Australia’s Adam Scott ended a long victory drought on Sunday with victory at the Honda Classic and the win moved him into top spot in Razzball.com’s Fantasy Golf Rankings, March 1, 2016 edition.

Scott, who moved back in into the Top 10 (9th) in the Official World Golf Ranking this week, has been red-hot lately with three runner-up finishes and six total top tens in his last eight worldwide starts.

The 2013 Masters champion is 160 points up on American Rickie Fowler, who holds at #2 in the rankings for a fourth straight week, maintaining his position with a T6 at PGA National.

Another former major champion bursts into the Top 5 at number three. South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, jumps 43 places this week after his win at the ISPS Handa Perth International on the European Tour. Oosthuizen edged France’s Alexander Levy, who makes the weeks biggest jump from #185 to 17, by a single stroke. It was his first win since January, 2014.

Last week’s rankings leader, Bubba Watson, drops three places to number four, while Australian Marcus Fraser, a winner a week ago at the Maybank Classic, hits the Top five for the first time after a T15 at the Perth event.

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It’s a new month, and with the year’s first major just five weeks away, it’s time for our weekly Razzball.com’s Tuesday Fantasy Golf Notes, March 1, 2016 edition.

The past weekend featured a return to the winner’s circle for a pair of major champions, more unpredictable play from some of the top names in golf and some top finishes by some of golf’s up and coming players and one undeniable veteran.

Scott Returns to Winner’s Circle

After enduring his first winless season since 2000 in 2015, Australia’s Adam Scott won his 12th PGA Tour title on Sunday, at the Honda Classic, a one-shot victory over Spain’s Sergio Garcia. The win broke the longest winless streak of Scott’s illustrious career, with his last win coming at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in May, 2014, and moved him back into the Top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking, at number nine.

The triumph also should put to rest any lingering controversy about the 2013 Masters champion’s forced switch from the broomstick putter to a more conventional putting club, due to the January 1, 2016 anchoring ban. Scott proved once again that when you swing as well as he does, you can putt any which way and win.

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida – The PGA Tour returns to Florida this week, which means it’s time for our fearless 2016 Honda Classic Picks.

Last year, 3-time major champion Padraig Harrington broke a long slump with a playoff victory over young American Daniel Berger. It was the Irishmen’s first win on tour since winning back-to-back majors at the Open Championship and PGA Championship, way back in 2008.

It was also Harrington’s second victory at the Honda, having won the event for the first time in 2005.

Harrington’s back to defend his title and once again will be challenged by some of the game’s top players lead by the number three player in the Official World Golf Ranking, Rory McIlroy. The former world number one was the winner of this event in 2012, in a classic duel with Tiger Woods.

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There’s a new number one player in our weekly Razzball Fantasy Golf Rankings, February 23, 2016 edition.

Two time Masters Champion Bubba Watson claimed the top spot by winning the Northern Trust Open on Sunday, his second win at Hogan’s Alley in the last three years.

His total of 1,580 points edged fellow American Rickie Fowler, who holds at #2. Watson jumped all the way from #32 a week, ago to claim the number one position, the biggest move into top spot since we began our rankings in November.

The victory also moved Bubba back to fourth in the Official World Golf Ranking, as he swapped spots with his buddy, Fowler.

South Africans hold down the next two positions. Branden Grace, who led the ranking the past three weeks, slips to number three, while countryman Charl Schwartzel slips one spot to land at #4.

American Brandt Snedeker falls one position to #5, staying in the Top five for the fourth consecutive week.

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It’s that time of the week for Razzball’s Tuesday Fantasy Golf Notes, February 23, 2016 edition.  Our weekly review of what happened on the weekend that’s of interest to fantasy golf fanatics everywhere.

This week featured a 2nd L.A. Open title for Bubba Watson, a career best finish for Jason Kokrak, a return to form for Adam Scott, another near miss at Riviera for Dustin Johnson and the end of a long victory drought on the European Tour.

Here are our Tuesday Fantasy Golf Notes for this week.

Bubba Loves Riviera

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Bubba Watson,  is that if he likes a place, he usually has success there.  He loves Augusta and as a result has two Green Jackets.  The TPC at River Highlands fits his eye and he has Two Travellers Championships.  Now we can add Riviera to that list.

The 37-year old native of Bagdad, Florida won his second Northern Trust Open on Sunday, holding off former World number one Adam Scott and journeyman Jason Kokrak.

