Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.
J-Day (+8%): A wildly impressive bounce back, not just because of the five-hour time change and quick turnaround, but also because he recovered so quickly from the emotional letdown of letting the claret jug slip through his fingers. A special talent, this one.
Bubba (+5%): His spirited rally came up one shot short in Canada, but if he’s not on your list of top-3 contenders for big, brawny, driver-happy Whistling Straits, you’re doing it all wrong.
Lexi (+4%): With the LPGA desperately in need of another superstar, her first win in 15 months was a reminder of how easy she can make the game look.
Danny Willett (+3%): It’s been a slow, steady progression for the former No. 1-ranked amateur, but it’s clear he’s arrived: After his third Euro Tour title, he’s now the second-highest ranked Englishman in the world, behind only Justin Rose.
Ollie Schniederjans (+2%): The hatless wonder was in contention in his pro debut, and the best is yet to come. The high school class of 2011 – Spieth, Thomas, Rodgers, Ollie, Berger, Kim, Pan and more – is poised to dominate the Tour in a few years.
Jordan-Tiger comparisons (-1%): They made for cute birthday posts, but remember: Woods had only been a pro for a year and a half when he turned 22. He had six wins in 29 starts – a remarkable 20 percent clip – while Spieth, already in his third year as a pro, has five Ws in 77 events. Both are insanely impressive, no doubt, but it’s not a fair head-to-head comparison.
Tiger’s world ranking (-2%): Clinging to a narrow lead over Max Orrin, Andrew McCarthur and Thanyakorn Khrongpha, Woods likely needs a top-40 finish this week – once considered a poor performance – to avoid dropping outside the top 300 for the PGA.
Woe, Canada (-3%): Mike Weir announced he was taking a break because of personal issues; Graham DeLaet withdrew because of a thumb injury; and then, with the weight of the entire country on his shoulders, David Hearn squandered a two-shot lead and got run over in the final round by Day and Bubba, thus keeping the Labatts on ice.
Quicken Loans (-5%): A shame, but a tough spot on the schedule and a venue change mean only five of the top-50 players in the world are teeing it up this week. With only 34 world-ranking points available, it’s one of the weaker regular-season events.
Robert Allenby (-8%): Headed toward either his 11th missed cut or third withdrawal of the season (it turned out to be the latter), he sacked his caddie midway through a tournament round after a heated dispute over club selection. He deflected blame – a familiar theme, it appears – but how about some accountability for his actions?