Performance on Donald Ross Courses

Donald Ross is one of the game’s great course architects. Born in the late 1800s, he apprenticed under Old Tom Morris. He spent half a century at Pinehurt, and his most well-known creation is Pinehurst No. 2.

Ross is famous for his turtle-back greens that repel any shots that are less than perfect. The many tiers and slopes he creates always puts a premium on approach precision. Also in his repertoire are his grass-facing bunkers and large run-off areas around the greens. If you don’t have your A-game in terms of iron play, you better come prepared and fully ready to scramble.

His goal was to create the most natural setting while also challenging the golfer in all his designs. Blind tee shots and strategic bunkering are two tools in his bag he often used to place doubt in the golfer’s mind.

The TOUR doesn’t see these courses very often so this sample size is small. Usually I limit to 30 rounds but for now this will be any golfer over 15 rounds on Ross designs.

This stat gets bucketed into a “fun to look at” stat but hasn’t proven extremely predictive. For more predictive stats, head over to the Numberball Stats page.

Top 25 Performers on Donald Ross Courses (since 2008)

Henrik Stenson (3.526 sg:total)
Justin Rose (3.343 sg:total)
Jim Furyk (3.298 sg:total)
Jason Day (3.285 sg:total)
Rory McIlroy (3.248 sg:total)
Tony Finau (2.901 sg:total)
Dustin Johnson (2.899 sg:total)
Sergio Garcia (2.463 sg:total)
Matt Kuchar (2.4 sg:total)
Rickie Fowler (2.389 sg:total)
Webb Simpson (2.352 sg:total)
Paul Casey (2.341 sg:total)
Billy Horschel (2.239 sg:total)
Francesco Molinari (2.233 sg:total)
Zach Johnson (2.202 sg:total)
Justin Thomas (2.149 sg:total)
Camilo Villegas (2.147 sg:total)
Gary Woodland (2.06 sg:total)
Sangmoon Bae (2.052 sg:total)
Bubba Watson (2.039 sg:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (2.027 sg:total)
Brooks Koepka (2.011 sg:total)
Ryan Moore (1.967 sg:total)
Chris Kirk (1.962 sg:total)
Brandt Snedeker (1.931 sg:total)

Top 25 Donald Ross Specialists
(Donald Ross Performance vs. Expected Strokes Gained)

Sangmoon Bae (2.052 sg:donald ross vs. 0.277 sg:total)
Jim Furyk (3.298 sg:donald ross vs. 1.732 sg:total)
D.A. Points (1.076 sg:donald ross vs. -0.258 sg:total)
Henrik Stenson (3.526 sg:donald ross vs. 2.463 sg:total)
Johnson Wagner (1.748 sg:donald ross vs. 0.802 sg:total)
Scott Langley (1.429 sg:donald ross vs. 0.487 sg:total)
Tony Finau (2.901 sg:donald ross vs. 2.015 sg:total)
Brice Garnett (1.38 sg:donald ross vs. 0.575 sg:total)
Chris Kirk (1.962 sg:donald ross vs. 1.166 sg:total)
Sam Saunders (1.308 sg:donald ross vs. 0.57 sg:total)
Billy Horschel (2.239 sg:donald ross vs. 1.515 sg:total)
Shawn Stefani (1.307 sg:donald ross vs. 0.729 sg:total)
Justin Rose (3.343 sg:donald ross vs. 2.789 sg:total)
Jason Day (3.285 sg:donald ross vs. 2.752 sg:total)
Roberto Castro (1.143 sg:donald ross vs. 0.615 sg:total)
J.J. Henry (0.738 sg:donald ross vs. 0.246 sg:total)
Harris English (1.506 sg:donald ross vs. 1.022 sg:total)
Zach Johnson (2.202 sg:donald ross vs. 1.721 sg:total)
Peter Malnati (1.117 sg:donald ross vs. 0.692 sg:total)
Nick Taylor (1.298 sg:donald ross vs. 0.876 sg:total)
Sergio Garcia (2.463 sg:donald ross vs. 2.068 sg:total)
Scott Brown (1.099 sg:donald ross vs. 0.768 sg:total)
Ryan Moore (1.967 sg:donald ross vs. 1.646 sg:total)
Bubba Watson (2.039 sg:donald ross vs. 1.741 sg:total)
Keegan Bradley (1.899 sg:donald ross vs. 1.639 sg:total)

Top 20 Donald Ross Anti-Specialists
(Donald Ross Performance vs. Expected Strokes Gained)

Phil Mickelson (0.568 sg:donald ross vs. 1.984 sg:total)
Brian Harman (-0.141 sg:donald ross vs. 1.189 sg:total)
Chesson Hadley (-0.161 sg:donald ross vs. 0.908 sg:total)
Jhonattan Vegas (0.153 sg:donald ross vs. 1.082 sg:total)
Jordan Spieth (1.569 sg:donald ross vs. 2.458 sg:total)
Patrick Reed (1.061 sg:donald ross vs. 1.904 sg:total)
John Huh (0.077 sg:donald ross vs. 0.782 sg:total)
Adam Scott (1.667 sg:donald ross vs. 2.303 sg:total)
Daniel Berger (1.06 sg:donald ross vs. 1.671 sg:total)
Hudson Swafford (0.239 sg:donald ross vs. 0.841 sg:total)
Hunter Mahan (-0.004 sg:donald ross vs. 0.503 sg:total)
Jimmy Walker (0.828 sg:donald ross vs. 1.313 sg:total)
Ernie Els (-0.092 sg:donald ross vs. 0.391 sg:total)
Scott Piercy (0.819 sg:donald ross vs. 1.272 sg:total)
Brian Stuard (0.324 sg:donald ross vs. 0.773 sg:total)
Lucas Glover (1.071 sg:donald ross vs. 1.507 sg:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (2.027 sg:donald ross vs. 2.444 sg:total)
Kevin Kisner (1.121 sg:donald ross vs. 1.515 sg:total)
Brooks Koepka (2.011 sg:donald ross vs. 2.384 sg:total)
Nick Watney (0.839 sg:donald ross vs. 1.152 sg:total)

Last Updated: Jun 25th, 2019

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