In 2016 European Ryder Cup rookie Thomas Pieters put himself on the international golf map winning four points in five matches during a 17-11 U.S. victory. Despite some pleas for his inclusion as a captain’s pick the 26-year-old Belgian won’t be on this year’s squad but that didn’t keep him from letting loose a series of Ryder Cup takes in an interview with bunkered this week.
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.
From the Tour’s perspective the numbers were a way to enliven TV broadcasts and improve fan engagement. Broadie put them to a different use. Ultimately all the info he and his team gathered was fed into a computer program called Golfmetrics.