Having walked with a LPGA pro-am group, I can tell you first hand that the scratch golfer got creamed. Here's a summary of what happened:
- The scratch golfer consistently out-drove the LPGA pro by an average of about 10 yards (sometimes more, sometimes less).
- However, (and this is big), the LPGA pro played from the fairway FAR more often than the scratch golfer. Even though the LPGA courses are short (in comparison), the scratch golfer didn't have nearly the type of skill to recover with a par every time a fairway was missed. Which leads me to...
- The LPGA pro was masterful when it came to getting up and down from around the greens. No comparison here at all. In fact, the difference in bunker play alone was worth about 4 strokes.
- When the LPGA pro missed the green or fairway, it was not nearly as penal as it was for the scratch golfer, who typically missed by tens of yards.
- Suprisingly, the scratch golfer putted nearly as well as the LPGA pro.
- LPGA pros do this for a living and the hundreds of hours spent playing tournament golf each year is something that can't be duplicated by amateurs.
- The LPGA pro shot 67 and the scratch golfer shot 76. It was truly eye-opening to watch.