Performance on Jack Nicklaus Designed Courses

Jack Nicklaus is one of the most famous golfers in the world, and has become just as well-known in the world of course design.

His most famous work may be Muirfield Village Golf Club (site of the Memorial). While his company has many different types of courses, a good amount of them often favor a golfer that hits a high fade (for a righty), Nicklaus’ signature go-to shot back in his prime.

Because the similarities between courses can only go so far, this angle should be used as a last resort, can’t-decide-otherwise, tie-breaker.

Courses used on TOUR: Muirfield Village Golf Club (Memorial Tournament), PGA National’s Champion Course (Honda Classic), Harbour Town Golf Links (RBC Heritage), Glen Abbey Golf Club (in the Canadian Open rota), Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course (1-of-3 courses used at CareerBuilder), Montreux Golf & Country Club (Barracuda).

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

Top 25 Performers on Nicklaus Design Courses (since 2014)

Matt Kuchar (3.017 sg:total)
Jason Dufner (2.287 sg:total)
Jim Furyk (2.214 sg:total)
David Lingmerth (2.127 sg:total)
Russell Knox (2.116 sg:total)
Marc Leishman (2.112 sg:total)
Luke Donald (2.033 sg:total)
Charley Hoffman (1.88 sg:total)
Kevin Kisner (1.858 sg:total)
George McNeill (1.747 sg:total)
Graham DeLaet (1.737 sg:total)
Tony Finau (1.676 sg:total)
William McGirt (1.64 sg:total)
Keegan Bradley (1.628 sg:total)
Daniel Summerhays (1.609 sg:total)
Ryan Palmer (1.493 sg:total)
Robert Streb (1.455 sg:total)
Brendan Steele (1.434 sg:total)
Stewart Cink (1.431 sg:total)
Chad Campbell (1.379 sg:total)
Adam Hadwin (1.367 sg:total)
Ricky Barnes (1.362 sg:total)
Brian Harman (1.312 sg:total)
Billy Horschel (1.275 sg:total)
James Hahn (1.267 sg:total)

Top 25 Nicklaus Design Specialists
(Nicklaus Design vs. Expected Strokes Gained)

David Lingmerth (2.127 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.06 sg:total)
Luke Donald (2.033 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.237 sg:total)
George McNeill (1.747 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.983 sg:total)
Ricky Barnes (1.362 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.609 sg:total)
Jason Dufner (2.287 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.537 sg:total)
Matt Kuchar (3.017 sg:nicklaus design vs. 2.282 sg:total)
Rory Sabbatini (1.206 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.605 sg:total)
Russell Knox (2.116 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.536 sg:total)
Sam Saunders (0.898 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.38 sg:total)
Matt Every (0.249 sg:nicklaus design vs. -0.254 sg:total)
Tyrone Van Aswegen (0.975 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.473 sg:total)
Daniel Summerhays (1.609 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.116 sg:total)
William McGirt (1.64 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.216 sg:total)
Graham DeLaet (1.737 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.361 sg:total)
John Huh (1.104 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.742 sg:total)
James Hahn (1.267 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.913 sg:total)
Jim Herman (1.116 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.768 sg:total)
Brian Stuard (1.029 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.695 sg:total)
Kevin Kisner (1.858 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.528 sg:total)
Chad Campbell (1.379 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.065 sg:total)
Charley Hoffman (1.88 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.581 sg:total)
Derek Fathauer (0.724 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.429 sg:total)
Camilo Villegas (1.062 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.775 sg:total)
Marc Leishman (2.112 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.844 sg:total)
Robert Streb (1.455 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.221 sg:total)

Top 20 Nicklaus Design Anti-Specialists
(Nicklaus Design vs. Expected Strokes Gained)

Hudson Swafford (0.449 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.969 sg:total)
Jason Bohn (0.181 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.669 sg:total)
Chris Stroud (0.357 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.774 sg:total)
Morgan Hoffmann (0.336 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.752 sg:total)
Danny Lee (0.771 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.139 sg:total)
Charles Howell III (1.076 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.416 sg:total)
Cameron Tringale (0.704 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.02 sg:total)
Russell Henley (1.086 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.379 sg:total)
Ken Duke (-0.201 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.05 sg:total)
Spencer Levin (0.412 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.626 sg:total)

Last Updated: February 20th, 2018