Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.
Bubba (+8%): Complicated but simple, irritable but affable, Watson’s solo act is the most fascinating in golf.
Adam Scott (+5%): His stirring final hour at Riviera included a few short misses, sublime ball-striking, a dramatic 72nd-hole chip-in and another high finish. Now that’s the perplexing star we remember.
Veterans (+3%): Seemingly left for dead after the invasion of young stars a year ago, the 30-somethings captured five of the seven events during the West Coast swing.
Turnberry (+1%): R&A chief Martin Slumbers says it’s still on the rota, for now, but unlikely to nab another Open before 2022. That’s about the best Trump could have hoped for.
HOLDING STEADY (maybe)
Tiger (+/-???%): Depending on which report you believe, Woods is either unable to move freely or he’s preparing for a mid-summer return. Yes, we’re confused, too.
Riviera’s 10th (-1%): Without a doubt it is the most interesting par 4 in the world, but at what point does the hole venture into goofy-golf territory? Players are intentionally launching tee shots into the trees to give themselves the best chance to make 4.
Jordan and Rory (-2%): Their showdown in Tinseltown fizzled early, with Spieth bombing out with an opening 79 and then McIlroy plummeting out of contention by playing a 10-hole stretch in 6 over. Augusta ready, not yet.
Camilo Villegas (-4%): Remember when he scared the course record at Riviera? Neither do we – he didn’t shoot a round in the 60s the rest of the week en route to a tie for 37th. At least he made his first cut of the year.
Soomin Lee (-6%): The latest South Korean hotshot has already turned heads on the Asian and European tours, but his late collapse at the Maybank Championship – where he double-bogeyed the 70th and 72nd holes – could haunt him for a while.