Originally Posted by newtogolf
I don't think Dan is a vanity capper, I'd guess he plays his home course well because he's familiar with it and struggles at courses that he isn't. We have a few guys in our club that know exactly how to play our course to shoot the lowest scores. When their swing is cooperating they shoot low. When they represent our club in inter-club competitions they get killed either because they can't play to their handicap at other courses or they can't handle the pressure of competition or combo of both.
Yeah, you're probably right, but it's hard to tell. There isn't one rating/slope that stands out on his handicap card as being a lot more common than the others. Of course, he could be playing the same course several times from different tees too, but who knows.
Originally Posted by Lihu
I meant a +2 not a 2, sorry, but I get your point. Maybe he just says that to get the kids to have higher expectations of themselves, as he got one during one of the tournaments while following the team.
Yeah, a +2 is considerably better than a 2 ... but you are probably right that its more of a motivational thing with the kids.
Eagles are rare for everybody, including pros. As an example, JB Holmes has played 46 rounds on the PGA tour this year, and just won last week so he's not playing poorly ... and he has 1 eagle all year. Same with Matt Kuchar and Sergio Garcia. And Rory McIlroy, in 26 rounds on the PGA tour, has ....... ZERO eagles this season.
The leader is Will Mackenzie with 12 in 54 rounds, and the tour as a whole in God only knows how many rounds**, has only 108.
There has been 25 tournaments so far this year with Fedex Cup points, so I assume those are the ones that count towards the stats. If you figure 144 players for 2 rounds each tournament and 70 for 2 rounds each tournament, then that is 428 rounds per tournament, and 10,700 rounds total. So that is exactly a 1% eagle average at the tour pro level. They are very rare. ;)