Houston, Texas – The PGA Tour returns to the home of NASA this week for the 2016 Shell Houston Open.

In addition to all the money, FedEx Cup points and perks that goes to the winner, it’s also the last chance for a previously unqualified player to receive a invitation to next week’s Masters Tournament at Augusta National.

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It was a big week for Australia’s Jason Day, who accomplished much more than claiming the top spot in Razzball.com’s Fantasy Golf Rankings, March 29, 2016 edition.

The reigning PGA Champion set himself up as an early favorite heading into next week’s Masters with a second consecutive PGA Tour victory. The 28-year old followed up his win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational with an equally impressive victory at the WGC Dell Match Play Championship on Sunday.

The Back-to-Back wins also moved Day back to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking for a second time. The Aussie last held the top spot after his win at the BMW Championship last September.

In the Razzball rankings, Day edged Match Play runner-up Louis Oosthuizen and former #1 Adam Scott for the number one position. The nine-time PGA tour champion jumped from 7 to 1.

Oosthuizen moved up a spot to #2, while Scott fell two places to #3 after holding the top placing for four weeks.

A couple of other players with big-time Match Play results complete the Top Five. Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy used his fourth place finish to move from eighth to #4 in our weekly survey. Meanwhile the player who beat him in the consolation match, Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain, improved by 14 spots to land at number five.

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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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For the 4th straight week, there’s no change at the top of Razzball’s Fantasy Golf Rankings, March 22, 2016 edition.

Australia’s Adam Scott picked up a few more points after a T12 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the weekend.  The former world #1 was looking for his third win in a row after victories at the Honda Classic and WGC-Cadillac Championships.

Scott has a big lead over American Bubba Watson who holds at #2 for a third week. The 37-year old lefthander has been idle since a runner-up finish at Doral and will be back in action this week at the WGC Dell Match Play event.

South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel remain in third and fourth place respectively, while England’s Danny Willett completes the Top five.  The 11th ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking moves up one spot this week, swapping places with Rickie Fowler.

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Austin, Texas – The 2016 WGC Match Play Championship has a new name and a new home.

After 16 years with Accenture as the title sponsor and a brief one year flirtation with Cadillac, computer giant Dell has assumed sponsorship of the unique event for the next four years.

And for the first time the world’s best will go head to head in the great state of Texas, as Austin Country Club will serve as host of the World Golf Championship Dell Match Play thru 2019.

But who is the favorite?  In a year where many of the top players in the world have been inconsistent, to be generous, the 2016 WGC Match Play Championship could be one of the most wide-open in years.  And with a format that breeds upsets, who knows what will happen.

For the second consecutive year, the first rounds will be played in pools, with the 64 players divided into 16 four-player groupings.  Players will play each of the other golfers in their group, and the 16 pool winners will advance to the knockout stage.

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Orlando, Florida – As the lead-up to Augusta, and the year’s first major, kicks into high gear, the PGA Tour returns to Bay Hill for the 2016 Arnold Palmer Invitational.

This year’s build-up to the annual pilgrimage to Arnie’s place is dominated by two players attempting to complete rare trifectas.

Two-time defending champion Matt Every looks to become only the second player in tournament history to win the tournament in three consecutive years after wins in 2014 and 2015. He’s looking to match the feat of eight time Arnold Palmer Invitational champion, Tiger Woods, who won the first four of his titles in consecutive years from 2000-2003.

Australian Adam Scott is looking for a three-peat of his own, as he attempts to win his third consecutive PGA Tour start after wins at the WGC-Cadillac Championships and the Honda Classic. The recent success has lifted Scott back into the Top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking, as he ranks #6 heading into the week.

Every and Scott will face a strong field that includes five of the top 10 players in the world. In addition to the Australian, other top players in the field include Rory McIlroy (#2), Jason Day (#3), Henrik Stenson (#7) and Justin Rose (#8).

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As predicted, Australia’s Adam Scott maintains his big lead in the Razzball Fantasy Golf Rankings, March 16, 2016 edition.

Despite being idle last week, Scott leads his rivals by a considerable margin after consecutive wins at the Honda Classic and Cadillac Championships. The sixth ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking has a 1,000 point lead over American Bubba Watson, who also maintains his position for the second consecutive week.

The big story of the week, though, is a pair of South African major champions who find themselves in the Top 5 of the rankings, just four weeks before the first major of 2016.

2011 Masters’ champion Charl Schwartzel moves from 13 to 4 in the weekly survey, after his playoff victory at the Valspar Championship. His countryman, Louis Oosthuizen is one place better, jumping two spots to number three, after a T7 at the Copperhead course. Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open Champion, also has a solid record at Augusta, including a second place finish in 2012.

Reigning Players Champion, Rickie Fowler, completes the Top five, falling two spots to number five.

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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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Palm Harbor, Florida – It was a year ago that an underachieving Jordan Spieth, ranked in 10th in the Official World Golf Ranking at the time, jump-started an historic season with a victory at the Valspar Championship. The now number one player in the world is hoping that pattern repeats itself, as the tour returns to Innisbrook resort for the 2016 Valspar Championship.

Like last season, the reigning Masters and U.S. Open champion is struggling a bit after an early season victory at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. He has a T17, a T21 and a missed cut in last three PGA Tour starts, and is hoping a return to a place with happy memories will kick start his season, in the lead-up to Augusta.

The 22-year old highlights a predictably weaker field, a week after the first World Golf Championship event of the season and a week before Arnold Palmer’s event at Bay Hill. Only six of the Top 20 players in the field are entered to challenge the famed Copperhead course.

The list of elite talent includes Sweden’s Henrik Stenson (currently 7th in the Official World Golf Ranking); last year’s Valspar runner-up, Patrick Reed (10th); Englishman Danny Willet, who finished T3 at last week’s WGC event (11th); and South Africans Branden Grace (12th) and Louis Oosthuizen (18th).

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Australia’s Adam Scott overcame near disaster, at the World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship on Sunday, to win his second consecutive PGA Tour event and maintain his hold on top of the Razzball Fantasy Golf Rankings, March 8, 2016 edition.

Scott was near the lead on the front nine when double bogies on three and five dropped him six shots behind leader Rory McIlroy with 13 holes to play. The 2013 Masters champion responded by going six-under par on that final stretch to edge American Bubba Watson for the title.

It was the second consecutive week Scott had overcame major adversity to post a victory. At last week’s Honda Classic, Scott was in the lead on Saturday only to make a quadruple bogey seven on the par 3 15th hole. He rallied to beat Sergio Garcia by a single stroke for his first tournament win since May, 2014.

Scott holds a lead of more than a thousand points over the second ranked Watson, and looks poised to stay on top for the next few weeks. In addition to success in our fantasy rankings, the Cadillac triumph also moved Scott back to #6 in the Official World Golf Ranking, his highest position in nearly a year.

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