Justin Rose is the latest player to join rarefied air. With a runner-up Monday at the BMW Championship he became just the 22nd player to ascend to the top spot in the World Golf Ranking.
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.
With strokes gained Broadie was able to set the data straight by placing it in proper context. It allowed him to measure a player’s performance against the rest of the field while providing an isolated view of specific aspects of their game.