Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.
Brian Stuard (+6%): Maybe the outcome would have been different had the Zurich gone 72 holes – hello, Jason Day – but give this gritty short-knocker his due: He holed every putt inside 10 feet and got up-and-down all 20 times he missed a green. That’s tough to beat.
Haotong Li (+5%): The 20-year-old is a fun personality and likely the first winner in a wave of young, hungry Chinese talent.
John Daly (+4%): A few years gripping-and-ripping for guaranteed money in front of adoring fans – the Champions Tour offers JD the ultimate mulligan.
Bobby Wyatt (+3%): The best young players always seem to find their way to the top tier, no matter how difficult the Tour makes the path for promising up-and-comers. Wyatt's solo fourth in New Orleans was a career-changer.
Jim Furyk (+2%): The aging warrior makes his first start in eight months this week in Charlotte. Bubba Watson is the only big-name American to win on Tour in the past three months, which means Furyk is probably a few good finishes from playing his way into Ryder Cup consideration.
Cody Gribble (-1%): Jordan Spieth’s longtime friend and former teammate got hosed at last week’s Web.com event, when the leader’s final approach shot landed next to the flag, spun down a steep bank and trickled into the hazard. Wins on that circuit are vitally important for securing a card, so it’s a shame that the setup staff chose such a severe hole location.
Gerina Piller (-2%): With a two-shot lead in her hometown event, one of the LPGA’s most popular players carded five bogeys in the final round. The wait for that elusive title continues.
Jamie Lovemark (-3%): His shaky finish at the Zurich was just his latest missed opportunity, following blowup final rounds in Palm Springs and Houston. His reemergence is one of the season’s feel-good stories, but eventually he needs to close the deal.
LPGAers older than 23 (-4%): The youth movement has been incredible, with each of the 11 tournaments this year won by a youngster 23 or younger. Who said experience was important?
Zurich Classic (-6%): For the second year in a row, and the fourth time in five years, the New Orleans-area event was significantly affected by weather. Though it’s easy to say the event should move to another time of year, it’s not that simple – Zurich likes the idea of taking its clients to Jazz Fest, the summer is oppressive, and in the fall they’d compete against LSU and Saints football. Bummer.