Golf Barometer: Rafa on the Rise
Golf Barometer: Rafa on the Rise

This article is part of our Golf Barometer series.

The strongest field to date pegs it at TPC Sawgrass for the coveted PLAYERS Championship this week, halfway through the PGA Tour's Florida Swing after Francesco Molinari came out of nowhere on Sunday at Bay Hill to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The PLAYERS not only features all top-50 members of the Official World Golf Ranking, but also the season's largest prize pool as $12.5M is up for grabs with $2.25M to the champion. We'll take a look at several fantasy trends and various injury updates heading into the substantial non-major.

VALUE RISING

Rafa Cabrera-Bello

After just two top-3s worldwide in 2018, Cabrera-Bello already notched a T3 in just his sixth start of the new year. Following a stretch of three straight top-25s from the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am through the WGC-Mexico Championship, the Spaniard opened with a seven-under 65 at Bay Hill to embrace the 18-hole lead. He would ultimately end the week with 20 birdies while ranking top-10 in driving accuracy, SG: Putting, putts per GIR and SG: Off-the-Tee.

Keith Mitchell

Mitchell was easily one of the worst putters on Tour prior to his maiden win at the Honda Classic, but he's gained strokes putting in two straight events on bermuda grass. He led the field in birdies en route to a T6 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, also gaining 3.6 strokes with the flat stick. On the season, Mitchell ranks seventh in SG: OTT and 15th in SG: Tee-to-Green.

Matt Wallace

The Englishman has ascended to a

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Bryce Danielson
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