This article is part of our Golf Barometer series.
The pool of players whose 2017-18 campaigns are still alive has been cut down to the top-125 in the FedExCup standings following the culmination of the regular season at last week's Wyndham Championship. The playoffs kick off in New Jersey at Ridgewood Country Club for the venue's fourth appearance on the schedule since 2008. We'll take a look at several fantasy trends around Tour as the quest for a $10 million grand prize awaits in late September at East Lake.
Simpson has strung together four consecutive top-25 finishes since the Open Championship, with a runner-up result at the Wyndham Championship marking his seventh top-10 of 2018. Three of those top-25s came against some of the strongest fields we'll see all season, including two majors and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The seventh-ranked player in the FedExCup standings heading into the playoffs is eighth on Tour in SG: Total, third in scrambling, fourth in scoring average and ninth in proximity from 50-125 yards.
Snedeker described himself as a streaky player in his post-victory interview at the Wyndham Championship, as he expects a continued hot hand throughout the FedExCup Playoffs. His week at Sedgefield was highlighted by a historic 59 during Thursday's first round, despite making bogey on his first hole of the tournament. He doesn't own a solid track record at Ridgewood CC, site of the Northern Trust, but he's 21st on Tour in SG: Putting and has finished top-10 in three of his past five starts.