Re: Tiger Woods handicap
They could make him pick out a new driver and putter from the proshop with about 30 limited flight range balls then 10 minutes on the practice green, which of course bears no resemblence to the 18 greens on the course.
I agree....sure they would be more than capable of dismantling most any course from the tees that us mere mortals play from but the percentages are still the same as far as putting goes. They still have to get the ball inside of 5 feet to have better than a 50% chance to make and that is still a tough task no matter what course you are playing on. And they still have to make putts. 9 or 10 birdies on any course is tough to do day in and day out so there is absolutely no way in my opinion that an pro is routinely shooting in the 50's on any course.
Some people are way off here, tour standard greens would save even the most terrible putter at least 4 shots a round (if they could work the pace out).. And to put it bluntly, tiger woods would not be off +12 if he were to play am ranks, +7.. yes very much so, but +12?! that is a huge ask for anyone, in the UK anyway.
They wouldn't even play any of the really bad courses around here for any amount of money for the same reasons I don't play some of them (anymore). Totally unputtable greens and totally un-maintained.
The last time I made the mistake of going to one course close to my house the longest putt my wife or I made was less than a foot (and we are both good putters). Since nobody else was playing the lady said we could play another round for free...We never even considered taking her up on the offer.
To play some of those courses and shoot a good score they would have to leave the driver in the bag most of the time. Especially if they were playing the course without spotters. Any ball slightly in the un-mowed Bermuda rough has about an 80% chance of never being found until a month later when they finally decide to mow it. Any ball more off line than that has a 100% chance of belonging to the snakes forever.
So we have the best players in the world playing where they can't take advantage of their length and hitting into overgrown fairways with as much rock as dirt and grass, and hitting onto "greens" that nobody can putt on. Then to really make it more realistic we'll put a few carts full of drunks out there acting like total idiots.
Would they shoot a good score? Not a chance in Hell.
Golf Digest just put this up. Phil's handicap as well as a few others.