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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American Dustin Johnson overcame a field of the best golfers in the world, and some unnecessary grandstanding by U.S.G.A rules officials, to win the U.S. Open, for his first major championship, and claim the number one spot in the Razzball.com Fantasy Golf Rankings, June 21, 2106 edition.

Johnson, who infamously three-putted on the 72nd green in last year’s national championship to lose to Jordan Spieth by a shot, moves up to 3rd in the Official World Golf Ranking, after a 69 on Sunday gave him a three shot victory over a trio of challengers.

DJ’s run at number one could be a lengthy one. The 32-year old holds an impressive 1,660 point lead over Ireland’s Shane Lowry, who shared second place at Oakmont with Americans Jim Furyk and Scott Piercy. Lowry moved up from 153rd in last week’s rankings, and makes his first top 20 appearance in our survey that started in November 2015.

Piercy and Furyk also claim top five spots as, predictably, the rankings are completely transformed due to the major championship bonus points on offer this week. Piercy lands at #3, an improvement of 186 places over his ranking on June 10th, while Furyk, making just his fifth start since his return from wrist surgery, makes the biggest jump of the week from 286th to 5th.

The only holdover in the Top 5 is World #1 Jason Day of Australia, who holds in the fourth position after an 8th place finish in the second major of the year.

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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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With many of the world’s best players resting and preparing for this week’s second major of the year, at least one player took advantage to make a major jump in the Razzball.com Fantasy Golf Rankings, June 14, 2016 edition.

23-year old American, Daniel Berger, picked up his first PGA Tour win on Sunday at the FedEx St. Jude Classic to move up 24 places in the weekly rankings from 27th to 3rd. The native of Plantation, Florida has been hot lately, with six top 20 finishes in his last seven starts, including a T5 at the Shell Houston Open and a tie for ninth at the Player’s Championship.

At the top of the rankings, there is no change in the top two places, as #1 Matt Kuchar and #2 Rory McIlroy hold their spots for a second consecutive week.  Kuchar’s lead over the Northern Irishman is just 188 points, heading into this weekend’s U.S. Open at Oakmont.

Former number one Jason Day of Australia drops a spot to #4, while Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg holds at fifth for a second consecutive week, to round out the Top Five.

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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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Despite not posting a PGA Tour win for over two years, American Matt Kuchar jumps to number one this week in the Razzball Fantasy Golf Rankings, June 7, 2016 edition.

Proving that consistency is sometimes more impressive than winning titles, the 37-year old PGA Tour veteran posted his fourth Top six finish in the last four weeks on Sunday, a tie for fourth place at the Memorial Tournament. The 2012 Players Champion, also had a 6th place finish at the Dean & Deluca Invitational and cashed third place cheques at Byron Nelson and Players in his recent run of form.

Kuchar moves up a spot from #2 last week and has a less than 200 point lead over second ranked Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland. McIlroy shared 4th with Kuchar at Muirfield Village to move for 3rd to 2nd in our weekly survey. The former number one player in the Official World Golf Ranking last held the number one spot on November 30, 2015.

After a five week run at number one, Australia’s Jason Day slips to third, after failing to post a Top 25 finish at the Memorial, despite being in contention heading into Sunday’s final round. A 74 dropped him into a tie for 27th at Jack’s place and a fall out of top spot in the Razzball Fantasy Golf Rankings, June 7, 2016 edition.

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Australia’s Jason Day holds at #1 in the Razzball.com Fantasy Golf Rankings, May 31, 2016 edition. It’s Day’s fifth consecutive week at number one, but his hold on the top spot could be in serious jeopardy this week.

The 2016 Players Champion holds a lead of just over 300 points over American Matt Kuchar, who moves up a place to #2, after his third consecutive Top 6 finish on the PGA Tour, a T6 at the Dean and Deluca Invitational.

Kuchar swaps places with the number three player in the Official World Golf Ranking, Rory McIlroy of Nothern Ireland. McIlroy, winner of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in his last start, was idle last week.

Dean and Deluca champion Jordan Spieth moves back into the Top 5, jumping nine places to number four. The Colonial win was the former world number one’s second win of the 2015-2016 PGA Tour Season and his first victory since the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January.

Also re-entering the Top Five is England’s Danny Willett, after his 3rd place finish at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. It was the 2016 Masters Champion first Top 5 finish since his first major championship victory in early April. The 28-year old is the only player to appear in the Top 20 of our rankings every week since we initiated the weekly survey last November.

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Australia’s Jason Day is still number one in Razzball.com Fantasy Golf Rankings, May 24, 2016 edition. But a familiar rival is closing in on the leader.

Day, still riding the wave of his win in the recent Players Championship, holds the top spot for the fourth consecutive week, but his once seeming insurmountable lead has been reduced to 730 points.

The number two position this week is held by newly crowned Dubai Duty Free Irish Open champion Rory McIlroy. The hometown boy realized a life-long dream by winning his national open and jumps four spots in this week’s survey.

The four-time major champion holds at number three in the Official World Golf Ranking, but the gap between him and world #2 Jordan Spieth is getting smaller.

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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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If the Razzball.com Fantasy Golf Rankings, May 17, 2016 edition, are any indication, there isn’t much doubt who the best golfer in the world is at this point.

Starting the 2015-2016 season, all the talk centered around the game’s “Big Three” of Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day. Almost eight months into the season, and Day’s strong play has changed the conversation, establishing himself as a clear number one.

The Australian’s latest victory came on Sunday in the sport’s unofficial fifth major, The Players Championship. Despite challenging conditions the defending PGA Champion managed a wire-to-wire four stroke victory, that hardly seemed in doubt since Thursday’s opening round 63.

The win gives Day a commanding lead in both the Official World Golf Ranking and the Razzball Fantasy Golf Rankings, and indications are he could stay on top of both surveys for a while.

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