This article is part of our Golf Barometer series.
Cameron Smith's mullet took center stage as spring break sentiments accompanied he and Marc Leishman's team victory in playoff fashion at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans last week, but serious game faces return as the Valspar Championship ensues on the difficult Copperhead track at Innisbrook.
With April's Masters buzz wearing off, let's take a look at several fantasy-value shifters ahead of May's arrival.
Hoffman's 2021 campaign began with a concerning opening chapter as back-to-back WDs at the American Express and the Farmers Insurance Open preceded a missed cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, dropping outside the top-150 of the Official World Golf Ranking in early February. A T7 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am would kickstart a major turnaround, however, as the 44-year-old has now placed T18 or better in five of his last seven starts. His current streak of seven consecutive made cuts is highlighted by a runner-up finish at the Valero Texas Open, where he gained a career-high 13.2 strokes from tee to green. Hoffman has also gained an average of 4.3 strokes per event on his approach shots throughout the last five measured tournaments he's made an appearance.
Grillo has racked up a top-25 result in five of seven starts dating to the Waste Management Phoenix Open, flirting with the top-30 mark in the FedEx Cup standings as he currently resides 39th in points. He most recently followed a T6 at the Corales Championship with a T2