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 30 rounds to qualify. Stats are time-weighted and adjusted to the strength of competition.
Top 25 Performers in the Wind (since 2014)
Dustin Johnson (3.06 sg:total)
Jason Day (2.903 sg:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (2.861 sg:total)
Rory McIlroy (2.794 sg:total)
Thomas Pieters (2.741 sg:total)
Sergio Garcia (2.708 sg:total)
Justin Rose (2.597 sg:total)
Jon Rahm (2.491 sg:total)
Patrick Cantlay (2.49 sg:total)
Tommy Fleetwood (2.461 sg:total)
Henrik Stenson (2.407 sg:total)
Paul Casey (2.393 sg:total)
Rickie Fowler (2.356 sg:total)
Phil Mickelson (2.253 sg:total)
Webb Simpson (2.235 sg:total)
Matt Kuchar (2.223 sg:total)
Jordan Spieth (2.153 sg:total)
Tony Finau (2.089 sg:total)
Patrick Reed (2.051 sg:total)
Brandt Snedeker (2.036 sg:total)
Brooks Koepka (2.031 sg:total)
Adam Scott (2.015 sg:total)
Gary Woodland (2.015 sg:total)
Jamie Lovemark (1.931 sg:total)
Daniel Berger (1.901 sg:total)
Justin Thomas (1.875 sg:total)
Top 25 Wind Specialists
(Wind vs. Expected Strokes Gained)
Kelly Kraft (1.279 sg:wind vs. 0.464 sg:total)
Roberto Diaz (0.896 sg:wind vs. 0.124 sg:total)
Max Homa (0.718 sg:wind vs. 0.02 sg:total)
Danny Willett (1.233 sg:wind vs. 0.539 sg:total)
Jamie Lovemark (1.931 sg:wind vs. 1.285 sg:total)
J.T. Poston (1.643 sg:wind vs. 1.059 sg:total)
Sergio Garcia (2.708 sg:wind vs. 2.149 sg:total)
Harris English (1.558 sg:wind vs. 1.012 sg:total)
Joel Dahmen (1.683 sg:wind vs. 1.156 sg:total)
Hideki Matsuyama (2.861 sg:wind vs. 2.408 sg:total)
Nick Taylor (1.296 sg:wind vs. 0.856 sg:total)
Ernie Els (0.871 sg:wind vs. 0.434 sg:total)
Seamus Power (1.091 sg:wind vs. 0.664 sg:total)
Alex Cejka (1.107 sg:wind vs. 0.689 sg:total)
Sean O’Hair (1.302 sg:wind vs. 0.895 sg:total)
Jimmy Walker (1.69 sg:wind vs. 1.284 sg:total)
Abraham Ancer (1.454 sg:wind vs. 1.059 sg:total)
Shane Lowry (1.751 sg:wind vs. 1.356 sg:total)
Scott Piercy (1.663 sg:wind vs. 1.268 sg:total)
Brandt Snedeker (2.036 sg:wind vs. 1.651 sg:total)
Si Woo Kim (1.446 sg:wind vs. 1.062 sg:total)
D.J. Trahan (0.598 sg:wind vs. 0.229 sg:total)
Shawn Stefani (1.133 sg:wind vs. 0.784 sg:total)
Bill Haas (1.685 sg:wind vs. 1.341 sg:total)
Adam Schenk (1.232 sg:wind vs. 0.892 sg:total)
Top 25 Wind Anti-Specialists
(Wind vs. Expected Strokes Gained)
Wes Roach (-0.834 sg:wind vs. 0.088 sg:total)
Harold Varner III (0.132 sg:wind vs. 0.997 sg:total)
Brandon Harkins (-0.042 sg:wind vs. 0.803 sg:total)
Wesley Bryan (-0.48 sg:wind vs. 0.336 sg:total)
Fabian Gomez (-0.18 sg:wind vs. 0.511 sg:total)
Tiger Woods (1.696 sg:wind vs. 2.376 sg:total)
Justin Thomas (1.875 sg:wind vs. 2.509 sg:total)
Adam Hadwin (0.805 sg:wind vs. 1.44 sg:total)
Francesco Molinari (1.436 sg:wind vs. 2.034 sg:total)
Robert Garrigus (-0.03 sg:wind vs. 0.524 sg:total)
Davis Love III (-0.459 sg:wind vs. 0.012 sg:total)
Jason Kokrak (1.014 sg:wind vs. 1.444 sg:total)
Ryan Blaum (0.288 sg:wind vs. 0.715 sg:total)
Bud Cauley (0.964 sg:wind vs. 1.37 sg:total)
Kevin Na (1.239 sg:wind vs. 1.642 sg:total)
Tyrrell Hatton (1.386 sg:wind vs. 1.778 sg:total)
Alex Prugh (-0.076 sg:wind vs. 0.314 sg:total)
Julian Etulain (0.34 sg:wind vs. 0.722 sg:total)
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (0.858 sg:wind vs. 1.236 sg:total)
James Hahn (0.639 sg:wind vs. 1.001 sg:total)
Branden Grace (1.168 sg:wind vs. 1.511 sg:total)
Peter Malnati (0.261 sg:wind vs. 0.603 sg:total)
Cameron Smith (0.95 sg:wind vs. 1.289 sg:total)
Tom Lovelady (-0.011 sg:wind vs. 0.312 sg:total)
Ted Potter, Jr. (0.095 sg:wind vs. 0.417 sg:total)
Last Updated: May 20th, 2019
J.B. HOLMES: I knew that it was going to get really windy in the afternoon and that’s what the weather had said. Always thought that would have been a better chance for me; usually when the conditions are crappy I do better. You never know out here. This is a tough golf course and you throw that kind of wind in there. -2019 Riviera
