Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.
Rory (+10%): The kid in full flight – with the bounce in his step, the majestic drives, the sublime putting – is quite a spectacle. In a part of the country that loves its thoroughbreds, McIlroy is the overwhelming favorite in this week’s Derby … err, PGA.
Geoff Ogilvy (+5%): A win-win for everybody – especially scribes. One of the game’s best thinkers is back on form.
Sergio (+4%): OK, so he’s now 3-for-11 with the 54-hole lead. And, yes, he’s finished second in three consecutive tournaments. But once sulky and testy in defeat, Garcia is now gracious and humble. That bodes well for his major prospects, someday.
Beau Hossler (+3%): Remember this kid, the one who briefly led the 2012 U.S. Open? Well, after a few quiet seasons, he has developed into a solid pro prospect, rallying to capture the Western Amateur – the most difficult event in amateur golf – for his biggest W to date.
Hale Irwin (+2%): Every old-timer lit up TPC Twin Cities – Kenny Perry won the 54-hole event at 23 under – but the 69-year-old Irwin bettered his age all three days. Stout.
Adam Scott (-1%): Dude ripped off four consecutive top-10s after his win at Colonial and still lost his No. 1 ranking. Good luck getting it back.
J-Day (-3%): Nothing has gone right for the Aussie since his Match Play win, the latest setback a withdrawal from Firestone because of “dizziness.” A shame, too, because he seemed poised for a monster year.
Tiger Watch (-5%): I’d be a whole lot more interested in this if Woods were, say, competitive in any of his three starts pre-WD. It’s time for him to shut it down until he’s 100 percent, or as close as his brittle body can get. At 38, he can’t afford many more lost years.
Rory’s competition (-7%): For a decade-plus, even the most extravagantly talented toiled in Tiger’s considerable shadow. Now their careers threaten to be stunted by yet another superpower in Rory. If they all weren’t multimillionaires, you’d almost feel sorry for them.
Tour secrecy (-10%): The Tour apparently has so many lawyers that it doesn’t understand a simple concept: Public humiliation is often the best deterrent. Instead, the clumsy handling of the DJ case (and other matters of player discipline) has been confusing, awkward and, most of all, embarrassing – mostly for the Tour, not the player who reportedly ran afoul.