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 (3.194 sg:total)
Rory McIlroy (3.172 sg:total)
Jordan Spieth (2.846 sg:total)
Dustin Johnson (2.787 sg:total)
Sergio Garcia (2.716 sg:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (2.476 sg:total)
Jon Rahm (2.461 sg:total)
Phil Mickelson (2.242 sg:total)
Matt Kuchar (2.168 sg:total)
Henrik Stenson (2.108 sg:total)
Bill Haas (2.078 sg:total)
Adam Scott (2.066 sg:total)
Justin Rose (2.059 sg:total)
Rickie Fowler (2.039 sg:total)
Bubba Watson (2.023 sg:total)
Paul Casey (2.018 sg:total)
Daniel Berger (1.937 sg:total)
Brooks Koepka (1.9 sg:total)
Patrick Reed (1.863 sg:total)
J.B. Holmes (1.836 sg:total)
Jimmy Walker (1.804 sg:total)
Charl Schwartzel (1.797 sg:total)
Danny Willett (1.791 sg:total)
Shane Lowry (1.75 sg:total)
Francesco Molinari (1.731 sg:total)

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

Kevin Tway (1.217 sg:wind vs. 0.183 sg:total)
Danny Willett (1.791 sg:wind vs. 1.12 sg:total)
Tim Herron (0 sg:wind vs. -0.66 sg:total)
Brian Gay (0.747 sg:wind vs. 0.174 sg:total)
Alex Cejka (1.208 sg:wind vs. 0.658 sg:total)
Pat Perez (1.698 sg:wind vs. 1.157 sg:total)
Padraig Harrington (0.838 sg:wind vs. 0.301 sg:total)
Ben Martin (1.315 sg:wind vs. 0.799 sg:total)
Kelly Kraft (0.76 sg:wind vs. 0.249 sg:total)
George McNeill (1.394 sg:wind vs. 0.887 sg:total)
Nick Taylor (1.099 sg:wind vs. 0.595 sg:total)
Billy Hurley III (1.224 sg:wind vs. 0.732 sg:total)
Jason Day (3.194 sg:wind vs. 2.703 sg:total)
David Toms (1.155 sg:wind vs. 0.677 sg:total)
Brandon Hagy (0.999 sg:wind vs. 0.539 sg:total)
Brian Davis (0.538 sg:wind vs. 0.083 sg:total)
Chesson Hadley (0.683 sg:wind vs. 0.241 sg:total)
Eric Axley (0.067 sg:wind vs. -0.368 sg:total)
Ricky Barnes (0.922 sg:wind vs. 0.496 sg:total)
Tyler Aldridge (0.39 sg:wind vs. -0.031 sg:total)
J.B. Holmes (1.836 sg:wind vs. 1.421 sg:total)
Kevin Chappell (1.704 sg:wind vs. 1.32 sg:total)
Smylie Kaufman (1.075 sg:wind vs. 0.696 sg:total)
Jeff Overton (0.787 sg:wind vs. 0.414 sg:total)
Jason Gore (0.645 sg:wind vs. 0.295 sg:total)

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

James Driscoll (-1.492 sg:wind vs. -0.358 sg:total)
Victor Dubuisson (0.099 sg:wind vs. 0.947 sg:total)
Brad Fritsch (-0.614 sg:wind vs. 0.168 sg:total)
Miguel Angel Carballo (-1.319 sg:wind vs. -0.568 sg:total)
Steven Alker (-0.71 sg:wind vs. 0.038 sg:total)
Ryan Blaum (0.038 sg:wind vs. 0.727 sg:total)
Matt Every (-1.119 sg:wind vs. -0.444 sg:total)
Harold Varner III (0.079 sg:wind vs. 0.75 sg:total)
Alex Prugh (-0.473 sg:wind vs. 0.09 sg:total)
Justin Hicks (-0.524 sg:wind vs. 0.011 sg:total)
Brendan Steele (0.987 sg:wind vs. 1.519 sg:total)
D.A. Points (-0.549 sg:wind vs. -0.02 sg:total)
Jim Furyk (1.552 sg:wind vs. 2.065 sg:total)
Justin Leonard (-0.195 sg:wind vs. 0.286 sg:total)
Andres Romero (-0.198 sg:wind vs. 0.274 sg:total)
Fabian Gomez (0.029 sg:wind vs. 0.476 sg:total)
Michael Putnam (0.001 sg:wind vs. 0.448 sg:total)
Zach Johnson (1.182 sg:wind vs. 1.626 sg:total)
Derek Fathauer (-0.036 sg:wind vs. 0.398 sg:total)
K.J. Choi (0.203 sg:wind vs. 0.625 sg:total)
Patrick Rodgers (0.262 sg:wind vs. 0.68 sg:total)
Henrik Stenson (2.108 sg:wind vs. 2.504 sg:total)
Keegan Bradley (1.069 sg:wind vs. 1.461 sg:total)
Soren Kjeldsen (0.581 sg:wind vs. 0.966 sg:total)
Andrew Svoboda (-0.348 sg:wind vs. 0.037 sg:total)

Last Updated: July 17th, 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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    • 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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