Originally Posted by MSchott
... I would never come close to a scratch handicap ...
This comes up on all of these type of threads a lot and then the rebuttal is something along the lines of ... "you don't realize how different scratch is from tour pro" or the like.
So I set about trying to come up with that difference here on my lunch break. I went to the 2012 PGA tour money list and chose the 1st (Rory McIlroy), 50th (Jonathan Byrd), and 100th (Bob Estes) ranked players and tried to figure out the handicaps of each. A few caveats:
1. The course ratings/slopes of each course are the highest they list. In many cases, the PGA tour setup might fairly be harder than that, but the information is not available as far as I know. (rest assured, these ratings/slopes are still damn high ... most being in the 76-77/145-150 range)
2. I used all of Rory McIlroy's rounds from the year (not counting British Open because I couldn't find slope and rating for that course) but for Byrd and Estes, I only used their rounds from the same tournaments. (Well, I got bored of searching for ratings on my slow ass computer) :)
3. Instead of going with best 10 from last 20, I used all rounds for the entire year and took the best 50%.
4. Obviously, this also doesn't factor in things like tournament pressure and the fitness it takes to play every day and travel like they do.
Anyways ... drum roll please ................. The handicaps are:
Rory McIlroy: +7.9
Jonathan Byrd: +4.8
Bob Estes: +6.2
Random notes: In 50 rounds, Rory shot above the course handicap 3 times. Byrd twice in 36 rounds, and Estes once in 28 rounds.