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Here Comes the World Handicap System

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This image is used in almost every article I have seen regarding the new World Handicap System

The golf world is getting a new World Handicap System in 2020, which will bring together all of the different systems for calculating handicaps currently used around the world into a single system.

Here is some of the features of the new system, per Golf Ontario:

The new system will feature the following:

    • Flexibility in formats of play, allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes and ensuring a golfer’s handicap is more reflective of potential ability.
    • A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap; a recommendation that the number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap be 54 holes from any combination of 18-hole and 9-hole rounds, but with some discretion available for handicapping authorities or National Associations to set a different minimum within their own jurisdiction.
    • A consistent handicap that is portable from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of the USGA Course and Slope Rating System, already successfully used in more than 80 countries.
    • An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores and factoring in memory of previous demonstrated ability for better responsiveness and control.
    • A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day.
    • Daily handicap revisions, taking account of the course and weather conditions calculation.
    • A limit of Net Double Bogey on the maximum hole score (for handicapping purposes only).
    • A maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance to increase their enjoyment of the game.

If you have been using the Game Tracker your calculated index will already reflect the new system as we have already updated the Game Tracker to accommodate the changes to how handicaps will be calculated, except for the “taking into account the course and weather conditions”.  My understanding is that this will be a adjustment applied to the differential calculation for the score based on how scores for all players that day compare to their expected scores.  If everyone seems to play well because conditions are ideal, up to a +1 adjustment will be added, or if the weather is terrible, up to a -3 adjustment will be added.  The Game Tracker will not make these adjustments, so will not be considered a true handicap index calculator.

Click here for more information on how the new system calculates your handicap index.

How to use your handicap index to calculate your course handicap will also change. Instead of just using your index and the course rating, now you will also include the rating and par for the tees you are playing.  This will make it easier to set up a game between players playing different tees.

Course Handicap = Handicap Index x (Slope Rating/113) + (Course Rating- Par)

Eg.

Someone with a handicap index of 15.5 is playing at a course with a slope rating of 125, a course rating of 69.5, and par 72.

Their course handicap will be 15.5 x (125/113) + (69.5-72) = 14.64, or 15.

And one last thing.  to adjust your score now you will use “net double bogey“.  So your maximum score on a hole for your adjusted score will be calculated by the formula:

Max Score = Par For Hole + 2 + Number Of Handicap Strokes Player Receives on Hole

So for the player above who calculated their course handicap to be 15, they will be able to score up to a triple bogey for the first 15 handicap holes, and a double bogey for the 16, 17, and 18 handicap holes.

 

Is it just me, or have the recent rules changes and now handicap changes seemed to make the game way more complicated?

I Didn’t Win 2020 Masters Ticket Lottery

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On July 11th I received the sad news from Masters.com:

2020 Masters Tickets Selection

We have completed the selection process for 2020 Practice Rounds and Daily Tournament tickets and regret your application was not selected for tickets.

Be sure to visit masters.com in mid-May for details regarding the ticket application process for the 2021 Masters.

Thank you for your continued interest in the Masters.

Sincerely,

Credentials Committee
Masters Tournament

 

What Players are Struggling the Most?

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Our Power Rankings show who the top performing players are for the PGA, European, and LPGA Tours. But who are the players who are struggling the most?

The Power Rankings doesn’t just track the top players, but it tracks them all. To qualify for this list, the players will have had to play at least one round in the last two years on the PGA Tour, European Tour, or LPGA Tour. They get points based on how the perform, and then those points are used to generate the Power Index.

Below you will see the players who are all tied for the ranking of last in the Power Rankings. As you will see, there are a number of major champions from both the men and the women who are tied for the rank of 2479, or last. Please note that Erik Compton is on this list, however he did manage to win an event on one of the junior tours today.

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Gary Woodland Wins 2019 U.S. Open

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Gary Woodland capped off a stellar week to hold off Brooks Koepka and win the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Both Woodland and Koepka shot all four rounds in the 60s.

There was a Canadian connection in this one, as Woodland’s caddy is Brennan Little of St. Thomas Ontario. Little was also the longtime caddy for Mike Weir and was on Weir’s bag at the 2003 Masters, making this his second major championship.

Here are some final round highlights from the USGA’s YouTube page:

I think the star of this tournament was Pebble Beach as the golf course just looked incredible, and for the first time in awhile the USGA didn’t have any noticeable screwups.

Brooke Henderson Wins Meijer LPGA to Become Winningest Canadian Pro Golfer of All Time

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Brooke Henderson won the Meijer LPGA Classic by a shot over Nasa Hataoka, Su Oh, Lexi Thompson, and Brittany Altomare.

With this as her ninth win, Henderson becomes the winningest Canadian professional golfer in history, over Sandra Post, Mike Weir, and George Knudson. And she is only 20 years old.

Here are the highlights of the final round from the LPGA’s YouTube page: