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 30 Rounds to Qualify.
** Adjusted to the strength of competition.

Top 25 Performers in the Wind (since 2014)

Rory McIlroy (3.234 sg:total)
Jason Day (3.13 sg:total)
Jordan Spieth (2.883 sg:total)
Sergio Garcia (2.8 sg:total)
Dustin Johnson (2.758 sg:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (2.615 sg:total)
Jon Rahm (2.448 sg:total)
Phil Mickelson (2.231 sg:total)
Matt Kuchar (2.201 sg:total)
Henrik Stenson (2.157 sg:total)
Rickie Fowler (2.134 sg:total)
Adam Scott (2.079 sg:total)
Bill Haas (2.059 sg:total)
Paul Casey (2.055 sg:total)
Justin Rose (2.033 sg:total)
Brooks Koepka (1.977 sg:total)
Patrick Reed (1.934 sg:total)
Daniel Berger (1.864 sg:total)
Jimmy Walker (1.862 sg:total)
Bubba Watson (1.85 sg:total)
Kevin Chappell (1.765 sg:total)
Charl Schwartzel (1.76 sg:total)
J.B. Holmes (1.739 sg:total)
Gary Woodland (1.72 sg:total)
Tony Finau (1.71 sg:total)

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

Kevin Tway (1.264 sg:wind vs. 0.393 sg:total)
Danny Willett (1.544 sg:wind vs. 0.869 sg:total)
Tim Herron (0.047 sg:wind vs. -0.588 sg:total)
Alex Cejka (1.252 sg:wind vs. 0.67 sg:total)
Padraig Harrington (0.88 sg:wind vs. 0.317 sg:total)
George McNeill (1.416 sg:wind vs. 0.87 sg:total)
Billy Hurley III (1.249 sg:wind vs. 0.723 sg:total)
Brian Gay (0.746 sg:wind vs. 0.231 sg:total)
Tyler Aldridge (0.433 sg:wind vs. -0.06 sg:total)
Ben Martin (1.325 sg:wind vs. 0.856 sg:total)
David Toms (1.18 sg:wind vs. 0.718 sg:total)
Nick Taylor (1.104 sg:wind vs. 0.67 sg:total)
Ricky Barnes (0.968 sg:wind vs. 0.544 sg:total)
Brian Davis (0.532 sg:wind vs. 0.114 sg:total)
Jason Day (3.13 sg:wind vs. 2.727 sg:total)
Brandon Hagy (1.099 sg:wind vs. 0.696 sg:total)
Jason Gore (0.683 sg:wind vs. 0.284 sg:total)
Chesson Hadley (0.715 sg:wind vs. 0.347 sg:total)
Jeff Overton (0.826 sg:wind vs. 0.459 sg:total)
Sergio Garcia (2.8 sg:wind vs. 2.435 sg:total)
Charles Howell III (1.64 sg:wind vs. 1.281 sg:total)
Kevin Chappell (1.765 sg:wind vs. 1.409 sg:total)
Sung Kang (1.469 sg:wind vs. 1.116 sg:total)
Scott Piercy (1.37 sg:wind vs. 1.022 sg:total)
Kelly Kraft (0.574 sg:wind vs. 0.229 sg:total)

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

Harold Varner III (0.154 sg:wind vs. 0.896 sg:total)
Matt Every (-1.025 sg:wind vs. -0.326 sg:total)
Miguel Angel Carballo (-1.168 sg:wind vs. -0.524 sg:total)
Alex Prugh (-0.444 sg:wind vs. 0.135 sg:total)
Justin Hicks (-0.48 sg:wind vs. 0.055 sg:total)
Justin Leonard (-0.161 sg:wind vs. 0.331 sg:total)
Fabian Gomez (0.06 sg:wind vs. 0.527 sg:total)
K.J. Choi (0.207 sg:wind vs. 0.67 sg:total)
Andres Romero (-0.186 sg:wind vs. 0.274 sg:total)
Jim Furyk (1.548 sg:wind vs. 2.004 sg:total)
Keegan Bradley (1.086 sg:wind vs. 1.536 sg:total)
Michael Putnam (0.038 sg:wind vs. 0.485 sg:total)
Patrick Rodgers (0.244 sg:wind vs. 0.682 sg:total)
Justin Thomas (1.476 sg:wind vs. 1.912 sg:total)
D.A. Points (-0.472 sg:wind vs. -0.039 sg:total)
Davis Love III (-0.289 sg:wind vs. 0.14 sg:total)
Henrik Stenson (2.157 sg:wind vs. 2.575 sg:total)
Justin Rose (2.033 sg:wind vs. 2.439 sg:total)
Andrew Svoboda (-0.324 sg:wind vs. 0.08 sg:total)
Brendan Steele (1.149 sg:wind vs. 1.546 sg:total)
Wes Roach (-0.345 sg:wind vs. 0.041 sg:total)
Zach Johnson (1.336 sg:wind vs. 1.72 sg:total)
Ben Crane (0.141 sg:wind vs. 0.517 sg:total)
Soren Kjeldsen (0.689 sg:wind vs. 1.048 sg:total)
Derek Fathauer (0.004 sg:wind vs. 0.344 sg:total)

Last Updated: Octboer 16th, 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?

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  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.

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    • 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.

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

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  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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  11. 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 4.18.17 was the last update? Much appreciated.
    Thank you

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  12. Hi Josh –

    Just hoping we can get a refresh on all the relevant sheets for the USO. Good luck in DK this week.

    Thank you.

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    • Haha all about consistency. Some golfers pick up a reputation based on one event or one round played in the wind.

      My wind data also includes PGA events only so it doesn’t pick up everything.

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