Though Finau was a favorite for the pick there was plenty of public debate that included Xander Schauffele and BMW Champion Keegan Bradley. While Finau’s lacked in the victory column he did finish second three times.
“Because I didn’t know how much I was going to be playing. I was just trying to play. So next year I have a better understanding of what I need to do and this off-season will be very different than it was last year.”
He took up golf in his early teens by swinging his father’s clubs in the backyard. In retrospect his approach to the game was too cerebral for its own good. “To me taking lessons seemed like cheating” Broadie says. “I thought that part of the challenge should be teaching yourself.”
Their combined influence on golf have been likened to the sway of sabermetrics over baseball changing how Tour pros play and practice how coaches coach how caddies caddie.
You already know the rest. Bradley did play Monday along with the rest of the field. He shot 64. And he took down new world No. 1 Justin Rose in a playoff. Forget No. 30; Keegan Bradley is up to No. 6 in the FedEx Cup Playoffs in a legitimate position to win the $10 million season-ending prize. “Geez” he said in his press conference opening. “Things really have changed here over the last day.”