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The PGA Tour returns to one of America’s greatest golf courses this week, as the golfing world sets it’s focus on Riviera.  That means it’s time for our 2016 Northern Trust Open picks.

Last year Korean born, American raised James Hahn, previously more famous for his dance skills (see his classic version of Gangnum Style here) than his golfing exploits, upset some of the biggest names in golf, to claim his first PGA Tour title.

This year he will be challenged by a strong field that includes five of the top eight players in the Official World Golf Ranking. Those looking to take the prestigious L.A. Open crown will include World number one Jordan Spieth, #3 ranked Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson (6th),  Justin Rose (7th) and Dustin Johnson (8th).

Watson is a former winner of the event, having won the title in 2014.  Other former champions in the field include 2013 winner John Merrick, Bill Haas, the 2012 victor, and 2011 titleholder Aaron Baddeley.

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Despite a couple of weeks of inactivity, South Africa’s Branden Grace remains number in the Razzball Fantasy Golf Rankings, February 16, 2016 edition.

Grace, who hasn’t played since his win at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, also moved into 10th in the Official World Golf Ranking. It’s the first time the 27-year-old has cracked the Top 10.

Rickie Fowler also holds his spot at #2, just ahead of Grace’s countryman Charl Schwartzel, who bursts back into the Top 10 after his win at the European Tour’s Tshwane Open.  The 2011 Masters’ Champion jumps 21 spots from 24th to third.

Brandt Snedeker drops one position to four and Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello hold #5 for a second week, to round out the top five.

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Welcome to the Razzball Tuesday Fantasy Golf Notes, February 16, 2016 edition. This is the first of what will be a new weekly feature of Razzball Fantasy Golf. Each week we’ll have a look at some of the news, happenings and rumours dominating the world of professional golf.

Here are our Tuesday Fantasy Golf Notes, February 16, 2016 edition:

Taylor Victory Continues Unpredictable Year

In some ways, we should have seen it coming.

When Vaughn Taylor came from behind to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Sunday, it was the continuation of what, so far, has been one of the most unpredictable starts to a PGA Tour season, in recent memory.

The American shot a final round 65 to edge Phil Mickelson by a shot. It was Taylor’s first win since the 2005 Reno-Tahoe Open and his third overall. The victory moved him up 347 places in the Official World Golf Ranking to number 100, his highest ranking since 2007.

Safe to say that Taylor wasn’t on anyone’s short list to win at Pebble, despite his T10 in this even in 2015. But should we have been totally surprised?

2015-2016 has been a string of uneven performances thus far, where, week-to-week, pedigree, current form or past performance at an event seems to give no indication of who will win or play well.

Taylor’s victory was just the latest example.

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Pebble Beach, Ca – Time for our 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am picks, as the PGA Tour returns to one of the World’s greatest Golf Courses.

Defending champion Brandt Snedeker, one of the hottest players on tour this season, will be looking for his 3rd victory in four years in this event.

Pebble Beach has also attracted six of the top nine players in the world, including the number one player in the Official World Golf Ranking, Jordan Spieth. Other top ranked players include third-ranked Jason Day,  Bubba Watson (6th), Justin Rose (7th), Patrick Reed (9th) and Dustin Johnson (8th).  Johnson will also be looking for his third AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am title, after wins in 2009 and 2010.

Other past champions in the field include Jimmy Walker (2014), three-time winner Phil Mickelson (2012, 2005 and 1998), D.A. Points (2011), Vijay Singh (2004) and Davis Love III (2001 and 2003).

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South Africa’s Branden Grace is still number one in the Razzball Fantasy Golf Rankings, February 9, 2016 edition. But a couple of rising stars, on either side of the Atlantic, are closing in on the leader.

American Rickie Fowler, who lost in a playoff at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, moves up two places to number two, 146 points behind Grace. On the European Tour, England’s Danny Willett won at the Dubai Desert Classic, moved to #13 in the Official World Golf Ranking, and jumped from #17 to fourth in the weekly rankings.

Brandt Snedeker, who drops from second to third after a disappointing T33 at Phoenix, and Dubai runner-up Rafael Cabrera-Bello, who moved 15 to fifth,  complete the top five. The Dubai finish was the Spaniard’s second consecutive second-place check after a similar finish in Qatar.

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