Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.
Inbee (+7%): Just a week after losing her No. 1 ranking, the 2013 player of the year closed with 61 to capture her first title in 11 months. Don’t let the calm exterior fool you – she burns as intensely as anyone on the women’s circuit.
Phil (+5%): Get your popcorn ready: Golf’s preeminent entertainer will be on full display this week at Pinehurst. And what a show it’ll be.
Jason Millard (+2%): Though not as potentially life-changing as Blayne Barber’s at Q-School, the 24-year-old should be commended for his after-the-fact sectional DQ. Reason No. 3,291 why golf is different.
Ben Crane (+1%): Sure, the guy has a welcome sense of humor, and it’s harder than ever to win on the PGA Tour, but he still is painfully slow and won one of the most forgettable tournaments of the season by playing his last 29 holes without a birdie.
Sneds (-1%): With only one top 10 in 15 starts this season, the guy with the best pop stroke in the world is benching his 8-year-old flatstick this week at the U.S. Open. It’s like they always say – desperate times call for messy divorces, or something like that.
Free golf (-3%): Congrats to Steven Alker for surviving the longest playoff (11 holes) in Web.com Tour history. Alas, making 10 consecutive pars ensured that no one stuck around for the finale.
Captaincy (-5%): Big whiff by the PGA Tour in naming K.J. Choi an International assistant, not the captain, for a Presidents Cup in his home country of South Korea. Could have been a hugely popular selection.
Curtis Cup competitiveness (-7%): The Americans blew away Team GB&I for the eighth time in their past nine meetings and lead the overall series, 27-7-3. The time for change was, oh, about a decade ago.