Stock Watch: Phil up; Wie falling down

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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

Rory (+8%): The world No. 1 reminded everyone that he is a one-man rivalry, especially if he remains motivated like this.

Phil (+5%): His T-4 in Charlotte was his first top-10 in a PGA Tour non-major in – gulp – 21 months. Seems like Mickelson is peaking at just the right time to get his heart broken for the seventh time.

Dave Stockton (+4%): The putting guru apparently fixed Rory’s issues in three minutes, which makes us wonder: Why isn’t this guy’s client list about 200 players long?

Patrick Rodgers (+3%): The kid won 11 (!) times while in college, so don’t be surprised when he starts picking off titles at a Patrick Reed-type rate.

Alison Lee (+2%): To put her rise in perspective, consider that in the fall she was wearing a UCLA uniform. Now, after a career-best third-place showing at Kingsmill, she’s up to No. 61 in the world and on the verge of playing her way into the U.S. Women’s Open.  


FALLING

Webb (-1%): Instead of mounting a charge in front of the hometown crowd, Simpson played his first six holes in 2 over and watched up close how to slam the door.  

Roland Thatcher (-2%): When is a final-round 60 a disappointment? When the 15-foot birdie putt for 59 is hit 14 feet and 11 inches. Even Thatch said he was ashamed by it.  

Colorado (-3%): The 46th-ranked Buffaloes stormed out to the first-round lead and a comfortable cushion at their NCAA regional. Great story!  … except they collapsed over the final two rounds with back-to-back rounds of 300-plus and were eliminated.

Adam Scott (-4%): At this time last year, he won Colonial to ascend to world No. 1 for the first time. If he continues to play like this – 5th in strokes gained-tee to green; 196th in putting – he’d be fortunate to return to the top 10.  

Michelle Wie (-7%): Just as the LPGA season heats up, the tour’s most electric player is sidelined with bursitis in her hip. It’s tough to shed the injury-prone label.