Broadie’s first subject was his head pro Diffley an accomplished player and former winner of the Met Open. Broadie asked to join him for a round. Their first 18 together gave way to multiple outings each of which followed the same routine: Diffley would hit shots and Broadie scribbling in a scale-model course map would note exactly where each one settled.
Conventional wisdom has it that Jim Fuyrk has a tough choice for his final captain’s pick between Tony Finau and Xander Schauffele. That choice didn’t get any easier as both players put on a strong showing. Finau finished T8 while Schauffele fired a final round 67 to finish one shot out of the playoff.
As for Hazeltine itself? “The set-up of the course was ridiculous. You could hit it anywhere.” Pieters included U.S. stalwart Phil Mickelson in his critiques too. “He was sometimes hitting it like six fairways left or right but was still able to get it on the green and then make a 40-footer. I didn’t think it was a great Ryder Cup set-up to be honest.”