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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2016 Deutsche Bank ChampionshipNorton, Massachusetts – The PGA Tour Playoffs move to the Boston area this week for the playing of the 2016 Deutsche Bank Championship.

American Patrick Reed won the first playoff event last week at Bethpage Black, ensuring himself a top five position heading into the Tour Championship at East Lake and a shot at the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus.

Twenty-five players were eliminated from playoff contention last week at The Barclays, leaving just the Top 100 players in the FedEx standings eligible to compete this week at TPC Boston.

With Davis Love III‘s Ryder Cup captains picks still to come, several American players will be looking to impress the captain enough to snag one of the four remaining picks on the U.S. team. Included in that group will be defending Deutsche Bank champion, Rickie Fowler, who missed an opportunity to clinch an automatic berth with a final nine meltdown last week.

So who will be the next player to punch their ticket to East Lake? Here’s the 411 on the 2016 Deutsche Bank Classic.

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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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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Now that the 2016 Olympic Golf tournament is actually here, it’s time to focus on the players who actually made the commitment to represent their country and not those who chose to stay home.

The majority of coverage leading up to the event concerned the players, who, for various reasons, both legitimate and suspect, chose to forego the event. Included in the group are the so-called “Big Three” of World #1 Jason Day of Australia, Great Britain’s Rory McIlroy and American Jordan Spieth. U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson is also a no show, meaning the top 4 players in the world and six of the Top 10 will not be in Rio when the tournament starts today.

But several of the world’s best players will be in the field at the Gil Hanse designed Olympic Golf course. And one of them will be crowned the first Olympic golf champion in 112 years.

Here’s what you need to know to prepare for the 2016 Olympic Golf Tournament.

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2016 Travelers Championship log.gifHartford, Connecticut – Generally, when Bubba Watson likes a golf course, success follows. Or should we say multiple successes. That bodes well for his chances as the PGA tour returns to Hartford for the 2016 Travelers Championship.

Watson, who starts the week as the sixth ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking, will be looking for a third Travelers Championship to go with the titles he won in 2010 and 2015.

Here’s all the information you’ll need to get ready for the 2016 Travelers Championship.

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Lower Springfield, New Jersey – As the 2016 PGA Championship begins, it’s amazing how much the golf landscape has changed in the past year.

Twelve months ago, when hype about golf’s so called big three was at it’s height, a 2016 without a major victory by Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy or Jason Day would have seemed impossible. But as the world’s best players arrive arrive at the Baltusrol Golf Club for the 2016 PGA Championship, that possibility seems more like a probability.

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All three have failed to get the job done for a variety of reasons. Spieth, never the tour’s best ball striker has struggled to hit fairways and greens, making his best weapon, his putter, all but irrelevant.  McIlroy has the opposite problem, leading the tour in strokes gained off the tee, but struggling mightily on the short grass. Day has been the best and most consistent of the three, but hasn’t been able to get the job done when it counts the most. Now struck by family and personal illness this week, his chances of defending his title seem remote.

To add insult to injury. the “Big Three” has been infiltrated by American Dustin Johnson, who not only has cracked the Top three in the Official World Golf Rankings, but can take over the number one spot this week with a victory at Baltusrol.

Here’s the 411 as you get ready for the 2016 PGA 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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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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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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