Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.
Sneds (+8%): His overarching goal this year was to return to relevance. All he did at Pebble was capture his first title in 18 months, secure his spot in most of the important events and jump onto the short list of Masters favorites. Relevant? Yes, very much so.
Davis Love III (+7%): Sure, the ultimate players’ captain was probably the second- or third-best choice, but his appointment sets the table for a nice redemption story at Hazeltine.
Darren Clarke (+5%): An obvious choice for the 2016 Ryder Cup. Polished as a speaker and popular with fans in the U.S., the 2011 Open champ will have big shoes to fill after Paul McGinley’s near-perfect captaincy.
Jim Furyk (+3%): You see a player who once again failed to convert a 54-hole lead. We see a guy who took off 4 1/2 months and nearly won in his first start back.
Mark Hubbard (+2%): Yes, he stole the idea from his future mother-in-law, but popping the question at Pebble ... in the gloaming ... on national television. Dude, that’s setting the bar awfully high for marriage.
Secret Scotty (+1%): It took him three weeks to admit that he tied the knot. At least he was timely with the baby announcement, releasing a two-sentence statement the day baby, Bo, was born. Congrats to the family.
Northern Trust Open Collegiate Showcase (-1%): Cool idea to offer a spot to the college player with the lowest qualifying score at Riviera. But why not open up that elite shootout to the public? Kids are home from school on Presidents' Day, and this was a great opportunity for them to watch the best and brightest up-and-comers on a legendary track.
Miguel Angel Jimenez (-2%): After fading Sunday in Thailand, he saw the (unsurprising) reports that he was passed over for the Ryder Cup gig. As much fun as it’d be to cover an MAJ captaincy, it’s hard to imagine it ever coming to fruition because of the language barrier and abundance of worthy candidates.
JD (-4%): Long John sent a jolt into the tournament by matching the lowest opening round of his Tour career with a 7-under 65 at Pebble. Then he woke up. Twenty-four years and counting since his last made cut there ...
PGA of America (-7%): For months all we’d heard about was how a task force would change the culture of losing that has permeated the U.S. Ryder Cup team for the better part of two decades … and then they selected not just a past captain, but one who had lost. Good luck spinning that one.
Saturday at Pebble (-8%): This is nothing new, of course, but the vitriol from fans seems like it’s at an all-time high. A shame, because the best PGA Tour venue deserves better than this unwatchable tournament with aging C-level celebs.
Tiger’s break (-9%): For once he’s not obfuscating or in complete denial about the state of his game, but if he returns from his sabbatical and still looks like a hot mess, well, then it might be time to start talking about the R-word – and it’s not reps.