Q. You seem to play well in Hawaii. Is there just something about starting the year that you’re fresh?
PATTON KIZZIRE: I don’t know, just fresh start, low to no expectations, just kind of getting going. I like the wind. The wind’s blowing you all over out there and you got to kind of manipulate it and that’s how I play anyway, so I think that helps. -2019 Sentry TOC at Kapalua
KEVIN TWAY: Yeah, I played good. Not feeling well, but yeah, I hit the ball well, kept the ball in play, made a few putts, controlled my ball in the wind. It’s windy where I’m from in Oklahoma so it’s kind of like I was at home. -2019 Sentry TOC at Kapalua
Q. Do you consider yourself a good wind player prior to this?
KEVIN TWAY: Yeah, absolutely. Grew up in Oklahoma, live in Florida now, it’s windy every day, so and it’s kind of what I’m used to. -2019 Sentry TOC at Kapalua
ABRAHAM ANCER: This golf course is very tricky, the greens are very tough, we all struggled especially yesterday and the first day. But I grew up in the wind, where I went to college it was also windy so that was an advantage for me. -2018 Australian Open @ The Lakes GC
Q. You talk about sticking with your game plan. I’m sure the driving is a big part of that. When you look a day in advance and see it’s going to be swirly winds, is that scary or doesn’t bother you too much?
CAMERON CHAMP: Doesn’t bother me too much. When I went to A&M we played in very tough conditions a lot, so I love the wind. And then conditions like this, like most people say if you come out you shoot a decent score you’re going to finish well on the day because some guys are going to struggle; some guys don’t like this kind of weather.
I took that to my advantage or whatnot, and just like I said, just stuck to my game plan no matter what the conditions were. Obviously I adjusted shots. If it’s into the wind I like to hit a little lower driver or whatnot. -2018 CC of Jackson
Q. Only had two bogeys for the entire week.
SETH REEVES: Yeah. It was really good, especially in the conditions. Yesterday was cold and rainy and today was cold and windy.
I think after playing in Napa I just felt like I wasn’t getting enough out my putting and short game. Used the off weeks to just work on that and felt like I was in a good place; it paid off. -2018 CC of Jackson
Q. Are you kind of a wind sort of player?
DANNY WILLETT: We obviously played a lot of links golf growing up, but I think the more years you’re on Tour, the less you actually play in these type conditions. But yeah, it’s nice to be able to come back and adapt. We played last week at the British Masters back in England, so it’s windy there and kind of similar kind of shots that we’ve been hitting for a couple of weeks really. -2018 Nine Bridges
Q. Being a good wind player, you see the forecast, does it give you a little lift before going out?
IAN POULTER: Yeah, I definitely think, for me, I like the way the golf course sets up in the wind. I’ve played enough golf through the years now to know my game suits kind of windy, tough conditions. Looking at the forecast last night, we knew it was going to be a stiff wind. I didn’t quite think it was going to be up to kind of 25 mile an hour wind. But, yeah, I was pretty comfortable going out there today, knowing it was going to be tricky. -2018 U.S. Open
Q. You’re the only player that’s obviously won each of the tournaments in Texas. Is that mere coincidence or do you think there’s something about that in terms of like
your ability to handle the wind here and that type of thing?
ADAM SCOTT: Maybe. Look, I think I’m a good wind player. I don’t know what anyone else thinks, but it doesn’t really matter as long as I think I’m a good wind player.
