It’s Tuesday and time for our Tuesday Fantasy Golf Notes, 2016 Masters Tournament Edition.

In this week’s news and notes we have a first time major champion, a shocking collapse and more disappointment for the Big Three, and an historic weekend for English golfers.

Willett Wins First Major of 2016

A little over a week before the start of the 2016 Masters Tournament, England’s Danny Willett didn’t even know if he would be in the field, when the game’s elite descended on Augusta National.

With Willett and wife Nicole expecting their first baby on April 10th, which just happened to be the final round of the year’s first major, his participation was in doubt.  But luckily young Zachariah James Willett decided to come early.  And the rest, as they say, is history.

The former #1 Amateur in the World took advantage of the early arrival, and an epic collapse by defending Masters Champion Jordan Spieth, to win his first major championship and move up to #9 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

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With another busy week in the world of fantasy golf behind us, it’s time for Razzball’s Tuesday Fantasy Golf Notes, March 29, 2016 edition.

This week featured a second straight win and a return to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking for one of the “Big Three”; a near miss by another; strong finishes for a couple of foreign Masters’ contenders; and a first PGA Tour win for a long hitting American.

Two in a row for Day

Australia’s Jason Day followed up his win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a second win at the WGC Dell Match Play Championships in the last three years.

The 28-year old battled a sore back all weekend but finished the five-day event with a perfect 7-0 record to claim his ninth PGA Tour title.

The win also moved the reigning PGA champion back to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking for the second time in his career.  He was last #1 in the world after his win at last year’s BMW Championship.

It also sets Day up as maybe the favorite heading into the year’s first major next week at Augusta National.

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Here are our Tuesday Fantasy Golf Notes, March 15, 2016 edition.

In this week’s report, we have a Masters’ contender picking up his first PGA Tour victory in almost five years, more struggles for the number one player in the Official World Golf Ranking, an an Aussie winner in Thailand.

Charl Schwartzel Joins List of Early Masters’ Favorites

Based on his strong play on the European Tour so far this year, and his history at Augusta National, South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel was already on most observers’ list of players to watch heading into the first major of 2016. And he didn’t do anything to change that on the weekend.

The 2011 winner of the Green Jacket fired a final round, 4-under par, 67 on Sunday to win the Valspar Championship in a playoff, over American Bill Haas.  The score was the best of the day in difficult conditions and allowed the 31-year old to erase a five-shot deficit and force extra holes.

Schwartzel has been red-hot this year, with three wins in his last six starts, and in a year when many of the Top 10 are struggling with consistency, has to be a Masters’ favorite.

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Here are our Tuesday Fantasy Golf Notes, March 8, 2016 edition.

Resilient Scott Wins Again

You can admire a lot of things about Adam Scott, but first on the list, after the last two weeks, has to be his resilience in the face of potential catastrophe.

Last week, Scott picked up his first win in almost two years at the Honda Classic, overcoming a quadruple bogey seven on the Par 3 15th hole on Saturday and going on to edge Sergio Garcia by a shot.

On Sunday he did it again, responding to double bogeys on holes three and five in the opening nine, by going six under par for the next 13 holes. His 3-under par 69 gave him a one shot victory over Bubba Watson.

The ability to battle back from adversity, and post wins in back-to-back weeks, bodes well for Scott’s chances in the four majors this season. Scott and his many fans probably think he deserves to have more majors than his 2013 Masters victory. Rightly or wrongly (and definitely wrongly in my opinion), the Australian has been viewed as a marvelous technical player, who didn’t have the heart or the guts to win when the pressure was the highest.

The last two weeks has definitely gone a long way to dispel that feeling among fans, media and Scott’s fellow competitors. Now up to number six in the Official World Golf Ranking, he’ll be one to watch at Augusta.

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It’s a new month, and with the year’s first major just five weeks away, it’s time for our weekly’s Tuesday Fantasy Golf Notes, March 1, 2016 edition.

The past weekend featured a return to the winner’s circle for a pair of major champions, more unpredictable play from some of the top names in golf and some top finishes by some of golf’s up and coming players and one undeniable veteran.

Scott Returns to Winner’s Circle

After enduring his first winless season since 2000 in 2015, Australia’s Adam Scott won his 12th PGA Tour title on Sunday, at the Honda Classic, a one-shot victory over Spain’s Sergio Garcia. The win broke the longest winless streak of Scott’s illustrious career, with his last win coming at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in May, 2014, and moved him back into the Top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking, at number nine.

The triumph also should put to rest any lingering controversy about the 2013 Masters champion’s forced switch from the broomstick putter to a more conventional putting club, due to the January 1, 2016 anchoring ban. Scott proved once again that when you swing as well as he does, you can putt any which way and win.

