Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.
Tour Championship (+7%): The race for $10 million is the least compelling storyline this week. For better or worse (here’s guessing the latter), Davis Love and Co. have pumped some drama into the season finale – it’s now a de facto tryout for the U.S. Ryder Cup team.
In Gee Chun (+6%): Just a tour rookie, her sick scoring average (69.52) suggests the LPGA’s new Big 3 (Lydia, Ariya, Brooke) might soon have company.
Beef (+3%): The jovial Englishman locked up his PGA Tour card for next season. If he can continue to improve – this year alone, he has soared from No. 220 to No. 74 in the world – then he has the potential to become a mega-star known for more than just his fun-loving antics.
Paul Broadhurst (+2%): Ben Hogan, Tom Watson … and the 51-year-old Broadhurst? They’re the only men to win at both Carnoustie and Pebble Beach.
Danny Willett (+1%): A welcome sight for European skipper Darren Clarke: The Masters champ picked up just his second top-10 since Augusta at the Italian Open.
Ben An (-1%): In the hunt in Italy, he was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. Honestly, with players’ heads swirling after a five-hour round, it’s a mild surprise this doesn’t happen more often.
Jack’s Ryder Cup take (-2%): He nailed a few points here – it IS an exhibition, and the task force WAS overkill – but Nicklaus is decades removed from the event, which has transformed into one of the most important on players’ calendars. If it matters to them, it should matter to us.
Michelle Wie (-3%): How bad has it gotten? These days, there are more stories about her apparel – gold shoes! – than her play. Then again, that might be a good thing for Wie, who has been absolutely dreadful this year, with no finish better than 25th.
Anthony Kim (-4%): One of the most enigmatic characters in recent memory, the erstwhile star resurfaced twice in the past week. Sadly, this constitutes progress.
Annika (-5%): The new European Solheim Cup captain wants less tension and controversy at next year’s proceedings in Des Moines. Um, sorry, but that’s why these biennial matches are so interesting.