Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.
WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (+8%): Congratulations. You’ve made it. We’re on the final leg of this never-ending PGA Tour season.
Tim Clark (+7%): Sweet back-nine 30 and comeback victory for one of the Tour’s short-knockers. Afterward, he was reportedly seen alone in the locker room, crumpling up his anti-anchoring lawsuit.
International Crown (+6%): It’s a cool concept, with players representing their own country and not some broad “International” tag. A few tweaks to the qualifying and points structure are needed, but this team event has big-time potential.
Bernhard Langer as Over-50 World-Beater (+5%): Winning by 13 is an extraordinary feat no matter the field, but the fact that he grew his lead after each round only underscores the point that this guy is a certified stud.
Jarrod Lyle (+4%): Back after two bouts with leukemia, and he finishes T-11 in his debut? Remarkable. Welcome back, big fella.
Jack’s Takes (-1%): Poor guy.His words are scrutinized and dissected for even the slightest dig at Tiger, so no wonder Nicklaus says that he can’t “imagine” a Ryder Cup without Woods … despite that very thing occurring only six years ago.
DJ (-2%): After getting into contention at the Open, he missed the cut in Canada and then WD’d from Firestone, citing “personal reasons.” Paulina apparently didn’t get the memo, as she Instagrammed a photo of her fiancée helping with her putting alignment.
Jim Furyk (-4%): Winless since 2010, he is now 0-for-his-last-7 when attempting to close out 54-hole leads. That’s not a trend. That’s a crisis.
Team USA (-5%): Not only is the U.S. Ryder Cup team looking particularly rough, but the ladies didn’t even reach the final day of the inaugural International Crown. At least they did the very American thing by complaining about the format.
Bernhard Langer as a Ryder Cup Member (-8%): Oh, puh-leeze. Don’t try to compare what the soon-to-be 57-year-old is doing on the Champions circuit to how a guy is faring on the two biggest, most competitive tours on the planet. Team Europe is stacked, and picking Langer would shut out a candidate like Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Miguel Angel Jimenez or Francesco Molinari.