There is almost a foot-long variance in the height of PGA Tour winners in the last five seasons. Austin Cook, Satoshi Kodaira, Andrew Landry, Brian Harman, David Lingmerth and Tim Clark have won on the Tour at 5-7, while Patton Kizzire has done the same at 6-5.
We wondered what the most productive height on the PGA Tour has been in the last five years and what the average height is for players who have won events. To find out, we analyzed 235 PGA Tour events since the start of the 2014 season and tracked the height of the winner for each event.
Here is what we found:
The most productive height on the PGA Tour in the last five seasons is 6 feet tall. There have been 50 events (21.3% of the PGA Tour events examined) since the start of the 2013-14 season that were won by 22 different players who are 6-feet tall.
Jason Day did the heavy lifting for the group, winning 12 PGA Tour events, including five in 2015, while Patrick Reed (five) and Brooks Koepka (four) are also among the most successful active 6-foot golfers.
The second-most successsful height on the PGA Tour during the timeframe examined is 5-10 with 39 PGA Tour wins. Justin Thomas is the primary contributor to that win total with nine PGA Tour victories in the last three years, followed by Rory McIlroy's eight wins in the last five seasons.
The sweet spot for golfers is from 5-10 to 6-4. Golfers of each height in that range have combined for at least 15 wins since the start of the 2014 season, while there's a fall-off on either side of the range. Golfers who are 5-9 have collectively won 11 events in the last five seasons, while Patton Kizzire's two wins in that time span are the only ones by a player who is 6-5.
The average height for the winners of the 235 PGA Tour events studied is roughly 71.8 inches, or nearly 6 feet tall.
While 6-0 is the most productive height on the PGA Tour, the "tail" of success skews taller, meaning the graph of the data (above) shows more success for golfers who are 6-1 through 6-4, than between 5-11 and 5-7. PGATour.com's Cameron Morfit wrote about the influx of taller players, and Brian Harman, here.
The most successful "tall" golfer currently is Dustin Johnson, who has 12 PGA Tour victories since the start of the 2013-14 season. Tony Finau is the only other 6-4 player who has won a Tour event in the last four years.