Throw your handicap away

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

FORMBY, England – Speaking of handicaps, even the highest plus-handicap you can think of doesn’t guarantee success in the British Amateur Championship.

Scotland’s Keir McNicoll held the lowest handicap in the entire field at plus-5.6. McNicoll plays at Carnoustie, arguably the toughest track in the British Isles. You’d have thought layouts like Formby and West Lancashire would hold no fears for him. Yet he didn’t even make the match play stages. Rounds of 73-77 meant he missed the cut by three shots.

It makes you wonder yet again about the accuracy of handicap systems.