Wall Street has IPOs. The Open has Aaron Baddeley.
Wall Street has Louis Rukeyser and the Motley Fool. The Open has Johnny Miller and Dan Hicks.
Some people say that stock trading has become the new national pastime. Others say that golf has. Hey, here's an idea. Imagine that Pebble Beach is a giant trading floor and the players are securities. The leader board can be the ticker. Here are the 30 bluest chips going into next week's Open, and our view of who holds real value and who doesn't.
World Rank: 1
U.S. Wins: 19
?Has won 11 of last 20 starts.
?Four wins this year, including Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
?Tenth or better in seven of last nine majors.
?Tour's career money leader with almost $15.5 million.
52-Week High: Stretched Tour winning streak to six straight at Pebble Beach.
52-Week Low: Was in position to win three weeks in a row, at San Diego, Los Angeles and Carlsbad, Calif., but failed to convert.
Whisper Number: Seven ahead of Jack Nucleus's pace for Tour wins. (Nicklaus had 12 at age 24.) Needs one major this year to jump ahead of him in that category.