Performance in the Summer

When the summer rolls around, we generally see warmer weather leading to firmer and faster golf courses.

Some golfers love playing in hot and sticky conditions while others prefer the California swing where the weather typically hangs around the 65-to-75 degree mark.

Looking at performance in the summer months since the start of 2014, we can see what golfers like to peak in the dog days of summer.

*Golfers must have 25 rounds in hot temperatures (since 2014) to qualify for these lists.
**Performance adjusted for strength of competition.

Top 25 Performers in the Summer (since 2014)

Rory McIlroy (3.309 sg:total)
Jason Day (3.124 sg:total)
Henrik Stenson (3.022 sg:total)
Rickie Fowler (2.67 sg:total)
Dustin Johnson (2.59 sg:total)
Jordan Spieth (2.439 sg:total)
Adam Scott (2.386 sg:total)
Paul Casey (2.385 sg:total)
Justin Rose (2.331 sg:total)
Jim Furyk (2.299 sg:total)
Matt Kuchar (2.205 sg:total)
Sergio Garcia (2.2 sg:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (2.135 sg:total)
Zach Johnson (2.041 sg:total)
Charl Schwartzel (2.016 sg:total)
Bubba Watson (1.981 sg:total)
Brooks Koepka (1.955 sg:total)
Victor Dubuisson (1.944 sg:total)
Patrick Reed (1.86 sg:total)
Jon Rahm (1.859 sg:total)
Justin Thomas (1.833 sg:total)
Brandt Snedeker (1.772 sg:total)
Emiliano Grillo (1.757 sg:total)
Francesco Molinari (1.74 sg:total)
Branden Grace (1.724 sg:total)

Top 25 Summer Specialists
(Summer Performance vs. Expected Strokes Gained)

Dicky Pride (0.789 sg:summer vs. -0.371 sg:total)
Victor Dubuisson (1.944 sg:summer vs. 0.947 sg:total)
Steve Marino (0.921 sg:summer vs. 0.116 sg:total)
Richard Sterne (0.104 sg:summer vs. -0.651 sg:total)
George Coetzee (1.684 sg:summer vs. 0.97 sg:total)
Johnson Wagner (1.175 sg:summer vs. 0.486 sg:total)
Derek Ernst (0.107 sg:summer vs. -0.559 sg:total)
Si Woo Kim (1.399 sg:summer vs. 0.765 sg:total)
Tom Gillis (0.686 sg:summer vs. 0.072 sg:total)
Michael Putnam (1.048 sg:summer vs. 0.44 sg:total)
Robert Garrigus (1.13 sg:summer vs. 0.541 sg:total)
Ernie Els (1.025 sg:summer vs. 0.451 sg:total)
Andres Romero (0.81 sg:summer vs. 0.237 sg:total)
Kelly Kraft (0.816 sg:summer vs. 0.259 sg:total)
Scott Langley (1.057 sg:summer vs. 0.501 sg:total)
Ricky Barnes (1.033 sg:summer vs. 0.507 sg:total)
Henrik Stenson (3.022 sg:summer vs. 2.524 sg:total)
Rickie Fowler (2.67 sg:summer vs. 2.216 sg:total)
Geoff Ogilvy (0.88 sg:summer vs. 0.444 sg:total)
Tiger Woods (0.533 sg:summer vs. 0.099 sg:total)
Jason Day (3.124 sg:summer vs. 2.692 sg:total)
Sam Saunders (0.686 sg:summer vs. 0.262 sg:total)
Nick Watney (1.38 sg:summer vs. 0.959 sg:total)
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (0.601 sg:summer vs. 0.192 sg:total)
Bo Van Pelt (0.697 sg:summer vs. 0.292 sg:total)

Top 25 Summer Anti-Specialists
Summer Performance vs. Expected Strokes Gained)

Ross Fisher (0.667 sg:summer vs. 1.583 sg:total)
Luke List (0.527 sg:summer vs. 1.222 sg:total)
Colt Knost (0.123 sg:summer vs. 0.795 sg:total)
Brian Gay (-0.451 sg:summer vs. 0.183 sg:total)
Nicholas Thompson (-0.762 sg:summer vs. -0.134 sg:total)
Pat Perez (0.521 sg:summer vs. 1.132 sg:total)
John Huh (0.067 sg:summer vs. 0.629 sg:total)
Zac Blair (0.077 sg:summer vs. 0.638 sg:total)
Patton Kizzire (-0.003 sg:summer vs. 0.53 sg:total)
Michael Thompson (-0.11 sg:summer vs. 0.421 sg:total)
Joost Luiten (0.44 sg:summer vs. 0.964 sg:total)
Will MacKenzie (-0.111 sg:summer vs. 0.406 sg:total)
Rod Pampling (-0.388 sg:summer vs. 0.107 sg:total)
Jason Dufner (0.989 sg:summer vs. 1.472 sg:total)
Brendan Steele (1.013 sg:summer vs. 1.49 sg:total)
Rafa Cabrera Bello (1.02 sg:summer vs. 1.474 sg:total)
Freddie Jacobson (0.343 sg:summer vs. 0.79 sg:total)
Jamie Donaldson (0.715 sg:summer vs. 1.151 sg:total)
Whee Kim (0.013 sg:summer vs. 0.447 sg:total)
Charles Howell III (0.885 sg:summer vs. 1.305 sg:total)
John Peterson (-0.121 sg:summer vs. 0.298 sg:total)
Cameron Smith (0.309 sg:summer vs. 0.727 sg:total)
Bryce Molder (0.191 sg:summer vs. 0.606 sg:total)
K.J. Choi (0.21 sg:summer vs. 0.622 sg:total)
Erik Compton (0.034 sg:summer vs. 0.443 sg:total)

Last Updated: August 17th, 2017