davei - Ratings don't mean anything unless you get it playing against good competition
C'mon Dave, for 12 years now, it's been shown that it doesn't matter who is playing in the event. The course ratings (SSA) are independent of who's playing and what rating a score gets.
Regardless, my point is that ratings of the top players (based on at least 25 rounds) are still better than rankings if you're placing odds on a particular player winning. For example, Jussi will drop out of the World Rankings in early 2012 without any stats in majors but still have around a 1023 rating.