It's amazing to me how many people don't know that golfers are responsible only for the 18 (or 9) scores in the appropriate boxes, not for adding up the scores and putting a number in the "total" box (stroke play, obviously).
33-5. Score Card
In stroke play, the Committee is responsible for the addition of scores and application of the handicap recorded on the score card.
In four-ball stroke play, the Committee is responsible for recording the better-ball score for each hole and in the process applying the handicaps recorded on the score card, and adding the better-ball scores.
In bogey, par and Stableford competitions, the Committee is responsible for applying the handicap recorded on the score card and determining the result of each hole and the overall result or points total.
That is all…