I wasn’t always pretty, but a late rally by world number one Jordan Spieth has kept him in contention, after three rounds of the Emirates Australian Open.

Spieth made four bogies in a sloppy front side 36 and looked to be fading out of a challenging position heading into Sunday’s final round.  “I made a couple of bad swings and a couple of bad decisions,” Spieth said. “Not many pars.”

But the reigning Masters and U.S. Open champion stormed back with three birdies and an eagle to shoot 31 on the inward nine.  His 4-under par 67 moved him into second place and within three shots of leader Matt Jones of Australia.

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On a quiet Friday, with no action on the PGA Tour, let’s look around and see what’s happening around the world that could impact future fantasy golf decisions, in our Fantasy Golf Notes.

World # 1022 Leads Australian Open

If you haven’t heard of Lincoln Tighe, don’t sweat it.  Even a lot of dedicated golf fans would be unfamiliar with the name.

Currently ranked 1022nd in the Official World Golf Ranking, Tighe’s best finish this year on the Australasian Tour was a T27 at the Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship. To be fair, he did have a win last year on the Aussie Tour at the New South Wales PGA Championship, his one and only career win.

That lack of form didn’t deter the 26-year old on Thursday at the Emirates Australian Open, as his opening round 5-under par 66 gave him a one shot lead over fellow Aussie Matthew Jones. Tighe had seven birdies and a pair of bogies over the par-71 on the Australian Golf Club Rosebery layout.

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It’s Monday and welcome to another edition of Fantasy Golf Notes for the week ending November 22nd. Here are five things that got our attention this past weekend.

1) If at First…or Second or Third or Fourth…You Don’t Succeed, Try Again

What might have ended as a season of frustration for Kevin Kisner, finished as a campaign of triumph and remarkable achievement. With his convincing win at the RSM Classic on Sunday, Kisner moved up to a career high 17th in the Official World Golf Ranking, an amazing jump of 219 places since the end of 2014. A year that could have been all about near misses and not getting the job done, is now about joining the game’s elite and a first trip to Augusta. Watching how the 31-year old follows up his breakout season promises to be one of the more interesting storylines of 2016.

2) McIlroy the Early Masters’ Favorite?

Speaking of Augusta, I think it’s probably safe to say that, after his win at the European Tour finale in Dubai, Rory McIlroy has re-established himself as the early favorite to claim his first Green Jacket in April. Overshadowed by the Jordan, Jason and Rickie show last summer and hobbled by injury that left him less than 100% for the PGA Championship and the PGA Tour Playoffs, the young Irishman shot 66 on Sunday to beat a stellar field. The golfing press has turned his expected period of dominance into the era of the Big Three and the 26-year old will be keen to once again establish himself as the top dog.

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Sea Island, Georgia – Is this finally his time?

After several well documented, near misses this year, Kevin Kisner is in position again to record his first PGA Tour title.

The 31-year old made seven birdies and a bogey on the tough Seaside layout at Sea Island to shoot 64 and take a three-shot lead heading into Sunday’s final round of the RSM Classic.

“Just another solid day,” Kisner said. “I’ve been striking it nicely all week and continue to give myself a lot of chances for birdie. Today I capitalized on a few of them. Hit it close on two out of the last three and made the nice long one on the last hole. Hopefully I can keep it going.”

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Sea Island, Georgia – In a year that seems to favor first-time winners, Kevin Chappell wants to join the party.

The 29-year old Californian is halfway there, after a 5-under 65, on Sea Island’s Seaside Course, gave him a 36-hole total of 131, 11-under par, and a one-shot lead over Freddie Jacobson of Sweden and first round leader Kevin Kisner.

The UCLA alum had three birdies on the front side, and had a birdie and a bogey on the back before making eagle on the par-5 15th, on the par 70 layout.

Chappell said the key to his success is his feeling of comfort with the venue. ”For me, the sight lines work. The wind tends to blow out of one direction. There are a lot of things that are comforting to me and allow me to play well.”

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Sea Island, Georgia – Maybe this is the time the first win finally happens for Kevin Kisner.

The 31-year old native of Aiken, South Carolina has been a runner-up five times already in 2015, and is still looking for that breakthrough victory.

He took a good first step toward that goal on Thursday, firing a 7-under par 65 on the Plantation Course to take a one shot lead, over a group of eight players, in the opening round of the RSM Classic at the Sea Island Resort.

Kisner had five birdies and an eagle on the 8th hole, his 17th, in his bogey-free round. Despite the disappointment of all the near misses, the University of Georgia grad is happy with his game.

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Sea Island, Georgia – Three past champions are among our RSM Classic picks, as the tour returns to the Seaside Course at Sea Island, Georgia.  The event was formerly known as the McGladrey Classic.

2014 champion Robert Streb, 2013 winner Chris Kirk and 2011 victor Ben Crane are among our choices this week, which, for the first time, are divided into four tiers, based on a player’s Draft Kings’ (DK) salary.

Here are our choices:

Tier 1 (DK Salary $9,000 and over)

Matt Kuchar, USA (OWGR = 17, DK Salary = $10,800)  – Kuchar hasn’t had a Top 10 on the PGA Tour since the Tour Championship but did win the Fiji Open on the Australasian Tour recently. Due for a good finish and has a good record at Sea Island with three Top 25’s in the the last four years, including a 7th place finish in 2013.

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Scotland’s Russell Knox jumps to the top of Razzball’s revamped Fantasy Golf Rankings, after weekend play on the PGA and European Tours.

The rankings now include tournaments on both the North American PGA Tour and the European Tour to better reflect the global reach of the game. Secondary tour events held the same week as World Golf Championship events, like the recent Sanderson Farms Open, have also been added.

The 30-year old from Inverness recorded a second consecutive top two finish, losing in a playoff at the OHL Classic one week after picking up his first career victory at the WGC-HSBC Champions event in China. The high finishes moved Knox to a career high 29th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Knox jumped over last week’s leader, Henrik Stenson, who held his high place in the rankings with a Top 3 finish at the BMW Masters on the European Tour. The Swede trails the leader by 190 points and is scheduled to play in Dubai this week, where he is a two-time defending champion.

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It’s Tuesday and welcome to another edition of Fantasy Golf Notes for the week ending November 15th. Here are five things that got our attention this past weekend.

1) GMac is Back

With a birdie on the first extra hole, Graeme McDowell won the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, ending an almost 30 month victory drought on the PGA Tour and a 17-month gap since his last win of any kind, the 2014 Alstom Open de France on the European Tour.

The 2010 U.S, Open champion, reached as high as number six in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) at the end of that year, but had slipped to 82nd heading into this week’s event. The win moved him back up to #62 in the rankings and gives him lots of confidence heading into 2016. Great news for the likeable Irishman and his many admirers. Look for him to be a contender again at the majors in the coming year.

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico Derek Fathauer shot a five-under par 66 on Saturday, to take a one-shot lead heading into the final round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

The 29-year old had four birdies on the front to go out in 32 and had a birdie on the par-5 13th hole in his bogey-free round. He is one shot ahead of fellow American Jason Bohn (65), and three up on a group of four golfers. That group includes last week’s winner at the HSBC Russell Knox (65), former Brotish Open Champion Justin Leonard (67), Harold Varner III (68) and 36-hole leader Graeme McDowell, who overcame a double bogey/boget start to shoot 70 and get back into the mix.

Fathauer, a University of Louisville grad didn’t put much stock in his one shot lead. “The scores that this course puts up, I don’t think it matters being in the lead out here,” Fathauer said. “I mean, if I had a 10-shot lead, that would be one thing, but one shot, that’s an even playing field tomorrow.

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