So sure, the wind definitely blows in Texas. -2018 TPC San Antonio (Valero)
Q. You grew up in Texas, right? So I assume that the wind is not an issue for you?
ADAM LANDRY: Yeah, I played some really good golf in the wind. Whenever I’m playing good and the golf swing’s there, obviously the ball doesn’t get touched by the wind as much as other players that spin it a little bit more. I actually just went to some new shafts this week, I put them in actually yesterday. This is the first round of golf I’ve played with them. -2018 TPC San Antonio (Valero)
Q. You’re a guy who seems to like playing in these windy conditions. How much of an advantage or how much confidence does it give you against the field when you’re
playing in these kind of conditions?
ZACH JOHNSON: Yeah, I’ve always, I guess, thrived on wind. Maybe I have lower expectations, I’m not sure what it is. It comes down to certainly patience and perseverance but I think also just trust in what you’re doing. -2018 TPC San Antonio (Valero)
GRAYSON MURRAY: I’m a lot more comfortable in the wind. I’m starting to stripe it a lot better, which my ball doesn’t really get affected in this type of wind so that’s one of the biggest differences. -2018 TPC San Antonio (Valero)
Q. You’re talking about your shot, your game. The wind doesn’t bother you that much; what is it, you have low trajectory normally?
GRAYSON MURRAY: The wind bothers me when I’m hitting it like I did last week when I’m not compressing the ball. That’s just the bottom line. I didn’t even want to hit balls on Monday here, or Tuesday — I don’t know which day it was, Monday — because it was so windy and I was hitting it bad. I was like that’s just going to make me frustrated. But once you start swinging it well, like hitting it into the wind really shows you how you are hitting the golf ball because it’s going to only maximize your dispersion. So if you hit a 5-yard cut, it’s going to be probably a 10-yard cut into the wind. That tells when you you’re hitting it good.
So I worked through it on Monday and that’s probably why I played well today just because that gave me confidence that I’m now compressing the ball. If you don’t compress the ball, if you start coming out of it, start hitting these short weak right shots, the ball’s going to do whatever it wants to do in the air. -2018 TPC San Antonio (Valero)
SEAN O’HAIR: I feel comfortable here. I feel like a decent wind player so that’s kind of always an issue at this course it seems like. Hopefully we get some wind tomorrow and see what happens. -2018 TPC San Antonio (Valero)
Q. Are you a mudder? Do you play well in the bad conditions?
PATRICK REED: I am from Texas. It blows 40 and rains every day it seems like. I’d say I like it when it’s challenging. -2018 Masters
Q. Do you like playing in the wind? Did you think it gives you an advantage?
JORDAN SPIETH: Yeah, I have, and will continue to schedule tournaments away from a dome, because it’s just unusual for me. I like having the feel aspect. Places with no wind, where it’s just driving range shots, it’s just never been something I’ve been used to. So I don’t really know what to do on them. But holding shots in the winds and letting it turn with it, being more feel-based, which can either be because of wind or it can be because of severe slopes and fairways, like Augusta has, where you have to fight against something. That’s normally advantageous for me. I enjoy it, Patrick does, too. -2018 Match Play
Q. Do you feel like you’re a good wind player?
JAMIE LOVEMARK: I guess in theory I shouldn’t be but I am. I’m not really sure why. I hit it really high. I’m kind of used to South Florida winds here. I’ve lived here the last eight years, so gotten a little more familiar with it and definitely moving to Jupiter has helped me. -2018 Honda
PÁDRAIG HARRINGTON: It’s a very difficult golf course but I think I like the conditions that we play in. I see lots of wind, which I know plays into my favor. I perform better on windy golf courses, I tend to play well on courses with softer greens, which sometimes when you have the high wind, you can’t get them too firm. Looks like conditions suit me. I like the place.
So it’s not that I love it; but I tend to do a little bit better on it. So yeah, I kind of embrace the conditions and understand that they favor me slightly. -2018 PGA National
Q. Do you like the windy conditions? Do you prefer the wind? Obviously with a good ball striking day, the windier it gets, the better.
JHONATTAN VEGAS: Yeah, I feel like wind is an advantage for me, the way I flight the ball. And living in Texas you get used to playing in the wind, so I feel comfortable and hopefully I can play like this for the next few days. -2018 TOC
Q. We’ve talked about this about three thousand times, but just for the benefit of this time in explaining to others, you grew up in the wind, talk us through what sort of things you had to deal with to get to this point of talent in this sort of breeze.
