This article is part of our Golf Barometer series.
Lee Westwood's revitalizing clinch of the European Tour's Race to Dubai at 47 years old provided 2020's story of golf a feel-good ending while the PGA Tour relaxed during its brief winter break. The 2021 schedule kicks off this week in Hawaii, where an exclusive contingent of 42 entrants enjoy a stay at Maui's Kapalua Resort with four guaranteed rounds on the Plantation Course awaiting.
Let's take a look at some other golfers whose value is trending one way or another early in the new year, and also check in on the health of the favorites at this week's Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Hovland notched his second career PGA Tour win at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in December, ultimately allowing him to join Collin Morikawa and Matthew Wolff as a top-15 member of the Official World Golf Ranking at just 23 years old. Hovland followed his victory in Mexico with a T3 in Dubai at the DP World Tour Championship where he finished just two shots shy of champion Matthew Fitzpatrick. The Oklahoma State product has gained strokes off the tee in seven straight measured starts, ranking 11th on Tour in this metric.
Conners has one of the smoothest swings on Tour with a Fred Couples-like ease of motion, and it's translated to the Canadian ranking 15th in driving accuracy, 28th in SG: Off-the-Tee, 29th in birdie average and 39th in GIR percentage so far this season. Dating back to a