Performance on Pete Dye Courses

Pete Dye is one of the most famous course designers in the world. He is most known for his visual intimidation tactics. Whether it’s blind approach shots, blind tee shots, or a barrage of hazards to distract you from the task at hand.

Golfers must have at least 30 rounds on Pete Dye Courses (since 2014) to qualify.

This stat gets bucketed into a “fun to look at” stat but hasn’t proven extremely predictive. For more predictive stats, head over to the Numberball Stats page.

Top 25 Performers on Pete Dye Courses (since 2014)

Adam Scott (3.12 sg:total)
Jason Day (3.048 sg:total)
Dustin Johnson (2.97 sg:total)
Rory McIlroy (2.874 sg:total)
Matt Kuchar (2.839 sg:total)
Justin Rose (2.649 sg:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (2.445 sg:total)
Webb Simpson (2.411 sg:total)
Bryson DeChambeau (2.389 sg:total)
Brooks Koepka (2.388 sg:total)
Ian Poulter (2.366 sg:total)
Emiliano Grillo (2.187 sg:total)
Si Woo Kim (2.161 sg:total)
Paul Casey (2.11 sg:total)
Keegan Bradley (1.986 sg:total)
Bubba Watson (1.983 sg:total)
Sergio Garcia (1.967 sg:total)
Jim Furyk (1.966 sg:total)
Jordan Spieth (1.947 sg:total)
C.T. Pan (1.886 sg:total)
Jhonattan Vegas (1.84 sg:total)
Kevin Kisner (1.838 sg:total)
Bo Van Pelt (1.817 sg:total)
Patrick Reed (1.816 sg:total)
Russell Henley (1.799 sg:total)

Top 25 Pete Dye Specialists
(Pete Dye vs. Expected Strokes Gained)

Si Woo Kim (2.161 sg:pete dye vs. 1.011 sg:total)
Blayne Barber (1.497 sg:pete dye vs. 0.601 sg:total)
Adam Scott (3.12 sg:pete dye vs. 2.277 sg:total)
John Senden (1.371 sg:pete dye vs. 0.609 sg:total)
Jhonattan Vegas (1.84 sg:pete dye vs. 1.08 sg:total)
Ian Poulter (2.366 sg:pete dye vs. 1.611 sg:total)
C.T. Pan (1.886 sg:pete dye vs. 1.149 sg:total)
Cameron Tringale (1.299 sg:pete dye vs. 0.612 sg:total)
Freddie Jacobson (1.07 sg:pete dye vs. 0.449 sg:total)
Matt Kuchar (2.839 sg:pete dye vs. 2.244 sg:total)
Bryson DeChambeau (2.389 sg:pete dye vs. 1.801 sg:total)
Rory Sabbatini (1.568 sg:pete dye vs. 1.031 sg:total)
Emiliano Grillo (2.187 sg:pete dye vs. 1.657 sg:total)
Chris Kirk (1.669 sg:pete dye vs. 1.164 sg:total)
Brian Harman (1.63 sg:pete dye vs. 1.159 sg:total)
Chesson Hadley (1.356 sg:pete dye vs. 0.893 sg:total)
J.J. Henry (0.714 sg:pete dye vs. 0.252 sg:total)
Brice Garnett (1.029 sg:pete dye vs. 0.57 sg:total)
Russell Henley (1.799 sg:pete dye vs. 1.387 sg:total)
Keegan Bradley (1.986 sg:pete dye vs. 1.603 sg:total)
Billy Hurley III (0.847 sg:pete dye vs. 0.472 sg:total)
Ernie Els (0.743 sg:pete dye vs. 0.386 sg:total)
Kevin Kisner (1.838 sg:pete dye vs. 1.489 sg:total)
David Hearn (1.057 sg:pete dye vs. 0.714 sg:total)
J.B. Holmes (1.679 sg:pete dye vs. 1.343 sg:total)

Top 25 Pete Dye Anti-Specialists
(Pete Dye vs. Expected Strokes Gained)

Rickie Fowler (1.254 sg:pete dye vs. 2.506 sg:total)
Sean O’Hair (-0.358 sg:pete dye vs. 0.892 sg:total)
Sung Kang (-0.185 sg:pete dye vs. 0.973 sg:total)
Derek Fathauer (-1.012 sg:pete dye vs. 0.078 sg:total)
Michael Kim (-0.772 sg:pete dye vs. 0.227 sg:total)
Harris English (0.2 sg:pete dye vs. 1.015 sg:total)
Vaughn Taylor (0.356 sg:pete dye vs. 1.081 sg:total)
Ben Crane (-0.135 sg:pete dye vs. 0.578 sg:total)
Justin Thomas (1.757 sg:pete dye vs. 2.442 sg:total)
Marc Leishman (1.28 sg:pete dye vs. 1.952 sg:total)
James Hahn (0.336 sg:pete dye vs. 0.998 sg:total)
Tony Finau (1.396 sg:pete dye vs. 2.032 sg:total)
John Huh (0.16 sg:pete dye vs. 0.78 sg:total)
Aaron Baddeley (0.412 sg:pete dye vs. 1.021 sg:total)
Martin Laird (0.66 sg:pete dye vs. 1.234 sg:total)
Shawn Stefani (0.193 sg:pete dye vs. 0.726 sg:total)
Jordan Spieth (1.947 sg:pete dye vs. 2.477 sg:total)
Nick Taylor (0.379 sg:pete dye vs. 0.865 sg:total)
Chez Reavie (1.103 sg:pete dye vs. 1.547 sg:total)
Zach Johnson (1.298 sg:pete dye vs. 1.714 sg:total)
Lucas Glover (1.117 sg:pete dye vs. 1.517 sg:total)
Chad Campbell (0.327 sg:pete dye vs. 0.713 sg:total)
Charles Howell III (1.249 sg:pete dye vs. 1.63 sg:total)
Gary Woodland (1.498 sg:pete dye vs. 1.857 sg:total)
Michael Thompson (0.513 sg:pete dye vs. 0.869 sg:total)

