 strokes gained:total)
Jim Furyk (2.039 strokes gained:total)
Justin Thomas (2.013 strokes gained:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (1.998 strokes gained:total)
Patrick Reed (1.925 strokes gained:total)
Louis Oosthuizen (1.916 strokes gained:total)
Shane Lowry (1.883 strokes gained:total)
Xander Schauffele (1.873 strokes gained:total)
Jimmy Walker (1.817 strokes gained:total)
Kevin Na (1.781 strokes gained:total)
Zach Johnson (1.769 strokes gained:total)

Top 25 Long Course Specialists
(Long Course vs. Expected Strokes Gained)

Jonathan Randolph (1.181 sg:long vs. -0.008 sg:total)
Carlos Ortiz (1.139 sg:long vs. 0.357 sg:total)
Jon Rahm (2.999 sg:long vs. 2.367 sg:total)
Xander Schauffele (1.873 sg:long vs. 1.286 sg:total)
Sam Saunders (0.847 sg:long vs. 0.291 sg:total)
Kyle Reifers (1.216 sg:long vs. 0.675 sg:total)
Jason Kokrak (1.651 sg:long vs. 1.178 sg:total)
Will MacKenzie (0.903 sg:long vs. 0.445 sg:total)
Matt Every (0.108 sg:long vs. -0.339 sg:total)
Justin Leonard (0.764 sg:long vs. 0.326 sg:total)
Thomas Aiken (0.872 sg:long vs. 0.462 sg:total)
Andrew Loupe (0.328 sg:long vs. -0.079 sg:total)
Smylie Kaufman (1.056 sg:long vs. 0.649 sg:total)
Jerry Kelly (1.371 sg:long vs. 1.001 sg:total)
Ernie Els (0.805 sg:long vs. 0.451 sg:total)
Cody Gribble (0.758 sg:long vs. 0.406 sg:total)
Adam Scott (2.685 sg:long vs. 2.335 sg:total)
Dustin Johnson (3.038 sg:long vs. 2.692 sg:total)
Scott Pinckney (0.716 sg:long vs. 0.374 sg:total)
Brad Fritsch (0.405 sg:long vs. 0.066 sg:total)
Rob Oppenheim (0.576 sg:long vs. 0.24 sg:total)
Vijay Singh (0.909 sg:long vs. 0.58 sg:total)
Charl Schwartzel (2.04 sg:long vs. 1.713 sg:total)
Aaron Baddeley (1.082 sg:long vs. 0.757 sg:total)
Roberto Castro (0.818 sg:long vs. 0.5 sg:total)

Top 25 Long Course Anti-Specialists
(Long Course vs. Expected Strokes Gained)

Anirban Lahiri (0.13 sg:long vs. 0.945 sg:total)
David Toms (-0.057 sg:long vs. 0.709 sg:total)
Jeff Overton (-0.282 sg:long vs. 0.454 sg:total)
Boo Weekley (-0.232 sg:long vs. 0.498 sg:total)
Rafa Cabrera Bello (0.943 sg:long vs. 1.595 sg:total)
Thongchai Jaidee (-0.224 sg:long vs. 0.414 sg:total)
Johnson Wagner (-0.068 sg:long vs. 0.561 sg:total)
Spencer Levin (-0.101 sg:long vs. 0.528 sg:total)
Rory Sabbatini (-0.084 sg:long vs. 0.497 sg:total)
Brice Garnett (-0.311 sg:long vs. 0.244 sg:total)
Justin Hicks (-0.459 sg:long vs. 0.055 sg:total)
Ben Curtis (-1.404 sg:long vs. -0.902 sg:total)
J.J. Spaun (0.49 sg:long vs. 0.955 sg:total)
John Rollins (-0.991 sg:long vs. -0.545 sg:total)
Byeong Hun An (0.734 sg:long vs. 1.178 sg:total)
Michael Kim (0.22 sg:long vs. 0.657 sg:total)
Michael Putnam (0.056 sg:long vs. 0.48 sg:total)
Willy Wilcox (0.313 sg:long vs. 0.715 sg:total)
Robert Allenby (-0.879 sg:long vs. -0.48 sg:total)
Kelly Kraft (-0.073 sg:long vs. 0.309 sg:total)
Andres Gonzales (-0.108 sg:long vs. 0.261 sg:total)
Sergio Garcia (2.069 sg:long vs. 2.429 sg:total)
Patton Kizzire (0.391 sg:long vs. 0.728 sg:total)
Freddie Jacobson (0.502 sg:long vs. 0.828 sg:total)
Peter Malnati (-0.227 sg:long vs. 0.094 sg:total)

Last Updated: January 12th, 2018

Golfer Quotes

Q. So you can be happy with how you played?
C.T. PAN:
Oh, absolutely. This is a long course, it doesn’t really favor me. So with this, you know, tie for second place, this is really — as rookie, I’m not going to complain. That’s good. Obviously I want to win out here, so got more work to do for sure. -2017 Farmers

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