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 (3.3 sg:total)
Rory McIlroy (3.215 sg:total)
Jordan Spieth (2.85 sg:total)
Dustin Johnson (2.811 sg:total)
Sergio Garcia (2.712 sg:total)
Jon Rahm (2.516 sg:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (2.253 sg:total)
Phil Mickelson (2.242 sg:total)
Henrik Stenson (2.133 sg:total)
Matt Kuchar (2.119 sg:total)
Adam Scott (2.11 sg:total)
Justin Rose (2.091 sg:total)
Rickie Fowler (2.03 sg:total)
Paul Casey (2.018 sg:total)
Bubba Watson (1.995 sg:total)
Bill Haas (1.986 sg:total)
Daniel Berger (1.93 sg:total)
Jimmy Walker (1.868 sg:total)
Charl Schwartzel (1.857 sg:total)
Patrick Reed (1.842 sg:total)
J.B. Holmes (1.827 sg:total)
Danny Willett (1.791 sg:total)
Shane Lowry (1.79 sg:total)
Brooks Koepka (1.784 sg:total)
Francesco Molinari (1.745 sg:total)

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

Kevin Tway (1.142 sg:wind vs. 0.11 sg:total)
Alex Cejka (1.271 sg:wind vs. 0.679 sg:total)
Danny Willett (1.791 sg:wind vs. 1.203 sg:total)
Kelly Kraft (0.775 sg:wind vs. 0.203 sg:total)
Billy Hurley III (1.288 sg:wind vs. 0.737 sg:total)
Padraig Harrington (0.781 sg:wind vs. 0.243 sg:total)
Jason Day (3.3 sg:wind vs. 2.768 sg:total)
Ben Martin (1.287 sg:wind vs. 0.756 sg:total)
Brian Gay (0.673 sg:wind vs. 0.147 sg:total)
George McNeill (1.394 sg:wind vs. 0.874 sg:total)
Pat Perez (1.659 sg:wind vs. 1.147 sg:total)
Nick Taylor (1.097 sg:wind vs. 0.586 sg:total)
David Toms (1.155 sg:wind vs. 0.663 sg:total)
Brandon Hagy (1.081 sg:wind vs. 0.604 sg:total)
Brian Davis (0.538 sg:wind vs. 0.069 sg:total)
Smylie Kaufman (1.159 sg:wind vs. 0.698 sg:total)
Chesson Hadley (0.683 sg:wind vs. 0.229 sg:total)
Tyler Aldridge (0.39 sg:wind vs. -0.043 sg:total)
Kevin Chappell (1.74 sg:wind vs. 1.31 sg:total)
J.B. Holmes (1.827 sg:wind vs. 1.405 sg:total)
Ricky Barnes (0.854 sg:wind vs. 0.439 sg:total)
Cameron Tringale (1.342 sg:wind vs. 0.934 sg:total)
Whee Kim (0.887 sg:wind vs. 0.489 sg:total)
Scott Piercy (1.434 sg:wind vs. 1.041 sg:total)
John Huh (1.051 sg:wind vs. 0.665 sg:total)

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

James Driscoll (-1.492 sg:wind vs. -0.38 sg:total)
Victor Dubuisson (0.099 sg:wind vs. 0.934 sg:total)
Miguel Angel Carballo (-1.382 sg:wind vs. -0.587 sg:total)
Steven Alker (-0.636 sg:wind vs. 0.072 sg:total)
Harold Varner III (0.093 sg:wind vs. 0.774 sg:total)
Matt Every (-1.149 sg:wind vs. -0.487 sg:total)
D.A. Points (-0.587 sg:wind vs. -0.027 sg:total)
Alex Prugh (-0.473 sg:wind vs. 0.08 sg:total)
Brendan Steele (0.944 sg:wind vs. 1.486 sg:total)
Patrick Rodgers (0.08 sg:wind vs. 0.615 sg:total)
Justin Hicks (-0.524 sg:wind vs. -0.009 sg:total)
Jim Furyk (1.525 sg:wind vs. 2.04 sg:total)
Michael Putnam (-0.069 sg:wind vs. 0.408 sg:total)
Justin Leonard (-0.195 sg:wind vs. 0.272 sg:total)
Zach Johnson (1.186 sg:wind vs. 1.622 sg:total)
Andres Romero (-0.159 sg:wind vs. 0.275 sg:total)
Jamie Lovemark (0.54 sg:wind vs. 0.96 sg:total)
Fabian Gomez (0.054 sg:wind vs. 0.467 sg:total)
Keegan Bradley (1.047 sg:wind vs. 1.432 sg:total)
Henrik Stenson (2.133 sg:wind vs. 2.515 sg:total)
Soren Kjeldsen (0.581 sg:wind vs. 0.958 sg:total)
K.J. Choi (0.263 sg:wind vs. 0.635 sg:total)
Andrew Svoboda (-0.348 sg:wind vs. 0.023 sg:total)
Wes Roach (-0.388 sg:wind vs. -0.023 sg:total)
Steven Bowditch (-0.874 sg:wind vs. -0.511 sg:total)

Last Updated: June 12th, 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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  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

  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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