Originally Posted by albatross
Stop saying so what. The so what is that if these guys struggle this much, so would you.
Who says they struggled?
Again, median player on the PGA Tour in 2013 (90th of 180): 1.782
Only the bottom 13 players (of 97 or so - the entire field) putted worse in this year's Masters.
Unfortunately our stats are somewhat limited (no "strokes gained putting" or anything like that), but median versus bottom 13 of 97 is pretty compelling the other way from the point you're trying to make.
I've putted difficult greens. You keep using one pro five-putting as some sort of an example, when it's just an anomaly. Just as it was when he four-putted in Chicago. You refuse to account for the many times pros one-putt. Did you know that on average a PGA Tour player makes 1.5 putts over 21 feet over 72 holes on the PGA Tour? The winner only makes 1.8? How many did Bubba make on Sunday alone? I think at least two.
I watched Aaron Baddeley four-putt (IIRC) the first green during one round of the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont. The last time I played there, I left a 30-foot putt (my first) a few inches short. I played about nine feet of break and it was downhill the whole way. Your Brandt Snedeker example doesn't do much to prove anything, and you don't know what other people can do.
Now I'll say something that will surely frustrate you, but it's remarkably true (and can be proven): PGA Tour players aren't even spectacular putters.
So again, @albatross, enough criticizing the claims of others. This is my last request. If you want to talk about how good PGA Tour players are at putting relative to amateurs, start a new thread or something. It doesn't belong here.