Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.
Ernie: The Big Easy is 43 going on 33, so long as that putter remains pressed against his stomach. He was already on the short list of favorites at Muirfield, so hop on the bandwagon while there are still seats available.
Duke of Cromwell: What were two extra holes when Ken Duke had already waited 44 years and 186 events to earn his first PGA Tour title? He gives hope to every player who is seemingly in the eighth inning of his career.
Inbee Park: The world No. 1 tuned up for her grand slam bid by winning for the fifth time this season. Only the uninformed would pick against her at Sebonack.
Brooks Koepka: A sweet 24-hour stretch for the former Florida State star, who won for the third time on the Challenge Tour (earning an automatic promotion to the Euro circuit) and then qualified for this year’s British Open. This kid is a huge talent.
Bubba: Watson’s caddie may have taken responsibility for the mis-club on 16 that cost his boss a shot at the Travelers, but he had no other choice publicly if he wanted to keep his job. It’s still an embarrassing sequence for Bubba.
Win-or-bust mentality: Oklahoma State coach Mike McGraw – the man who recruited Rickie Fowler, Peter Uihlein, Morgan Hoffmann and Kevin Tway, among others – won the NCAA title in 2006, boasted the nation’s best team in 2009-11, had mediocre campaigns each of the past two years … and was canned last week. Quick hooks should be reserved for boxing, not college golf coaches.
Wedge play: Two miscalculations with a wedge cost Phil Mickelson the U.S. Open, and playoff loser Chris Stroud didn’t hit it tight each of the three times he played No. 18 on Sunday at the Travelers.
Courtrooms: The end might be near for the Vijay case, after the Tour filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. But if you need your lawyer fix, fear not – the anchoring folk shouldn’t be far behind.