By the early 2000s Broadie resolved to start amassing it himself. Of the game’s many riddles the first one he hoped to untangle was what separated an elite player from an 80-shooter such as himself and an 80-shooter from a 90-shooter and so on across all levels of the game.
That’s one view. As Broadie sees it how critical a factor his flatstick was is impossible to know because there are no detailed records of his matches. Which brings us to the crux of his golf-research career.
Another is quantifying performance under pressure a topic Broadie has been working on of late. He believes he’s onto something. “For mental toughness the only stat that attempts to measure it is bounce-back” he says. “And I think there are better ways.”
Justin Rose is the latest player to join rarefied air. With a runner-up Monday at the BMW Championship he became just the 22nd player to ascend to the top spot in the World Golf Ranking.
Is this a sensible rule? We posed the question to our panel of experts in this week’s Tour Confidential. Here’s how they responded: