PGA Tour's Yearly Greens In Regulation (GIR) Leaders

These are the annual leaders in GIR (Greens in Regulation) on the PGA Tour. The list goes back to 1980, which is the year the tour started keeping this statistic.

What does hitting a green "in regulation" mean? Subtract two from par (hit the green in one on a par-3; with your second stroke on a par-4; with the third stroke on a par-5).

A few notes about the list:

  • Since the Tour began keeping this stat, the highest GIR is 75.15 percent, recorded by Tiger Woods in 2000.

  • And the lowest GIR to lead the PGA Tour is 70.34, which was Justin Rose's leading figure in 2012.

  • Jack Nicklaus was the greens-in-regulation leader in the year this stat became an official PGA Tour statistic (1980).

  • Calvin Peete, who once led the tour in driving accuracy 10 consecutive years, led the tour in GIR three straight years, 1981-83.

  • The golfer who has "won" the greens in regulation statistic most often since 1980 is Tiger Woods, who led four times (2000, 2002, 2006, 2007).

GIR Leaders on the PGA Tour By Year

2018 — Henrik Stenson (pictured above), 74.25 percent
2017 — Martin Flores, 70.64
2016 — Lucas Glover, 71.63
2015 — Henrik Stenson, 73.52
2014 — Chad Campbell, 72.43
2013 — Henrik Stenson, 71.96
2012 — Justin Rose, 70.34
2011 — Boo Weekley, 71.68
2010 — John Senden, 72.49
2009 — John Senden, 70.89
2008 — Joe Durant, 71.10
2007 — Tiger Woods, 71.02
2006 — Tiger Woods, 74.15
2005 — Sergio Garcia, 71.81
2004 — Joe Durant, 73.27
2003 — Joe Durant, 72.86
2002 — Tiger Woods, 73.96
2001 — Tom Lehman, 74.53
2000 — Tiger Woods, 75.15
1999 — David Duval, 73.57
1998 — Hal Sutton, 71.31
1997 — Tom Lehman, 72.71
1996 — Fuzzy Zoeller, 72.11
1995 — Lennie Clements, 72.28
1994 — Bill Glasson, 73.04
1993 — Fuzzy Zoeller, 73.63
1992 — Tim Simpson, 73.98
1991 — Bruce Lietzke, 73.32
1990 — Doug Tewell, 70.91
1989 — Bruce Lietzke, 72.60
1988 — John Adams 73.87
1987 — Gil Morgan, 73.33
1986 — John Mahaffey, 71.98
1985 — John Mahaffey, 71.91
1984 — Bruce Lietzke, 72.67
1983 — Calvin Peete, 71.39
1982 — Calvin Peete, 72.39
1981 — Calvin Peete, 73.12
1980 — Jack Nicklaus, 72.11

For current GIR leaders, see the PGA Tour's stat page on greens in regulation.

Photo credit: "Henrik Stenson" by Tour Pro Golf Clubs is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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