Golf Barometer: Rusty Russell
Golf Barometer: Rusty Russell

This article is part of our Golf Barometer series.

Superstars of the sport in Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm made their pushes throughout Sunday's final round at Torrey Pines, but it was Aussie Marc Leishman who continuously found the bottom of the cup when he needed to the most, despite failing to hit many fairways en route to his win at the Farmers Insurance Open. The Greatest Show on Grass occupies the next stop on the schedule for the PGA Tour heading into Super Bowl weekend, so we'll take a look at several trends from a fantasy perspective as 132 entrants join a frenzied crowd at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

VALUE RISING

Tom Hoge

Hoge collected his third top-6 finish of the season this past week at the Farmers Insurance Open where he not only ranked second among the field in SG: Tee-to-Green, but led his peers in scrambling as well. He's averaged $214,046 in earnings per event throughout his past three starts dating to a T12 at the Sony Open. Hoge's iron play has been especially sharp as made evident by 11.1 strokes gained on approach shots the past two weeks at the American Express and the aforementioned FIO.

Ryan Palmer

Despite bogeying his final hole of the day, a 10-under 62 during Friday's second round at Torrey Pines last week gave Palmer a two-shot lead heading into the weekend. He failed to capitalize on the opportunity by carding seven final-round bogeys, but Palmer still posted his fifth top-25 in six starts to begin the 2019-20 campaign.

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Bryce Danielson
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