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What. A. Finish.

Remember a couple years ago when the PGA Tour had their “these guys are good” television campaign? Well, what happened on Sunday in North Carolina is exactly what they were talking about. Needing to make a bunch of birdies late, Brian Harman did just that and claimed his second career win on Tour.

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Ladies and Gentlemen — the moment you’ve all been waiting for is finally here! It’s Masters week, and I, for one, am giddy like a school girl.

Masters Week brings out the best in me for a slew of reasons, least of all may be the actual golf.

Not only is it a milestone marking the end of Winter’s miserable reign, but it’s also one of the sporting events everyone feels like they have to watch for the sake of their “fandom” — even if they aren’t particularly fans of golf.

And, most importantly, it’s the best chance all year to make money betting on golf.

While the title of this article couldn’t be farther from the truth for those touring pros and talented amateurs, it’s absolutely the case for those playing fantasy golf or playing the odds. For this, there are a few reasons. Let’s discuss:

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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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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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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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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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Here are our Razzball.com Tuesday Fantasy Golf Notes, March 8, 2016 edition.

Resilient Scott Wins Again

You can admire a lot of things about Adam Scott, but first on the list, after the last two weeks, has to be his resilience in the face of potential catastrophe.

Last week, Scott picked up his first win in almost two years at the Honda Classic, overcoming a quadruple bogey seven on the Par 3 15th hole on Saturday and going on to edge Sergio Garcia by a shot.

On Sunday he did it again, responding to double bogeys on holes three and five in the opening nine, by going six under par for the next 13 holes. His 3-under par 69 gave him a one shot victory over Bubba Watson.

The ability to battle back from adversity, and post wins in back-to-back weeks, bodes well for Scott’s chances in the four majors this season. Scott and his many fans probably think he deserves to have more majors than his 2013 Masters victory. Rightly or wrongly (and definitely wrongly in my opinion), the Australian has been viewed as a marvelous technical player, who didn’t have the heart or the guts to win when the pressure was the highest.

The last two weeks has definitely gone a long way to dispel that feeling among fans, media and Scott’s fellow competitors. Now up to number six in the Official World Golf Ranking, he’ll be one to watch at Augusta.

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