Just as a top instructor like Pat Goss could draw on the data to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses in Luke Donald’s game and devise a practice strategy that maximized the former and minimized the latter (focusing on Donald’s wedge game turned out to be key in his rise to number one in the World Golf Rankings) so could a weekend duffer discover in the numbers a vital lesson about expectations.
So it’s safe to say that Bradley didn’t see himself as a snub for the team; he added praise for the final selection. “Tony Finau and those guys have played so great all year” he said. “I’m playing good and I’d love to help the team. But I think the chances of that are pretty unlikely.”
According to the PGA Tour’s Strength of Field Regulation if a player plays 25 events in a season he need not add any new events to his playing schedule. If he plays less than 25 then that player must play add a start to his schedule that he hasn’t played in the last four years. The Tour Championship would have been the 24th event of Spieth’s season.