Now that the John Deere Classic is in the books, the greatest players on Earth will turn their focus towards the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. For many, this week will be one filled with positive vibes and good feels — but for others, it’ll be a week wrought with concern and self-doubt. 

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It seems like every year the John Deere Classic turns in one of the year’s most dramatic finishes. While time will tell what this season’s installment of the John Deere will bring, it guarantees to be a thriller. As the last chance for many of the Tour’s bright young stars to qualify for next week’s Open Championship, there’s plenty on the line for young stud and wily veteran alike. 

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It’s Wednesday! And that means it’s time to place your bets! Golfstradamus is back with your can’t-miss, sure-fire, mortal locks for the Zurich Classic! Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson come in as the favorites, but don’t count out some of the sleeper teams looking to make a big splash this week in New Orleans.

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2016 Tour ChampionshipAtlanta, Georgia – Another PGA Tour Season comes to a close this week at East Lake GC with the playing of the 2016 Tour Championship.

The Top 30 players in the FedEx Cup point standings have survived the first three playoff events to get a chance at one of the Tour’s biggest titles and the $10 million bonus awarded to the FedEx Cup champion.

So who are the favorites this week? Here is our ranking of the 2016 Tour Championship field in order of expected finish from 30th to 1st.

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2016 BMW ChampionshipCarmel, Indiana – The top players on the PGA Tour travel to Crooked Stick in Carmel, Indiana for the 2016 BMW Championship, the penultimate leg of the 2016 PGA Tour playoffs.

American Patrick Reed and former world number one Rory McIlroy won the first two legs of the playoffs and have clinched their spots in the Tour Championship in two weeks at East Lake in Atlanta.

And while many players have all but clinched their spots for the season finale, those on the bubble will have to produce a good performance if they want a shot at the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus.

Here’s what you need to know to get ready for the 2016 BMW Championship.

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How each player can move onFarmingdale, New York – After 12 months that produced four first time winners in the majors and the first Olympic Gold Medalist in 104 years, the 2015-2016 PGA Tour season nears it’s conclusion, beginning this week with the playoffs’ first event, the 2016 Barclays Championship.

Three of those new major winners will be in the field that includes the Top 125 players in the FedEx Cup regular season point standings.

With a strong field and an amazing venue like Bethpage Black, it’s shaping up to be an interesting an exciting week. With just 100 players advancing to the second stage of the playoffs next week in Boston, competition for those final few spots will be intense.

Who will make it to the DeutscheBank? Who will come from far back in the rankings to move on to the next stage? Who will stamp themselves as the early favorite to hoist the 2016 FedEx Cup?

Here’s what you need to know heading into the 2016 Barclays Championship.

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Troon, Scotland – As the 2016 Open Championship begins this week at Royal Troon, the question on everyone’s mind is who can beat Dustin Johnson?

The 32-year old American will be looking to extend a career-defining stretch that has seen him win his first major at the U.S. Open and add a third career World Golf Championships title at the Bridgestone Invitational, in his last two starts.

His main challengers will include the usual suspects led by the so called “Big Three” a description that seems more to do with potential than actual results after the year’s first two majors. Of the threesome, only World number one Jason Day has looked worthy of the designation with wins at both the Players Championship and WGC-Cadillac Championships. Both Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy have victories this year, but other than Spieth’s Amen Corner meltdown at the Masters, neither has really been a factor in any of golf’s biggest events in 2016.

Here’s what you need to know to prepare for the 2016 Open Championship.

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