Best Wind Players on the PGA Tour

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Tony Finau watches his tee shot on the second hole of the South Course at Torrey Pines during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, in San Diego.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Jan 31, 2024, 6:14 PM
  • Tony Finau, Keegan Bradley and Justin Thomas are some of the best wind players.
  • The best ball-strikers tend to be the best wind players.

More often than not, weather conditions on the PGA Tour are great, but that isn’t always the case.

Over the course of the year, there can be rounds played in tough conditions, one of them being wind.

This can affect all facets of the game, from ball-striking all the way to putting. So, who are the best wind players on the PGA Tour?

Thanks to Fantasy National (going into the 2024 PGA Tour season) and the “wind” search function, there are answers.

Tony Finau

In the last 50 rounds with extremely windy conditions, Finau is No. 1 in total strokes gained on the PGA Tour. He’s also No. 4 in Strokes Gained: Ball-Striking.

When it comes to combining moderate and extremely windy conditions, Finau is No. 5 in total strokes gained.

Keegan Bradley

Bradley is No. 4 in Strokes Gained: Ball-striking when it comes to the last 50 rounds of extreme wind conditions, and No. 9 in total strokes gained.

Furthermore, when combining moderate and windy conditions, Bradley comes in at No. 16 in total strokes gained.

Patrick Cantlay

Cantlay ranks in the top 10 in total strokes gained in the last 50 rounds played in extremely windy conditions, as well as combining moderately and extremely windy conditions.

Specific to extremely windy conditions, Cantlay ranks sixth in total strokes gained and No. 19 Strokes Gained: Ball-striking.

Justin Thomas

Thomas’ play in the wind was displayed in the second round of the 2022 Players Championship when he didn’t record a bogey in brutal conditions.

In the last 50 rounds with extreme wind conditions, he is No. 7 in total strokes gained.

Rory McIlroy

McIlroy is one of the best players overall and also one of the best wind players.

When combining moderate and extreme wind conditions, McIlroy is No. 4 in total strokes gained and No. 6 Strokes Gained: Ball-striking when factoring in the last 50 rounds.

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Ryan Hannable

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Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”

Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”