Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.
Ryder Cup (+10%): It’s the best theater this sport can produce, though no amount of medication can get you through the insufferable four-day buildup
Royal & Ancient (+8%): Much like Augusta National, there was no way the R&A could continue to have such exclusionary practices, especially given the visibility of its events and the club’s standing in an international game.
Joost Luiten (+5%): He’s Europe’s Billy Horschel – a player who got hot a few weeks too late.
Webb and Westy (+2%): Hope your game is sharp, boys, because the second-guessing has already begun in earnest.
Adam Scott’s next bagman (+1%): The list of applicants, we imagine, is a long one.
Patrick Reed (-1%): He’s the Americans’ biggest boom-or-bust candidate, but the lack of potential partners means this lone wolf might spend a few sessions on the sidelines.
Web.com Tour Finals (-2%): Congrats on earning your card! … now hope you can get into a few Tour events this fall, because once the reshuffle and major medicals kick in, you’ll undoubtedly be searching for a place to play.
Rory-G-Mac partnership (-4%): Paul McGinley says the oft-contentious lawsuit won’t get in the way of a potential pairing, but the Euro captain looked like he was training for the NFL combine the way he backpedaled at Gleneagles.
Anthony Kim (-6%): SI’s Alan Shipnuck has a must-read on the erstwhile Next Big American Star, who has rarely been seen in public since rupturing his Achilles’ tendon in 2012. To find out what really happened with AK, we may have to wait for the movie.
British media (-8%): Rickie’s “USA” haircut is a seemingly fun and innocent display of patriotism. Or not. “An exhibition of thuggish jingoism,” writes one Telegraph columnist. Oh, it’s on now.