Pulling an 8-iron he waggled and swung. Riding a light wind the ball landed on the green and settled at the back of the putting surface 21 feet from the pin. By any measure it was a better-than-average shot.
On an eventful Monday at Aronimink the final piece of the Ryder Cup puzzle came into place. Captain Jim Furyk chose Tony Finau as his final captain’s pick rounding out the 12-man squad headed to Paris at the end of the month.
The simple answer of course was that better players carded lower scores. But what enabled them to do so? Their distance o the tee? Their deadliness with wedges? Their limited numbers of balls lost in the woods? Organized around such questions a groundbreaking research project was born.