Eachweek on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.
Jim Furyk (+8%): He never complained, even when the crushing losses piled up and the bruises developed and the doubts about whether he’d ever win again bounced around his 44-year-old brain. Not every player would put himself through that unending torture. Dude’s gritty.
Sei Young Kim (+7%): One of the more miraculous 20-minute stretches you’ll ever see: the watery drive on the 72nd hole, the gutsy chip-in to force a playoff, and the hero shot in overtime. That’s pretty stout stuff from the (way-too-early) LPGA Player of the Year frontrunner.
Jordan Spieth (+5%): It wouldn’t have surprised at all if he bailed on Hilton Head or simply mailed it in after a poor first round. Instead, he acted like a pro – he honored his commitment, he didn’t make excuses and he grinded out a top 15. Respect.
Barn Rat (+4%): How much does winning mean to these guys? Just watch the big man get down after winning the Euro Tour’s event in China. He’s now starting to build a record that matches his outsized personality.
Olin Browne (+3%): An official win after only 36 holes? The easiest $270K he’s ever made.
Playoffs (+2%): All three major tours featured sudden-death playoffs last week, and for a change the eventual champions went out and won the event, rather than someone else losing it. Tournament golf is more fun that way.
Farewells (-1%): Tom Watson, 65, says next year’s Masters will probably be his last. Nick Faldo, 57, is making his last Open appearance at St. Andrews. Is it too much to ask for one more turn-back-the-clock moment?
Bubba (-2%): Surely there were a few good rea$on$ for Watson to jet to China. Let’s hope financing his fledgling rap career wasn’t one of them.
Troy Merritt (-3%): Though he didn’t completely blow up on the final day at Harbour Town – a very respectable 69 – he became yet another 54-hole casualty. Only 26 percent (6 of 23) of the third-round leaders this season are closing out the tournament. That should help put Furyk’s oft-discussed 54-hole futility in perspective.
Thomas Bjorn (-4%): He was the last guy out of the WGC-Match Play, but here’s guessing he’s probably not that disappointed – he hasn’t seen the third round since 2000.
Tony Romo (-5%): Incredibly, he wants world No. 2 Jordan Spieth to spot him *only* two or three shots per side in their money games. Factor in his less-than-stellar NFL playoff record, and you can’t help but wonder: Does this guy actually enjoy losing?
Edoardo Molinari’s caddie (-7%): He opened his boss up to an embarrassing DQ after taking a cart mid-round and then failing to notify him/know the rule before reaching the scoring trailer. Fire the bagman for sheer stupidity, if nothing else.