It's wwhatever he had in his mind as being a typical golf course.
Your rebuttal is lame. Most people score better on courses with which they're familiar. You know this.
Yes it is. There's still a drop-off between the best players and the worst players on the PGA Tour, even if that drop has decreased quite a bit over the last 40 or 50 years. There's still a drop, and the OP specified middle-of-the-pack PGA Tour players - of which Graeme was not at the time.
Players of all levels make more putts on faster, smoother greens, particularly shorter putts. This affects PGA Tour players a bit more because they're more likely to hit the line they intended to hit - a bump, then, is only going to increase the odds of a miss.
Sorry, Drew. I don't just make this stuff up.
Kinda matches what Dave said.
In the junior events I officiate (including the Dustin Johnson World Junior, PGA Section Junior Championship and The George Holliday), parents are not permitted off the cartpaths. Also, any communication between parent and player may be consider a Rule 8 (advice) violation. This is on the AJGA hardcard.
As for relief from roots, the Decision (33-8/8)
Q.May a Committee make a Local Rule providing relief without penalty if a player's stroke is interfered with by exposed tree roots?
A.A Local Rule is authorized only if an abnormal condition exists. Generally, the existence of exposed tree roots is not abnormal. However, if the exposed tree roots are encroaching on to the fairway, a Committee would be authorized to make a Local Rule providing relief under Rule 25-1 for interference from exposed tree roots when a ball lies on a closely-mown area. The Committee may restrict relief to interference for the lie of ball and the area of intended swing.
was recently revised to authorize committees to give relief for roots in closely mown areas ONLY. Prior to that there was no relief at all.
Not crazy about I know a guy who knows a guy anecdotes but I know a guy that went to high school with Steve Jones, 8 tour wins including a major. He's not just a guy he's my office assistant's hubby. They still hook up for a round here and there when Steve is around and have since they were HS buddies. He said SJ's score were/are always under par but vary.