Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.
Jordan (+9%): Confidence is high, ball-striking is improved, putter is coming around … it’s beginning to feel a lot like 2015.
Ethan Tracy (+5%): Barring a rest-of-season slump, the former Arkansas standout essentially locked up a PGA Tour card with two swings: A 100-yard hole-out on the 72nd hole and a 20-footer in the Web.com playoff.
Rob Oppenheim (+4%): The feel-good story of Pebble week, the 37-year-old journeyman (who lost his card by $392 last fall, a year after earning full status by $101) finished eighth to secure a tee time at Riviera. Maybe this is the year that he makes it easy on himself.
U.S. Ryder Cup changes (+3%): The tweaks to the timing of the picks and the points structure were criticized as unnecessary – you guys finally won! – but they’re sensible moves that, most importantly, were approved by the top players.
European Tour (+1%): Keith Pelley and Co. risk overplaying the bold-format angle, but for now, they should be commended for trying to spice things up with some outside-the-box thinking.
Sneds (-1%): That’s back-to-back poor putting performances when in the final group Sunday. He’s as surprised (and frustrated) as anyone.
JD (-2%): Even on the low-stress senior circuit, Daly’s infamous short fuse resurfaced, bailing on the Allianz event after chucking his putter into a pond. Updated number of top-10s on the over-50 set: Still zero.
Phil (-3%): The past two weeks, he has needed a combined 84 strokes to play the back nine. Not quite the finishing kick Mickelson is looking for as he preps for Augusta.
Tiger (-4%): Deny injury, withdraw from event, miss more tournaments, initiate Masters Watch – rinse, wash, repeat.
West Coast weather (-7%): Add this week’s stop at Riviera to the list of weather-plagued California events this year, following heavy early-week rain at Torrey and Pebble. Meanwhile, highs are in the mid-70s this week in Florida …