Stock Watch: Up to the Crown; U.S. on the down

By Ryan LavnerJuly 29, 2014, 4:15 pm

Each week on, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.


WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (+8%): Congratulations. You’ve made it. We’re on the final leg of this never-ending PGA Tour season.

Tim Clark (+7%): Sweet back-nine 30 and comeback victory for one of the Tour’s short-knockers. Afterward, he was reportedly seen alone in the locker room, crumpling up his anti-anchoring lawsuit.

International Crown (+6%): It’s a cool concept, with players representing their own country and not some broad “International” tag. A few tweaks to the qualifying and points structure are needed, but this team event has big-time potential.

Bernhard Langer as Over-50 World-Beater (+5%): Winning by 13 is an extraordinary feat no matter the field, but the fact that he grew his lead after each round only underscores the point that this guy is a certified stud.

Jarrod Lyle (+4%): Back after two bouts with leukemia, and he finishes T-11 in his debut? Remarkable. Welcome back, big fella.


Jack’s Takes (-1%): Poor guy.His words are scrutinized and dissected for even the slightest dig at Tiger, so no wonder Nicklaus says that he can’t “imagine” a Ryder Cup without Woods … despite that very thing occurring only six years ago.

DJ (-2%): After getting into contention at the Open, he missed the cut in Canada and then WD’d from Firestone, citing “personal reasons.” Paulina apparently didn’t get the memo, as she Instagrammed a photo of her fiancée helping with her putting alignment.

Jim Furyk (-4%): Winless since 2010, he is now 0-for-his-last-7 when attempting to close out 54-hole leads. That’s not a trend. That’s a crisis.

Team USA (-5%): Not only is the U.S. Ryder Cup team looking particularly rough, but the ladies didn’t even reach the final day of the inaugural International Crown. At least they did the very American thing by complaining about the format.

Bernhard Langer as a Ryder Cup Member (-8%): Oh, puh-leeze. Don’t try to compare what the soon-to-be 57-year-old is doing on the Champions circuit to how a guy is faring on the two biggest, most competitive tours on the planet. Team Europe is stacked, and picking Langer would shut out a candidate like Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Miguel Angel Jimenez or Francesco Molinari.

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UCLA junior Vu named WGCA Player of the Year

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 3:23 pm

UCLA junior Lilia Vu was named Player of the Year on Tuesday by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).

Vu recorded the lowest full-season scoring average (70.37) in UCLA history. Her four tournament wins tied the school record for most victories in a single season.

Vu was also named to the WGCA All-America first team. Here's a look at the other players who joined her on the prestigious list:

WGCA First Team All-Americans

  • Maria Fassi, Junior, University of Arkansas
  • Kristen Gillman, Sophomore, University of Alabama
  • Jillian Hollis, Junior, University of Georgia
  • Cheyenne Knight, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Jennifer Kupcho, Junior, Wake Forest University
  • Andrea Lee, Sophomore, Stanford University
  • Leona Maguire, Senior, Duke University
  • Sophia Schubert, Senior, University of Texas
  • Lauren Stephenson, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Maddie Szeryk, Senior, Texas A&M University
  • Patty Tavatanakit, Freshman, UCLA
  • Lilia Vu, Junior, UCLA
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Stroud's caddie wins annual PGA Tour caddie tournament

By Rex HoggardMay 22, 2018, 3:15 pm

Casey Clendenon, who caddies for Chris Stroud, won the gross division of the annual PGA Tour caddie tournament on Monday, shooting a 5-under 66 at Trinity Forest Golf Club, site of last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson.

Scott Tway (65), who caddies for Brian Harman, won the net division by two strokes over Wayne Birch, Troy Merritt’s caddie.

Kyle Bradley, Jonathan Byrd’s caddie, took second place with a 71 in the gross division.

The tournament was organized by the Association of Professional Tour Caddies, and proceeds from the event went to two charities. The APTC donated $20,000 to Greg Chalmers’ charity,, which aids families living with autism. The association also donated $10,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

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Bjorn adds four Ryder Cup veterans as vice captains

By Will GrayMay 22, 2018, 1:05 pm

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn has added a quartet of vice captains for the biennial matches this fall in Paris.

Bjorn had already named Robert Karlsson as his first assistant, and he announced Tuesday at the BMW PGA Championship that his group of advisors will also include major champions Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell, and former world No. 1s Lee Westwood and Luke Donald.

Westwood is among Europe's most decorated Ryder Cup players, and his addition in this role signals he likely won't participate as a player in the matches for the first time since 1995. The Englishman has spoken openly about his desire to captain the European squad at Whistling Straits in 2020, but he's been quiet on the course in recent months, with a missed secondary cut at the Houston Open his only start since mid-February.

Harrington is seen as another possible captain for the 2020 matches, and he'll don an earpiece for the third straight Ryder Cup, having represented Europe as a player on six straight teams from 1999-2010.

Donald played on four Ryder Cup teams from 2004-12, with the Europeans winning each time he was on the roster. This will mark his first stint as a vice captain, as Donald announced last month that he would be sidelined indefinitely while recovering from a back injury.

At age 38, McDowell will be the youngest vice captain in the room, having holed the winning putt eight years ago at Celtic Manor. He won the French Open in both 2013 and 2014 at Le Golf National, site of this year's matches, and will also be making his debut as a vice captain.

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Bidder pays $50,000 to caddie for Woods

By Grill Room TeamMay 22, 2018, 12:28 pm

Someone has paid $50,000 to caddie for Tiger Woods at this year’s Hero World Challenge.

An unnamed bidder paid for the opportunity at an auction Saturday night at Tiger Jam, where monies are raised to support the Tiger Woods Foundation.

The Hero World Challenge will be contested Nov. 29-Dec. in Albany, Bahamas. The pro-am is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28.