I admit, it's mostly a memory from me, but I'll ask my Dad his name to google him. But the thought still remains, aren't there a lot of guys that can routinely throw up mid sixties in tournament conditions on varied courses, but still can't ever get anything going on the Web.com? Maybe the guy I am recalling was a head case, but my guess would have been there's a crapload of these same head cases that are trying to qualify for either the web.com or pga.
Is John Daly's success and problems physical or mental? I'm thinking particularly after he won the masters.
I agree with the above, as well as with posters saying its physical (as it applies to us). The famous Bobby Jones' quote is famous for a reason, right? "Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course..."
There was a guy in Ventura/Northwest LA County (where I grew up) in the 70's and 80's who my dad occasionally played with. He was a bartender, played Sherwood as his home course I think (got some sort of pass from the club), and was far beyond scratch. I was a kid and didn't golf, but heard a number of stories from my dad, his golf buddies, and even from kids I knew that caddy'd at sherwood. They all regarded it as fact that he had every shot to go pro. He did evidently try for several years before he got married, but he conceded he just couldn't develop the mental game.
I'd imagine there are quite of few of these guys.