Poa Annua Performance

The Fantasy Golfanac takes a look at fantasy golf performance and separates it out based on each grass type used. When the green surfaces are poa annua, they don’t have the grain you get from bermuda, but they are known to get very bumpy as the day progresses.

If you play in formats where you can swap in-and-out for each round, it is very beneficial to target the A.M. tee times even more so when poa annua greens are on tap. Some golfers can figure out how to putt on them, others get baffled.

* Minimum 30 rounds to qualify.
** Stats are adjusted to the strength of competition.
*** Strokes Gained indicates overall performance, not just putting. This is to account for iron shots in particular grass surfaces in addition to chipping on the particular grass.

Top 25 Performers on Poa Annua Greens (since 2013-14)

Dustin Johnson (3.564 strokes gained:total)
Jason Day (2.926 strokes gained:total)
Jordan Spieth (2.803 strokes gained:total)
Bubba Watson (2.506 strokes gained:total)
Shane Lowry (2.492 strokes gained:total)
Justin Rose (2.265 strokes gained:total)
Paul Casey (2.201 strokes gained:total)
Justin Thomas (2.087 strokes gained:total)
Martin Laird (2.039 strokes gained:total)
Jim Furyk (2.03 strokes gained:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (1.996 strokes gained:total)
Phil Mickelson (1.963 strokes gained:total)
Tony Finau (1.961 strokes gained:total)
J.B. Holmes (1.957 strokes gained:total)
Charl Schwartzel (1.922 strokes gained:total)
Emiliano Grillo (1.887 strokes gained:total)
Jason Dufner (1.846 strokes gained:total)
Matt Kuchar (1.838 strokes gained:total)
Brendan Steele (1.833 strokes gained:total)
Brandt Snedeker (1.827 strokes gained:total)
Kevin Na (1.729 strokes gained:total)
Harris English (1.713 strokes gained:total)
Jimmy Walker (1.673 strokes gained:total)
Sung Kang (1.655 strokes gained:total)
Vaughn Taylor (1.65 strokes gained:total)

Top 25 Poa Specialists
(Poa vs. Expected Strokes Gained)

Carlos Ortiz (1.566 sg:poa vs. 0.34 sg:total)
Kyle Reifers (1.602 sg:poa vs. 0.669 sg:total)
Martin Laird (2.039 sg:poa vs. 1.116 sg:total)
Scott Stallings (1.317 sg:poa vs. 0.407 sg:total)
Dustin Johnson (3.564 sg:poa vs. 2.663 sg:total)
Shane Lowry (2.492 sg:poa vs. 1.601 sg:total)
Charlie Beljan (0.143 sg:poa vs. -0.74 sg:total)
K.J. Choi (1.459 sg:poa vs. 0.659 sg:total)
Will MacKenzie (1.204 sg:poa vs. 0.435 sg:total)
Vaughn Taylor (1.65 sg:poa vs. 0.921 sg:total)
Derek Fathauer (0.959 sg:poa vs. 0.333 sg:total)
Sung Kang (1.655 sg:poa vs. 1.056 sg:total)
Jhonattan Vegas (1.368 sg:poa vs. 0.794 sg:total)
Brendon Todd (1.188 sg:poa vs. 0.624 sg:total)
D.A. Points (0.543 sg:poa vs. 0.031 sg:total)
Bubba Watson (2.506 sg:poa vs. 2.001 sg:total)
Tyrone Van Aswegen (0.857 sg:poa vs. 0.356 sg:total)
J.B. Holmes (1.957 sg:poa vs. 1.459 sg:total)
Luke Guthrie (0.951 sg:poa vs. 0.459 sg:total)
Matt Jones (1.417 sg:poa vs. 0.945 sg:total)
Jason Kokrak (1.614 sg:poa vs. 1.158 sg:total)
Harris English (1.713 sg:poa vs. 1.27 sg:total)
Nick Watney (1.381 sg:poa vs. 0.966 sg:total)
Emiliano Grillo (1.887 sg:poa vs. 1.479 sg:total)
Jonas Blixt (0.979 sg:poa vs. 0.581 sg:total)

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

Rickie Fowler (0.938 sg:poa vs. 2.248 sg:total)
Russell Knox (0.558 sg:poa vs. 1.454 sg:total)
Steve Wheatcroft (-0.487 sg:poa vs. 0.396 sg:total)
Francesco Molinari (0.981 sg:poa vs. 1.823 sg:total)
Russell Henley (0.43 sg:poa vs. 1.269 sg:total)
Ben Martin (0.042 sg:poa vs. 0.846 sg:total)
Shawn Stefani (0.048 sg:poa vs. 0.837 sg:total)
Brendon de Jonge (-0.184 sg:poa vs. 0.599 sg:total)
Carl Pettersson (-0.535 sg:poa vs. 0.116 sg:total)
John Huh (-0.018 sg:poa vs. 0.63 sg:total)
Chris Kirk (0.599 sg:poa vs. 1.178 sg:total)
Chad Campbell (0.435 sg:poa vs. 1.01 sg:total)
Matt Every (-0.912 sg:poa vs. -0.338 sg:total)
Alex Cejka (0.09 sg:poa vs. 0.658 sg:total)
Marc Leishman (1.175 sg:poa vs. 1.724 sg:total)
Greg Owen (-0.404 sg:poa vs. 0.122 sg:total)
Webb Simpson (1.031 sg:poa vs. 1.541 sg:total)
Danny Lee (0.54 sg:poa vs. 1.038 sg:total)
Kevin Chappell (0.946 sg:poa vs. 1.396 sg:total)
Troy Merritt (-0.047 sg:poa vs. 0.403 sg:total)
Chad Collins (-0.157 sg:poa vs. 0.271 sg:total)
Jason Gore (-0.143 sg:poa vs. 0.274 sg:total)
Chris Stroud (0.309 sg:poa vs. 0.723 sg:total)
Daniel Berger (1.253 sg:poa vs. 1.657 sg:total)
David Hearn (0.526 sg:poa vs. 0.927 sg:total)

Last Updated: October 10th, 2017

Golfer Quotes

BRANDT SNEDEKER: “He has that pop stroke and he gets the ball rolling. He’s always loved po. The worse the greens are, he’s better on them. So many others putt defensively and he doesn’t.” –USAToday.com

ANDRES GONZALES: I like tree-lined courses with big trees, and poa annua grass is what I’ve grown up on with the greens, so I feel pretty comfortable out here.

All quotes from ASAPsports.com unless otherwise noted.