Stock Watch: Controversy aside, Olympic golf rising

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Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.

RISING

Jim Furyk (+9%): He’s a short hitter. He has a swing you’d never teach. But it’s a testament to the 46-year-old’s grit and on-course smarts that he now has TWO rounds in the 50s.

Russell Knox (+6%): It’s been a breakout season for the Scotsman, who is a playoff away from having three wins. European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke will have a lot of explaining to do if he leaves Knox off the team.

Olympics (+5%): After months of bad publicity, the tournament is finally here and – surprise, surprise – the players seem all-in, soaking up the experience at the opening ceremony, hanging in the athletes’ village and strolling the streets of Rio, proudly sporting their team duds. It feels like a big deal, because it is.

Wesley Bryan (+3%): In the span of a year, the former trick-shot artist has gone from the couch to the Tour, after earning an automatic promotion with his third W of the Web.com season.

IGF (+1%): Good work putting together this opening three-ball for the Olympics: Adilson da Silva, a Brazilian, will hit the first tee ball; Graham DeLaet, of defending champion Canada (from 1904), is up next; followed by Korea’s Ben An, whose parents were Olympic medalists.   


FALLING

Miguel Angel Carballo (-1%): Hey, it’s hard to blame him for thinking that Furyk had made another birdie, but this poor guy nearly committed an all-time scorecard gaffe.

Brandt Snedeker (-2%): After falling outside the top-8 automatic qualifiers for the Ryder Cup, Snedeker chose not to play either the Travelers or Deere to cement his spot. Yes, it’s been a busy summer, but that move seemed curious.  

Bryson DeChambeau (-3%): A PGA Tour card seemed inevitable, but the eccentric 22-year-old is now heading to the Web.com Tour Finals after reaching the 12-start maximum.

Daniel Berger (-4%): Of the many possible outcomes at the Travelers, the fearless 23-year-old throwing up a 74 to crash out of the lead was one of the least likely. Bad timing, too, for another victory would have gone a long way toward locking up a Ryder Cup berth.

Nike (-8%): By dropping out of the equipment business, the Swoosh is unloading many of its high-profile clients and setting up the potential for the craziest free-agency period in golf history.