Stock Watch: Whaley rising; Bishop saga 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

Suzy Whaley (+7%): Her strong, pointed remarks in the wake of the Ted Bishop saga were yet another reminder of why, if elected as secretary, she’ll make a great PGA of America president in 2018.

Willie Mac (+4%): One of golf’s best personalities stopped practicing during the summer – 11 MCs in 12 starts! – but has since rededicated himself and last week lost in a playoff at Sea Island. Not bad for a surfer dude.

Wiesy (+3%): With back-to-back top 5s, Wie appears healthy and is back in contention for a few of the LPGA’s biggest end-of-season awards, including top player.

Antonio Murdaca (+2%): Move over, Gunn Yang. Butler Cabin is set to house yet another unheralded amateur during Masters week, after the 19-year-old Australian, ranked No. 168 in the world, won the Asia-Pacific Amateur in a rout.

Inbee (+1%): Normally, it’d be annoying to see a player like Stacy Lewis lose the top spot while taking the week off, but it’s obvious who is No. 1 at the moment: Since June, Park has finished outside the top 5 just three (!) times.


FALLING

Brendon de Jonge (-1%): 212 starts on the PGA Tour, $9.9 million in earnings, 0 wins. The big Zimbabwean plays so many events each year (29-plus since ’09), he’s bound to back into a title eventually, right?

Social media (-4%): The irony was too rich to ignore: Ian Poulter, the outspoken Brit who has survived his own wars on Twitter, bringing down the Bishop Empire.

Crime and punishment (-7%): Uh, couldn’t the PGA just strap a muzzle on the guy for a month? The heavy-handed discipline was overkill, and once the circus leaves town Derek Sprague should at the very least reinstate Bishop as a past president. How soon we forget that he left the PGA in a much better place than he found it.

Ted Bishop (-9%): For all his good work – standing up for the anchorers of the world, introducing more women to the game, rebuilding the bridge between the PGA and the Tour, making the association relevant once again – he’s destined to be remembered as the self-styled maverick who handpicked a disastrous Ryder Cup captain and then insensitively tweeted his way out of a job.