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These Guys are That Good

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!


Known as a golf junkie among his friends and family, Bryan Montgomery's passion for this game started at a young age which has blossomed into what is now a 10 year career in the golf industry. Part of the second class to graduate from Eastern Kentucky Universities PGA Golf Management program he has since worked as an assistant golf professional, customer service manager, director of club fitting and merchandise sales, and fitting specialist for Mizuno. Recently he started his own brand, Form Golf which focuses on the PGA Tour, NCAA Mens Golf, Science in golf, and a Nerd Book section. Please feel free to reach out to Bryan through Twitter or Instagram. Enjoy!

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