This article is part of our Golf Barometer series.
Two thousand FedEx Cup points will be dished out to the winner of this week's Northern Trust, quadruple the amount of a regular season victory as the playoffs commence at New Jersey's Liberty National. The pool of PGA Tour card holders has been cut down to the FedEx Cup standings' top-125, but come Sunday afternoon, only 70 will advance to the BMW Championship where they'll battle for a coveted spot in the TOUR Championship. We'll now jump into several fantasy trends and a few injury updates with only three events remaining on the 2018-19 schedule.
Simpson ascended to 13th in the OWGR after notching his third runner-up finish in five starts this past week in Greensboro. The North Carolina native gained at least 1.5 strokes on the field in each Strokes Gained category at Sedgefield CC, and he's now gained a collective 28.5 strokes with the flat stick over his last four measured events. He's up to ninth in the FedEx Cup standings and second on Tour in scoring average as he heads to Liberty National, where Simpson placed top-15 twice at the Northern Trust in 2009 and 2013.
Residing one spot ahead of Simpson in the OWGR, Fleetwood followed up his solo runner-up performance at the Open Championship with a T4 in Memphis as the FedEx St. Jude Invitational where he gained 7.6 strokes from tee to green. The Englishman has finished no worse than T23 over his past four starts and he