That press-conference mentions of Broadie are increasingly common doesn’t stop him from marveling at them. “When I got started on all this I figured I’d publish a few papers and that would be it” he says. “I wasn’t thinking about getting attention from it. It was an academic pursuit in the purest sense. I was after knowledge for knowledge’s sake.”
Among the records he keeps in his office at Columbia are computerized logs of many of his rounds replete with scores and shot-dispersion patterns — handy information for a guy who likes to have a plan for every hole.
But even Broadie needs a break from analyzing other golfers. As the afternoon wore on at Pelham the performance of most interest to him was his own. Despite a rusty swing he was getting along nicely aided by a strategy rooted in sound data.