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It’s that time of the week for Razzball’s Tuesday Fantasy Golf Notes, February 23, 2016 edition.  Our weekly review of what happened on the weekend that’s of interest to fantasy golf fanatics everywhere.

This week featured a 2nd L.A. Open title for Bubba Watson, a career best finish for Jason Kokrak, a return to form for Adam Scott, another near miss at Riviera for Dustin Johnson and the end of a long victory drought on the European Tour.

Here are our Tuesday Fantasy Golf Notes for this week.

Bubba Loves Riviera

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Bubba Watson,  is that if he likes a place, he usually has success there.  He loves Augusta and as a result has two Green Jackets.  The TPC at River Highlands fits his eye and he has Two Travellers Championships.  Now we can add Riviera to that list.

The 37-year old native of Bagdad, Florida won his second Northern Trust Open on Sunday, holding off former World number one Adam Scott and journeyman Jason Kokrak.

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Welcome to the Razzball Tuesday Fantasy Golf Notes, February 16, 2016 edition. This is the first of what will be a new weekly feature of Razzball Fantasy Golf. Each week we’ll have a look at some of the news, happenings and rumours dominating the world of professional golf.

Here are our Tuesday Fantasy Golf Notes, February 16, 2016 edition:

Taylor Victory Continues Unpredictable Year

In some ways, we should have seen it coming.

When Vaughn Taylor came from behind to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Sunday, it was the continuation of what, so far, has been one of the most unpredictable starts to a PGA Tour season, in recent memory.

The American shot a final round 65 to edge Phil Mickelson by a shot. It was Taylor’s first win since the 2005 Reno-Tahoe Open and his third overall. The victory moved him up 347 places in the Official World Golf Ranking to number 100, his highest ranking since 2007.

Safe to say that Taylor wasn’t on anyone’s short list to win at Pebble, despite his T10 in this even in 2015. But should we have been totally surprised?

2015-2016 has been a string of uneven performances thus far, where, week-to-week, pedigree, current form or past performance at an event seems to give no indication of who will win or play well.

Taylor’s victory was just the latest example.

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Here’s a few things we noticed as we present our weekly Razzball Moving Day Fantasy Golf Report, February 6, 2016 edition.

Rickie Looking for 2nd win of 2016

After a win in Abu Dhabi, and a disappointing jet-lagged induced missed cut at San Diego, Rickie Fowler is back in contention. After opening with rounds of 65 and 68, Fowler looks poised for another victory this week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The fourth ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking sits one shot back of 36-hole leader and fellow American James Hahn, who sits at -10 through two rounds.

Fowler has left no doubt that his goal this year is to turn the big three of Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy into a Big Four, and based on early results he just might have a chance to do it.

With Spieth running around the world getting rich, McIlroy getting everything he can out of life and Day seemingly in the midst of a career-year hangover, Fowler might be the best player in the world right now.

Of course, it will all come down to how he performs in the four majors.

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It’s another golf Saturday and time again for the Moving Day Fantasy Golf Report, Saturday, January 30, 2016 edition.

Here are the big stories from the world of fantasy golf that we noticed heading into championship weekend.

Dustin in Contention in San Diego

American Gary Woodland and Korea’s K.J. Choi are leading the Farmer’s Insurance Open at -9 after 36 holes, but the player generating the excitement is the eighth ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking, Dustin Johnson.

Johnson sits one shot back of the leading duo after a six-under par 66 on Friday. The 31-year old hasn’t won since last March at the World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship and is probably due for a win.  A victory this weekend would give him 10 career PGA Tour titles.

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Sunday Fantasy Golf Update, January 24, 2016

With another championship Sunday upon us, it’s time for our weekly Sunday Fantasy Golf Update, January 24, 2016 edition.

Fowler Wins Sunday Shootout in Abu Dhabi

All the pre-tournament hype was about the showdown between the number one player in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), Jordan Spieth and #3 Rory McIlroy. But it was the world’s sixth ranked player who stole the show on Sunday at Abu Dhabi.

American Rickie Fowler shot a final round 69 to emerge on top of a crowded leaderboard and win the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. He finished one shot ahead of Germany’s Thomas Pieters. Pieters, himself coming off a break-out season that saw him win twice on the European Tour in 2015, shot a final round 67.

It was Fowler’s first win of the 2015-2016 season after three victories in 2015, and will once again start the discussion of expanding the so-called “Big Three” to a Big Four at the top of the world of golf. To add fuel to the fire, the win moved the Murrieta, California native to 4th in the OWGR, setting up a season long battle between the four twenty-somethings.

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