Stock Watch: Phoenix has field; will it have fun?


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


P-Reed (+10%): Underappreciated as a college player, overlooked as a rookie and disliked by some of his peers after brash comments as a PGA Tour winner, this guy is a tenacious competitor who plays like he has something to prove – a stark contrast to many of the youngsters who seem content to collect fat checks. He won’t stop at world No. 5.

Phoenix Open field (+7%): Tiger, Phil, Rickie, Jordan and Bubba … at golf’s biggest party … on Super Bowl weekend. Yes, please.

Kapalua (+5%): The stars are missing, but there remains no better host for the Tour’s lid-lifter – even if the big, brawny Plantation Course yielded two course-record-tying 62s in a matter of hours.

Sister, Sister (+2%): At 21, Jessica Korda is already one of the LPGA’s brightest stars. Her 16-year-old sister Nelly might not be far behind, after her impressive victory at the Harder Hall amateur event.

Stewart Cink (+1%): Three hundred and sixty-seven days later, he relinquished the title of Worst Head Tan on the PGA Tour. That distinction now belongs to Patrick Red, er, Reed.


Wagers (-1%): Jason Day and Ben Crane’s bet over the college football title game involved a whopping 100 pushups. So weak. At least make it burpees, boys.

Jimmy Walker (-2%): Missed putts and a shoddy short game down the stretch derailed his bid for a fourth win in the past 15 months. Maybe winning IS harder than he’s made it seem recently.

Duf (-5%): For years he was on the heavier side, and his look was sloppy and disheveled. Now he’s skinny, and his look is preppy and fratastic. We’re so confused.

Charl (-7%): Memories of his birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie finish at Augusta are fading fast. It’s baffling that a player with that swing doesn’t win in bunches.  

Phoenix rules (-8%): Sadly, the PGA Tour seems determined to drain all of the fun out of 16. First, they banned the caddie races. Now, players are prohibited from launching items into the stands. Who knew Roger Goodell accepted a job at the Tour?