Stock Watch: I-rish I were Lowry, Rory

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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

Shane Lowry (+7%): The lovable lad announced himself on the world stage with a few of the best recovery shots of the year. He’s yet another talented European who figures to torment the U.S. Ryder Cup team for years to come.

Rory (+6%): He says he’s 100 percent healthy. That alone makes this week a whole lot more interesting.

Whistling Straits (+4%): Visually, it’s spectacular, even if it plays more like target golf than a true links. After playoffs here in 2004 and ’10, hopes are high for another major thriller.

Bubba (+3%): The favorite to win this week, not least because of his back-to-back runners-up on Tour. Whistling is the perfect fit for his brawny game and short-game creativity.

Spieth (+2%): Whether he actually trolls Phil with the U.S. Open trophy today doesn’t matter. That he was willing to poke the old bear in public was an epic display of gamesmanship.


FALLING

Jim Furyk (-1%): At this point, he’s almost running out of ways to squander a 54-hole lead.

Troy Merritt (-2%): From first (Quicken) to worst (Bridgestone) – or the opposite of the 2013 Boston Red Sox.

WGC-Bridgestone (-3%): The tournament will have a weaker field in ’16, with a new date (early July) and significantly fewer international players, after the Euro circuit announced that the event wouldn’t count toward the Race to Dubai or Ryder Cup because it conflicts with the 100th anniversary of the French Open.

DJ (-5%): His last four weekend rounds: 75-75-75-76. Troubling.  

Andres Romero (-7%): After punching a sign in Reno, he (1) broke his hand, (2) withdrew from the event, (3) lost his card and (4) likely wrote a substantial check to Tour HQ – the rare quadruple blunder. Good luck in the minors next year.