Golf Barometer: The Champ is Here
Golf Barometer: The Champ is Here

This article is part of our Golf Barometer series.

The exclusive Sentry Tournament of Champions is in the books with a full-field event finally on tap for this week's Sony Open. The PGA Tour wraps up its Hawaiian Swing at Honolulu's Waialae Country Club, a historic par-70 that has hosted the Sony Open since 1965. We'll take a look at several fantasy trends as the schedule ramps back up stateside following a brief winter break, though Euro Tour action won't resume until next week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

VALUE RISING

Louis Oosthuizen

Oosthuizen found the winner's circle for the first time since 2016 at December's South African Open on home turf, but he's also racked up a quartet of top-7 finishes worldwide since the CIMB Classic. He's up to 25th in the Official World Golf Ranking and leads the PGA Tour in GIR percentage through 144 holes played this season.

Cameron Champ

The 23-year-old has exhibited a much more diverse skill set than just power off the tee on his way to four results of T11 or better in six starts. Champ's win at the Sanderson Farms Championship also has the rookie positioned inside of the top-10 in the FedExCup standings. Furthermore, the Texas A&M product ranks third on Tour in birdie average and fifth in SG: Off-the-Tee.

Xander Schauffele

Schauffele has won twice in four starts to reach a career-best sixth in the OWGR, a stretch highlighted by his final-round 62 at the TOC to win by one. The 2017 Rookie of the Year now has just as

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