This article is part of our Golf Barometer series.
The summer season is officially underway as of Friday, while the Travelers Championship ensues throughout the weekend in Cromwell, Connecticut at TPC River Highlands. The 2018-19 PGA Tour campaign is flying by following the conclusion of the year's third major, with Gary Woodland becoming a major champion in heartwarming fashion at the U.S. Open hosted by Pebble Beach. We'll now turn our attention to several fantasy trends and a couple injury updates as temps begin to heat up.
A top-20 at the Masters preceded what has become three consecutive top-8 finishes for the Aussie, who has strung together results of T8-T-T7 from the PGA Championship to the U.S. Open. Scott has gained an incredible average of 10.4 strokes from tee to green over his last five tournaments, including 11.8 strokes on approach shots en route to his runner-up performance at the Memorial Tournament. He's currently 17th or better in both the FedExCup standings and Official World Golf Ranking, though his next start may not come for another couple weeks.
The Irishman dipped as low as 92nd in the OWGR following a missed cut at last summer's Open Championship, but he's since ascended to No. 31 with a brilliant stretch of T3-T8-T2 from the RBC Heritage through the RBC Canadian Open prior to a T28 at the U.S. Open. His short game has been essential as Lowry ranks 18th on Tour in both SG: Putting and sand save percentage, though he's also gained a respectable