Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.
G-Mac (+8%): After the most miserable year of his professional life, McDowell reminded everyone just how cold-blooded he can be, finishing with four perfect shots to steal the win in Mexico and brighten his outlook.
Inbee (+6%): Victory No. 5 couldn’t have come at a better time, with Lydia Ko on the bench and the grand finale this week in Naples. The top two players on the planet are in form and squaring off for all of the significant season-long awards? It’s a(nother) dream scenario for the LPGA.
Caddie commentators (+4%): Hopes are high for Golf Channel’s newest hires. It’ll be fascinating to hear the insights of caddies Jim Mackay and John Wood at Sea Island as they work as on-course reporters, but the week won’t truly begin until Bones advises a player to pull the flag on a 100-yard wedge shot.
Russell Knox (+3%): Sure, he kicked away a chance to go back-to-back, but the Scot has quite literally gotten plenty of mileage out of his game over the past month. The only player to make all five starts this fall, he has traveled from California to Las Vegas to Malaysia to Shanghai to Mexico – and still managed to play the best golf of his career.
Jon Rahm (+2%): After another top-10 on the PGA Tour, the man-child nicknamed “Rahmbo” proved he is more than ready for the big-boy circuit. He plans to turn pro after the U.S. Open, so look out next summer.
Jason Bohn (-1%): Only Kevin Na can understand this type of torture. Five years removed from his last victory (and with seven runners-up since 2012), you can’t help but wonder how many more opportunities the 42-year-old can squander before he loses his sanity.
Lee Westwood (-2%): With the cutoff for the year-end top 50 only about a month away, the Englishman dropped outside the bubble and now has put his Masters streak in jeopardy.
Sergio (-3%): It’s not the first time he has made a head-scratching decision, but why pass up the no-cut season finale in Dubai (for the second time in three years) and sign up for an event in Vietnam two weeks later?
Vijay case (-5%): The bizarre saga has dragged on for more than two-and-a-half years, and neither side has emerged unscathed – Singh is responsible for what goes into his body, and the Tour appears negligent in its handling of the case. As the prospect of a trial approaches, it’s still hard to imagine that Singh and Tour executives will want to answer hard questions under oath.
Race to Dubai (-7%): Not sure what it says about the quality of the European Tour that Rory McIlroy missed six weeks of competition and had a “down” year by his standards, yet still leads the season-long race heading into the finale.