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Stock Watch: Bud Cauley continues to produce in his first full season

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Welcome to "Stock Watch," where we take a look back at who's trending up, and down, in the world of golf over the past week.

Stock rising

Bud Cauley — The 22-year-old is once again making a huge statement late in the season. A little more than a year removed from his incredible four-month finish to the 2011 season that saw him turn pro at the U.S. Open and bypass Q-School -- he earned $735,150 in eight starts, which was more than the 125th-ranked player on the PGA Tour's Money List -- Cauley's at it again, posting top-five finishes and racking up FedEx Cup points with regularity. His third-place finish at the Wyndham Championship was his third top-four finish in his last four starts. He's now 35th on the FedEx Cup points list going into The Barclays and looks like a near-lock to make a deep run in the playoffs. The way he's playing, a win before the end of the season wouldn't be a surprise.

Shawn Stefani — Before the start of the Web.com's Midwest Classic, Stefani had an outside chance to secure his PGA Tour card for 2013. Ranked 54th on the money list, he needed a couple strong finishes to get inside the top 25 and lock up his place . Instead, of stringing together top 10's, he did the next best thing on Sunday: he went out and won the Midwest Classic, firing a 7-under 64 to beat Luke List and Russell Henley. Now 12th on the money list with eight event left on the schedule, he can start preparing his travel around next year's PGA Tour's schedule.

Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore — The former Secretary of State and the South Carolina financier will become the first female members at Augusta National later this fall. For a club that's so set in its ways, the decision to extend membership to Rice and Moore is historic. Their stock is on a meteoric rise at the moment.

Stock falling

John Daly — The way Daly's been playing of late, he honestly doesn't deserve a place on this side of the list. But let's look at what a missed cut at the Wyndham cost him: a potential spot in the field at The Barclays for the first FedEx Cup event, a chance to move closer to the 125th spot on the money list (thereby securing full-time status for next year), and a chance to potentially play golf on the PGA Tour for the next five weeks. Daly's still 132nd on the money list and won't see his ranking drop between now and when the Fall Series starts, but think about what one or two FedEx Cup events would've done for him. It's an opportunity missed for JD.

Jhonattan Vegas — His missed cut at the Wyndham left him 126th in the FedEx Cup standings, one spot out of making the playoffs. He'll now have five-plus weeks to think about all of his mistakes at Sedgefield.

Lucas Glover — You have to feel bad for the former U.S. Open champion. He makes only his sixth cut in 16 event at the Wyndham, and what happens to him? He has to pull out of the tournament due to an injury to his left knee. For a guy who was at the top of his game a couple years ago, Gloves officially hit rock bottom this year. Hopefully he can get the injuries under control and come back healthy.

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