Here is you Weekend Fantasy Golf Roundup, November 7, 2016 edition.

Olesen Dominates in Turkey

The talk leading up to the 2016 Turkish Airlines Open was centered on the players who decided not to attend the event due to security concerns. But through three rounds it looked like it wouldn’t have mattered who showed up.

Denmark’s Thorbjron Olesen led by seven shots through 54 holes after rounds of 65,62 and 68 and completed the rout with a final round 69 on Sunday.

And even though the Dane had a few nervous moments on Sunday, courtesy of England’s David Horsey and China’s Li Haotong, the result never looked in doubt since Friday morning.

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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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Kapalua, Hawaii – Okay, so maybe his amazing 2015 season won’t be that hard for Jordan Spieth to follow up, afterall.

The reigning FedEx Cup champion is starting the new year firing on all cylinders, after a second round 9-under par 64 gave him a four-shot lead, after 36 holes at the 2016 Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

The number one player in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) went out in 31, going five-under par on the last 5 holes of the opening nine that included three birdies and an eagle on the Par 5 ninth.  He completed the bogey-free round with four more birdies on the backside, including three-in-a-row at holes 13, 14 and 15 and closing birdie on the Par 5 18th.

The hot start surprised even Spieth. “Did I see 16 under? Probably not to start the season,” Spieth said.

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As the 2015 year quickly fades away, here’s our weekly look at things we noticed in the world of fantasy golf, for the week ending December 6, 2015. It was highlighted by tour de force performances by Marc Leishman and Bubba Watson, the continuation of one great run and the end of another and a new rising force in the golfing world.

1) Marc Leishman Wins at Nedbank

In a dominating performance, Australia’s Marc Leishman beat a select, but high quality field at the Nedbank Golf Challenge. The 32-year old had rounds of 68-68-66-67 to beat Sweden’s Henrik Stenson by six shots and third place finisher Chris Wood by 10.

It was Leishman’s first top 10 since he lost in a playoff to Zach Johnson at the 144th Open Championship at St. Andrews in July, and continues a trend of playing well on quality golf courses and in big events. His other top finishes last year included Top 10’s at the Memorial and at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play event.

The one thing lacking in Leishman’s career to this point has been consistency and hopefully this win will be a springboard for a very successful 2016. He has to be considered a favorite to be the next Australian to win a major.

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Matt Jones of Australia survived a near disastrous start, that included a double bogey and a triple bogey on a nervous front nine, to hold off two world number ones and win the 2015 Emirates Australian Open.

The 35-year old Jones finished up with an unlikely two-over par 73 and a one shot victory over the current number one player in the world, Jordan Spieth and former world #1 Adam Scott.

Jones started his final round in the worst possible way, bogeying the first hole and making a double on the par-3 second. The Sydney native recovered with birdies on the fourth and six holes, but gave them back with triple bogey seven on the par-4 ninth, to go out in 4 over par, 39, six-under par for the tournament.

Jones settled himself on the back nine, holing a bunker shot on #12 for par, before making birdies on 14 and 16 to claim his first win on the Australasian Tour and a second worldwide win, to go with his victory in the 2014 Shell Houston Open.

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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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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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