For a second consecutive week, there is no change in top five places of Razzball.com’ Fantasy Golf Rankings, April 26, 2016 edition.

Masters’ champion Danny Willett of England remains on top of the rankings for a third consecutive week. He has a 200 point lead on Australia’s Jason Day, the number one ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking.

A pair of Americans continue their hold on positions three and four. Masters’ runner-up Jordan Spieth remains in the third spot, while his President’s Cup teammate Dustin Johnson is ranked #4.

South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen, who withdrew his name from consideration for his country team for the Rio Olympic Games last week, rounds out the Top 5.

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This week, in our Tuesday Fantasy Golf Notes, April 26, 2016 edition, we look at a change of final round fortunes that led to a PGA Tour victory, another near miss for Patrick Reed and an increasing number of no shows for the upcoming Olympic golf competition.

Final Round Turnaround Key to Hoffman Victory

To say American Charley Hoffman had struggled closing tournaments in 2015-2016 is a bit of understatement. The 39-year old had played himself into contention several times this season, but weekend struggles had knocked him down the leaderboard, with a T11 at the Valspar his best finish of the year.

Hoffman was an aggregate -26 for his first rounds this season, -11 in round two and -1 on the third day, but had struggled mightily on championship Sunday, going 26 over par in the eight final rounds he had played in 2016.

That all changed this past Sunday at the Valero Texas Open. Hoffman exorcised those demons, shooting a final round 69 and a one-shot victory over fellow American Patrick Reed.

It’s the Californian’s fourth PGA Tour title, and his first since the 2014 OHL Classic at Mayakoba. His other victories came at the 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship and the 2007 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

The win moved Hoffman to 34th in the Official World Golf Ranking, equally the second highest ranking of his career. He reached #31 for one week after his third place finish at the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship.

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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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Our Razzball Fantasy Golf Rankings, April 19, 2016 edition, reflect one reality of life on the professional golf circuit.

That being that the week after a major championship is time for reflection and rest in most cases, and very little of significance happens, as players collect themselves for the upcoming Players Championship and the summer majors.

That reality is reflected in the Razzball.com Fantasy Golf Rankings, April 19, 2016 edition as the top nine positions remain unchanged from last week’s listing.

Masters’ champion Danny Willett of England remains on top, but his lead over Australia’s Jason Day shrinks a little bit.  The number one player in the Official World Golf Ranking closes to within 180 points of the leader, after a Top 25 finish at the RBC Heritage Classic.

Augusta runner-up Jordan Spieth remains in third place, another 400 points behind Day, as the World #2 continues to lick his wounds after his Masters’ collapse.

American Dustin Johnson and South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen hold down the fourth and fifth positions, respectively, to round out the static Top 5.

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Hilton Head, SC – After the excitement and pressure of the year’s first major, the tour returns to a more normal rhythm at the 2016 RBC Heritage Classic.

Typically, as the golf world recovers from it’s annual pilgrimage to Augusta National, the field at the Heritage is a little less daunting. And there’s no exception this year, with only four of the top 20 players in the Official World Golf Ranking participating.

Headlining the field is World number one Jason Day of Australia. The reigning PGA champion comes in off a disappointing 10th place finish in the Masters and will be looking to get back to his winning ways that saw him win his last two starts prior to 2016’s first major.

Other top ranked players in the field include the 15th ranked Brandt Snedeker, who had a top 10 at Augusta, defending Open champion Zach Johnson, ranked 17th, and South African Branden Grace, the 14th ranked player in the world.

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It wasn’t just luck and good fortune that allowed Danny Willett to get to the top of the Razzball Fantasy Golf Rankings, April 12, 2016 edition.  But it helped.

First it was the early arrival of his first child on March 30th, that allowed him to compete in the Masters Tournament in the first place.  Then it was a meltdown for the ages by defending champion Jordan Spieth that allowed the Englishman to win his first major championship and moved to the top of our fantasy player rankings.

Along the way was some really spectacular golf, including a 67 on Sunday that ultimately gave him a three shot victory over Spieth and fellow Englishman, Lee Westwood.

Winning the Green Jacket also moved Willett into the Top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking, for the first time, at #9.  No flash in the pan, the former number one amateur in the world is the only player to rank in the top 20 of our rankings every week since the new methodology was introduced in November.

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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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Augusta, Ga – On the eve of the 2016 Masters Tournament, one of the great things about the first major of the year is how it celebrates the tournament’s history and traditions.  Whether it’s the Champion’s Dinner, the Par-3 Contest, the $2 Pimento Cheese Sandwiches or the Green Jacket itself, the Augusta National membership knows how to celebrate it’s glorious past.

One part of the tradition is that a solid showing in the previous year’s tournament gives a player an automatic invite to the next year’s event.  In past years as many as the Top 24 and ties were invited back the following year.  As the scope and world-wide appeal of the event has increased, the available places has decreased, first to 16 and now to 12 and ties.  But it’s still something to shoot for.

So to match that tradition our 2016 Masters picks focuses on selecting the 12 players who will be in the top 12 come Sunday evening.  Most of the names are predictable, but maybe some of the positions won’t be.

Here are the 12 players who will receive the first invites to the 2017 Masters Tournament.

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One look at the Razzball.com Fantasy Golf Rankings, April 5, 2016 edition, and it’s not hard to tell the year’s first major is at hand. All of the top players seem to be in form as the best golfers in the world make their annual trip down Magnolia Lane.

Leading the charge is the number one player in the Official World Golf Ranking, Jason Day of Australia, who leads our ranking for the second consecutive week. The 28-year old has been battling a wonky back recently, but that hasn’t prevented him from posting back-to-back PGA Tour wins at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and WGC-Dell Match Play.

Day , who openly listed the Masters as his focus this year, prior to the start of the season, leads South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen by just over 400 points. It’s the second consecutive week as rankings runner-up for the 2010 Open champion.

Despite being idle for a couple of weeks, 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott holds at #3 for a second week. The former rankings’ leader heads into Augusta with two tour wins already this year and a ton of confidence.

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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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