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.
According to the PGA Tour’s Strength of Field Regulation if a player plays 25 events in a season he need not add any new events to his playing schedule. If he plays less than 25 then that player must play add a start to his schedule that he hasn’t played in the last four years. The Tour Championship would have been the 24th event of Spieth’s season.
That press-conference mentions of Broadie are increasingly common doesn’t stop him from marveling at them. “When I got started on all this I figured I’d publish a few papers and that would be it” he says. “I wasn’t thinking about getting attention from it. It was an academic pursuit in the purest sense. I was after knowledge for knowledge’s sake.”
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.”
Though Finau was a favorite for the pick there was plenty of public debate that included Xander Schauffele and BMW Champion Keegan Bradley. While Finau’s lacked in the victory column he did finish second three times.