Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.
Rickie (+9%): Five down with six to play, Fowler authored one of the most audacious runs we’ve ever seen. His talent has never been questioned; this was an ultra-motivated kid imposing his will.
Kevin Kisner (+5%): The only thing bigger than his caddie’s calves is the size of Kis’ stones. Even the most hardened pro will dread going head-to-head against him now.
Players playoff (+4%): The three-hole aggregate rarely delivers the same kind of drama as sudden death, but the format still seems to work at a place like Sawgrass, with its wildly entertaining finishing holes. It’s the fairest way to crown a champion.
Ted Bishop (+2%): Fading from relevance? Not Ted! The ousted PGA boss gave a master class in trolling with his cheeky shot at Ian Poulter. Thankfully, some people never learn.
Brooke Henderson (+1%): The 17-year-old Canadian starlet has spots in five of the next six LPGA events, including a major. Heck, that’s a better deal than some of the card-carrying members.
Sergio (-1%): Sixteen misses inside 10 feet would send most guys to the psych ward, but it’s nothing new to Garcia. It’s a testament to his impeccable ball-striking that he even had a chance at TPC Sawgrass.
Bill Haas (-2%): The final round was so fun because six players had a legitimate chance to win. None more so than Haas, who missed a pair of tiddlers in the final round and came up one shot shy when even a half-decent putting day would have been enough.
Phil (-4%): It was another listless performance at the Tour’s flagship event, and even he wondered aloud how he won back in ’07. But if you think that his MC means anything for this week at Quail Hollow, or next month at Chambers, well … haven’t you learned better by now?
Tiger (-5%): At least he completed consecutive Tour events for the first time in 596 days. Other than that, his outlook is bleak: His mind is cluttered by thoughts of his new and old swing; he’s getting virtually nothing out of each round; and, most troubling, his competition has never looked better.
Adam Scott (-8%): He is now ranked 193rd on Tour in putting … out of 202 qualifiers. With the situation now at code red, and with the Jan. 1 deadline approaching, why not bench the long putter for good?