Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.
Danny Willett (+9%): This Masters is destined to be remembered for how it was lost rather than how it was won, which is a shame, because Willett was absolutely cold-blooded during a flawless final round. Pencil in the feisty Englishman for a 5-0 mark at the Ryder Cup.
Masters Sunday drama (+5%): Well, that escalated quickly. Every year, regardless of the protagonists on the leaderboard, there are heroic shots and tense moments and calamitous finishes. There’s nothing like it in sports.
Bryson (+3%): The dynamic changes now, with DeChambeau joining the play-for-pay ranks and needing to make hay in seven starts, but his T-21 at the Masters capped one of the best years by an amateur in more than a decade.
Daniel Berger (+2%): Quite possibly the first player to finish in the top 10 of a major without having a single shot shown.
Tom Watson (+1%): After playing his final Masters, Watson now has time to attend plenty of Lil Wayne concerts.
Ernie Els (-1%): A sad sight, the Hall of Famer knocking the ball back and forth past the cup on the very first hole of the Masters. But those writing his career obituary best look at Bernhard Langer, who has battled the yips for decades and is still contending at age 58.
Rory (-2%): That’s now three consecutive top-10s at Augusta, but he imploded during a head-to-head matchup with Jordan Spieth and conceded that this career Grand Slam hurdle is more mental than physical. Ugh.
Phil (-3%): All of that early-season momentum was wiped away during a listless 79 that was his worst score ever at Augusta.
Jordan (-5%): His huge lead dwindling, Spieth violated the first rule of the par-3 12th – take the water out of play – and made a stunningly big number. Chances are he’ll rebound from this quickly, perhaps even at Oakmont, but sadly, this Masters collapse will forever be a part of his legacy.
DJ (-7%): He four-putted the fifth green, left a pair of eagle putts short on the back nine and folded on the 71st hole. It’s no longer a given that he’ll eventually get out of his own way and win a major.