Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.
Lydia (+8%): The teen phenom didn’t just become the youngest major winner, male or female, in the modern era. She blew away the field at the Evian with an are-you-kidding-me? 63 on the final day to win by a touchdown. Baller.
Inbee (+5%): Turns out her season was so good that she wrapped up the tour’s points-based major award before the fifth major was even finished. That’s a heck of a year, with top-11 finishes in all five Slam events.
Jimmy Mullen (+4%): The gangly Englishman frustrated the Americans all weekend at the Walker Cup, posting Team GB&I’s first 4-0 record since 1999 (and just the fourth ever). Not bad for a guy who was supposedly the squad’s weakest link in terms of world ranking.
Sam Saunders (+3%): His T-4 at the Web.com Tour Finals opener – which should be enough to earn back his card for next season – is even more impressive when you consider that he fractured his skull and spent two days in intensive care only a few weeks earlier.
Captain Inkster (+2%): The good news? The 55-year-old shot back-to-back rounds of 68 to surge up the ’board at the Evian. The bad? She can’t replace one of her slumping players this week in Germany.
Jordan Spieth (-1%): Yeah, it was cool that he got his name spelled out by the UT band in front of 100,000-plus fans, but he still got snubbed while sitting next to Tiger at the Cowboys game. What’s the kid gotta do – wear the green jacket everywhere?
Bye weeks (-2%): High times for the Tour, with Spieth, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler all inside the top five in the FedEx Cup. Then they went dark for a week. It’ll be interesting to see whether the playoff action still resonates now that the sports media landscape is a bit more crowded.
Paula Creamer (-5%): The controversial captain’s pick enters the most pressure-packed environment in women’s golf having missed her last four cuts and with a 1-3 Solheim performance to draw upon from two years ago. The question is not whether she’ll be benched for a session, but how many.
U.S. Walker Cuppers (-6%): They were smoked in both singles and foursomes (again) at Royal Lytham, their fifth loss in six tries on the road. Only two players (Beau Hossler and Bryson DeChambeau) recorded winning records, and the complaints about the broken selection process are only growing louder. Bring in the task force.