This article is part of our Golf Barometer series.
The Match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson provided an arguable level of stimulation during the PGA Tour's winter break, but this week's Hero World Challenge could be a bit more enjoyable with young guns like Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau and Tony Finau also joining in on the action in the Bahamas. Meanwhile, the European Tour is already back in full swing with no time for relaxation in between the DP World Tour Championship and 2019 campaign. We'll take a look at several fantasy trends on both Tours as the post-Thanksgiving digestion period reaches its deadline.
Coming off a solo second-place result at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Cantlay will join the exclusive 18-man field at the Hero World Challenge as the 20th-ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking. He's finished no worse than a T17 in three starts to begin his 2018-19 campaign, situated at seventh on Tour in SG: Tee-to-Green, fourth in driving distance and ninth in par-4 scoring.
Westwood's lengthy win drought came to an end in mid-November at the Nedbank Golf Challenge, marking his first victory since the Asian Tour's 2015 Indonesian Masters. Westwood's performance in South Africa wasn't just a one-hit wonder, however, having also finished top-20 in five of his last eight starts.
Pavan seized his maiden European Tour victory at the D+D Real Czech Masters during the latter portion of the summer to spark a run that has included nine top-25s in 11