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Stock Watch: Jimenez rising; Tiger's return falling

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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

Slump-busters (+9%): Talk about climbing out of the abyss. Nelson winner Brendon Todd once missed 29 of 34 cuts in 2010-11; runner-up Mike Weir had 18 consecutive MCs from 2011-13. If nothing else, you gotta respect their persistence.

Miguel Angel Jimenez (+7%): His legend continues to grow, for one reason: He is winning. That alone will carry The Spafro to a spot on the European Ryder Cup team.

Patrick Rodgers (+6%): Who will be Jordan Spieth’s chief rival in the next few years? Here’s guessing it’s this kid. The Stanford junior, Ben Hogan Award winner and soon-to-be pro has gone 1-1-1-2-1-1 in his last six college starts.

Bulldogs (+5%): These days, the University of Georgia churns out Tour types at the same rate Harvard produces lawyers. Sadly, I remain the school’s biggest disappointment in the past decade.

Lucy Li (+3%): At age 11, I was scuffing my wind pants during recess, blending just about any food with spaghetti and developing a bizarre affection for Stone Cold Steve Austin. Li? At 11, she just qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open. Yeah, that’s cool, too.


FALLING

World No. 1 (-1%): Congrats are in order for Adam Scott, the new top dog in the men’s game, but we’re setting the over/under on times it changes hands this year at 4. There’s no dominant player right now.

King Louis (-3%): In position for a drought-busting victory and – incredibly – his first win in a regular PGA Tour event, he instead threw up a back-nine 39 to tumble out of the top 10 at the Nelson.

Julien Brun (-5%): The TCU junior earned an NCAA berth as an individual, but he turned down that invite to play in this week’s Colonial. What, he couldn’t wait, like, another year?

Tiger’s return date (-6%): The update on his back is that there isn’t one. At this point, it appears as though he’ll return later rather than sooner.

Seniors (-7%): Kenny Perry won his third Champions Tour major in a row, which is neat, but we all know he’d trade that haul in for a Masters or PGA. Meanwhile, it was a rough week for the rest of his over-50 brethren: John Cook double-hit a bunker shot, Freddie was DQ’d for missing his tee time and Tom Pernice Jr. took a drop without confirming that one was actually necessary.