Golf Barometer: McBirdie Machine
Golf Barometer: McBirdie Machine

This article is part of our Golf Barometer series.

The PGA Tour's four-event Florida Swing commences this week with an underwhelming field at the Honda Classic before things ramp up at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and PLAYERS Championship. The Champion Course at PGA National will certainly fail to cede the number of par-breakers that we saw at the WGC-Mexico Championship, where Dustin Johnson managed to reach 21-under-par and 38 total entrants finished in the red. We'll take a look at several fantasy trends on Tour, along with a couple injury updates as competitors strive to avoid big numbers at the dreaded Bear Trap.

VALUE RISING

Rory McIlroy

McIlroy added his fourth top-5 in as many starts last week in Mexico, where he led the field in both birdies and SG: Tee-to-Green to climb from eighth to No. 6 in the Official World Golf Ranking. The Northern Irishman is trending in the right direction as Augusta lurks on the schedule in six weeks, while Rory looks for his first win since the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational in the meantime.

Ian Poulter

Poulter quietly racked up three consecutive top-6 finishes overseas during the Euro Tour's Desert Swing to begin 2019, but he maintained the positive momentum at the WGC-Mexico with a tie for third. He paced the field in putts per GIR and ranked third in SG: Putting, ultimately playing his last nine holes of the tourney in four-under-par.

Max Homa

On the heels of a morose stretch that included six straight missed cuts, Homa has rebounded nicely with results of

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Bryce Danielson
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