This is the point I was trying to make when pointing out how they made a par 5 into a par 4. Par and scores relative to par is arbitrary. That being said, I do know that the Tour does actually care. The Players was right after Bay Hill this year and I happened to have the opportunity to play TPC Sawgrass right before the Players and then be all over the course on Wed and Thu of the Players and I can tell you that course conditions during the Players were a LOT easier than when I played and that it was a direct result of the players getting their asses kicked at Bay Hill the week before. The tour pros were not going to have high scores at their own tourney.I think some of it is when we see the pros have to hack around a little, it makes them seem more human. But yeah, at the end of the day, who cares if the US Open winner shoots +2 or -6 or, as others have done, -16? Sometimes you set up a course a certain way and the weather conditions make scores something totally different than what the USGA wanted. It happens.
I want to see guys fighting each other for the win. But I do like it when there's penalties for not hitting the fairways or greens.