Stock Watch: Phil still strong; Tiger declining


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


Brendan Steele (+6%): In Year 1 of the anchor ban, Steele and Adam Scott showed that there is indeed life after the long wand.

Alex Noren (+5%): The hottest player in the world you’ve never heard of just won for the third time in eight starts. He’s probably happy that golf has no true offseason.

Paul Casey (+4%): His last four starts: 2-2-4-3. The sporty Englishman is all the way up to 12th in the world, even without a win in two years.

Phil (+3%): Mickelson’s 2016 campaign ended the way it began – with a top-10 finish. His winless drought continued, but at age 46, he authored some of the most thrilling moments of the year, at both Royal Troon and Hazeltine. A pretty good year, we’d say.

Se Ri Pak (+2%): Even though a shoulder injury has derailed her game in recent years, it was heartwarming to see the emotional sendoff she received in her native South Korea. It was a fitting tribute to one of the tour’s most influential players. 

Thomas Bjorn (+1%): With the report that a new European Ryder Cup captain will be named before Christmas, it’s shaping up to be a cheery holiday season for the grumpy Dane.  


Patton Kizzire (-1%): Once his swing abandoned him, the last few holes in Napa were agonizing to watch. The glacial pace of play didn’t help, either.

Carlota Ciganda vs. Alison Lee (-2%): Their Sunday “duel” included seven bogeys and a double, before the Spaniard finally won with a birdie on the first playoff hole. An instant classic, this was not.

TGR (-5%): There’s only one way to view the unveiling of Tiger’s new brand: His playing days are numbered.

2017 major hosts (-7%): Between Trump Bedminster and North Carolina’s Quail Hollow, it figures to be a contentious year for the USGA and PGA as they refuse to move their signature events amid national outrage.