Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.
Jordan Spieth (+8%): With another sublime putting performance, he locked up (1) his fifth win, (2) Player of the Year, (3) the Vardon Trophy, (4) the single-season money record and (5) the No. 1 ranking. ‘Twas a brilliant run, Jason, but this will forever be known as the Year of Spieth.
Big Stense (+6%): Sure, he faltered down the stretch, but at least he redeemed himself with a 57-footer on the last for an extra $1 mil. That the winless Stenson finished ahead of Day – a five-time winner, including a major and two playoff events – in the FedEx Cup still doesn’t compute, but here’s guessing he won’t argue with the arithmetic.
Danny Lee (+4%): It wasn’t too long ago that he was lost, cycling through “probably 100 coaches.” But since his breakthrough victory at The Greenbrier, Lee has recorded four other top-10s, including a tie for second at the Tour Championship, which pushed his season earnings (including FedEx bonus) to nearly $4.5 million.
Dunhill Links (+3%): The Old Course … Carnoustie … Kingsbarns … yes, it comes immediately after a busy stretch in the schedule, but this event really should draw a stellar field every year.
J.B. Holmes (+2%): If Jim Furyk can’t answer the bell at the Presidents Cup, Holmes is the only American reserve who has shown any semblance of form over the past few weeks, recording back-to-back top-10s after a lengthy drought.
Brooks Koepka (-1%): After trying desperately to make the U.S. roster, he appeared to burn out during the playoffs, going MC-MC-49-18 and quieting some of the second-guessing surrounding Jay Haas’ decision.
Kevin Kisner (-2%): The good news: After a breakout season, he reached the Tour Championship (and secured a berth in the Masters) for the first time. The bad news? At East Lake, he never shot better than 2 over in a round, he finished in last place (by four shots), and he was 27 back of Spieth.
Jimmy Walker (-3%): Remember in late March, when he won for the fifth time in 37 events, was ranked in the top 10 in the world, and had a massive lead in the FedEx Cup? He managed only one top-20 in full-field events the rest of the season.
Shutouts (-5%): What do Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama, Matt Kuchar and Martin Kaymer all have in common? No wins on the 2014-15 Tour. Surprising
Golf’s offseason (-7%): The Presidents Cup is next week, and the new Tour season begins in 16 days. The only time we can miss the sport, it seems, is during the Christmas holiday.