MARC LEISHMAN: Yeah, I grew up in it. I enjoy playing in it, which is helpful. When you enjoy playing on certain golf courses or certain conditions it’s easy to play well. So I played well in the wind before and I think growing up in it certainly helps. It just takes a little imagination, I think, that you’re reading the — well, that you’re, you got to trust what the wind’s going to do to your ball and deal with it if it doesn’t do that or hopefully you get a birdie chance if it works out. -2018 TOC
Q. When you go back to midsummer and what you’ve been able to do since midsummer last year and into the fall and now this week, has anything changed, or is it just a matter of your game’s coming together?
BRIAN HARMAN: I switched golf balls, and it’s made a huge difference. I wasn’t a very good wind player, and I switched golf balls — and I know it’s kind of like a Titleist commercial, but honestly, when I switched, I was 90th in the world. I won the first week I put it in, and I’m just able to flight the ball so much better than I used to be able to, and the wind doesn’t seem to take it as much. -2018 ToC
Q. Just your first impressions about the course?
RICKIE FOWLER: I like the golf course. It’s a fun layout. I enjoy playing in windy conditions, so I know it can get fairly windy down here. Like I said, it seems like a fun layout. I’ve only been around it once now, but very much demanding of the tee ball. You have to hit the ball pretty straight to stay out of the native area, whatever you want to call it, don’t go into it. You have to hit the ball straight off the tee to have a chance this week. -2017 OHL Classic
Q. What is the experience, playing golf in Texas, it can get windy, but surely this is different?
BEAU HOSSLER: Absolutely. That was part of the reason why I went to Texas. Coming from Southern California you’re kind of in a bubble with perfect weather and no wind. So I was really struggling with that. When I go to school, playing in this kind of wind fairly regularly, not all the time. Certainly there were some windy days in Texas. So that experience has really helped me. I feel like I can control my ball in the wind a little bit better. Also, underrated. It’s sneaky hard to putt when it’s windy. -2017 TPC Summerlin
Q. On a day like today, attitude surely plays a big part, right?
ROBERT GARRIGUS: You know, it’s attitude and playing in wind a lot. I’ve been playing professionally for 20 years, and I know that you can’t speed up, and when you take things a lot slower, I always listened to Freddie when he told me, when it’s breezy, swing easy. I do have the best job in the world, for me. This is all I can do. Playing golf for a living is a blessing, and the family loves me, so everything is good. -2017 TPC Summerlin
Q: How is your game suited for the wind?
Marc Leishman: I grew up in it. I enjoy playing in it. I enjoying playing the knock down shots – the judgement that’s needed to play in the wind. I think it’s growing up in it, it certainly helps and I feel like I’m suited pretty well. -2017 Nine Bridges
Q: How does your game fit the wind being from Texas?
Patrick Reed: I definitely can hit it low if I need to. That’s the awesome thing about living over there in Houston. You get a lot of days like this where it’s blowing. The temperature not quite, it’s normally a lot hotter than this at home. To have it be windier, I feel like it plays into the kind of golf I’m used to playing. A lot of flight in golf shots, a lot of different shapes. Trying to hit different golf shots rather than just always hitting it straight. -2017 Nine Bridges
Q. Apart from winning the Paul Lawrie, you’ve done well in a lot of events in Scotland.
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT: Yeah, I spend a couple years on The European Tour and that experience bring me up to this position at the moment. If you look back at my first year on Tour, it’s really difficult to play with the wind, in links golf and cold. It takes time. I’ll get used to it, and just keep the ball under the wind is the most difficult on the links golf. -2017 Alfred Dunhill Links
SEAN O’HAIR: Yeah, I always feel comfortable in Texas. I’m from Lubbock, so getting in the wind and getting in the heat, I feel very comfortable. It’s obviously great food and great people here, so it’s always a pleasure to come back to Texas and play. -2017 Colonial
Q. You finished tied for 2nd here a couple years ago. You mentioned the course getting better as it goes along. What about this course suits you?
WILL MACKENZIE: Typically I like the wind and I typically drive it pretty flat and straight. That was my deal. I could control my irons pretty well in the wind. I always thought I was a pretty good wind player. So, I’ve shot some good scores here but it’s beaten me up as well. So, I don’t trust it but I like it. -2017 Valero
Q. Well, with the wind, like I said, the course had to be very challenging. How you were you handling the breezes?
CAMERON SMITH: I’m from Australia. We grow up in this kind of stuff. It’s kind of cool to be able to come and have such tough driving holes as well. -2017 Valero
Q. Curtis, how do you prepare for the windy conditions in Texas and are there any types of shots that you focus on?
CURTIS LUCK: Fortunately, where I’ve grown up in Perth, it’s like an extremely windy place. I probably need to prepare more for calm conditions, get my launch up where for this, it feels like home. I’m kind of used to this. My game suits these conditions better. -2017 Valero
Q. Can you tell us what about this course suits your eye?
BRANDEN GRACE: You know, you have to be precise, you have to pretty much work out a plan attacking the greens. There is some severe slopes out there and then, again, the wind blows. I like playing in the wind, I like it more than the normal guys out there. You have to make sure trying to hit the fairways. -2017 Valero
Q. Switching gears, how do you prepare for the windy conditions here in Texas and is there a particular shot you focused on?
