I wasn't ignoring you. What these guys shot at a different golf course is 100% irrelevant to the discussion of Augusta National. And I completely disagree that pros don't putt a lot better than "others." Are you kidding me? That's what separates the winners and losers on the tour. Tee to green stats are closer among players than any other factor on tour. I think putting is the biggest skill gap between pros and low handicap amateurs.
No it's a pretty good comparison actually. Think about it. What does the winner usually shoot in the US Open? Almost always something close to even par, right? And at Augusta the winner usually hovers around -10. Granted the US Open usually "cheats" for that score by making the courses play to par 70, but still, if 3 amateurs can break 90 on a course that pros cannot even break par, then why is it so difficult to think that a few amateurs could shoot better scores at Augusta ... where, by and large, the pros all shoot better scores as well?
And we've discussed the topic of which areas of the game pros most excel over amateurs many times before. And even if it may seem counterintuitive to some at first, it always comes down to the long game as being the big difference.
If a pro has a good day putting, maybe he has 26, and if he has a bad day putting he has 32? If I have a good day putting I have 28, and a bad day I have 36.
But if a pro has a good day ballstriking, he hits 12-14 fairways and 18 greens and on a bad day he hits 5 or 6 fairways and 9 or 10 greens. If I have a good day ballstriking, it's 6 or 7 fairways and 9 greens, and a bad day is 3-4 fairways and 3-4 greens.
It's not even remotely close.
And actually, what usually separates the winning pros from the losing pros is also ballstriking.