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.
In time he self-corrected whittling his scores into the 80s which still wasn’t good enough to make his high school team. In college at Cornell he played sporadically and then more frequently while earning a Ph.D. in applied mathematics at Stanford an institution blessed with a friendly year-round climate and a killer campus course.
If Broadie’s current status was somewhat unexpected there were inklings in his childhood of where his life might lead. Raised in suburban New Jersey the son of an accountant and a homemaker Broadie excelled in school and enjoyed a range of sports.