This article is part of our Golf Barometer series.
Injury scares for two of golf's biggest stars have dominated headlines upon the conclusion of the Hawaiian Swing, and we'll check in on them below.
We'll also take a look at several players trending up or down in fantasy value ahead of the American Express. With the Tour electing not to force players through a Pro-Am gauntlet, and eliminating the need to use La Quinta Country Club for one of the first three rounds, PGA West is the lone site of the event this year.
Satisfying the requirements to retain his PGA Tour card on the very last start of a major medical exemption, Kirk tied for second at the Sony Open to vault 135 spots up the Official World Golf Ranking to No. 128. He's now made the cut in five consecutive cuts dating to the Sanderson Farms Championship, currently residing 36th in the FedEx Cup standings. Kirk ranks seventh among the American Express field in SG: Tee-to-Green over his last 24 rounds and he's 18th in par-4 scoring this season.
Hoffman was never able to regain positioning inside of the OWGR top-100 throughout the 2020 calendar year, but he's made the cut in four straight starts dating to the Vivint Houston Open while notching a trio of top-30 finishes during this span. He also owns three top-15 results this season, most recently posting a T14 at the Sony Open where he gained 8.3 strokes from tee to green. On the season, Hoffman