After failing to play his way into the Tour Championship Jordan Spieth now faces a punishment from the PGA Tour. His penance: a $20k fine and/or a three-tournament suspension.
From the Tour’s perspective the numbers were a way to enliven TV broadcasts and improve fan engagement. Broadie put them to a different use. Ultimately all the info he and his team gathered was fed into a computer program called Golfmetrics.
Not that the data showed the short game didn’t matter. What it demonstrated though was that a better measure of a player’s prowess was how he or she performed on longer approaches — specifically from 150 yards.