2016 Travelers Championship log.gifHartford, Connecticut – Generally, when Bubba Watson likes a golf course, success follows. Or should we say multiple successes. That bodes well for his chances as the PGA tour returns to Hartford for the 2016 Travelers Championship.

Watson, who starts the week as the sixth ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking, will be looking for a third Travelers Championship to go with the titles he won in 2010 and 2015.

Here’s all the information you’ll need to get ready for the 2016 Travelers Championship.

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Lower Springfield, New Jersey – As the 2016 PGA Championship begins, it’s amazing how much the golf landscape has changed in the past year.

Twelve months ago, when hype about golf’s so called big three was at it’s height, a 2016 without a major victory by Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy or Jason Day would have seemed impossible. But as the world’s best players arrive arrive at the Baltusrol Golf Club for the 2016 PGA Championship, that possibility seems more like a probability.

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All three have failed to get the job done for a variety of reasons. Spieth, never the tour’s best ball striker has struggled to hit fairways and greens, making his best weapon, his putter, all but irrelevant.  McIlroy has the opposite problem, leading the tour in strokes gained off the tee, but struggling mightily on the short grass. Day has been the best and most consistent of the three, but hasn’t been able to get the job done when it counts the most. Now struck by family and personal illness this week, his chances of defending his title seem remote.

To add insult to injury. the “Big Three” has been infiltrated by American Dustin Johnson, who not only has cracked the Top three in the Official World Golf Rankings, but can take over the number one spot this week with a victory at Baltusrol.

Here’s the 411 as you get ready for the 2016 PGA Championship.

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Troon, Scotland – As the 2016 Open Championship begins this week at Royal Troon, the question on everyone’s mind is who can beat Dustin Johnson?

The 32-year old American will be looking to extend a career-defining stretch that has seen him win his first major at the U.S. Open and add a third career World Golf Championships title at the Bridgestone Invitational, in his last two starts.

His main challengers will include the usual suspects led by the so called “Big Three” a description that seems more to do with potential than actual results after the year’s first two majors. Of the threesome, only World number one Jason Day has looked worthy of the designation with wins at both the Players Championship and WGC-Cadillac Championships. Both Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy have victories this year, but other than Spieth’s Amen Corner meltdown at the Masters, neither has really been a factor in any of golf’s biggest events in 2016.

Here’s what you need to know to prepare for the 2016 Open Championship.

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Bethesda, Maryland – The PGA Tour returns to the nation’s capital this week for the 2016 Quicken Loans National. It’s the 10th playing of the event and the seventh time it’s been played at the classic Congressional Country Club layout.

Unfortunately, the star attraction will not be in the field.

Tournament host and two-time champion Tiger Woods continues to recover from back surgery and will devote his time to off the course activities, much to the chagrin of his legion of fans.

Here’s what you need to know to prepare for the 2016 Quicken Loans National.

Last Year

American Troy Merritt followed up a sensational 10-under par 61 on Saturday at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, with a final round 67, to record his first PGA Tour title.

The 29-year old finished three shots ahead of Rickie Fowler and four up on Sweden’s David Lingmerth. Merritt’s 61 on Saturday and 266, 72-hole total were both course and tournament records.

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Oakmont, Pennsylvania – The world’s best golfers return to the Oakmont Country Club this week for 2016 U.S. Open.

The 116th playing of America’s national championship promises to test the game’s elite, as many, including 7-time major champion Phil Mickelson, have described Oakmont as the toughest course they will ever play.

Masters champion Danny Willett of England will look to match 2015 U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth by winning the first two majors of the calendar year.

Here’s what you need to know to prepare for the 2016 U.S. Open.

Last Year

Spieth took advantage of a 72nd hole three-putt by his third round co-leader Dustin Johnson to win his first U.S. Open, and second consecutive major championship.

Spieth closed with a final round 69, for a four round total of 275, 5-under par, one shot better than Johnson and South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen.

Oosthuizen had a 67 on Sunday.

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Memphis, Tennessee – The PGA Tour returns to the home of the blues, as Memphis hosts the 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic, the 59th playing of the event in the barbecued pork capital of the world.

