But any legitimate TL+ (by legitimate, I mean those that have not feasted on easy tees)
Oh boy . I'm not going to argue with you Tom . Been round and round on this before . But .........
There are some that can break off as a legend ( after saturation ) . Go play some easy tee's or red tee's . By creating their own CC . For a brief spell . Or join a CC that already has easy tee CC tourneys .
Play enough rounds of easy tee's to get to TL . These players are already good . Have already climbed the climb to and through Legend saturation .
These players go on to become Champions and Tour Champions . They were going to anyway . A few rounds of short tees along the way does not make them illegitimate . A well rounded player can play off long tees and short tees .
Then there are others that may have played the short tees through a couple few tiers . Tour Master , Legend maybe . If they make it to TL . That is likely where they will stay . Forever . Lifetime TL . But illegitimate ? IDK .
Then there are those that it wouldn't matter how short their tee was . They still have to approach and putt . And would post the same score with a short tee as with a long tee .
That would be me . Lol .
This commentary is more for the benefit of the OP . And others that may not know what you are referring to Tom .
You are also right that he doesn't stand a chance vs any TL . I don't think he can beat any Legends either .
He really hasn't played enough . Total Ranked Rounds Played 76 .
He is competing against green speeds it would appear .