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Entering Sunday’s play at the 117th U.S. Open at Erin Hills, eight players with no major championship wins on their resume teed off with just four shots separating them. At the end of the day, Brooks Koekpa was four clear of all of them. As the wind howled and combatants bogeyed their way around the course, Koepka kept bombing it down the middle and scrambling whenever he needed to on his way to a 6-under 66. 

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What. A. Finish.

Remember a couple years ago when the PGA Tour had their “these guys are good” television campaign? Well, what happened on Sunday in North Carolina is exactly what they were talking about. Needing to make a bunch of birdies late, Brian Harman did just that and claimed his second career win on Tour.

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Ladies and Gentlemen — the moment you’ve all been waiting for is finally here! It’s Masters week, and I, for one, am giddy like a school girl.

Masters Week brings out the best in me for a slew of reasons, least of all may be the actual golf.

Not only is it a milestone marking the end of Winter’s miserable reign, but it’s also one of the sporting events everyone feels like they have to watch for the sake of their “fandom” — even if they aren’t particularly fans of golf.

And, most importantly, it’s the best chance all year to make money betting on golf.

While the title of this article couldn’t be farther from the truth for those touring pros and talented amateurs, it’s absolutely the case for those playing fantasy golf or playing the odds. For this, there are a few reasons. Let’s discuss:

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This week, in our Tuesday Fantasy Golf Notes, April 26, 2016 edition, we look at a change of final round fortunes that led to a PGA Tour victory, another near miss for Patrick Reed and an increasing number of no shows for the upcoming Olympic golf competition.

Final Round Turnaround Key to Hoffman Victory

To say American Charley Hoffman had struggled closing tournaments in 2015-2016 is a bit of understatement. The 39-year old had played himself into contention several times this season, but weekend struggles had knocked him down the leaderboard, with a T11 at the Valspar his best finish of the year.

Hoffman was an aggregate -26 for his first rounds this season, -11 in round two and -1 on the third day, but had struggled mightily on championship Sunday, going 26 over par in the eight final rounds he had played in 2016.

That all changed this past Sunday at the Valero Texas Open. Hoffman exorcised those demons, shooting a final round 69 and a one-shot victory over fellow American Patrick Reed.

It’s the Californian’s fourth PGA Tour title, and his first since the 2014 OHL Classic at Mayakoba. His other victories came at the 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship and the 2007 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

The win moved Hoffman to 34th in the Official World Golf Ranking, equally the second highest ranking of his career. He reached #31 for one week after his third place finish at the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship.

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