How Badly did the officials screw up the Houston Open last week? Pretty badly. The guys that had their rounds postponed were almost 3 shots higher on average in the first round than the guys who played later.
That is a huge difference.
Here’s how the leaderboard looks when you standardize the scores against players in the same playing conditions:
J.B. Holmes had a decent round on Thursday against the field when he was about 2 shots better than the field average. He really made up a lot of ground, though, yesterday by shooting a 68 when the course average was almost 69.
Other players like Henrik Stenson, got lucky, shooting a 69, just barely below the late groups 1st round average, but when taken against the field as a whole made up about 3 shots on the entire field.
Unluckiest of all the players was John Mallinger, who’s 1st round 75 wasn’t terrible in relation to the conditions, but lost strokes to guys playing an easier course on Friday. He fired great rounds in the 2nd and final round to boost himself up into the top-10. With a different tee time, though he could just as easily have won.
Below is a chart of the Actual score and then what it would have been if they had played the same in relation to the field in different conditions.
I think it is safe to say, The tour officials should have either called off round 1 entirely or let the afternoon groups play through the same terrible conditions.