Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.
J.B. (+8%): Pretty incredible story, winning for the first time in six years after surgeries on his elbow, his ankle and, yeah, his brain. Sure, they’d probably go 0-4, but how much fun would a Bubba-J.B. Ryder Cup pairing be? Golf’s Bash Brothers.
Stacy (+7%): The feistiest competitor in women’s golf buried all of those near-misses with a commanding performance in Texas. Which reminds us …
LPGA (+6%): Big-time wins already by Lexi, Lydia, Michelle, Paula, Karrie, Korda and now Stacy. For his next magic trick, Mike Whan will coax Annika and Lorena out of retirement.
Blayne Barber (+3%): Gotta respect the guy’s resolve: After three scorecard-related DQs in the past 18 months, last week he got it right when it mattered most, winning for the first time on the Web.com circuit.
Miguel Angel Jimenez (+2%): The Most Interesting Champions Tour Player in the World got wifed up (again) recently, which, normally, would damage a guy’s freewheeling image. Except when his new bride looks like this.
Rory (-1%): These days, no one produces a backdoor top 10 like Boy Wonder.
Tiger’s rehab (-2%): Apparently it’s been slow and steady, but he can’t yet bend down to pick up a ball and doesn’t know when he’ll return. Even worse, Woods apparently is so bored that he cranked out more than 1,600 (!) words for his blog post, scoffing at all of those advanced Internet analytics about time on site.
John Daly (-4%): 82-85 weekend at the Web.com Tour event. Reports of another injury (this time, plantar fasciitis). Business as usual.
TPC Sawgrass greens (-5%): There were no tournament-week miracles for the fourth, 11th and 12th greens, a black eye for the Tour’s flagship event. Our only hope now is that a 6-footer on one of those damaged surfaces doesn’t determine the $1.8 million winner.
Phil’s putter (-7%): The most replayed clips so far from The Players are of Lefty, grinding on the practice green with putting guru Dave Stockton. Sunday in Charlotte was the worst Phil has looked with the flat stick in ages, and he’s now down to 92nd on Tour in strokes gained-putting (sixth last year).