This article is part of our Golf Barometer series.
Golf's top talent will be dispersed around the globe this week as the Desert Classic, Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and Singapore Open all play host to a handful of highly-ranked players. Last week we saw veteran Matt Kuchar surge to his second win in four starts with a comfortable four-shot victory in Honolulu, but the PGA Tour now embarks on its West Coast Swing with the first leg commencing in La Quinta, California. We'll now take a look at several fantasy trends along with a couple injury updates as the Desert Classic is set to begin.
Up to a career-best 45th in the Official World Golf Ranking, Putnam gathered his second top-4 result of the season in Hawaii last week with runner-up honors behind Kuchar. The former leads the Tour in SG: Putting and ranks seventh in SG: Total through eight measured rounds. Putnam will look to maintain momentum this week at the Desert Classic where he notched a T17 last year.
The Canadian fired a six-under 64 during Sunday's final round at the Sony Open to corral his second top-3 of the season, climbing to 19th in the FedExCup standings. Conners ranks seventh on Tour in GIR percentage and fourth in proximity, but could start to see even better results if he's able to make improvements with the flat stick.
Werenski collected his third consecutive top-25 last week at Waialae, bringing his recent stretch of finishes to T15-T3-T23 since the Shriners