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It took a while for him to get back, but it should come as no surprise that Rory McIlroy is on top of the Fantasy Golf Rankings, October 4, 2016 edition.

If you had polled golf experts prior to the start of the 2016-2016 PGA Tour season, many would have chosen the young Northern Irishman to me on top of the rankings at the end of the year. The fact that it took him a little longer than expected is the only shock.

McIlroy continued his late season surge at the Tour Championship, winning for the second time in the PGA Tour playoffs to capture the 2016 FedEx Cup championship, and the $10 million dollar bonus. While that may not take away the disappointment of a frustrating major season completely, I’m sure it helps.

The four-time major champion moves up five places to capture top spot, the second time he’s hit number one in our rankings. He previously ruled the rankings for two weeks in November, 2015.

He holds a surprisingly slim lead over a resurgent Paul Casey, who recorded his third consecutive top five playoff finish in Atlanta.  The Englishman moves from 3rd to 2nd in his fourth consecutive week in the Top 10.  Casey still hasn’t won on tour since the 2009 Houston Open, but a PGA Tour victory seems close.

American Dustin Johnson, the FedEx Cup leader heading into the Tour Championship, slips a spot to third after a disappointing final round at East Lake. The reigning U.S. Open champion finished 6th in the season finale, but the PGA of America Player of the Year award he won last week, probably made him feel a whole lot better.

Johnson’s Ryder Cup teammate, Ryan Moore jumps into the top five at #4 after a 2nd place finish at East Lake. It’s the highest the 33 year-0ld has been ranked in our weekly survey, surpassing the 5th place ranking he held on September 7th.

Australia’s Adam Scott completes this week’s top five, falling a spot to number five, despite a Top 8 finish at the Tour Championship.

Movers and Shakers

There are six new names in the Top 20 of the Fantasy Golf Rankings, October 4, 2016 edition.

American Kevin Chappell returns to the Top 20 for the first time since early July, moving 61 to 7 after a T2 in Atlanta.

France’s Alexander Levy ends an even longer Top 20 absence, jumping 71st to 13th for his first Top 20 appearance since March 1st, on the strength of his win at the European Open.

Charl Schwartzel of South Africa and young American Justin Thomas both return to the published listing after strong results at East Lake. Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters’ champion, finished 10th in the Tour Championship to improve from 32nd to 15th, while Thomas was 6th in the season finale to jump from 51st to 16th.

Englishman John Bland used a second consecutive Top 7 finish on the European Tour to move into the Top 20 for the first time. Bland finished 5th in Germany to move 21st to 17th.

And although it wasn’t enough to get him a coveted Ryder Cup captain’s pick, Two-time Masters’ champion Bubba Watson‘s 10th place finish moved him back in to the Top 20 for the first time since April 5th. He improves 27 places this week to number 20.

This Week on Tour

It’s another off-week on the PGA Tour as the players prepare for the start of the 2016-2017 season next week in Northern California. Whether that will include the highly anticipated return of 14-time major champion, Tiger Woods, remains to be seen.

On the European Tour, A strong field will be in Scotland for the 16th edition of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, which is played on three classic Scottish course including the Old Course at St. Andrews and Carnoustie.

Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen is the defending champion and the start list includes six members of the European Ryder Cup team and two South Africans ranked in the Top 20 in the Official World Golf Rankings. The Ryder Cuppers are led by 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett and he’s joined by Rafa Cabrera Bello, Thomas Pieters, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer.

The South African contingent features Branden Grace, ranked 14th in the world and the 20th ranked Louis Oosthuizen.

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, October 4, 2016

1 1 Rory McIlroy NIR 3,400
2 3 Paul Casey ENG 3,210
3 2 Dustin Johnson USA 3,026
4 8 Ryan Moore USA 2,738
5 4 Adam Scott AUS 2,630
6 1 Patrick Reed USA 2,590
7 61 Kevin Chappell USA 1,876
8 13 Hideki Matsuyama JPN 1,785
9 5 Jimmy Walker USA 1,710
10 9 Emiliano Grillo ARG 1,696
11 14 Si Woo Kim KOR 1,580
12 17 Gary Woodland USA 1,580
13 73 Alexander Levy FRA 1,394
14 11 Jordan Spieth USA 1,332
15 32 Charl Schwartzel SAF 1,320
16 51 Justin Thomas USA 1,285
17 21 Richard Bland ENG 1,270
18 15 Roberto Castro USA 1,270
19 7 Jason Day AUS 1,260
20 47 Bubba Watson USA 1,166


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