Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.
Davis Love III (+7%): The Ryder Cup captain – and grandfather! – completed one of the year’s most unlikely stories in Greensboro, charging up the board and winning for the fourth consecutive decade. Remarkable.
Bryson DeChambeau (+6%): Yes, the latest U.S. Amateur champ figures to live on the clock at the pro level, but his unique swing, physics background and precise, calculating style will make him a different kind of star. He’ll be fascinating to watch.
Tim Finchem (+5%): He finally agreed to make one of the game’s great mismatches (9-1-1) a bit more competitive. Trimming the number of team matches at the Presidents Cup – and thus allowing captains to “hide” their weakest players – will result in fewer four- and five-point blowouts, for which we all should be thankful.
Alison Lee (+3%): Nine (!) months after turning pro, the 20-year-old played her way onto the U.S. Solheim Cup team. Reminds this observer of a similar rise from a kid named Jordan in 2013.
Tiger (+1%): Spin his T-10 at the Wyndham however you want, but ultimately it’s no different than the Raiders quarterback tossing four touchdown passes in a meaningless regular-season finale. Good week, bad season – and a long break ahead.
FedEx Cup (-1%): Only 120 of the eligible 125 players will tee it up this week at the playoff opener in New Jersey, a not-so-subtle reminder that the real postseason doesn’t begin until the BMW.
Scott Langley (-2%): Sweet kid, but his ghastly finish in Greensboro (four bogeys in his last six holes) pushed him outside the FedEx bubble and left him scrambling for a card.
Martin Kaymer (-3%): The 2014 U.S. Open winner didn’t just come up short of the playoffs – he also failed to meet the 15-event requirement as a member. He’ll be limited to 12 starts as a non-member in 2015-16 – or, as it turns out, one fewer than he made this season.
Walker Cup selection (-4%): The mid-am mandate is ridiculous enough, but this year the blue blazers picked 52-year-old Mike McCoy because of what some have described as a “lifetime achievement” award. This group continues to find new ways to bungle what should be a straightforward process with points and captain’s picks – or, you know, the process for every other team competition in golf.
Juli Inkster (-6%): With a chance to inject some new blood onto the team, the U.S. Solheim Cup captain threw a lifeline to a friend mired in one of the worst slumps of her career because she “deserved the chance to get her game back.” Really? On the most pressure-packed stage in women’s golf?