Aside from serving as another chance for PGA Tour glory, the 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic also serves as the last tune-up event for the second major of the season.  The game’s best will be in Oakmont, Pennsylvania next week for the 2016 United States Open.

Here’s what you need to know to prepare for the 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Last Year

Argentina’s Fabian Gomez fired a final round four-under par 66 to win his first PGA Tour title at the 2015 FedEx St. Jude Classic. His 72-hole total was 267, 13-under par, on the Par 70 TPC Southwind course.

The then 36-year old journeyman finished four shots ahead of Englishman Greg Owen, his third round co-leader. Owen had a closing round 70.

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strong>Dallas, Texas – As the tour travels to “Big D” for the 2016 Byron Nelson, many of the questions revolve around the tournament’s marquee participant.

Defending FedEx Cup champion Jordan Spieth enters his hometown event in a bit of a funk by his lofty standards. He does have a win this season at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and seven other Top 10’s in 14 worldwide starts since the 2015-2016 PGA Tour season started. A great record for any other player on tour.

But for a player whose only goals are to win majors and be the best player in the world, that just doesn’t quite cut it. Over that stretch, Spieth has been overtaken by rival Jason Day for top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking. Where Jordan only has a single victory in his 14 starts since last September’s Tour Championship, the Australian has three wins in the 10 events he’s played, including a win at last week’s Players Championship.

Spieth admits Day’s success motivates him to be better. “There’s some motivation there,” Spieth conceded on Tuesday. “[Day] is playing his game. He believes his game is better than anybody else’s and he’s on his game and so it is better than everyone else’s . . . He’s separated himself and that bothers me and it motivates me.”

After his Master’s disappointment and a missed cut at the Players, Spieth will be looking for redemption. An event in his own backyard seems like as good a place as any to find some.

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida – The summer major season kicks of for real this week with the playing of the 2016 Players Championship.

After a five week lull in the world of professional golf after the Masters Tournament, golf’s elite are once again back in action, in the first major event of what promises to be a hectic and exciting summer.

In the next four months or so, the game’s best players will, in addition to this week’s unofficial fifth major, play in three majors and compete for an Olympic Gold Medal.

But first, it’s the annual visit to the Players’ Club at Sawgrass and the 43rd playing of the PGA Tour’s flagship event.

Making a list of potential tournament winners isn’t difficult for the 2016 Players Championship, as the event traditionally has one of the strongest field’s of the year.  This year is no exception as the field includes the top 20 players in the Official World Golf Ranking and 46 of the Top 50.

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New Orleans, Louisiana – The big question heading into  the 2016 Zurich Classic of New Orleans is will the recent domination of foreign-born players continue?

After a strong start for American players in the fall portion of the 2015-2016 PGA Tour season, eight of the past 13 events have been won by players whose passport doesn’t say born in the U.S.A.

This week’s foreign contingent is lead by Australia’s Jason Day, the number one player in the Official World Golf Ranking. The defending PGA champion is one of a small group of three players entered who rank in the top 10 players in the world.

Joining the World #1 is American Rickie Fowler, the current fifth ranked player in the world and defending champion Justin Rose of England, who sits 10th in the world rankings.

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San Antonio, Texas – The PGA Tour returns to the great state of Texas this week for the playing of the 2016 Valero Texas Open.

While all of the Top 10 players in the Official World Golf Ranking are taking the week off, the tournament still features six players ranked in the Top 20 in the world.

Leading the list of contenders is last week’s winner of the RBC Heritage Classic, Branden Grace of South Africa. The 11th ranked player in the world will be looking to become the third player this week to win back-to-back events on the PGA Tour.

Adam Scott was the first to accomplish the feat, winning in consecutive weeks at the Honda Classic and the Cadillac Championships. Jason Day matched the achievement of his fellow Aussie by winning at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Dell Match Play events.

Grace’s win continued a strong showing by foreign-born players on the PGA Tour this season, with 12 of the 23 events completed so far in the 2015-2016 season being won by players born outside of the U.S.A.

Other top ranked players in the field include Patrick Reed (#13 in the Official World Golf Ranking), Brandt Snedeker (16th), Zach Johnson (17th), Brooks Koepka (18th) and Phil Mickelson, the 19th ranked player in the world.

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