Re: Male Scratch Golfer on the LPGA TourInteresting question. The 4 handicap framework was a farce. I've been lower than 4, albeit decades ago, but never threatened scratch for any length of time. It's like the difference between 205 league average bowlers and 185.
Still, I don't want to underestimate the variance between scratch and pro, regardless of gender. Today I stopped at Drumlins in Syracuse briefly, during the pro-am of the Duramed Futures Tour event. I was passing through the area and GPS indicated only 5.6 miles away, so it was worth an hour.
Unmistakably these were pro players. Their practice routines and discipline were far advanced over the scratch male players I occasionally watch and play with in Miami. I saw Bri Vega drop two alignment aids on the range, check out distances carefully with the rangefinder, and then take quite a bit of time being precise with what she wanted to do in the range outing. The male scratch players generally rake it and thump it.
Massive gap between Futures Tour and top of the line LPGA. I was keeping that in mind today, while being very impressed with what I saw. The bettor in me would side with the gal pros and take my chances that Mr. Scratch is more vulnerable than he appears on paper.