Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.
Bubba Golf (+9%): In a five-day span, he admitted his mom still scolds him for his bad behavior, he mentored Patrick Reed, he hit one of the best shots of the year and he won his first tournament outside the U.S. Love him, hate him or tolerate him, you cannot deny that he is nonstop entertainment.
Nick Taylor (+5%): He was an All-Everything at Washington, but not all college phenoms have a straight line to stardom. Card security should free him up for the next few years.
Phil and Tiger (+3%): Mickelson is serving as an interim assistant coach at his alma mater (Arizona State), while Woods is a month away from opening his first course, in Mexico. It’s cool when superstars dabble in other off-course pursuits.
Poults (+2%): Get this: His T-6 finish in Shanghai was just his SECOND top-10 this calendar year on Tour. If only every event was played at Sheshan International.
Duf (+1%): He recorded top-30s in each of his three comeback starts, including a T-10 last week at HSBC. Even better, he reported no setbacks with the pinched nerve in his neck. His arrow is pointing up for a resurgent 2015.
Padraig Harrington (-1%): Weekend 76s left him in a tie for 73rd in an opposite-field event in Mississippi. When tinkering goes awry.
BillyHo (-2%): Acclimating to life as a new dad and FedEx Cup champion, he finished second-to-last at HSBC (with some guy named Yoshitaka Takeya?) after shooting 18 over par.
David Duval (-4%): At this time last year, Double D declared that 2014 would be the last year he’d ask for exemptions and that it was up to him to perform. What followed was an injury-plagued season in which he recorded just one top-25 in 15 starts, and last week he shot a Friday 79 en route to another early exit. He’s a wonderfully insightful TV commentator, so when is the right time to say goodbye?
P-Reed (-6%): Though he offered a top-5 apology, he deserves a hefty fine for his on-course outburst in Shanghai. Fortunately for Reed, he won’t have to endure a public reprimand from the super-secret PGA Tour.
Race to Dubai (-9%): Anyone else having early FedEx Cup flashbacks? Europe’s playoff system still requires a few tweaks, with Rory McIlroy on the brink of capturing the top prize despite skipping the first three Final Series events. He’s a deserving champion, of course, but it’s clear that the Euro Tour’s supposedly big finish is flaming out.