Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.
LPGA’s 1-2 punch (+7%): OK, so it’s not exactly Brady-Manning, Bird-Magic or Federer-Nadal, but the budding rivalry between Inbee Park and Stacy Lewis is at least worth watching. Now, if Michelle Wie could become a consistent winner …
Freddie (+5%): Tour types have spoken (or texted), and they all want Boom Boom as ’16 Ryder Cup captain. After the Tom Watson disaster and years of disconnect, the PGA would be wise to finally listen to the players.
Ryan Moore (+4%): Nice playing to shoot all four rounds in the 60s and win something called the CIMB Classic … but let’s hold off on projecting a 2014-15 breakthrough. Moore still tends to disappear for long stretches at a time and doesn’t have a major top-10 since 2009.
Danielle Kang (+3%): The young LPGAer and ace machine now has an entirely first-world problem, with three cars and space for only one at her Vegas home. (If you’re wondering, it looks like the Porsche Cayenne still makes the cut. Phew.) Since your correspondent has A) never made an ace and B) owns a 2011 Ford Fusion with a dead battery, there will no be tears shed here.
Adam Scott (+2%): For the man with seemingly everything, here’s still another confidence-booster: He has received more than 100 inquiries from prospective caddies. It’s almost like he’s earned more than $18 mil over the past five years or something.
Luke (+1%): The tidy Englishman has swallowed his pride, admitted that the move to Chuck Cook didn’t work, and returned to the coach (Pat Goss) who helped mold him into a No. 1 player. Better days are ahead.
WGC-HSBC (-2%): Forty of the top 50 in the world are playing this week in Shanghai, but there is no Tiger (injury), no Phil (rest), no Rory (lawyer prep) and no DJ (uh, personal reasons), who is the defending champion. Fortunately for us, the latter scenario should produce plenty of awkwardness!
Suzy Whaley’s candidacy (-3%): Well, that was fast: The presumptive favorite for PGA secretary (and, in all likelihood, the 2018 PGA presidency) is now far from a sure thing, with both influential women’s voice Dottie Pepper and legendary PGA member Bob Ford throwing their support behind her opponent in the secretary race. Political fever – catch it while you can.
BMW Masters (-5%): Marcel Siem won the title, but not all playoff losers should be viewed equally: Alexander Levy squandered a four-shot lead with a ghastly 78, while Ross Fisher nearly set a Euro Tour record when he came all the way back from 11 (!) shots down.
Miggy (-7%): Levy’s 78 in a 25-mph wind may have been a disaster, but it paled to what Miguel Angel Jimenez did at the BMW: a Sunday 88, punctuated by a 9-over score on the ninth hole when he rinsed four shots. Though not a reputation-destroyer, it’s hard to look cool while making a 13.
Xin-Jun Zhang (-9%): At first glance, the headline reads like a joke – Leading PGA Tour China Winner Slapped with Six-Month Ban for Signing Incorrect Scorecards! – but it’s clear that officials will be on high alert if he heads stateside to accept Web.com Tour membership.