This article is part of our Golf Barometer series.
The first WGC event of the calendar year isn't until next week in Mexico, but a star-studded field will populate the grounds at Riviera Country Club as nine members of the Official World Golf Rankings' top-10 tee it up at the Genesis Invitational this week. An unlikely champion in Nick Taylor emerged by four strokes at the historic Pebble Beach Golf Links this past Sunday, while Rory McIlroy overtook Brooks Koepka's World No. 1 spot without even playing. We'll now take a look at several fantasy trends around the PGA Tour as an exciting weekend at Riviera awaits.
Watson is trending in the right direction with back-to-back top-6s at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and the Farmers Insurance Open as he heads to Riviera Country Club for the Genesis Invitational, where he's collected three victories since 2014. Watson gained a combined 15.6 strokes from tee to green at TPC Scottsdale and Torrey Pines, while he's up to third in driving distance and ninth in SG: Total on Tour this season.
Ascending to 90th in the Official World Golf Ranking with three consecutive top-15s from the Farmers Insurance Open to the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Homa has joined the OWGR's top-100 for the first time in his career. Homa, who won the individual NCAA Division I Championship in 2013 as a member of UC-Berkeley's squad, will tee it up in his native California again this week at Riviera CC. Homa has not lost strokes