Stock Watch: Bubba's stock a good bet; Phil's not

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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

Bubba (+9%): His career goal was to reach 10 PGA Tour wins, but he may want to reevaluate. He’s still only 36, he’s never been injured and his putting has never been better. Only a lack of motivation can stop him.

Na Yeon Choi (+5%): It doesn’t get any more cold-blooded than those back-to-back 8-irons to steal her ninth LPGA title.

Peter Oosterhuis (+4%): Best wishes to the affable broadcaster who for so many years manned the CBS tower. What an awful disease.

Luke Donald (+3%): Though he remains a shell of the player who reached world No. 1, credit the guy for playing well when it matters – he earned his way into the U.S. Open via sectional qualifying, and he closed with 66 at the Travelers to secure a tee time at St. Andrews.

Pablo Larrazabal (+2%): A hit-or-miss talent, but when he cashes in he makes it count. During his four Euro Tour wins he’s outplayed some of the biggest names in the game – Monty, Sergio, Rory, Phil, Henrik.


FALLING

Stacy (-1%): Seriously, what else can she do to get a W? After Choi’s late heroics in Arkansas, Lewis now has seven top-threes since her last victory 53 weeks ago.   

Graham DeLaet (-2%): His 17 top-10s since 2013 are nice, but it’s fair to wonder why at 33 he is still winless. It’s clear his wedge game needs a lot of work.

Phil (-3%): It hardly registers as a surprise here that Mickelson, long known as the risk-taker and gambler on the course, has been linked to an illegal gambling operation off of it.

Keegan (-4%): That tap-dancing, club-twirling pre-shot routine is only getting more excruciating to watch. Bradley needs an intervention before he suffers a Kevin Na-level meltdown.

Victor Dubuisson (-6%): It’s bad enough that he’s mired in a miserable season. Now, he got caught on camera WWE-stomping his Titleists. Hello, Victor, it’s Wally Uihlein here …