I wasn’t always pretty, but a late rally by world number one Jordan Spieth has kept him in contention, after three rounds of the Emirates Australian Open.

Spieth made four bogies in a sloppy front side 36 and looked to be fading out of a challenging position heading into Sunday’s final round.  “I made a couple of bad swings and a couple of bad decisions,” Spieth said. “Not many pars.”

But the reigning Masters and U.S. Open champion stormed back with three birdies and an eagle to shoot 31 on the inward nine.  His 4-under par 67 moved him into second place and within three shots of leader Matt Jones of Australia.

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On a quiet Friday, with no action on the PGA Tour, let’s look around and see what’s happening around the world that could impact future fantasy golf decisions, in our Fantasy Golf Notes.

World # 1022 Leads Australian Open

If you haven’t heard of Lincoln Tighe, don’t sweat it.  Even a lot of dedicated golf fans would be unfamiliar with the name.

Currently ranked 1022nd in the Official World Golf Ranking, Tighe’s best finish this year on the Australasian Tour was a T27 at the Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship. To be fair, he did have a win last year on the Aussie Tour at the New South Wales PGA Championship, his one and only career win.

That lack of form didn’t deter the 26-year old on Thursday at the Emirates Australian Open, as his opening round 5-under par 66 gave him a one shot lead over fellow Aussie Matthew Jones. Tighe had seven birdies and a pair of bogies over the par-71 on the Australian Golf Club Rosebery layout.

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Sea Island, Georgia – Is this finally his time?

After several well documented, near misses this year, Kevin Kisner is in position again to record his first PGA Tour title.

The 31-year old made seven birdies and a bogey on the tough Seaside layout at Sea Island to shoot 64 and take a three-shot lead heading into Sunday’s final round of the RSM Classic.

“Just another solid day,” Kisner said. “I’ve been striking it nicely all week and continue to give myself a lot of chances for birdie. Today I capitalized on a few of them. Hit it close on two out of the last three and made the nice long one on the last hole. Hopefully I can keep it going.”

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Sea Island, Georgia – In a year that seems to favor first-time winners, Kevin Chappell wants to join the party.

The 29-year old Californian is halfway there, after a 5-under 65, on Sea Island’s Seaside Course, gave him a 36-hole total of 131, 11-under par, and a one-shot lead over Freddie Jacobson of Sweden and first round leader Kevin Kisner.

The UCLA alum had three birdies on the front side, and had a birdie and a bogey on the back before making eagle on the par-5 15th, on the par 70 layout.

Chappell said the key to his success is his feeling of comfort with the venue. ”For me, the sight lines work. The wind tends to blow out of one direction. There are a lot of things that are comforting to me and allow me to play well.”

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Sea Island, Georgia – Maybe this is the time the first win finally happens for Kevin Kisner.

The 31-year old native of Aiken, South Carolina has been a runner-up five times already in 2015, and is still looking for that breakthrough victory.

He took a good first step toward that goal on Thursday, firing a 7-under par 65 on the Plantation Course to take a one shot lead, over a group of eight players, in the opening round of the RSM Classic at the Sea Island Resort.

Kisner had five birdies and an eagle on the 8th hole, his 17th, in his bogey-free round. Despite the disappointment of all the near misses, the University of Georgia grad is happy with his game.

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico Derek Fathauer shot a five-under par 66 on Saturday, to take a one-shot lead heading into the final round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

The 29-year old had four birdies on the front to go out in 32 and had a birdie on the par-5 13th hole in his bogey-free round. He is one shot ahead of fellow American Jason Bohn (65), and three up on a group of four golfers. That group includes last week’s winner at the HSBC Russell Knox (65), former Brotish Open Champion Justin Leonard (67), Harold Varner III (68) and 36-hole leader Graeme McDowell, who overcame a double bogey/boget start to shoot 70 and get back into the mix.

Fathauer, a University of Louisville grad didn’t put much stock in his one shot lead. “The scores that this course puts up, I don’t think it matters being in the lead out here,” Fathauer said. “I mean, if I had a 10-shot lead, that would be one thing, but one shot, that’s an even playing field tomorrow.

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Shanghai, China – Scotland’s Russell Knox made his first win on the PGA Tour a memorable one.

The 30-year old fired a final round 68 on Sunday to win the World Golf Championships HSBC Champions event at the Sheshan International Golf Club.

American Kevin Kisner, the third round leader, birdied the Par-5 18th to shoot 70 and claim sole possession of second place. For the 30-year old Kisner, still looking for his first PGA Tour win, it was his 4th runner-up of the 2015 calendar year.

It was Knox’s first major professional win. His last win of any kind was a 2011 victory at the Chiquita Classic on the Nationwide Tour (now the Web.com Tour).

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Shanghai, China – On a day when many of the top names in golf were standing still, Kevin Kisner seized the opportunity to take control of the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament at the Sheshan International Golf Club.

Kisner backed up his opening round 64 with an equally impressive, bogey-free 66, on a day when the Sheshan course was playing a little more difficult, than in the opening round. The 31-year old had four birdies on the front side, including three in a row at holes six, seven and eight. After seven straight pars, the American finished strong with birdies on the par-4 16th and the par-5 18th.

The Aiken, South Carolina native was as surprised as anyone with his performance in the first two rounds. “It’s beyond my expectations. I had no expectations coming,” Kisner said. “So it’s been good. I’m making a lot of putts, and that’s fun keeping the round going when I miss a green. Looking forward to the weekend.”

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Shanghai, China – South Africa’s Branden Grace shot a 9-under par 63 to claim the first round lead after the opening round of the World Golf Championships HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club.

Fresh off an impressive 5-0-0 record at this year’s President’s Cup, Grace put up nine birdies in his bogey-free round, going out in 32 before recording a sizzling 31 on the back side.

“The Presidents Cup was a big boost for me,” said Grace. “Coming into these events, knowing that I’m sixth (in the Race to Dubai), I know one good week can change everything and I’m giving it a last final push. There’s a lot still to play for.”

The 27-year old has a one shot lead over a trio of players who probably weren’t on many people list of picks heading into the tournament. American Kevin Kisner, Norwegian Thorbjorn Olesen and Australia’s Steven Bowditch are tied for second, after matching 64’s in round number one.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t even pretty. But Justin Thomas held on and now he’s a PGA Tour champion.

The 22-year old survived a double bogey on the 14th hole and made a character-testing six footer for par on the final hole to hold off former world number one, Adam Scott, and win the 2015 CIMB Classic by a single stroke.

“I still can’t believe what happened,” Thomas said. “I made that par to clinch the title. I don’t care how I got it done; it just feels awesome.”

The former University of Alabama star was seemingly in control of the tournament after an eagle on 10 and a birdie on the par 4 13th moved him to 25-under par for the tournament and five-under for the round.  But then disaster struck on 14.  But Thomas was not going to let that affect him.  He bounced back with birdies on the next three holes before the closing par.

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