Originally Posted by Harmonious
I agree that shooting under par should be the norm, but shooting 60-62 requires making a ton of putts, and not screwing up any approaches or chips.
Not only do I think this is the salient point, but when you combine it with the generally accepted belief that public course greens will be significantly more unpredictable than pro tour greens, it illustrates how difficult it would be for the average touring pro to simply show up at a course and go extremely low.
A few months ago I made the comment that when hypothesizing about the touring pro taking his pro game to our public courses, we imagine all of the benefits that brings (incredible ball-striking and length) but ignore all of the cons of the public course and non tournament playing (bad bunkers, bad greens, and unkept parts of the course that are off of the fairways).
In the Steve Marino experiment, that resulted in the guy who shoots 98, shooting 98, and the guy who could shoot mid-to-low 60s, "only" shooting an "ugly" 68.