From counting strokes that are over or under par to calculating the proximity of the shot’s distance to each hole, numbers play a vital role in understanding the sport.
While some fans are satisfied with the surface of golf entertainment, others desire to dig deeper into the numbers — using them to predict, quantify, and speak for a majority of the action.
Golf’s chief number cruncher is Mark Broadie.
A professor of business and vice dean at Columbia Business School, Broadie’s expertise is rooted in years of working in finance assessment and risk management. As an avid golfer he uses the same analytic tools from his line of work to try to understand and predict player performance.