Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.
BillyHo (+10%): Dude is so dialed in right now, he even had the power to induce his baby girl once he got home from Atlanta.
Justin Thomas (+7%): The former Alabama star is the same age as Jordan Spieth (21), and he’s poised to make a similar splash in the big leagues. Look out.
U.S. amateurs (+5%): In Japan, SMU junior Bryson Dechambeau shot 61 (!) in the second round and later sank a 9-foot birdie putt on the last to help the American squad (along with Denny McCarthy and Beau Hossler) smash the team scoring record at the World Amateur Team Championship.
Rory (+3%): The world No. 1 was running on fumes all postseason, and he still almost won the FedEx Cup. Hopefully he’ll be better rested for Europe’s playoff run.
Jim Furyk (+2%): The Tour Championship finale was sadly predictable, but at an age (44) when many expected him to disappear, Furyk finished runner-up four times, ranked third in the Tour’s strokes gained statistic and banked nearly $6 million this season. An incredible year, by any metric.
Slow play (+1%): In touring East Lake in less than three hours for three consecutive days, Geoff Ogilvy may have found the cure to one of golf’s biggest ills: onesomes and 29-man fields. (Alas, he also was en route to a 20-over 300 total.)
Karrie Webb (-1%): Still going strong at age 39, the Aussie queen led on the 18th tee before a two-shot swing at the Evian. At least it saved us the trouble of naming a six-major slam.
Tiger’s next swing coach (-2%): It sure sounds like Woods will go it alone for a while on the range. I like that move – he has more than enough tools and experience to figure this out on his own.
Golf’s offseason (-3%): Starting today, golf fans will have exactly 23 days to miss the week-to-week grind of the PGA Tour season.
Walking wounded (-5%): From Michelle Wie (finger) to Jason Day’s caddie (back) to Greg Norman (chainsaw mayhem), this week’s injury list was nearly as long as the NFL’s.
Webb Simpson and Hunter Mahan (-6%): I mean, technically, they lost to Horschel by only 38 and 40 shots, respectively, over the past two weeks.
Tom Watson (-8%): Can already hear his team-room speeches: “No one thinks we can win out there, and not even I’m totally sure, but … oh, stop it, Poulter isn’t THAT intimidating … Ray, are you sleeping? … well, back in my day …”