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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As expected, the opening event of the 2015-2016 FedEx Cup Playoffs, The Barclays, had a big effect on the Razzball Fantasy Golf Rankings, August 30, 2016 edition.

Barclays’ champion, Patrick Reed, of the U.S.A, moves to number one, up from ninth position a week ago, after posting his first PGA Tour win in almost two seasons. His last victory came at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, in January, 2015.

The Barclays’ win guarantees the 26-year old a Top 5 spot entering the Tour Championship, allowing him to control his own destiny. A victory at East Lake will give him the FedEx Cup championship and the $10 million bonus.

Despite the long victory drought, this is the second time Reed has topped our weekly survey. He was number one for three competitive weeks, and seven weeks overall, aided by the Christmas break, between December 7, 2015 and January 18, 2016.

Reed has a 480 point lead over the number one player in the Official World Golf Ranking, Australia’s Jason Day. Day moves up one spot to number two this week after a tie for fourth place at Bethpage Black.

It’s the 2015 PGA champion’s 24th consecutive week in the Top 10 and fifth straight survey in which he was ranked in the Top three. The last time the 28-year old missed the Top 10 was way back on March 15, 2016.

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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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Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, the Olympic silver medalist, is the top player in the Razzball.com Fantasy Golf Rankings, August 23, 2016 edition.

The 2016 Open champion holds the top spot for the fourth consecutive week as the PGA Tour’s top players head to Bethpage Black for the first leg of the PGA Tour Playoffs.

The fourth ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking has a lead of almost 900 points on PGA champion Jimmy Walker, who moves up to number two this week, up a spot from last week’s rankings.

World number one, Jason Day, continues his amazing run of 23 consecutive weeks in the Top 10, despite falling a spot to number three this week. The defending Barclay’s champion will be looking to challenge for the number one spot with a strong showing this week.

American Dustin Johnson and England’s Tyrell Hatton hold at numbers four and five, respectively, for a second consecutive week.

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The Razzball.com Fantasy Golf Rankings, August 18, 2106 edition reflects the current holding pattern in the world of professional golf.

Sandwiched between an unusually busy major season and the PGA Tour playoffs, most of the leading players are busy catching their breath before the next pressure-packed segment of the season unfolds.

That means the Top 20 of the Fantasy Golf Rankings, August 18, 2016 edition look a lot like last week’s rankings. The Top five contains the same five players, although the order has been shuffled slightly.

At the top, Sweden’s Henrik Stenson is number one for a third consecutive week, consolidating his position with a second place finish in the inaugural Olympic Golf tournament.

Australian Jason Day logs a 22nd consecutive week in the Top 10, moving up a spot to number two. PGA champion Jimmy Walker, who like Day was idle this week, moved up a spot to third in our weekly survey.

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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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Despite events on both sides of the Atlantic, there’s no change at the top in the Razzball.com Fantasy Golf Rankings, August 9, 2016 edition, as the tour catches it’s breath after a busy majors season.

The top five players this week, were in the exact same positions last week, as many of the top players took the week off to prepare for the upcoming PGA Tour playoffs and Olympic golf competition.

Open champion Henrik Stenson of Sweden remains in the #1 position for a second week, with a 360 point lead over second place Dustin Johnson, the 2016 U.S. Open champion.

Australia’s Jason Day, the number one player in the Official World Golf Ranking, holds at number three, extending his streak of consecutive weeks in the Top 10 to 21.

PGA champion Jimmy Walker holds at number four, while young Englishmen Tyrell Hatton completes the top five, holding his place after a T17th at the Traveler’s Championship.

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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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After a six-week run at number one for American Dustin Johnson, Sweden’s Henrik Stenson takes over the top spot in the Razzball.com Fantasy Golf Rankings, August 2, 2016 edition.

The Open Champion posted a solid 7th place finish at the PGA Championship, and that high finish, coupled with Johnson’s missed cut, moves him into the top spot by less than 200 points.

Johnson remains at #2, his eighth consecutive week in the top 10.

The number one player in the Official World Golf Ranking, Jason Day, jumps from 7th to 3rd, after his runner-up finish at Baltusrol. The Australian has spent 20 consecutive weeks in the Top 10, including a total of seven weeks at #1 in March and May of this year.

The big mover of the week is PGA Champion and first time major winner Jimmy Walker. The now six-time PGA tour winner improves 78 places to a career high 4th place ranking.

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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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