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 (3.27 sg:total)
Rory McIlroy (3.215 sg:total)
Jordan Spieth (2.834 sg:total)
Dustin Johnson (2.811 sg:total)
Sergio Garcia (2.666 sg:total)
Jon Rahm (2.352 sg:total)
Phil Mickelson (2.257 sg:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (2.204 sg:total)
Henrik Stenson (2.133 sg:total)
Adam Scott (2.126 sg:total)
Matt Kuchar (2.116 sg:total)
Justin Rose (2.091 sg:total)
Bubba Watson (1.995 sg:total)
Rickie Fowler (1.99 sg:total)
Bill Haas (1.931 sg:total)
Daniel Berger (1.93 sg:total)
Paul Casey (1.915 sg:total)
Charl Schwartzel (1.902 sg:total)
Jimmy Walker (1.868 sg:total)
J.B. Holmes (1.827 sg:total)
Patrick Reed (1.82 sg:total)
Brooks Koepka (1.796 sg:total)
Danny Willett (1.791 sg:total)
Shane Lowry (1.786 sg:total)
Kevin Chappell (1.772 sg:total)

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

Kevin Tway (1.025 sg:wind vs. 0.009 sg:total)
Brandon Hagy (1.307 sg:wind vs. 0.618 sg:total)
Pat Perez (1.738 sg:wind vs. 1.133 sg:total)
Danny Willett (1.791 sg:wind vs. 1.202 sg:total)
Nick Taylor (1.138 sg:wind vs. 0.581 sg:total)
Alex Cejka (1.23 sg:wind vs. 0.676 sg:total)
Padraig Harrington (0.755 sg:wind vs. 0.201 sg:total)
George McNeill (1.394 sg:wind vs. 0.886 sg:total)
Jason Day (3.27 sg:wind vs. 2.762 sg:total)
Ben Martin (1.25 sg:wind vs. 0.744 sg:total)
Billy Hurley III (1.252 sg:wind vs. 0.756 sg:total)
David Toms (1.155 sg:wind vs. 0.662 sg:total)
Kevin Chappell (1.772 sg:wind vs. 1.292 sg:total)
Brian Davis (0.538 sg:wind vs. 0.069 sg:total)
Chesson Hadley (0.683 sg:wind vs. 0.229 sg:total)
Brian Gay (0.544 sg:wind vs. 0.12 sg:total)
Cameron Tringale (1.366 sg:wind vs. 0.953 sg:total)
Kelly Kraft (0.592 sg:wind vs. 0.184 sg:total)
Smylie Kaufman (1.159 sg:wind vs. 0.755 sg:total)
John Huh (1.078 sg:wind vs. 0.675 sg:total)
Jeff Overton (0.787 sg:wind vs. 0.401 sg:total)
J.B. Holmes (1.827 sg:wind vs. 1.443 sg:total)
Whee Kim (0.78 sg:wind vs. 0.404 sg:total)
Daniel Berger (1.93 sg:wind vs. 1.56 sg:total)
Boo Weekley (0.823 sg:wind vs. 0.457 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. -0.598 sg:total)
Steven Alker (-0.636 sg:wind vs. 0.077 sg:total)
Harold Varner III (0.063 sg:wind vs. 0.774 sg:total)
Matt Every (-1.151 sg:wind vs. -0.51 sg:total)
D.A. Points (-0.623 sg:wind vs. -0.016 sg:total)
Jim Furyk (1.525 sg:wind vs. 2.09 sg:total)
Alex Prugh (-0.473 sg:wind vs. 0.08 sg:total)
Brendan Steele (0.972 sg:wind vs. 1.498 sg:total)
Justin Hicks (-0.524 sg:wind vs. -0.009 sg:total)
Justin Leonard (-0.195 sg:wind vs. 0.272 sg:total)
Andres Romero (-0.159 sg:wind vs. 0.299 sg:total)
Michael Putnam (-0.069 sg:wind vs. 0.388 sg:total)
Patrick Rodgers (0.221 sg:wind vs. 0.674 sg:total)
Zach Johnson (1.207 sg:wind vs. 1.643 sg:total)
Keegan Bradley (1.047 sg:wind vs. 1.453 sg:total)
Jamie Lovemark (0.517 sg:wind vs. 0.91 sg:total)
K.J. Choi (0.249 sg:wind vs. 0.639 sg:total)
Fabian Gomez (0.058 sg:wind vs. 0.443 sg:total)
Steven Bowditch (-0.868 sg:wind vs. -0.486 sg:total)
Henrik Stenson (2.133 sg:wind vs. 2.515 sg:total)
Andrew Svoboda (-0.348 sg:wind vs. 0.023 sg:total)
Wes Roach (-0.388 sg:wind vs. -0.023 sg:total)
Michael Kim (0.38 sg:wind vs. 0.732 sg:total)

Last Updated: May 22nd, 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


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