Brett (BPeterson8256) is an excellent player.
Wow & thank you
IF you cant keep up with these guys in unlimited play- You have ZERO shot of doing it in SP except for the hope you play out of this world (and get lucky) and that others make mistakes.
Nonsense. I'll give you an example. Brett (BPeterson8256) is an excellent player. He and I play stroke play games together sometimes. If we play 10 times, he'll probably win about 7 or 8 out of 10. On those 2 or 3 out of 10 that I win, do you really think it's because I "got lucky" and he made mistakes? I can assure you that's not the case, and I think he would say the same.
I am not sure I would win 7 or 8, and when Scott does win, it is not luck.
I don't think we are that far off in how all of us are looking at this. We are just looking at it from different perspectives. This is a game that has been programmed within certain parameters. Once you have learned the game, as hundreds if not thousands of players have done over the years, it just becomes a matter of not making mistakes.
This is my perspective. If you are playing RSG for example in low winds, both par 5s are reachable. In those conditions there are hundreds of players that know how to shoot 50 (-20). Any score above that is due to making mistakes. Luck has nothing to do with shooting that "50". Although luck can help
If you add in high winds, then luck becomes a factor on the two par 5 holes. A personal example comes from wk 43 18-hole single play for me. I had a rare "mistake free" round and shot a 52. If I remember right, I won by 2 strokes. I didn't have a single lucky shot in that tournament. I don't think I even made a putt of over 8'.
Another personal example is I made it through the European eTour Denmark bracket 2 years ago, which is obviously single play. I had been the 2nd #1 seed before, but this time I was a very low seed, probably the lowest seed to ever make a final. I am in my 50s, shaky, and play from an old laptop. In my final grouping of 4 I played against both Young and fmagnets, which are both mentioned in the example above. You may have not wanted to watch such a match up, but I did not embarrass myself at all. Mags won all 3 in this round, the rest of us went 1-2 and my win was against Young. I lost the score tie-breaker, and was out, but I had a legit chance and there are hundreds of players as good or better than I am who would also have a better chance in single play.
It would be very rare to have a player just get lucky and rise to the top in single play, But it would expand the chance to the hundreds of amazing players there are in this game. Just look at the top of any showdown final. In a limited field of 100, there may be 10-20 players that shoot -17 or better. How many of those names have you ever even seen before? And look at the Kings Cup each week. Yes, the same great players are up towards the top, but look down the leaderboard to 20th, 30th, and look at all the wds. There are a lot of names that you normally see at the very top in the biggest tournaments. 4 rounds of single play does not allow for many mistakes against so many great players.