Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf. RISING Marc Leishman (+8%): Remember Billy Horschel’s sprint to the FedExCup title in 2014, with a close call in Boston, a win at the BMW and then a clean sweep at the Tour Championship? Leish might be copying that winning formula. Anna Nordqvist (+5%): Still not 100 percent from her bout with mono, Europe’s best player summoned the goods when she needed it most at the Evian, playing an 11-hole stretch in 8 under and prevailing in a playoff in bone-chilling conditions. Patrick Cantlay (+3%): If only they still handed out a Comeback Player of the Year award. After sitting out
Last December, Rico Hoey was among 16 U.S. players who attended the Walker Cup practice session at Los Angeles Country Club. At that time, Hoey figured he’d remain amateur after his final semester at USC, play in the U.S. Amateur at Riviera in his hometown Los Angeles and have a good chance to make it back to LACC in September as a member of the 10-man U.S. Walker Cup squad. Hoey turned pro after the NCAA Championship at Rich Harvest Farms, signed with management company Yee & Dubin, inked equipment and apparel deals with Callaway, and headed off to Canada as a member of the Mackenzie Tour. Some questioned the decision, but Hoey didn’t want to end up in a situation like the ones LSU’s Sam Burns, UNLV’s John Oda and Hoey’s college teammate Sean Crocker experienced this summer.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – North Carolina State saw its lead drop on Monday at the Golfweek Conference Challenge, but the Wolfpack are still in control with one round to go. The wind picked up Monday at the Cedar Rapids Country Club but it didn’t keep every team out of red numbers. North Carolina State fired a 2-under 286 to reach 16 under and retain the top spot. But their overnight lead of nine was cut to five after Iowa posted a 6-under 282 to move to 11 under. San Francisco came in with the round of the day with a 7-under 281 to jump from fifth to third at 4 under. North-Carolina Wilmington sits in fourth at even par. The Wolfpack is looking to earn its first victory of the season and of the head