This article is part of our Golf Barometer series.
Snow has begun to fall in the northern United States while the PGA Tour enjoys a hot and humid week in Mexico, where El Camaleon GC plays host to the Mayakoba Golf Classic along the Caribbean shore. Meanwhile across the Atlantic Ocean, South Africa invites the European Tour's penultimate event of their 2018 season as the Nedbank Challenge serves as a final tune-up before the DP World Tour Championship. We'll take a look at several fantasy trends around the globe as winter approaches.
Garcia will take a one-stroke lead into the weekend at the European Tour's Nedbank Golf Challenge, coming on the heels of his homefield victory at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters. The Spaniard is on pace to finish at least top-25 in four consecutive starts, eying a return to the top-25 in the Official World Golf Ranking as well. Garcia finished just 128th in the FedExCup standings during a disappointing 2017-18 campaign, but the 38-year-old's recent form is noteworthy.
Ryder has done a great job of avoiding the sophomore slump so far this season, ascending to 10th in the FedExCup standings thanks to a pair of top-5 results at the Safeway and Shriners Open. He ranks third on Tour in SG: Total, fifth in SG: Tee-to-Green and 18th in proximity through eight measured rounds.
The once volatile Lee has gone eight consecutive starts without a missed cut or disqualification, and he's on track to make it nine at this week's Mayakoba