Stock Watch: Ko keeps climbing; Poulter sinks

By Ryan LavnerMarch 3, 2015, 6:00 pm

Each week on, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.


Paddy (+8%): He’s a mad scientist among the artists and brute bashers on Tour. Harrington’s long-awaited, hard-fought Honda win offers hope to tormented tinkerers everywhere.

Lydia Ko (+7%): Her game is peerless, and flawless, but she’s bound to face some adversity at some point. In, like, 2035.

The Billy Horschel Rule (+4%): It’s been months – years? – since the PGA made a Ryder Cup decision that didn’t immediately leave you scratching your head. Pushing back the deadline for automatic qualifiers and captain’s picks is a rare smart move – even if it’s too late for BillyHo.

Andy Sullivan (+3%): Surely it’s just a coincidence, but since making a hole-in-one in September and earning a trip to outer space, the 28-year-old Englishman has more top-five finishes (5) than in his previous 76 starts combined (4). Now that’s a blastoff.  

Daniel Berger (+2%): Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Berger – all 21 years old, all ranked inside the top 90 in the world. One-third of the way through the season, Berger has been the most impressive rookie, with a playoff loss scattered among three other top-10s.  

Phil (+1%): Lefty looked lethargic and disinterested during the Monday restart, but he showed enough at the Honda that it’s once again safe to select him in your Masters pool.


WGC-Match Play (-1%): The West Coast swing is already suffering because of the wraparound season and big-money events overseas, and now, beginning in spring 2016, there will be two WGCs and a major in a six-week span concluding at the Masters. Sorry, Arnie, but the quality of your field is bound to take a hit.  

Stacy Lewis (-2%): Desperately trying to keep pace with The Kid in the world rankings, she took a ghastly double bogey on 15 when she had only 67 yards to the green. Eight months and counting since her last W.

Patrick Reed (-3%): Tied for the lead, he played the Bear Trap in 4 over. An absolute stunner, and proof that winning isn’t as easy as he’s made it look over the past 18 months.

Caddie treatment (-5%): The Tour continues to treat bagmen like bums and second-class citizens. Wake up: This isn’t the ’70s.

Ian Poulter (-7%): Remarkable that he even managed a 74 while rinsing five shots during the final round. If the U.S. really wanted to win the Ryder Cup, it should move the event to PGA National.

Dan Olsen (-10%): After his inflammatory remarks lived for nearly three days, the little-known pro backpedaled faster than an NFL cornerback. That’s what happens when a Ponte Vedra Beach area code pops up on your phone.

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

2017 Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

Win No. 1: Title defense at the CIMB Classic

Article: Thomas (64) rallies to defend CIMB title

Win Nos. 2 and 3: The Hawaiian double

Article: Thomas refuses to let disastrous hole derail TOC win

Article: Worst week ever ends with another title at Sony Open

Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open

Article: Thomas becomes youngest player to shoot 59

Take a look: Thomas’ scorecard from his amazing 59

Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open

Article: Thomas sets U.S. Open record with 9-under 63

Temporary Slide: Open MC makes it three in a row

Watch: Thomas loses club, makes 9, misses Open cut

Mr. Major (and win No. 4): PGA champ at Quail Hollow

Article: Thomas joins the club – the major club

Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship

Article: Thomas wins the battle of buddies over Spieth

The $10 Million Man: FedExCup champ

Biggest Win of All? Player of the Year

And One to Grow On: Wins at CJ Cup in 2017-18 season

Article: Thomas caps torrid 12-month run with CJ Cup win

Photo Galleries: Best of ...

Best of: Justin Thomas and Jillian Wisniewski

Best of: Justin Thomas through the years

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 12:30 pm

Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.