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With a tournament cancellation on the PGA Tour and many of the top players taking the week of before the Open Championship, the Fantasy Golf Rankings, July 12, 2016 edition, look a lot like last week’s survey.

Dustin Johnson continues to hold a big lead over fellow American Scott Piercy, heading into the third major of the year. DJ, who sits second in the Official World Golf Ranking heading into play this week, looks poised to remain on top for a while, particularly if he can post another strong finish at Royal Troon. The Columbia, South Carolina native comes in riding a two-tournament winning streak, adding the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational two weeks ago to his recent U.S. Open victory.

Piercy may have had his first major as well, if it wasn’t for Johnson’s strong play, after finishing second in both events.

World number one Jason Day holds at #3 for second week, while Matt Kuchar remains in the fourth spot.

The only change in the Top 5 sees a pair of idle players swap positions as American Jim Furyk improves one spot to number five, knocking Northern Ireland’s Shane Lowry down to number six.

Top Scottish Open Finishers Move Up

Only two players break into the Top 20 this week, both as a result of strong finishes at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

Sweden’s Alexander Noren jumps from 62 to 9 after picking up his fifth career European Tour victory at the Castle Stuart Golf Links. The 33-year old Stockholm native fired a final round 70 on Sunday to post a one shot victory over England’s Tyrell Hatton.

It’s the first time Noren has cracked the Top 20 in our weekly rankings. His previous high position was 47th in the May 3, 2016 edition of the rankings.

The only other player to jump into the top 20 this week returns after a two-week absence.  Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts used a 3rd place finish in Scotland to jump 21 places to number 17. The long-hitting Colsaerts last appeared in the Top 20 on June 21st at #20. The Belgian peaked at #9 on June 7th.

Hatton’s runner-up finish left him just outside of the Top 20, but his jump from 77th to 21st still ranks as one of the biggest of the week.

This Week

The eyes of the golfing world will be focused on Troon, Scotland for the 145th playing of the Open Championship. With most of the top players in the world in the field and big bonus points up for grabs, there could be big changes at the top of both the Razzball Fantasy Golf Rankings and the Official World Golf Ranking.

The Rankings Methodology

Razzball’s Fantasy Golf Rankings are compiled using a rolling 10-tournament window from both the PGA and European Tours, and other key world-wide events, with the most recent events weighted more heavily.  Bonus points are awarded for top tier events like the FedEx Cup Playoffs, European Tour Championship and World Golf Championships, with the most points up for grabs during the four majors and the Players Championship.

The rankings are published every week during the, now, never-ending, golf season.

Razzball Fantasy Golf Rankings, July 12, 2016

1 1 Dustin Johnson USA 4,475
2 5 Scott Piercy USA 2,770
3 6 Jason Day AUS 2,104
4 9 Matt Kuchar USA 1,752
5 6 Jim Furyk USA 1,550
6 5 Shane Lowry NIR 1,540
7 7 Sergio Garcia SPN 1,460
8 8 Jordan Spieth USA 1,420
9 62 Alexander Noren SWE 1,406
10 9 Branden Grace SAF 1,380
11 11 Zach Johnson USA 1,294
12 10 Kevin Chappell USA 1,270
13 18 Henrik Stenson SWE 1,225
14 13 William McGirt USA 1,158
15 12 Rory McIlroy NIR 1,145
16 14 David Lingmerth SWE 1,118
17 38 Nicolas Colsaerts BEL 1,095
18 16 Francesco Molinari ITA 1,056
19 15 Brooks Koepka USA 1,050
20 63 Chris Wood ENG 1,018

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