Scrolling through the Twitter verse last night I happened upon an interesting conversation about handicapping a major. While I should have kept the guys name he seemed to understand the handicap system much better then I do, or at least he did a good job of making it seem that way. According to some calculations he did Brooks Koepka would have a +15.1 USGA handicap based on these last two days.
Lets put that in perspective for those of you who would like to understand: How good are these guys?
Most golf courses that have a course rating above 73 would be considered difficult for most. Bethpage Black plays to a 77.5 on a normal day, and it is estimated that it would be around an 81 for a major setup. If Brooks were to keep his pace of +15.1 on a golf course rated at 73 he would shoot a 58 or -14 on a par 72 layout. Good luck keeping up with that.
But, what about the guy who finished at the bottom of the score sheet with a +26?
With the way the handicap system works, lower handicap players only score at or better then their handicap 20% of the time. I will not bore you with all the math I attempted, but this would mean that the professional who shot that +26 over 36 holes would play to a +3 at worse and yet he averaged an 83 for each day.
Yes I may be off by a little on these numbers, as I said earlier I am not an expert at the handicap system. But I will tell you at one point in my life I had a +2 handicap and I never sniffed even a mini tour event.
Enjoy watching these amazing golfers. Keep on working on being the best among your peers. By all means enjoy playing because in the end 95% of us are doing this for entertainment and not a paycheck!