At 61 lean and low-key Broadie cuts an understated profile that belies his outsize impact on the game. To his peers and protégés at Columbia Business School where he has taught since ’83 Broadie is known as the Carson Family Professor of Business with an expertise in the pricing of derivative securities. But to members of golf’s firmament he’s something of a walking Watson — as in the computer not Tom.
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.
Broadie’s research has paid dividends for Broadie too in his work as a GOLF columnist (p. 28) and a FoxSports consultant interpreting stats for U.S. Open broadcasts; and as a consigliere for TaylorMade.