Bentgrass or Poa Annua Performance

If you want to lump greens into categories, you could probably start with grainy versus not grainy. Or you could base it on region (Cool-Season Grasses versus Warm-Season Grasses).

When it comes to Bentgrass or Poa Annua greens they are most typically found cool-season regions and would be classified as no grain, when you compare to Bermudagrass and/or paspalum.

A golfer’s performance on one typically correlates pretty well to the other. This angle lumps bentgrass and poa annua performance together. So let’s see who shines…

* Minimum 30 rounds to qualify. Stats are time-weighted and adjusted to the strength of competition.

Top 25 Performers on Bent/Poa Greens (since 2014)

Dustin Johnson (3.141 strokes gained:total)
Justin Rose (2.863 strokes gained:total)
Rory McIlroy (2.846 strokes gained:total)
Jason Day (2.815 strokes gained:total)
Brooks Koepka (2.639 strokes gained:total)
Jordan Spieth (2.605 strokes gained:total)
Henrik Stenson (2.558 strokes gained:total)
Jon Rahm (2.555 strokes gained:total)
Justin Thomas (2.516 strokes gained:total)
Rickie Fowler (2.504 strokes gained:total)
Tommy Fleetwood (2.476 strokes gained:total)
Patrick Cantlay (2.424 strokes gained:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (2.388 strokes gained:total)
Paul Casey (2.378 strokes gained:total)
Tony Finau (2.373 strokes gained:total)
Tiger Woods (2.232 strokes gained:total)
Phil Mickelson (2.23 strokes gained:total)
Adam Scott (2.141 strokes gained:total)
Patrick Reed (2.116 strokes gained:total)
Tyrrell Hatton (2.101 strokes gained:total)
Matt Kuchar (2.089 strokes gained:total)
Francesco Molinari (2.085 strokes gained:total)
Bubba Watson (2.061 strokes gained:total)
Rafa Cabrera Bello (2.049 strokes gained:total)
Xander Schauffele (1.994 strokes gained:total)

Top 25 Bent/Poa Specialists
(Bent/Poa Performance vs. Expected Strokes Gained)

Curtis Luck (1.048 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.279 sg:total)
Tom Lovelady (1.131 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.378 sg:total)
Stephan Jaeger (0.718 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.237 sg:total)
Hao Tong Li (1.136 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.672 sg:total)
Robert Streb (1.099 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.705 sg:total)
Peter Uihlein (1.339 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.958 sg:total)
Alex Prugh (0.685 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.324 sg:total)
Sam Ryder (1.431 sg:bent/poa vs. 1.073 sg:total)
Scott Stallings (1.187 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.843 sg:total)
Whee Kim (0.731 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.39 sg:total)
Brooks Koepka (2.639 sg:bent/poa vs. 2.302 sg:total)
Thorbjorn Olesen (1.718 sg:bent/poa vs. 1.384 sg:total)
Derek Fathauer (0.464 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.13 sg:total)
Bronson Burgoon (1.11 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.784 sg:total)
Tyrrell Hatton (2.101 sg:bent/poa vs. 1.778 sg:total)
Tony Finau (2.373 sg:bent/poa vs. 2.07 sg:total)
Mackenzie Hughes (1.145 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.844 sg:total)
Danny Willett (0.839 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.539 sg:total)
Joaquin Niemann (1.592 sg:bent/poa vs. 1.302 sg:total)
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (1.438 sg:bent/poa vs. 1.147 sg:total)
Chris Stroud (0.934 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.651 sg:total)
Wes Roach (0.36 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.078 sg:total)
Kevin Tway (1.365 sg:bent/poa vs. 1.084 sg:total)
Ben Silverman (0.744 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.464 sg:total)
John Senden (0.872 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.619 sg:total)

Top 25 Bent/Poa Anti-Specialists
(Bent/Poa Performance vs. Expected Strokes Gained)

Keith Mitchell (0.583 sg:bent/poa vs. 1.251 sg:total)
Nicholas Lindheim (-0.598 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.035 sg:total)
Denny McCarthy (0.482 sg:bent/poa vs. 1.074 sg:total)
Martin Piller (-0.6 sg:bent/poa vs. -0.063 sg:total)
Roger Sloan (-0.342 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.125 sg:total)
Corey Conners (0.45 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.859 sg:total)
J.J. Spaun (0.602 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.996 sg:total)
Dominic Bozzelli (0.25 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.592 sg:total)
Rory Sabbatini (0.609 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.938 sg:total)
Lucas Glover (1.197 sg:bent/poa vs. 1.516 sg:total)
Chesson Hadley (0.584 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.899 sg:total)
Ryan Moore (1.377 sg:bent/poa vs. 1.683 sg:total)
Andrew Landry (0.44 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.724 sg:total)
Adam Schenk (0.63 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.913 sg:total)
Graeme McDowell (0.95 sg:bent/poa vs. 1.21 sg:total)
Matt Every (-0.533 sg:bent/poa vs. -0.273 sg:total)
Austin Cook (1.058 sg:bent/poa vs. 1.308 sg:total)
Trey Mullinax (0.677 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.925 sg:total)
Ollie Schniederjans (0.67 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.914 sg:total)
Shawn Stefani (0.513 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.755 sg:total)
Sean O’Hair (0.654 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.894 sg:total)
Webb Simpson (1.832 sg:bent/poa vs. 2.071 sg:total)
Grayson Murray (0.231 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.469 sg:total)
Brian Stuard (0.549 sg:bent/poa vs. 0.784 sg:total)
Chris Kirk (0.942 sg:bent/poa vs. 1.169 sg:total)

Last Updated:May 10th, 2019

Golfer Quotes

ZACH JOHNSON: Yeah, typically wet conditions are not favorable for me, but this course does have some rough, and it is penal if you hit it in the rough. I think the greens are good. I like bentgrass greens. That’s what I grew up on. I can see the breaks, I can see the lines. -2016 Crooked Stick

Q. Is it the bentgrass greens?
Those are always nice. Any time you can get bentgrass greens, that just means one less factor. You don’t have all that really grainy Bermuda. -2016 Colonial

BRYCE MOLDER: But more than anything, these greens, I absolutely love. I wait all year to get on bentgrass greens. We’re finally here. I putted well last week. So for me, that’s where I get my momentum. -2016 Colonial

Q. You had success at the Travelers in New England. Is there anything similar to this course to that course?
Yeah, I’ve always enjoyed — a lot of the amateur golf we played in high school and college was played on this northern bentgrass, really good turf, and I enjoy playing golf on this turf. Yeah, the courses up here suit me. I think they’re beautiful. And down south this time of year it can get so humid that Bermuda is totally different. It’s a great time of year to be in the northeast. – 2015 @ TPC Boston

Q. Is there something about the style of golf up here, maybe the style of the course that kind of fits your style?
You know, I love bentgrass greens, that’s what I play up at home. That’s what I grew up on. I feel comfortable last week and this week on that type of surface. -2013 @ TPC Boston