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/pitching on the particular grass.

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

Dustin Johnson (3.573 strokes gained:total)
Jason Day (2.938 strokes gained:total)
Jordan Spieth (2.812 strokes gained:total)
Bubba Watson (2.514 strokes gained:total)
Shane Lowry (2.506 strokes gained:total)
Justin Rose (2.275 strokes gained:total)
Justin Thomas (2.25 strokes gained:total)
Paul Casey (2.212 strokes gained:total)
Martin Laird (2.053 strokes gained:total)
Jim Furyk (2.037 strokes gained:total)
Phil Mickelson (1.98 strokes gained:total)
Tony Finau (1.976 strokes gained:total)
Brendan Steele (1.971 strokes gained:total)
J.B. Holmes (1.965 strokes gained:total)
Charl Schwartzel (1.929 strokes gained:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (1.923 strokes gained:total)
Emiliano Grillo (1.91 strokes gained:total)
Jason Dufner (1.854 strokes gained:total)
Matt Kuchar (1.848 strokes gained:total)
Brandt Snedeker (1.836 strokes gained:total)
Patrick Reed (1.781 strokes gained:total)
Gary Woodland (1.755 strokes gained:total)
Harris English (1.721 strokes gained:total)
Sung Kang (1.678 strokes gained:total)
Chez Reavie (1.673 strokes gained:total)

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

Carlos Ortiz (1.571 sg:poa vs. 0.358 sg:total)
Martin Laird (2.053 sg:poa vs. 1.111 sg:total)
Kyle Reifers (1.612 sg:poa vs. 0.675 sg:total)
Shane Lowry (2.506 sg:poa vs. 1.604 sg:total)
Scott Stallings (1.322 sg:poa vs. 0.43 sg:total)
Dustin Johnson (3.573 sg:poa vs. 2.692 sg:total)
K.J. Choi (1.466 sg:poa vs. 0.647 sg:total)
Charlie Beljan (0.084 sg:poa vs. -0.734 sg:total)
Jhonattan Vegas (1.601 sg:poa vs. 0.798 sg:total)
Vaughn Taylor (1.66 sg:poa vs. 0.965 sg:total)
D.A. Points (0.552 sg:poa vs. -0.109 sg:total)
Derek Fathauer (0.972 sg:poa vs. 0.346 sg:total)
Will MacKenzie (1.062 sg:poa vs. 0.446 sg:total)
Sung Kang (1.678 sg:poa vs. 1.064 sg:total)
Bubba Watson (2.514 sg:poa vs. 1.963 sg:total)
Seung-yul Noh (1.326 sg:poa vs. 0.776 sg:total)
Brendon Todd (1.157 sg:poa vs. 0.609 sg:total)
J.B. Holmes (1.965 sg:poa vs. 1.423 sg:total)
Jonas Blixt (1.037 sg:poa vs. 0.519 sg:total)
Matt Jones (1.429 sg:poa vs. 0.913 sg:total)
Harris English (1.721 sg:poa vs. 1.222 sg:total)
Nick Watney (1.391 sg:poa vs. 0.899 sg:total)
Tyrone Van Aswegen (0.861 sg:poa vs. 0.389 sg:total)
Angel Cabrera (0.701 sg:poa vs. 0.244 sg:total)
Emiliano Grillo (1.91 sg:poa vs. 1.459 sg:total)

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

Rickie Fowler (0.944 sg:poa vs. 2.283 sg:total)
Ben Martin (-0.128 sg:poa vs. 0.839 sg:total)
Russell Knox (0.466 sg:poa vs. 1.425 sg:total)
Russell Henley (0.436 sg:poa vs. 1.277 sg:total)
Francesco Molinari (0.987 sg:poa vs. 1.803 sg:total)
Shawn Stefani (0.065 sg:poa vs. 0.843 sg:total)
Steve Wheatcroft (-0.47 sg:poa vs. 0.3 sg:total)
Brendon de Jonge (-0.18 sg:poa vs. 0.59 sg:total)
Alex Cejka (0.098 sg:poa vs. 0.73 sg:total)
Carl Pettersson (-0.542 sg:poa vs. 0.062 sg:total)
Billy Hurley III (0.103 sg:poa vs. 0.682 sg:total)
Jason Gore (-0.33 sg:poa vs. 0.247 sg:total)
Chris Kirk (0.615 sg:poa vs. 1.185 sg:total)
Matt Every (-0.909 sg:poa vs. -0.339 sg:total)
John Huh (0.088 sg:poa vs. 0.647 sg:total)
Danny Lee (0.495 sg:poa vs. 1.035 sg:total)
Brooks Koepka (1.521 sg:poa vs. 2.049 sg:total)
Greg Owen (-0.395 sg:poa vs. 0.129 sg:total)
Webb Simpson (1.045 sg:poa vs. 1.562 sg:total)
David Hearn (0.422 sg:poa vs. 0.934 sg:total)
Marc Leishman (1.256 sg:poa vs. 1.751 sg:total)
Chad Campbell (0.485 sg:poa vs. 0.963 sg:total)
Brian Harman (0.763 sg:poa vs. 1.231 sg:total)
Kevin Chappell (0.964 sg:poa vs. 1.394 sg:total)
Chad Collins (-0.119 sg:poa vs. 0.281 sg:total)

Last Updated: January 19, 2018

Golfer Quotes

Q. Brandt, as someone who’s been a great putter since birth, do you feel you have a bigger advantage on pristine greens or less-than-great greens?
I love poa annua so I think I have an advantage on poa annua because, for whatever reason, I’ve always putted really well out here. I have a patience level to be able to do it. I’ve always putted really well on bent. For whatever reason I’ve struggled on bermuda a little bit. I have a tough time reading grain even though I grew up on bermuda greens, too those have kind of been my weak links, I guess. I struggled in Hawaii this year. I seem to struggle there every year putting for whatever reason. But I think poa is my favorite surface to be on. To love poa, you’ve got to love days like today where you hit good putts and they don’t go in and that’s just part of it. -2017 Torrey Pines

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. -2014 at Silverado Resort and Spa

PAUL CASEY: It adds to the beauty because I love playing on po greens. They’ve got a little bent in there as well. -2016 Travelers

Q. You’re a California guy. Are you used to poa annua greens?
Oh, love it. I grew up on it, I grew up on greens way worse than this at times. So yeah, nothing like a little afternoon poa to get you going. -2018 Safeway Open

Hudson Swafford: Yeah, I kind of struggled after the win a little bit, nothing with the win, it was just kind of struggled, I kind of struggled on the West Coast poa, I’ve done that my whole career so fortunately this year I get to take a few of those events off. -2018 CareerBuilder

Hideki Matsuyama: But the greens are poa annua greens, so that will be challenging for me. -2017 Glen Oaks

All quotes from ASAPsports.com unless otherwise noted.