This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
As we approach the final event of the fall season, the final event before the real offseason, I thought it would be fun to look back at what has transpired already this season and see if anything caught my eye.
With the new schedule and the addition of some big overseas events, it's no surprise that we had a couple big-name players, Justin Thomas and Justin Rose, win during fall, and the fact that we had a couple surprises with Ryan Armour and Brendan Steele win was not much of a surprise either. To anyone who watched the second half of the 2016-17 season, Patrick Cantlay's win wasn't a huge surprise at it was only a matter of time before he broke through.
Really, the only surprise was the lack of impact rookies had during fall. After all, this is supposed to be their time to shine. Is this a sign that the rookie class of 2017-18 will not have as much of an impact as those of the last few years? It's obviously too early to tell, but one trend that has developed since the implementation of the new schedule is that rookies who played well during the fall portion of the season rarely carried that over to the new year. With that in mind, I'd say there's nothing really to worry about regarding the new rookie class. If anyone is to leave his mark, it will be done during the 2018 portion of the schedule anyway.