As the PGA Tour heads back to the mainland, here are our Tuesday Fantasy Golf Notes, January 19, 2016 edition.  A quick look at stories that made headlines in the world of golf on the weekend, and there impact on the rest of the 2015-2016 season.

Gomez becomes a multiple PGA Tour Winner

Argentina’s Fabian Gomez won for a second time on the PGA Tour on Sunday, beating American Brandt Snedeker in a sudden-death playoff to win the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Gomez, who won for the first time last June at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, confirmed a return trip to Kapalua next January for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.  Right now the field includes the 37-year old and World #1, Jordan Spieth.

The victory also got the late-blooming native of Chaco closer to his goal of being named to the Argentine Olympic team for this summer’s games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Honolulu, Hawaii – The PGA Tour continues in Hawaii this week, as 156 players tee it up in the Sony Open in Hawaii, the circuit’s first full field event of 2016. Defending champion Jimmy Walker is looking to make a little bit of tour history, as he tries to become the first player, since Steve Sticker in 2009-2011 (John Deere Classic), to win the same PGA Tour event three years in a row.

With many of the tour’s top players skipping this event after competing at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions last weekend, the tournament does not feature a player in the Top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking, with #11 Adam Scott being the highest ranked challenger to Walker’s three-peat hopes. Still the field features eight of the Top 30 players in the world including Scott, 12th ranked Zach Johnson, #16 Kevin Kisner, #20 Matt Kuchar, #23 Kevin Na, Walker at #25, the 26th ranked player in the world Marc Leishman and #30 Russell Knox.

All of the players mentioned make compelling choices for various reasons and many would have to be considered in form, based on recent results.

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Jordan Spieth might be the number one player in the Official World Golf Ranking and coming off a dominating victory at Kapalua, but he still trails fellow American Patrick Reed in the Razzball Fantasy Golf Rankings, January 11, 2016 edition.

Reed, in the midst of a streak of seven straight world-wide Top 10 finishes, was runner-up to Spieth at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii on the weekend. The four-time PGA Tour winner holds a slim, 80 point lead over the World #1, the closest finish since we started compiling the ranking last fall.

Spieth moves up to number two. He jumped over former leader Rory McIlroy, who slips from four to two, and South African Branden Grace, who holds at #3 after a 4th place finish in the European Tour’s South Africa Open.

American Kevin Kisner jumps four place to complete the Top 5 on the strength of a solid ninth place showing at the T of C.

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It’s the first Monday round-up of the calendar year, and maybe not surprisingly, Jordan Spieth is once again the lead story in golf.  Here’s a few things that caught our attention on the weekend.

Number One dominates at Kapalua

To say Jordan Spieth was the class of the field on the weekend is kind of like like saying that Bill Gates has money.  It gives a general idea but doesn’t convey the true magnitude of the situation.  Plain and simple Spieth’s win at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions was a thumping that makes Holly Holm’s destruction of Ronda Rousey look like a minor disagreement among friends by comparison.

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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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Kapalua, Hawaii – The 2015-2016 PGA Tour season, fresh off a six-week break, resumes this weekend in Hawaii with the 64th playing of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. It’s the 18th time the event has been played in the Aloha state.

In addition to being the first tour event of 2016, it also signals the start of many fantasy golf leagues, who use the calendar year, rather than the PGA Tour’s wrap-around schedule to run their competitions.

With a field that includes the top two players in the Official World Golf Ranking , and six of the top 10, the Tournament of Champions this year promises to be one of the most interesting and entertaining season openers in years.

To help all of you get 2016 off to a quick start, here are our Fantasy Golf Hyundai Tournament of Champions Picks.

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Kapalua, Hawaii – After an extended break of almost a month and a half, the 2015-2016 PGA Tour season resumes this week at the Plantation Course at Kapalua, Hawaii, with the playing of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

The strong field includes six of the Top 10 players in the World, including the number one player in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), Jordan Spieth and world number two, Jason Day. Defending champion Patrick Reed, the current number one player in the Fantasy Golf Rankings, is also in the field.

At the other end of the spectrum, Americans Peter Malnati, ranked 176th in the World and J.J. Henry, at # 223 are also in the select field of a tournament that rewards one week of relative greatness, rather than a consistently excellent season.

Perhaps shockingly, only nine players who competed in the event in 2015 return in 2016, a testament to the difficulty of winning on the PGA Tour in the modern era. Among those not in the field are World #3 Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and Tiger Woods.

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With the resumption of the 2015-2016 PGA Tour season less than a week away, here are three things to watch as the PGA Tour 2016 begins in Hawaii.

1) The Race for Number One

As 2016 begins, we are entering a golden age of golf as three gifted, generational type players wage a close battle for the position of number one player in the World in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR).

Masters’ and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth, PGA Champion Jason Day and multiple major champion Rory McIlroy, all spent time as World #1 in 2015 and the race for the #1 position should be a year-long battle during PGA Tour 2016.

And there’s other players who think it’s more than a three horse race including Players’ Champion Rickie Fowler, American Dustin Johnson and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson,

Expect frequent changes and lots of drama as the best players in the world chase golf’s holy grail.

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It’s the holiday season, and time for all the good little PGA Tour players to tuck themselves in their cozy little beds, hang up their stockings by the shag bag with care and dream about birdies, eagles, trophies and majors. The 2016 PGA Tour season is fast approaching and players are taking stock and figuring out what they want, and need, to make this season one to remember.

Almost every player on Tour wants something under their Christmas tree heading into the new year. So, as a public service to the players who give us so much joy and excitement during the year, we’ve put together this Christmas list.  We will forward it to the North Pole, and hopefully it will be there in time to catch the Jolly Old Elf before he plays his final round of the holiday season.

In addition to the normal requests for new clubs, new shoes and a new golf duds, some of our more notable players have gotten a little more creative this year with their requests to Santa. There’s a good possibility that Some of these items might not be available at his local Walmart.

Letters keep pouring in from PGA Tour players around the globe and here’s what we have so far.

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In this three part series,’s golf editor, Joe MacDonald, will give you his selections of the Top 30 players at the end of the 2015-2016 FedEx Cup season.  In installment number one on Sunday, we looked at the guys who will rank in the Top 10 at the end of the year. On Tuesday, the erstwhile editor made his selections for positions 11 through 20.  Today, in the final article in the series, MacDonald chooses the players who will round out the field at the 2016 Tour Championship. 

The whole process of picking the Top 30 in the 2015-2016 FedEx Cup is a challenge, but this final article, is without doubt, the most difficult piece in the series.  The top 10 was easy, and barring injury or other natural disaster, all of the players listed in our Top 10 should be at East Lake for the Tour finale.

Positions 11-20 was a little more challenging, and we did go out on the limb on a couple of players, but again, we are pretty confident that most of the players we chose for the middle ten will at least have a spot in the field for the Tour Championship.

But now it gets hard.  We considered more than 60 players in trying to determine our final ten.  Major champions were snubbed.  Players with a history of playoff success were completely ignored.

So for better, or worse, here are our picks for positions 21 through 30 in the 2015-2016 FedEx Cup final standings. As in the first two installments in the series, OWGR indicates a player’s current placing in the Official World Golf Rankings and FEC indicates where he finished in the final 2014-2015 FedEx Cup Standings.

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