Stock Watch: Ko keeps climbing; Poulter sinks


Each week on, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.


Paddy (+8%): He’s a mad scientist among the artists and brute bashers on Tour. Harrington’s long-awaited, hard-fought Honda win offers hope to tormented tinkerers everywhere.

Lydia Ko (+7%): Her game is peerless, and flawless, but she’s bound to face some adversity at some point. In, like, 2035.

The Billy Horschel Rule (+4%): It’s been months – years? – since the PGA made a Ryder Cup decision that didn’t immediately leave you scratching your head. Pushing back the deadline for automatic qualifiers and captain’s picks is a rare smart move – even if it’s too late for BillyHo.

Andy Sullivan (+3%): Surely it’s just a coincidence, but since making a hole-in-one in September and earning a trip to outer space, the 28-year-old Englishman has more top-five finishes (5) than in his previous 76 starts combined (4). Now that’s a blastoff.  

Daniel Berger (+2%): Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Berger – all 21 years old, all ranked inside the top 90 in the world. One-third of the way through the season, Berger has been the most impressive rookie, with a playoff loss scattered among three other top-10s.  

Phil (+1%): Lefty looked lethargic and disinterested during the Monday restart, but he showed enough at the Honda that it’s once again safe to select him in your Masters pool.


WGC-Match Play (-1%): The West Coast swing is already suffering because of the wraparound season and big-money events overseas, and now, beginning in spring 2016, there will be two WGCs and a major in a six-week span concluding at the Masters. Sorry, Arnie, but the quality of your field is bound to take a hit.  

Stacy Lewis (-2%): Desperately trying to keep pace with The Kid in the world rankings, she took a ghastly double bogey on 15 when she had only 67 yards to the green. Eight months and counting since her last W.

Patrick Reed (-3%): Tied for the lead, he played the Bear Trap in 4 over. An absolute stunner, and proof that winning isn’t as easy as he’s made it look over the past 18 months.

Caddie treatment (-5%): The Tour continues to treat bagmen like bums and second-class citizens. Wake up: This isn’t the ’70s.

Ian Poulter (-7%): Remarkable that he even managed a 74 while rinsing five shots during the final round. If the U.S. really wanted to win the Ryder Cup, it should move the event to PGA National.

Dan Olsen (-10%): After his inflammatory remarks lived for nearly three days, the little-known pro backpedaled faster than an NFL cornerback. That’s what happens when a Ponte Vedra Beach area code pops up on your phone.