Bradley was right. Based on the 54-hole standings he was in position to secure the 30th and final spot in the season finale edging out No. 31 Jordan Spieth in the process.
He took up golf in his early teens by swinging his father’s clubs in the backyard. In retrospect his approach to the game was too cerebral for its own good. “To me taking lessons seemed like cheating” Broadie says. “I thought that part of the challenge should be teaching yourself.”
Rose’s four-foot par bid in the playoff which skirted the hole on the low side leaving Bradley with a tap-in for the win. Rory McIlroy who led the field in strokes gained pretty much everything except with his flatstick. In the final round the longest putt he made was from five feet.
After failing to play his way into the Tour Championship Jordan Spieth now faces a punishment from the PGA Tour. His penance: a $20k fine and/or a three-tournament suspension.
strokes gained or lost from 100 yards and out (6.5). A similar differential holds true in comparisons of golfers across the board. The takeaway: In a battle of importance ballstriking reigns supreme. The beauty of Broadie’s research was that it offered something for almost everyone.