Then I was incorrect in my assumption but it’s also not clear what this group thinks. The Twitter conversation between Andy/TFE and Sean Martin sure seems to indicate that just adding up total strokes “would be great” but Sean correctly pointed out that this is a very dumb idea. That’s not getting rid of scoring entirely but it’s close to it because it requires a bunch of mental math that no one wants to do. So I’m very curious what an alternative would look like.
How is this possible though without doing a bunch of math in your head? Par makes scoring so much easier.
I’m mostly in this conversation because I think the “par is irrelevant” crowd really needs to rein in their take or at least define it properly because that blanket statement isn’t helping the debate. I have not seen this done anywhere. I know Soly has an old blogpost from four years ago that covers one aspect of it but Andy seems to have taken it a step further with the scoring. Perhaps an update is needed.
My opinion = The par of a hole or course? Absolutely irrelevant. Score to par in determining the competitiveness of a championship? Irrelevant again. Par as a benchmark and method for scoring? Very relevant.