This article is part of our Golf Barometer series.
Following a disappointing month-long stretch that included a pair of missed cuts and a T59, Rory McIlroy's magic was resurrected at Bay Hill as he fired an eight-under 64 during Sunday's final round to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational by three strokes at 18-under. He's officially back in business and will have a legitimate chance to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta in two weeks. Turning our attention to this week's star-studded WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, we'll take a look at several trends on Tour with the world's top talent duking it out in Texas, along with a few injury updates for some notable names.
The state of Reed's game came into question during the early months of January and February when he missed the cut in three of five starts to begin the year, but he's bounced back with results of T7-T2 in his last two events at the API and Valspar Championship. He led the field in putts per GIR and ranked second in birdies throughout the tournament at Bay Hill, so he'll be fired up with momentum on his side at this week's WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
Rose is rounding into form at just the right time as he'll look to avenge his runner-up finish at the Masters in two weeks. The Englishman placed top-five in his past two starts at the API and Valspar Championship, having also led the field in birdies at Bay Hill. Up to No. 5