Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.
P-Reed (+8%): He’s in line for a massive payday – at No. 1 in the FedEx Cup, he’s guaranteed to be among the top 5 during the finale – and brimming with (even more) confidence. You’ve gotta love a guy who plays 30-plus weeks a year because all he wants to do is win.
Thomas Pieters (+6%): How to Lock Up a Ryder Cup Spot 101: Show a commitment to the European Tour, shoot 62 alongside the captain, close with three birdies in a row to post a final-round 65, and win for the third time in the past 12 months, the most of any player during that span. He’s going to break some hearts at Hazeltine.
Ariya Jutanugarn (+5%): That’s five wins in the past three and a half months. Imagine how much more dominant she’d be if she used a driver.
Bethpage Black (+3%): If the raucous atmosphere at The Barclays was any indication, the 2024 Ryder Cup there might be the greatest home-field advantage in sports history.
Zach Johnson (+1%): Slumping of late, Johnson was the player who benefited most from Rickie Fowler’s back-nine collapse, securing the eighth and final spot. With a surplus of medium-length hitters already on the team or assumed to have a spot, it’s possible that one of the Americans’ grittiest players could have been left home had he not automatically qualified.
Lydia (-1%): She’s still an exceptional talent, of course, but it seems like a matter of when, not if, Ko will get passed by Jutanugarn for the top spot.
Henrik Stenson (-2%): Awful timing for his surgically repaired knee to act up – he’s playing arguably the best golf of his life, he’s two events shy of keeping his PGA Tour membership (so he must press on), and a long, grueling week looms at the Ryder Cup.
Russell Knox (-3%): Too bad the Florida resident isn’t eligible for the U.S. team – Davis Love would love to have a WGC winner come off the bench.
Rory (-5%): OK, so maybe his PGA putting performance wasn’t rock bottom. Even with a new wand, the magic still isn’t there on the greens.
Rickie (-6%): He’ll be on the U.S. Ryder Cup team, because there aren’t many better options, but over the past few months he’s provided ample reasons for doubt. Fowler needs to close out a final round before The Players becomes even more of a distant memory.