This article is part of our Golf Barometer series.
It seems like just yesterday Phil Mickelson hoisted the Wanamaker Trophy at the 2005...errr...make it the 2021 PGA Championship, but U.S. Open week is already upon us as the South Course at Torrey Pines reappears on the rotation for the first time since 2008. There's no such thing as "overplaying" the highlights from the legendary Tiger-Rocco saga that year, which might go down as the most memorable edition of our nation's own major championship.
Before a combination of 156 PGA Tour regulars and open qualifiers battle this challenging layout again, let's take a look at several players who have shifted in fantasy value ahead of the season's third major.
Pacing the entire PGA Tour in SG: Putting while also ranking top-5 in SG: Total, Oosthuizen has racked up nine top-25s and a trio of top-3s in 15 starts this season. He resides top-30 in both the FedEx Cup standings and the Official World Golf Ranking, most recently enjoying a stretch that includes finishes of T18-T2-T8 since the Valspar Championship. Looking ahead to Torrey Pines, the South African owns four career top-10s in the U.S. Open and he's missed the cut in just one of his last 17 major championship appearances. Oosthuizen has yet to miss a cut through nine events played to begin the 2021 calendar year.
Coming in at 41st or better in each Strokes Gained subcategory aside from putting, Lowry has placed T9 or better in three of four starts dating to