Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.
J-Walk (+10%): Butch Harmon hasn’t been shy in gushing about one of his most recent pupils, Jimmy Walker, a late bloomer with sneaky power who would surprise little if he wound up either atop a major leaderboard or on the U.S. Ryder Cup team.
King Louie (+6%): We remain cautiously optimistic about one of the game’s sweetest swingers, who began a new year seemingly the only way he knows how – with a victory. If he can stay upright, he’ll return to golf’s elite.
Abu Dhabi (+4%): Truth to tell, it’s a far more intriguing event than the Tour’s return to the mainland, what with Rory, Phil, Big Stense, Sergio and Luke in the field.
Harry English (+2%): He couldn’t close the deal at the Sony, but it won’t be long before he’s the second-best 20-something in the game, behind only McIlroy.
J-Rose (-2%): Unfortunately, the world No. 4 is on the shelf with a bum shoulder, which is bad news for a dude on a serious roll (six consecutive top-10s worldwide).
Anchoring (-4%): The PGA wants a grace period for the anchoring ban, thus allowing everyday golfers to ram putters into their bellies and sternums for the foreseeable future. Why? Come 2016, PGA professionals will be even more in demand – helping the over-50 set cure the yips.
Stewart Cink (-7%): Bald apparently isn’t beautiful, but the former Open champ dodged fans’ tan-line torpedoes with admirable charm. The rest of the Tour’s follically challenged might never take off their hats again, lest they, too, get screenshot.
Teen dreams (-10%): U.S. Amateur Matt Fitzpatrick seemed destined to follow the path of Luke Donald … until, you know, he left school after one term. Meanwhile, Guan Tianlang finished 151st out of 155 players at the Sony, running his streak of consecutive missed cuts to six. That fluky Masters performance seems like a loooong time ago.