It is 81 degrees with a wind from the northwest at nine miles per hour. Broadie knows this. He’s checked a weather app. The hole is a 462-yard par-5 uphill gentle dogleg. The percentage play is a driver up the right. Broadie knows this too because when it comes to golf-related facts and figures there aren’t a lot of things he doesn’t know.
“We’ve had a lot of rain so there’s not a lot of roll” Broadie says. “And unless I’m getting roll I can’t reach the green in two. But I try to get my second shot close for an easy up and down.”
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.