Performance on Coastal Courses

Whenever a links course rolls around, it’s more often than not situated right along a coastline.

There are plenty of other non-links courses that are also nuzzled along the coast, which generally amplifies any wind to provide a tough test and leave the course open to the elements.

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

Top 25 Performers on Coastal Courses (since 2014)

Rory McIlroy (3.33 sg:total)
Justin Rose (3.241 sg:total)
Phil Mickelson (2.972 sg:total)
Jason Day (2.879 sg:total)
Jordan Spieth (2.876 sg:total)
Dustin Johnson (2.713 sg:total)
Jon Rahm (2.554 sg:total)
Matt Kuchar (2.446 sg:total)
Webb Simpson (2.271 sg:total)
Tony Finau (2.24 sg:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (2.177 sg:total)
Gary Woodland (2.158 sg:total)
Patrick Cantlay (2.128 sg:total)
Marc Leishman (2.118 sg:total)
Justin Thomas (2.106 sg:total)
Charles Howell III (2.044 sg:total)
Rickie Fowler (2.035 sg:total)
Chez Reavie (1.972 sg:total)
Patrick Reed (1.963 sg:total)
Russell Knox (1.957 sg:total)
Branden Grace (1.932 sg:total)
Adam Scott (1.897 sg:total)
Zach Johnson (1.879 sg:total)
Xander Schauffele (1.865 sg:total)
Brandt Snedeker (1.818 sg:total)

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

Patton Kizzire (1.815 sg:coastal vs. 0.791 sg:total)
Phil Mickelson (2.972 sg:coastal vs. 2.101 sg:total)
Rob Oppenheim (1.125 sg:coastal vs. 0.258 sg:total)
Martin Flores (1.323 sg:coastal vs. 0.613 sg:total)
Danny Willett (1.31 sg:coastal vs. 0.612 sg:total)
Ted Potter, Jr. (1.152 sg:coastal vs. 0.458 sg:total)
J.J. Spaun (1.658 sg:coastal vs. 0.973 sg:total)
Scott Langley (1.274 sg:coastal vs. 0.591 sg:total)
D.J. Trahan (0.941 sg:coastal vs. 0.302 sg:total)
Brian Gay (1.632 sg:coastal vs. 1.029 sg:total)
Kelly Kraft (1.09 sg:coastal vs. 0.496 sg:total)
Scott Stallings (1.454 sg:coastal vs. 0.864 sg:total)
Jonathan Byrd (1.264 sg:coastal vs. 0.697 sg:total)
Brice Garnett (1.15 sg:coastal vs. 0.598 sg:total)
Sangmoon Bae (0.711 sg:coastal vs. 0.203 sg:total)
Russell Knox (1.957 sg:coastal vs. 1.465 sg:total)
Chez Reavie (1.972 sg:coastal vs. 1.484 sg:total)
Grayson Murray (0.95 sg:coastal vs. 0.474 sg:total)
Chris Stroud (1.13 sg:coastal vs. 0.679 sg:total)
Martin Piller (0.451 sg:coastal vs. 0.003 sg:total)
Si Woo Kim (1.511 sg:coastal vs. 1.065 sg:total)
Scott Piercy (1.61 sg:coastal vs. 1.173 sg:total)
Stephan Jaeger (0.767 sg:coastal vs. 0.337 sg:total)
Kevin Streelman (1.635 sg:coastal vs. 1.206 sg:total)
Joel Dahmen (1.455 sg:coastal vs. 1.03 sg:total)

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

Bubba Watson (0.836 sg:coastal vs. 1.821 sg:total)
Robert Garrigus (-0.398 sg:coastal vs. 0.53 sg:total)
Brooks Koepka (1.396 sg:coastal vs. 2.268 sg:total)
Brendan Steele (0.576 sg:coastal vs. 1.308 sg:total)
Charley Hoffman (0.82 sg:coastal vs. 1.548 sg:total)
Byeong Hun An (0.925 sg:coastal vs. 1.645 sg:total)
Sam Ryder (0.37 sg:coastal vs. 1.087 sg:total)
Chad Campbell (0.04 sg:coastal vs. 0.746 sg:total)
Seamus Power (-0.154 sg:coastal vs. 0.549 sg:total)
Paul Casey (1.71 sg:coastal vs. 2.372 sg:total)
Cody Gribble (-0.759 sg:coastal vs. -0.107 sg:total)
Billy Hurley III (-0.129 sg:coastal vs. 0.52 sg:total)
Steve Wheatcroft (-0.213 sg:coastal vs. 0.349 sg:total)
Andrew Landry (0.15 sg:coastal vs. 0.678 sg:total)
Alex Cejka (0.212 sg:coastal vs. 0.731 sg:total)
Beau Hossler (0.787 sg:coastal vs. 1.287 sg:total)
Ian Poulter (1.139 sg:coastal vs. 1.632 sg:total)
Rickie Fowler (2.035 sg:coastal vs. 2.519 sg:total)
Bronson Burgoon (0.346 sg:coastal vs. 0.794 sg:total)
Sean O’Hair (0.462 sg:coastal vs. 0.898 sg:total)
Bryson DeChambeau (1.43 sg:coastal vs. 1.854 sg:total)
Dustin Johnson (2.713 sg:coastal vs. 3.117 sg:total)
Justin Thomas (2.106 sg:coastal vs. 2.501 sg:total)
Vaughn Taylor (0.671 sg:coastal vs. 1.056 sg:total)
Keegan Bradley (1.274 sg:coastal vs. 1.654 sg:total)

Last Updated: April 15th, 2019

Golfer Quotes

Q. What’s your relationship with this course in terms of how much you like, don’t like it?
I mean, I like it. Any time that I’m by the ocean, I’m comfortable. I’m from Miami, living in Jax Beach, Ponte Vedre Beach. I just love being around the ocean, around the water. It’s a comfort level. -2018 Sea Island

Graeme McDowell: The only advantage I see to having a links experience is if this ocean breeze gets up. It’s heavier. It affects the ball more. Perhaps why I’ve performed well on the West Coast, for example, is that breeze coming off the Pacific. It just affects the golf ball quite differently from how an inland U.S., United States wind would affect the golf ball. -2012 PGA Championship