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).

* Golfers must have at least 25 rounds on Nicklaus Design Courses (since 2013-14) to qualify.
** Stats adjusted for strength of competition.

Top 25 Performers on Nicklaus Design Courses (since 2014)

Matt Kuchar (3.031 sg:total)
Jim Furyk (2.422 sg:total)
Jason Day (2.415 sg:total)
Rickie Fowler (2.314 sg:total)
Jason Dufner (2.143 sg:total)
David Lingmerth (2.001 sg:total)
Russell Knox (1.971 sg:total)
Marc Leishman (1.968 sg:total)
Paul Casey (1.944 sg:total)
Luke Donald (1.894 sg:total)
Bill Haas (1.764 sg:total)
Kevin Kisner (1.714 sg:total)
Graham DeLaet (1.692 sg:total)
John Senden (1.684 sg:total)
William McGirt (1.617 sg:total)
Ryan Palmer (1.61 sg:total)
George McNeill (1.606 sg:total)
Patrick Reed (1.522 sg:total)
Phil Mickelson (1.502 sg:total)
Daniel Summerhays (1.5 sg:total)
Stewart Cink (1.393 sg:total)
Charley Hoffman (1.375 sg:total)
Adam Hadwin (1.371 sg:total)
Keegan Bradley (1.335 sg:total)
Robert Streb (1.32 sg:total)

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

David Lingmerth (2.001 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.897 sg:total)
Matt Kuchar (3.031 sg:nicklaus design vs. 2.133 sg:total)
Luke Donald (1.894 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.118 sg:total)
George McNeill (1.606 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.838 sg:total)
Ricky Barnes (1.235 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.503 sg:total)
John Senden (1.684 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.024 sg:total)
Jason Dufner (2.143 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.49 sg:total)
Jeff Overton (1.03 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.414 sg:total)
Jonas Blixt (1.185 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.573 sg:total)
William McGirt (1.617 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.065 sg:total)
Russell Knox (1.971 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.443 sg:total)
Patton Kizzire (1.036 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.535 sg:total)
Rory Sabbatini (0.941 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.442 sg:total)
Graham DeLaet (1.692 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.245 sg:total)
Daniel Summerhays (1.5 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.057 sg:total)
Brian Stuard (0.96 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.524 sg:total)
John Huh (1.064 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.637 sg:total)
Tyrone Van Aswegen (0.644 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.25 sg:total)
Jim Furyk (2.422 sg:nicklaus design vs. 2.043 sg:total)
Kevin Kisner (1.714 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.341 sg:total)
Marc Leishman (1.968 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.623 sg:total)
Camilo Villegas (0.95 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.645 sg:total)
Blayne Barber (0.867 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.575 sg:total)
Stewart Cink (1.393 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.104 sg:total)
Sam Saunders (0.517 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.229 sg:total)

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

Martin Laird (-0.091 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.039 sg:total)
Vaughn Taylor (0.082 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.901 sg:total)
Brooks Koepka (1.183 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.937 sg:total)
Zach Johnson (0.908 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.65 sg:total)
Justin Thomas (1.002 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.725 sg:total)
Charl Schwartzel (1.013 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.704 sg:total)
Hudson Swafford (0.199 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.77 sg:total)
Danny Lee (0.537 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.059 sg:total)
Phil Mickelson (1.502 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.965 sg:total)
Jason Bohn (0.15 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.603 sg:total)
Charles Howell III (0.939 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.323 sg:total)
Morgan Hoffmann (0.242 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.611 sg:total)
Cameron Tringale (0.581 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.926 sg:total)
Chris Stroud (0.397 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.729 sg:total)
Roberto Castro (0.131 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.461 sg:total)
Ken Duke (-0.35 sg:nicklaus design vs. -0.045 sg:total)
Erik Compton (0.145 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.443 sg:total)
Seung-yul Noh (0.436 sg:nicklaus design vs. 0.728 sg:total)
Russell Henley (0.952 sg:nicklaus design vs. 1.24 sg:total)
Jason Day (2.415 sg:nicklaus design vs. 2.687 sg:total)

Last Updated: July 24th, 2017