If you look at the US Open qualifying results you'll see that in fields of over 100, a typical situation is that 4 qualify with 2 alternates.
The winning scores, and those of the top 4 tend to be 4 or 5 or 6 under par.
Then you have scores all the way up into the 90s (typically with only a couple of pars) plus those who didn't hand their cards in.
So, you haver a differential of perhaps 25 0r 30 shots between the first half dozen and about 10% of the field.
Presumably, to gain entry, all of those guys have handicaps of under 4. Is that right?
I understand the way the handicap system works and I have no problem at all with it. It is fair and equitable, but ONLY if people submit all of their cards.
I can't think of a single reason not to do that unless you get caught in a storm and don't finish.
In theory, the guys who shoot 66 in these qualifiers are perhaps within a couple of handicap points of the guys in the 90s.
I'm guessing that there's a little bit of a difference in skill level there....... (wink)
I'm saying that the 66 shooters in these qualifiers regularly shoot in the 60s on good courses in good conditions and that some of these guys have never shot a legitimate par round - yet their handicaps are almost the same..........
If it walks like a frau.... I mean duck, etc. etc.