Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.
Martin Kaymer (+9%): Instead of kvetching about how boring this year’s Open was, let’s appreciate one of the most dominant major-championship performances in history. The down-to-earth German is pure class, and this rout showed he’s on his way back toward the top of the world order.
Erik Compton (+7%): Already on his third heart, this guy will be the best story in sports when – not if – he wins on the PGA Tour. Almost too big to write.
Pinehurst (+5%): The restored No. 2 was an awesome test, with its turtleback greens as frightening as ever. Blame the USGA, not Coore and Crenshaw, for Saturday’s overly penal conditions.
Johnny (+4%): Love him or loathe him, the man tells it like it is in a tournament that pushes players to the brink. The Open and Miller were a perfect match. Thanks for the memories.
Tiger (+2%): File this under “cautiously optimistic”: Golf’s biggest needle-mover is reportedly hitting full shots, including driver. Maybe it’s not a lost season, after all …
Phil (-3%): Any hopes of a MickelSlam were gone by Friday night, and now two unknowns (Chambers Bay, Erin Hills) and a brute (Oakmont) loom in the next three years. He’d never admit it, of course, but Lefty may have just squandered his last great chance to complete the career Grand Slam.
Hunter Mahan (-4%): After hitting the wrong ball and being slapped with a two-shot penalty, he stumbled coming home and missed the U.S. Open cut by one. Worse, he declined an interview request afterward and instead sent out his loyal caddie to explain what went wrong. That’s pretty weak.
Front-row seats (-5%): Now we know why the USGA was so stingy with yellow lanyards: Everyone and their brother was inside the ropes Sunday. No, seriously, Martin Kaymer’s brother walked with the final group, as did several LPGA players, caddies and friends. Ridiculous.
Donald Trump (-6%): The clubhouse leader in bluster tweeted that the new-look No. 2 looked “horrible” on TV, which gives us little confidence that he won’t soon destroy Turnberry.
Toru Taniguchi (-7%): He finished DFL at the Open and collected $19,980 for his efforts. That should at least help cover the medical bills from his third-round 88.