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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

Abu Dhabi (+8%): It’s easily the most compelling tournament this week – Jordan looks to continue his multi-continent dominance, Rory tries to send an opening statement and all of the big names pose for a delightfully awkward photo shoot.   

Fabian Gomez (+6%): The journeyman from Argentina doesn’t always have the goods – the Sony Open win was just his fourth top-10 in his last 87 starts – but when he does, he makes it count. He’s on his way to Rio after seven birdies in a row, a macho 30-footer on the last for a 62, and a gritty playoff victory over Brandt Snedeker.  

Sneds (+5%): Remember that 84 last month at the Australian PGA? Neither do we. A quick trip to Butch Harmon has Snedeker’s game trending upward again, with back-to-back top-threes to start the year.

Zac Blair (+3%): The only thing better than his early call at Waialae – “Oh my gosh, that is so good” – would have been finishing off the eagle putt on 18. Nonetheless, he earned a lot of new fans on Sunday.

Jorge Garcia (+1%): Sure, he came up one shot short at the Latin America Am, but this is just the beginning for the 19-year-old Venezuelan, who reminds of Rickie Fowler, with the flat-bill hat, engaging personality, fearless mentality and competitive fire.


FALLING

Kevin Kisner (-1%): The good news is that the T-5 at the Sony was his fourth consecutive top-10. The bad? He got run over in the final round, after making two doubles in his last 11 holes. Another near miss.

Jamie Donaldson (-3%): Note to pro golfers: Just hire someone to handle your yard work.

EurAsia Cup (-5%): Despite the Americans’ recent futility in the Ryder Cup, at least they never lost to the Europeans by 13 points.  

Greg Norman (-8%): It’s not a huge surprise that he was dropped by Fox after only one year, not after he committed a cardinal sin at the U.S. Open and uttered, after Dustin Johnson’s 3-putt on the last (a major moment that surely evoked memories of his own collapses during his playing career): “I’m at a loss for words.” His job – his only job as the lead TV analyst – is to speak, and he didn’t deliver in a huge spot.