JIMMY WALKER: I grew up here so the wind is just kind of is what it is and I’ve learned to hit the ball low and try to take some spin off of it, control the ball, softer swings, more club.
So, I know the year I won it was real windy and I played well at Honda this year in the wind and so I feel like I’m a good wind player. You still have to be on. If you’re off a little in the wind it’s brutal. -2017 Valero
Q. The forecast for Thursday, Friday is wind. Obviously it can get windy in Perth. Do you see any sort of advantage?
CURTIS LUCK: Yeah, of course. I’ve played in wind my whole life. As I said, I like to be creative on the golf course. That doesn’t mean just hitting the same shot. Wind, I classify as my friend, but I would say this course might be a different beast with 30-mile-an-hour wind. -2017 Masters
Q. Your last win was in San Antonio and it can get a little windy in Texas. Do you consider yourself a natural wind player? Is it something that you have to learn how to adjust to?
CHARLEY HOFFMAN: Yeah, I’ve had success in the wind, which is nice. San Antonio, Bob Hope, the year I won, it was blowing a ton that final round. Was able to win there. I’ve played well, but I’ve also played horrible in the wind. I’ve had no success at the British Open. You’d think if I was a great wind player, I’d have some success over there and I haven’t had any. I enjoy the challenge, I think, more than actually the wind. Just this golf course just sort of challenges me and keeps me on my toes. I enjoy that. -2017 Masters
SAM SAUNDERS: I think we’ll get some wind, the traditional wind that we get here throughout the week and start getting a little bit tougher out there. But I think it’s just a great layout for the predominant wind you get here off the ocean, you get a lot of crosswinds and I tend to play well in the wind so I think that’s kind of why it fits my game. -2017 Puerto Rico
Q. Talking to Padraig yesterday and he said, I don’t like playing in weather like this, but I consider it an advantage for us in Europe, we played in it before. Was that your mindset going in?
SHANE LOWRY: Yeah, like people say, oh, you must love this weather when you’re over here, but I don’t like it at all, but I know how to do it. That’s just the way it is. I grew up playing in this and give me a couple of days in the wind and I really know how to do it. So, yeah, it’s just something that I’m accustomed to and I don’t particularly enjoy it, but it’s a good challenge. It was particularly enjoyable today because I shot a good score, but some days are tougher than others. -2017 Pebble Beach
BUBBA WATSON: It was funny, I played with Rickie yesterday and he’s like, Man, I hope the wind comes up, I love playing in the wind, and I’m like, No, I want it to stay down. -2016 Hero World Challenge, Albany
Q. Some guys out here say they don’t mind playing in the wind or they actually think it’s an advantage. What are your thoughts playing out here in the gusts?
LUCAS GLOVER: I don’t mind it. My stats show I hit it pretty good. So the guys that hit it pretty good don’t mind wind, because usually they hit it pretty solid and it doesn’t affect it too much. If you’re playing well and striking the ball well you don’t mind. If you’re scraping it a little bit it’s harder. But it’s not easy out here for anybody. -2016 Harbour Town
Q. Now you’ve played so well over the first two days, would you like the weather to kind of stay the way it is?
RUSSELL KNOX: Oh, I want it nasty. I love playing in this stuff. Obviously I’ve had a lot of practice growing up in Scotland. But no, I want it to blow. I mean, nobody likes playing in the rain but I would like it to be windy. -2015 PGA National
Q. Sergio, you’ve always been a particularly good wind player. When, you know, the conditions a lot like yesterday, do you relish the chance to challenge yourself and how good was the 65? Your position?
SERGIO GARCIA: It was really good. Like you said, I do like playing in the wind. Obviously not hurricane (laughter), but I do enjoy playing in the wind. Like I’d rather play in the wind than in the rain. I don’t know what was the reason. I don’t know if it’s because playing in the UK, playing in Scotland and England and how windy it can get there and how creative you have to be when it gets windy. -2014 Houston Open