Last Updated: June 18th, 2019


JON RAHM: The course I practiced at in the States in college for four years was a Pete Dye design, as well. There’s a lot of similarities, and I was able to win three times there. I guess I know how to play Pete Dye courses, but this one is a little bit different to the rest. Again, both of those I’ve won on previously, my ball-striking has been amazing. I mean, it’s been about one of the, the best it’s been in a long time in both those wins. I guess it just tells me the same thing: I need to really play good tee to green. And in both of those tournaments, a lot of times I sacrificed distance for fairway. -2018 PLAYERS

TIGER WOODS: No, no, it’s what Pete likes to do. Pete likes to, one, try and intimidate you visually, and then tries to really punish you for making a mistake. And this golf course, there’s only a few holes in which you can be aggressive off the tee length-wise and have an advantage, and there are a couple of the par-5s, maybe 14, as well. But generally we’re all kind of playing from the same spot, and that just opens up the field. -2018 PLAYERS

MATT KUCHAR: Hard to tell. Pete Dye and I have gotten along awfully well. My track record for Pete Dye courses have been awfully good. This course definitely goes down as one of my favorites. Anytime I get asked my favorite events of the year, this one is way up on my list. -2018 Harbour Town

Q. You seemed to like Pete’s course in Indianapolis pretty good the first time you played.
Yeah, that was different. Everything sort of widened at about 300. I liked that one. That was good. -2018 PLAYERS

ZACH JOHNSON: So it’s a beautiful Pete Dye, I’ve always been a big Pete Dye fan. Certainly to my eye I like his designs and excited about the opportunity. -2018 PGA WEST’s Stadium Course

MARTIN PILLER: Yeah, well I like the Stadium. I usually play well there. I played a bunch of Q-Schools there, just like I think a lot of guys in the field have, so I feel pretty comfortable on that course and I’ve always played it pretty well, so it suits my eye and I always like Pete Dye courses. -2018 PGA WEST

Q. Is that kind of one of the things with inexperience, just kind of having to learn these things from place to place and learn the tricks of how to play?
Yeah. I mean, learning the tricks is always important. Courses like this especially. This is a really tricky course, but I’d like to think that Karsten golf course at ASU is a Pete Dye design, so hopefully I can get some positivity. It’s not nearly as difficult, but maybe I can take back something that I learned there, and basically what I learned is that even if the hole is short, even being close to the green doesn’t mean you have a better chance of birdie. -2017 PLAYERS

Q. You’re going to The PLAYERS now. How much practice time have you spent at TPC Sawgrass? Do you get out there much? How forward are you looking to that?
I recently moved to Jacksonville, so that’s where I practice, where I play, where I spend all my spare time, I guess you’d say. Yeah, practiced with all the guys out there. They have got a great facility now, and yeah, I’m really actually really looking forward to playing that golf course in tournament condition. And I’ve always liked Pete Dye’s way with courses, so hopefully will have another good one there. -2017 TPC Louisiana

HUDSON SWAFFORD: I live an hour from here, didn’t have to get on a plane, grew up two and a half hours from here, Bermuda grass, it’s kind of home. I like playing on Bermuda. I like Pete Dye golf courses. -2016 PLAYERS

Q. Can you talk about the golf course a little and why this Pete Dye design fits you so well?
You know, I’ve always been a fan of Pete Dye golf courses. I know a lot of guys criticize him and aren’t big fans of him, but it seems like wherever there’s been a Pete Dye golf course I’ve always seemed to play well. With his designs, it’s a visual intimidation that he does off the tees and into greens and everything. And then when you get out there, you realize, man, there’s a lot more room or there’s a lot more green to hit to. I think it’s a mind game he plays with you.

I just for some reason seem to focus a little bit better on courses that he designs. Sometimes I tend to lose a little focus and just become a little too complacent knowing that I strike it so well that I think I can just hit any shot in here. I have to be a little bit more focused and committed to what I do. -2014 TPC Louisiana

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    • There are definitely similarities in a lot of Dye designs but each course has different maintenance techniques, renovations, etc.

      If you DM me on Twitter I can take a look at courses this includes and get back to you.

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