Hard GIR Specialists

The Fantasy Golfanac looks at the performance of each golfer on a course-by-course basis. This is crucial when it comes to finding value in daily fantasy golf formats or any weekly fantasy golf format that requires gamers to find value plays.

In this section, we look at performance when golfers tee it up on a course where greens are difficult to hit. We have defined difficulty-to-hit greens as any course where the field averages 61 percent or less in terms of greens hit in regulation.

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

Top 25 Performers on Hard GIR Courses (since 2014)

Patrick Cantlay (2.994 strokes gained:total)
Dustin Johnson (2.985 strokes gained:total)
Jordan Spieth (2.855 strokes gained:total)
Henrik Stenson (2.756 strokes gained:total)
Jason Day (2.701 strokes gained:total)
Justin Rose (2.653 strokes gained:total)
Rickie Fowler (2.615 strokes gained:total)
Xander Schauffele (2.554 strokes gained:total)
Rory McIlroy (2.54 strokes gained:total)
Matt Kuchar (2.528 strokes gained:total)
Tommy Fleetwood (2.462 strokes gained:total)
Sergio Garcia (2.422 strokes gained:total)
Brooks Koepka (2.367 strokes gained:total)
Paul Casey (2.326 strokes gained:total)
Adam Scott (2.317 strokes gained:total)
Tony Finau (2.271 strokes gained:total)
Patrick Reed (2.263 strokes gained:total)
Phil Mickelson (2.258 strokes gained:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (2.249 strokes gained:total)
Bubba Watson (2.245 strokes gained:total)
Steve Stricker (2.184 strokes gained:total)
Justin Thomas (2.149 strokes gained:total)
Charley Hoffman (2.022 strokes gained:total)
Jamie Lovemark (1.998 strokes gained:total)
Zach Johnson (1.975 strokes gained:total)

Top 25 Hard GIR Specialists (Hard GIR vs. Expected Strokes Gained)

John Senden (1.438 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.614 sg:total)
Dominic Bozzelli (1.387 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.607 sg:total)
Jamie Lovemark (1.999 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.292 sg:total)
Xander Schauffele (2.556 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.866 sg:total)
Wesley Bryan (1.027 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.342 sg:total)
Patrick Cantlay (2.995 sg:hard GIR vs. 2.332 sg:total)
Jonas Blixt (1.191 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.627 sg:total)
Chad Campbell (1.27 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.746 sg:total)
Bubba Watson (2.344 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.821 sg:total)
Steve Wheatcroft (0.87 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.349 sg:total)
Cameron Percy (1.142 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.622 sg:total)
Ricky Barnes (1.02 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.521 sg:total)
Charley Hoffman (2.042 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.548 sg:total)
Michael Kim (0.807 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.339 sg:total)
Alex Cejka (1.172 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.731 sg:total)
Bill Haas (1.794 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.365 sg:total)
Steve Stricker (2.127 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.699 sg:total)
Whee Kim (0.837 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.414 sg:total)
Austin Cook (1.757 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.335 sg:total)
Jason Dufner (1.602 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.189 sg:total)
Nick Watney (1.512 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.12 sg:total)
John Huh (1.169 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.789 sg:total)
Alex Noren (1.86 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.48 sg:total)
Jason Kokrak (1.821 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.456 sg:total)
Danny Willett (0.963 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.612 sg:total)

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

Patton Kizzire (-0.161 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.791 sg:total)
Martin Flores (-0.326 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.613 sg:total)
Scott Langley (-0.248 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.591 sg:total)
Cameron Smith (0.511 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.326 sg:total)
Si Woo Kim (0.327 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.065 sg:total)
Mackenzie Hughes (0.06 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.784 sg:total)
Harold Varner III (0.305 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.028 sg:total)
Ted Potter, Jr. (-0.191 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.458 sg:total)
Chris Stroud (0.052 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.679 sg:total)
Brice Garnett (0.003 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.598 sg:total)
Jon Rahm (1.981 sg:hard GIR vs. 2.569 sg:total)
Gary Woodland (1.263 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.844 sg:total)
Kevin Tway (0.532 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.079 sg:total)
Davis Love III (-0.51 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.017 sg:total)
Anirban Lahiri (0.468 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.954 sg:total)
David Hearn (0.282 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.754 sg:total)
Rory McIlroy (2.54 sg:hard GIR vs. 2.953 sg:total)
Bryson DeChambeau (1.482 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.854 sg:total)
Tyrrell Hatton (1.473 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.844 sg:total)
Roberto Castro (0.423 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.792 sg:total)
Justin Thomas (2.15 sg:hard GIR vs. 2.501 sg:total)
Webb Simpson (1.68 sg:hard GIR vs. 2.024 sg:total)
Chris Kirk (0.846 sg:hard GIR vs. 1.19 sg:total)
Johnson Wagner (0.514 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.856 sg:total)
Josh Teater (0.049 sg:hard GIR vs. 0.382 sg:total)

Last Updated: April 17th, 2019

This article has 9 comments

  1. hi josh – would you be able to update this specialist list to be more current?

    Much appreciated, and good luck this week.

  2. hi josh – would you be able to update this specialist list to be more current? all reports indicating that the greens are firm and not receptive.. this list might become very relevant

    Much appreciated, and good luck this week.

  3. Hi Josh –

    Can you please refresh the “Performance on Slow Greens” report, so it’s more up to date?

    Appreciate the work.

    Thank you,


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