Strokes Gained Performance in the Wind

The Fantasy Golfanac considers windy rounds to be any round where the average wind is at least 14 mph for the day. It’s near impossible to consider wind by wave and/or player as gusts can come and go by the hour or even by the minute. So using the entire day grabs an overall feel for whether it was a windy day or not but this is not an exact science.

This data should be taken as a supplement to prior research, not a leading factor AKA use this as a tiebreaker if needed, on weeks with heavy winds in the forecast.

* Minimum 25 Rounds to Qualify.
** Adjusted to strength of competition.

Top 25 Performers in the Wind (since 2014)

Jason Day (3.381 sg:total)
Rory McIlroy (3.254 sg:total)
Jordan Spieth (2.892 sg:total)
Dustin Johnson (2.731 sg:total)
Sergio Garcia (2.604 sg:total)
Phil Mickelson (2.292 sg:total)
Matt Kuchar (2.202 sg:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (2.184 sg:total)
Justin Rose (2.161 sg:total)
Henrik Stenson (2.109 sg:total)
Daniel Berger (2.093 sg:total)
Adam Scott (2.078 sg:total)
Rickie Fowler (2.051 sg:total)
J.B. Holmes (2.024 sg:total)
Bubba Watson (1.991 sg:total)
Bill Haas (1.981 sg:total)
Paul Casey (1.894 sg:total)
Charl Schwartzel (1.889 sg:total)
Jimmy Walker (1.842 sg:total)
Danny Willett (1.787 sg:total)
Patrick Reed (1.786 sg:total)
Ryan Moore (1.781 sg:total)
Lee Westwood (1.769 sg:total)
Shane Lowry (1.749 sg:total)
Steve Stricker (1.664 sg:total)

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

Tim Herron (0.126 sg:wind vs. -0.65 sg:total)
Alex Cejka (1.497 sg:wind vs. 0.727 sg:total)
Tyler Aldridge (0.976 sg:wind vs. 0.21 sg:total)
Jason Day (3.381 sg:wind vs. 2.768 sg:total)
J.B. Holmes (2.024 sg:wind vs. 1.446 sg:total)
Padraig Harrington (0.753 sg:wind vs. 0.201 sg:total)
Kelly Kraft (0.749 sg:wind vs. 0.21 sg:total)
Daniel Berger (2.093 sg:wind vs. 1.575 sg:total)
Danny Willett (1.787 sg:wind vs. 1.272 sg:total)
Chesson Hadley (0.765 sg:wind vs. 0.252 sg:total)
George McNeill (1.392 sg:wind vs. 0.886 sg:total)
David Toms (1.15 sg:wind vs. 0.662 sg:total)
Ben Martin (1.182 sg:wind vs. 0.698 sg:total)
Billy Hurley III (1.168 sg:wind vs. 0.687 sg:total)
Brian Davis (0.536 sg:wind vs. 0.069 sg:total)
Cameron Tringale (1.407 sg:wind vs. 0.94 sg:total)
Ricky Barnes (0.863 sg:wind vs. 0.415 sg:total)
Eric Axley (0.063 sg:wind vs. -0.379 sg:total)
Whee Kim (0.837 sg:wind vs. 0.408 sg:total)
Nick Taylor (0.885 sg:wind vs. 0.467 sg:total)
Pat Perez (1.471 sg:wind vs. 1.066 sg:total)
John Peterson (0.748 sg:wind vs. 0.344 sg:total)
Jeff Overton (0.785 sg:wind vs. 0.401 sg:total)
Kevin Chappell (1.613 sg:wind vs. 1.234 sg:total)
Stuart Appleby (0.822 sg:wind vs. 0.452 sg:total)

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

James Driscoll (-1.496 sg:wind vs. -0.38 sg:total)
Victor Dubuisson (0.102 sg:wind vs. 0.934 sg:total)
D.A. Points (-0.823 sg:wind vs. -0.01 sg:total)
Harold Varner III (-0.053 sg:wind vs. 0.741 sg:total)
Matt Every (-1.131 sg:wind vs. -0.481 sg:total)
Jim Furyk (1.547 sg:wind vs. 2.116 sg:total)
Alex Prugh (-0.477 sg:wind vs. 0.08 sg:total)
Michael Putnam (-0.18 sg:wind vs. 0.365 sg:total)
Brendan Steele (0.949 sg:wind vs. 1.485 sg:total)
Justin Hicks (-0.527 sg:wind vs. -0.009 sg:total)
Justin Leonard (-0.229 sg:wind vs. 0.274 sg:total)
Jamie Lovemark (0.418 sg:wind vs. 0.883 sg:total)
Andres Romero (-0.162 sg:wind vs. 0.299 sg:total)
Zach Johnson (1.192 sg:wind vs. 1.651 sg:total)
Aaron Baddeley (0.262 sg:wind vs. 0.679 sg:total)
Patrick Rodgers (0.272 sg:wind vs. 0.684 sg:total)
Vaughn Taylor (0.483 sg:wind vs. 0.892 sg:total)
Fabian Gomez (0.069 sg:wind vs. 0.469 sg:total)
Brian Harman (0.641 sg:wind vs. 1.04 sg:total)
Henrik Stenson (2.109 sg:wind vs. 2.506 sg:total)
J.J. Henry (-0.341 sg:wind vs. 0.048 sg:total)
Andrew Svoboda (-0.352 sg:wind vs. 0.023 sg:total)
Wes Roach (-0.392 sg:wind vs. -0.023 sg:total)
Michael Kim (0.381 sg:wind vs. 0.746 sg:total)
Rod Pampling (-0.166 sg:wind vs. 0.192 sg:total)

Last Updated: April 18th, 2017

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  7. Thanks Josh,

    This is Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!

    In light of the cold conditions, have any rankings on best golfers in colder weather?

  8. Can someone explain the meaning of :
    1. (Wind vs. Expected Strokes Gained)
    2. Wind Anti-Specialists
    Does Anti-specialist mean they are bad wind players? Thanks in advance.

    • SG: Wind is the adjusted strokes gained per round when playing on a day where average wind speeds were greater than 14 mph.

      Expected Strokes Gained= baseline performance for all round (adjusted to strength of field)

      Wind Anti-Specialists are the golfers whose performance in windy rounds is the lowest when comparing to their baseline. So yes, Anti-Specialists would be bad wind players in this instance.

      • Thank you so much for the excellent and prompt response! Great article btw. Very interesting info. Have a wonderful evening!

  9. Hi Josh –
    I use your specialist documents weekly in my DFS preparation. Is there anyway we can get an update on this document; looks like 4.3.17 was the last update?
    Thank you


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