The scoring average rose in 2013 for the third straight year on the PGA Tour. The rise was miniscule (three hundreths of a shot per round) and has been remarkably consistent in the past five years.
Let's take a look.
PGA Tour per round scoring average
2013 -- 71.09
2012 -- 71.06
2011 -- 71.03
2010 -- 71.15
2009 -- 71.04
I was curious though, how much money would a golfer have made if he would have shot 71 in every single round he played in 2013?
Here's a summary of what that golfer would have done in 2013 if he played all 36 of the premiere tournaments (excluding the World Match Play Championship).
Tournaments -- 36
Cuts made -- 24
Top 10s -- 6
Wins -- 0
Money -- $2,825,614
$2.82 million would have ranked a golfer 21st on the money list, between
His highest finish would have been second at the British Open and his second highest would have been fourth at the US Open.
So if you play on the PGA Tour and you aspire to make nearly $3 million next year, you can do so without ever breaking 71.