Stock Watch: Sizing up U.S. picks (and non-picks)


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


DJ (+9%): Extraordinary golf has never looked so easy.

Paul Casey (+5%): Hey, with back-to-back runner-up finishes in the playoffs, the Englishman is now in position to torpedo the FedEx Cup – winning the whole thing without a single victory this season.

Bryson (+4%): A title won’t change the game forever, as is DeChambeau’s stated goal. But at least now he’ll have the opportunity to do so in the big leagues.

Jason Day (+3%): Sure, his back is messed up again, but the world No. 1 has 10 million (a year) reasons to feel better, after his reported switch to Nike apparel.

Roberto Castro (+2%): An encouraging week in Indy (and stout 67 Sunday) sent him back home to East Lake, where he used to play two or three times a week in college. Hmm …

Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger (+1%): Hopefully it’s a productive off week for these two studs, because they have a golden opportunity to steal that final Ryder Cup spot.


Rory’s putting (-1%): From the it’s-a-process department: A week after leading the field in putting average, McIlroy was second-to-last in strokes gained-putting at the BMW, surrendering more than nine shots to the field on the greens. Oof.

Rickie (-2%): Gassed after playing five events in a row, Fowler was bailed out by Davis Love when it came to the Ryder Cup captain’s picks. Now he has two weeks to get his game back on track.

Sergio (-3%): Seems his broken putter set off a chain reaction at Crooked Stick: He shot 76-73, dropped outside top 30 in points and missed the Tour Championship.

Bubba (-4%): Left out after the initial round of picks, Watson could have plenty of awkward interactions with U.S. team members at East Lake. So far, at least, his world ranking (No. 7) doesn’t mean much to Team USA’s decision-makers.  

Love’s picks (-6%): Question: What’s the definition of insanity? Answer: Putting 10 “veterans” on a team that has lost eight of the past 10 cups. How uninspiring.