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%): He’s always been a monster talent, but the scary thing now is that he’s growing more confident each week. If Day can avoid injuries – a big if, given his history – then he’s poised to go on a Rory-like tear.
World No. 1 (+6%): Yes, it has the potential to become a tiresome storyline, with three players in the mix each week to take over the top spot in a two-year ranking system, but look at it this way: There are three young, extravagantly talented, articulate and eminently likable players ruling the game right now. #Blessed.
Patton Kizzire (+5%): The Web.com Tour money leader was a machine this year, banking $518,000 – or about $70,000 more than Tiger.
Brian Harman (+4%): Dude made two aces in a 12-hole span – including one with a hybrid! – but an even better move was dropping off two tubs of beer (and a bottle of Crown) for the ink-stained scribes in the media tent.
Ryan Palmer (+2%): Another gutsy performance from a guy who has shown a remarkable ability to play with a heavy heart: His T-6 at The Barclays, just days after his father’s funeral, evoked memories of his emotional T-5 at the 2013 Players following his best friend’s sudden death. Respect.
Jordan Spieth (-1%): The definition of what have you done for me lately: After a forgettable week at The Barclays – complete with him stepping on his own ball – he lost his No. 1 ranking and now there’s even some discussion about whether his historic major season will hold up when the Player of the Year ballots go out in a few weeks. Sheesh, tough crowd!
John Daly (-2%): Thankfully, he’s OK, but only JD can stop breathing for three minutes and be rushed to the hospital because of a collapsed lung, then turn up the very next day, hammering a few drives and ripping some cigs.
Rob Oppenheim (-4%): Enter the Web.com regular-season finale 24th on the money list. Miss the cut. Lose out on a card by $944.
Sang-Moon Bae (-5%): With a chance to lock down an automatic Presidents Cup spot, the South Korean was blown off the map by Day in the final group on Sunday and now will have to rely on a pick – assuming Nick Price even wants to invite a potentially sticky political situation – if he hopes to play in his home country in his final event for two years.
Adam Scott (-7%): Less than 16 months ago, remember, he was the No. 1 player in the world. Now, he’s all the way down to No. 13, he was bounced early from the playoffs, he has no reliable method of putting and he will once again be searching for a caddie this offseason. That’s a lot of turmoil in a short period of time.