PGA Tour Greens in Regulation Leaders 2022-23

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Patrick Cantlay watches his shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at The Country Club, Friday, June 17, 2022, in Brookline, Mass.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Nov 21, 2022, 6:20 AM
  • Patrick Cantlay currently leads the PGA Tour this year in greens in regulation.
  • Greens in regulation are a good way to determine the best ball-strikers.

When selecting players each week throughout the PGA Tour season for golf betting, it’s good practice to take a deeper look at some season-long statistics.

For example, when a course has small greens and thick rough, greens in regulation would be a good stat to look at. Players who miss a lot of greens could struggle that particular week, and vice versa, the players who hit a lot of greens likely will succeed.

Also, players who hit the most greens tend to be the best ball-strikers, which typically leads to more consistent play.

So, who leads the PGA Tour for the 2022-23 season in greens in regulation?

PGA Tour Greens in Regulation Leaders 2022-23

RankPlayerGreens in Regulation (%)
1Patrick Cantlay80.56%
2Spencer Levin79.17%
3Rickie Fowler76.98%
T4Akshay Bhatia76.39%
T4Scott Gutschewski76.39%
T4Collin Morikawa76.39%
T4Patrick Welch76.39%
T8Brian Harman75%
T8Takumi Kanaya75%
T8Shane Lowry75%
T8Sean O'Hair75%
T8Jon Rahm75%

Patrick Cantlay currently leads the Tour in greens in regulation at 80.56%. It is a little misleading as he’s only played in one event — the Shriners Children’s Open in Las Vegas — and it is a fairly easy course.

Some of the best ball-strikers are becoming constants in the top 10, like Jon Rahm and Collin Morikawa.

The PGA Tour does not have another full-field event until January, which is when the majority of the players will start playing more, and this stat will become more relevant.

What Are Greens in Regulation?

Greens in regulation (GIR) is a golf term used to define a ball on the green in a certain number of strokes. To get a green in regulation, a player’s ball must be on the green in two strokes minus the hole’s par.

For example, a green in regulation on a par-3 would be getting the first shot on the green. Then on a par-4, the second shot, and a par-5, the third shot.

Who Led the PGA Tour in Greens in Regulation Last Season?

During the 2022 PGA Tour season, Scottie Scheffler led the PGA Tour in greens in regulation (72.29%). 

It’s no surprise Scheffler won four events and is currently the No. 1 ranked player in the world.

What is the Average PGA Tour Greens in Regulation Percentage?

The average PGA Tour greens in regulation percentage was 65.57 for the 2021-22 season.

A number of the top players in the game were in the top 10 for the season, including Scheffler, Jon Rahm, Tony Finau, Will Zalatoris and Sungjae Im.

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Ryan Hannable

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Ryan Hannable is a copy 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 copy 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.”