Since his last win Bradley has gotten married. He’s had a child. He’s gone from rookie upstart to Tour veteran. But he’s never stopped caring; that much was clear as he thrust his arms into the sky upon his final putt dropping on Monday.
For Bradley who was a fiery presence on two U.S. teams the Ryder Cup has been a defining piece of his career. He spoke to the struggles he has faced since his last win (2012) and last national team appearance (2014). “It’s tough to go from being on Ryder Cup teams being on Presidents Cup teams to not even — to outside the top 100 in the world. That was difficult” he said.
Broadie’s revelations exposed the flaws in other of the game’s more stubborn assumptions. Drive for show and putt for dough? Maybe sometimes. But on average the strokes-gained-putting differential between a golfer who shoots 70 and one who shoots 80 is a relevant pittance (1.5 strokes) compared to