Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.
Matt Every (+6%): An out-of-nowhere W, maybe, but under the tutelage of Sean Foley this explosive player is back on the right track. Move over, Tiger – Bay Hill is now Every’s personal playground. (OK, maybe not.)
Morgan Hoffmann (+5%): He fell apart over his last 10 holes, but how can you not root for a dude who taught himself how to play the piano, who cooks his own meals and who flies his own plane? Baller.
Kevin Na (+4%): He does his best work quietly – and, yes, slooooowly – but take note: He’s now the 22nd-ranked player in the world, ahead of guys like G-Mac and Zach and Bill Haas. His T-6 at Bay Hill was his third consecutive top-10 on three wildly different Florida Swing courses.
Lydia Ko (+3%): The definition of insanity: The 17-year-old hasn’t shot over par in a tournament round since Nov. 17. Not a misprint.
Rory (+2%): Bad news: His wedge game needs serious work if he wants to reign at Augusta. Good news: Even his C-game is good enough to beat all but 10 players.
Caddies (+1%): Boy, good thing your scribe doesn’t loop for a living on the PGA Tour. Colorblindness isn’t a valid excuse in the player handbook.
Brooks Koepka (-1%): Tough dude, and he was clearly in a lot of pain because of a rib injury at Bay Hill. Our only hope is that his never-say-die attitude didn’t torpedo his Masters chances.
Harris English (-2%): In position to lock up a Masters invite, he bombed on the weekend and landed outside the top 25. Now he must head to San Antonio and play a wind-swept course that he has seen only twice, and with little success (no top-60s).
Adam Scott (-3%): Augusta can make even good putters look silly. What will happen to a below-average putter who lacks confidence in his stroke?
The Stense (-4%): Three consecutive top-5s are studly, no doubt. But the only thing worse than his Sunday putting was how easily he was frazzled by a rules official.
Madeira Islands Open (-5%): Hey, look at the bright side: The Euro Tour event should have been canceled anyway, with only a pair of top-350 players in the field.
Albatross vs. Double Eagle (-6%): Nothing screams, “You’re an insufferable golf nerd!” quite like this age-old debate. (Oh, and by the way, don’t get your knickers in a wad, but it’s obviously called an albatross. Simple arithmetic, folks.)