Sometimes it only takes a comment or two to open up a festering issue. Especially in golf. That was the case when PGA Tour player Kelly Kraft dropped this tweet after action commenced last Wednesday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play (in which some players who compete in Europe or Asia exclusively earned spots in the high-powered field). OK, before we get into this: Let’s clarify. Kraft isn’t criticizing the players themselves, but the Official World Golf Ranking for being skewed unfavorably toward golfers competing outside the PGA Tour. Fellow PGA Tour pro Grayson Murray, a lightning rod on Twitter, backed up Kraft’s thoughts. Again, let us be clear: Murray is being sarcastic here (he’s
Gary Woodland withdrew from the WGC-Dell Match Play last week. Gary Woodland took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to explain why he withdrew from last week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Texas. Initially, Woodland cited a personal family matter when he pulled out, and he has now explained more in depth, sharing the difficult reality that he and his wife, Gabby, have lost one of their two twins during pregnancy.
Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf. RISING DJ (+8%): That Johnson skipped Houston is bad news for the rest of the Masters field. He is overpowering off the tee, his putting is much improved, and now he’ll be rested. Good luck. Jon Rahm (+6%): Now everyone can see why Rahmbo was one of the most-hyped players to come out of college in the past decade. He’s got world No. 1 potential. Phil (+4%): When his putter gets hot, like it was at the Match Play, he looks 36, not 46. Mickelson has at least one more deep Masters run in him, so why not this year? Bryson (+2%): With a career-best tie for second in Puerto Rico,