The reasoning behind it is. The idea is to bolster the strength of fields across the season. That’s good for the Tour as a whole. If Spieth gets dinged it’s not because he didn’t have plenty of opportunities to meet the minimum requirements this season.
Another is quantifying performance under pressure a topic Broadie has been working on of late. He believes he’s onto something. “For mental toughness the only stat that attempts to measure it is bounce-back” he says. “And I think there are better ways.”
First adopted by the PGA Tour in 2011 “strokes gained” Broadie’s breakthrough analytics tool has become a fixture in golf’s Moneyball age. Though he was not alone in seeing the shortcomings of old-saw categories such as greens-in-regulation and putts-per-round (which beyond being unhelpful can be outright misleading) he was the first to do something about it.