Stock Watch: Kim soars; Kaymer continues fade

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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

Christina Kim (+9%): She endured years of injury, depression and self-doubt and has emerged a well-adjusted 30-year-old who is at peace with her life and career. The comeback player in all of golf.

Brooks Koepka (+7%): Well, space is limited, but I think there’s one more seat over there, in that corner, between those two overweight guys, so just nestle in there and try to enjoy the ride. OK, folks, that’s it! No more room. The bandwagon is officially at full capacity.

LPGA (+5%): Big-name winners. A back-and-forth battle for No. 1. A massive prize up for grabs. Let’s see if Mike Whan can dial up one more compelling finish.

Poults (+2%): Dude owns the “offseason”. Now, if he could just transfer this kind of play to, say, summertime … 

Rory (+1%): His Race to Dubai title already wrapped up, McIlroy now gets the victory lap he deserves after a Tiger-like season.


FALLING

Christina Kim’s waggle (-1%): Avert your eyes – this is a pre-shot routine only Sergio and Kevin Na could love.

Shawn Stefani (-2%): How to kick away the chance for a life-changing title: Drive into a fairway bunker on 18, chunk a wedge shot, make bogey. Oy.

Martin Kaymer (-3%): Has a star ever had a quieter career year? He won The Players and U.S. Open in a matter of four starts, but has just a pair of top-10s since.

Playing captains(-4%): Listen, JD, there’s a reason there hasn’t been one since Arnie in 1963: The Ryder Cup captaincy, though increasingly ridiculous, is still a full-time job.

PGA Tour Fall (-8%): Though not quite sleep-inducing, the action during the seven-event slate was less than inspiring. Kapalua can’t get here soon enough.