As for future projections for golf analytics Broadie sees nearly boundless opportunity for exploration limited only by the availability of good data. One area he has in mind is strokes-gained categories that account for factors such as wind turf conditions and the contours of a shot.
Just as a top instructor like Pat Goss could draw on the data to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses in Luke Donald’s game and devise a practice strategy that maximized the former and minimized the latter (focusing on Donald’s wedge game turned out to be key in his rise to number one in the World Golf Rankings) so could a weekend duffer discover in the numbers a vital lesson about expectations.
Keegan Bradley wasn’t even sure he wanted to play Monday’s final round at the BMW Championship. “Truthfully I was really fixated on making the Tour Championship and I kind of knew if we didn’t play today I was in it” he said.
Agree. You need the rule to incentivize stars to vary their schedules and add a little juice to the lower-wattage events. Spieth was done in by his own tight schedule and the fact that he didn’t make it to East Lake. He’ll be able to scrounge up $20K.
Because Spieth didn’t qualify for East Lake he will violate the PGA Tour’s scheduling rule that mandates Tour members either play a new tournament (one they haven’t played in four years) or tee it up in 25-plus events. Spieth has done neither in the 2017-18 season.