Pieters ever a fiery on-course presence (we last checked in with him after he snapped his putter in two) apparently didn’t think much of the setup at Hazeltine National in Chaska Minn. nor of the American fans heckling from beyond the ropes.
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.
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.