Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.
DJ (+9%): It’s not an exaggeration: This guy can be a world-beater … if he wants it. Hopefully Johnson truly has turned the corner in his career and in his personal life, because he’s a remarkable talent and a joy to watch.
Inbee (+7%): Her HSBC title was more than just a big-time win against her two chief rivals. Park looked them in the eye and beat them, straight up, a victory that will supply her not just with confidence but also a psychological edge.
LPGA (+5%): Week-in, week-out the ladies are producing the kind of storylines that a marketing department can only dreamabout. If the top three players in the world played in the same group on Sunday in a PGA Tour event, well, our heads would explode.
Bubba (+3%): His inward 39 cost him a chance at another boldfaced title, but all signs point to Watson being locked in as the Masters favorite.
P-Reed (+1%): He’s fighting back, and for good reason. In our sport, there is nothing worse than being labeled a “cheat,” so if Reed remains steadfast that he didn’t steal from teammates or cheat during college events, he’s smart to challenge the allegations.
Rory (-1%): OK, so it’s probably not a great sign that we spent more time last week talking about his club fling than his golf game. Only one start remains before Augusta.
J.B. Holmes (-2%): His opening 62 at Doral was a career round, but the big bopper was 2 over the rest of the way and coughed up a five-shot lead.
Tim Finchem (-4%): Seems Phil is a powerful persuader, because that was a rare gaffe from the PGA Tour commish, admitting that he “whiffed” when he green-lighted the PGA’s plan to exclude the fall events from Ryder Cup qualifying. With an improved relationship between the two organizations, we’d expect a points-structure change with the health of the Tour at stake.
Tour transparency (-5%): On the telecast and in the media tent afterward, it was an awkward tap dance for everyone involved with DJ winning a big event only a month after returning from a suspicious leave of absence. Blame the PGA Tour’s ridiculous policy of not disclosing player discipline.
Trump National Doral (-8%): In the past few years, can you recall a regular PGA Tour venue being so roundly (and publicly) criticized by normally p.r.-conscious Tour types? Nope.