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%): At Augusta State, he was the underrated, ultra-aggressive two-time NCAA champ with an uncanny ability for knocking off the biggest names. Now that he’s in the pros, well, not much has changed.
Phil (+7%): His debut in Abu Dhabi was a wonderful reminder of his buckle-your-chinstrap style. He wins spectacularly, loses a few (like this one) in similar fashion, and it’s the greatest show on Bermuda.
Torrey Pines (+5%): Where the 2013-14 season really begins.
Holly Sonders (+3%): Playing in front of crowds much larger than the “Morning Drive” crew, her group went 18 under par for three days and, at times, she looked better than her more ballyhooed partner, Rickie Fowler.
Zach Johnson (+1%): The hottest player in the game is powering down and taking four weeks off. During this downtime he’ll reevaluate the state of his game with his team, but the overall message should be this: Don’t change a thing. Dude has 11 top-10s in his last 14 starts. Scorching.
Hennie Stennie (-.00005%): The ball-striking machine malfunctioned in the desert, leading to his first MC on the Euro Tour in 469 days. Big Stense was due for a market correction, so simply chalk this up to an off-week.
Rory (-1%): His game looked plenty sharp in Abu Dhabi, but his wailing over the two-shot penalty wasn’t a good look. Lesson learned, we hope.
Math (-5%): Just when you thought you’d finally gotten the hang of the FedEx Cup arithmetic, along comes the LPGA’s new season-long points race. This week you can unwrap your brand-new Race to the CME Globe calculator.
Birdie-fests (-6%): These feel-good weeks are fun, like, three times a year, but shooting 65 and falling off the pace borders on goofy golf, no?
Slow-motion replays (-10%): The Sergio case was disturbing, not least because in the rush to judgment he was nearly banished to golf purgatory, where he’d spend the rest of his days rotting away with Simon Dyson. Instead, it turned out to be an innocuous ball mark, which is legal to repair, and Garcia was rightfully peeved.