Stock Watch: Spieth rising; Tiger-Phil era 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

Bowdo (+7%): His backstory is inspiring, even if his final-round play at the Texas Open was not. What a remarkable career- and life-changing achievement.

Jordan Spieth (+6%): Admittedly we’re running out of superlatives, but the 20-year-old wunderkind showed grit and guts by flipping a DFL into a top 10.  

Anna Nordqvist (+5%): A five-year winless drought? Psssh. The 26-year-old Swede has two titles in four starts and now is one of the favorites at this week’s Kraft.

Major appetizers (+4%): The Golf Club of Houston might not be set up exactly like Augusta, but this is still the last chance to see Rory, Phil (maybe) Sergio and Keegan before the year’s first Big One. Which means Shawn Stefani probably will win.

Will MacKenzie (+3%): One of the coolest cats in the game has five top-10s this season, and three top-6s in his last four starts. Hey, he’s got my vote for Best PGA Tour Player Who Once Lived in a Cave.


FALLING

Kooch (-2%): All the smiling assassin had to do to win title No. 7 was dispatch the 339th-ranked player in the world who was stumbling to a final-day 76. Whiff.  

Slow play (-4%): The final group took 5 hours, 32 minutes to complete the final round of Valero. And no one is surprised, perhaps because no one watched.

PGA Tour parity (-5%): It’s neat to see unproven players break through on the best circuit in the world … occasionally. Like most sports leagues, the PGA Tour is built on star power. Can those guys show up now? Please?

Tiger and Phil Era (-7%): Admit it: It’s depressing to see these two proud champions’ bodies breaking down.

Andrew Loupe (-8%): It’s not just that he’s mind-numbingly slow. It’s that he knows he’s slow and, as he said Saturday, “I don’t care.” Can’t help but think that his peers will soon give him a much-needed attitude adjustment.