Agree. You need the rule to incentivize stars to vary their schedules and add a little juice to the lower-wattage events. Spieth was done in by his own tight schedule and the fact that he didn’t make it to East Lake. He’ll be able to scrounge up $20K.
“We’ve had a lot of rain so there’s not a lot of roll” Broadie says. “And unless I’m getting roll I can’t reach the green in two. But I try to get my second shot close for an easy up and down.”
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.”
What was going on at Pelham was also happening at dozens of New York area courses. With help from colleagues graduate students and computer programmers Broadie was collecting and collating detailed information on amateur-player-reported shots around the region — more than 100000 before all was said and done. Around the same time the PGA Tour’s ShotLink system launched in 2003 was filling up with data from the game’s best players.
Its proliferation has also helped turn Broadie from Ivy League professor into golf-world pooh-bah his expertise enlisted by Golf Channel; by FoxSports in its U.S. Open coverage; by TaylorMade in its assessment of emerging talent; and by top instructors and a swelling number of Tour stars themselves.