He didn’t win this fall, but there’s no doubt that Patrick Reed is one of the hottest players in golf, since the end of the 2015-2016 PGA Tour season.

Six straight top tens, including a couple of runner-up finishes and a third place showing, may not have resulted in the 25-year old posing with any trophies, but it does move him to the top of Razzball.com’s Fantasy Golf Rankings, as the 2015 calendar year comes to a close.

Reed, after play last weekend, leads the rankings with 2,592 points, overtaking last week’s #1, Rory McIlroy, after a second place finish at the Hero World Challenge. McIlroy remains in second place.

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As the 2015 year quickly fades away, here’s our weekly look at things we noticed in the world of fantasy golf, for the week ending December 6, 2015. It was highlighted by tour de force performances by Marc Leishman and Bubba Watson, the continuation of one great run and the end of another and a new rising force in the golfing world.

1) Marc Leishman Wins at Nedbank

In a dominating performance, Australia’s Marc Leishman beat a select, but high quality field at the Nedbank Golf Challenge. The 32-year old had rounds of 68-68-66-67 to beat Sweden’s Henrik Stenson by six shots and third place finisher Chris Wood by 10.

It was Leishman’s first top 10 since he lost in a playoff to Zach Johnson at the 144th Open Championship at St. Andrews in July, and continues a trend of playing well on quality golf courses and in big events. His other top finishes last year included Top 10’s at the Memorial and at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play event.

The one thing lacking in Leishman’s career to this point has been consistency and hopefully this win will be a springboard for a very successful 2016. He has to be considered a favorite to be the next Australian to win a major.

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New Providence, Bahamas – With a new venue, and a host with an uncertain golfing future, the 17th Hero World Challenge begins Wednesday at the Albany Resort in the Bahamas.

Tiger Woods, the tournament host and a five-time champion of the event, is on the shelf after back surgery and it doesn’t look like he’ll be back any time soon. Defending champion and World Number One, Jordan Spieth, is back after his dominating, tournament record -26 total last year, albeit on a different layout.

The new course adds a little bit of uncertainty to the event, but, undaunted, here is our projected order of finish for the 18-player field. Players are listed with their position on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) and their assigned salary on Draft Kings (DK), a leading daily fantasy sports site.

The Favorites

1) Jordan Spieth, USA (OWGR=1, DK=$11,200) – The defending champ is coming off a solid performance at the Emirates Australian Open, where he finished T2. Eight top 10’s in his last nine events speaks to the consistency we’ve come to expect from the reigning PGA Tour player of the year.

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South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel returned to one of his favorite places in the golf world on the weekend, and the resulting, and somewhat predictable, victory has vaulted him back into the Top Ten of Razzball.com’s Fantasy Golf Rankings.

The 31-year old from Johannesburg won his fourth Alfred Dunhill Championship and his 10th European Tour title on Sunday with a 4-shot victory over France’s Gregory Bourdy. Schwartzel’s previous wins in the event came in 2004, 2012 and 2013. He’s finished in the top two in the tournament eight of the 12 years it’s been played at the Leopard Creek Country Club.

The win moved the 2011 Masters Champion into 8th place in the weekly Fantasy Golf Rankings, up from 26th place the previous week. It was also Schwartzel’s second consecutive top five finish after his T4 at the DP World Tour Championships in Dubai the previous week.

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Matt Jones of Australia survived a near disastrous start, that included a double bogey and a triple bogey on a nervous front nine, to hold off two world number ones and win the 2015 Emirates Australian Open.

The 35-year old Jones finished up with an unlikely two-over par 73 and a one shot victory over the current number one player in the world, Jordan Spieth and former world #1 Adam Scott.

Jones started his final round in the worst possible way, bogeying the first hole and making a double on the par-3 second. The Sydney native recovered with birdies on the fourth and six holes, but gave them back with triple bogey seven on the par-4 ninth, to go out in 4 over par, 39, six-under par for the tournament.

Jones settled himself on the back nine, holing a bunker shot on #12 for par, before making birdies on 14 and 16 to claim his first win on the Australasian Tour and a second worldwide win, to go with his victory in the 2014 Shell Houston Open.

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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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A win at the European Tour’s DP World Tour Championship has moved Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy into the top spot in Razzball.com Fantasy Golf Rankings, after weekend action.

McIlroy fired a final round 66 to take the title and jump 22 spots in this week’s ranking, from 23rd to 1st. The former #1 ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking, closed the gap on World number one Jordan Spieth and #2 Jason Day, making it a tight three-way race at the top of the World List and setting up an interesting stretch heading into 2016’s first major in Augusta in April.

Reed Moves to Number Two

On the Razzball index, the 26-year old has a lead of over 400 points over American Patrick Reed, who moves up one spot in the rankings to #2. Reed has five consecutive Top 10 finishes since the PGA Tour Championship, including a T10 in Dubai.

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It’s Monday and welcome to another edition of Fantasy Golf Notes for the week ending November 22nd. Here are five things that got our attention this past weekend.

1) If at First…or Second or Third or Fourth…You Don’t Succeed, Try Again

What might have ended as a season of frustration for Kevin Kisner, finished as a campaign of triumph and remarkable achievement. With his convincing win at the RSM Classic on Sunday, Kisner moved up to a career high 17th in the Official World Golf Ranking, an amazing jump of 219 places since the end of 2014. A year that could have been all about near misses and not getting the job done, is now about joining the game’s elite and a first trip to Augusta. Watching how the 31-year old follows up his breakout season promises to be one of the more interesting storylines of 2016.

2) McIlroy the Early Masters’ Favorite?

Speaking of Augusta, I think it’s probably safe to say that, after his win at the European Tour finale in Dubai, Rory McIlroy has re-established himself as the early favorite to claim his first Green Jacket in April. Overshadowed by the Jordan, Jason and Rickie show last summer and hobbled by injury that left him less than 100% for the PGA Championship and the PGA Tour Playoffs, the young Irishman shot 66 on Sunday to beat a stellar field. The golfing press has turned his expected period of dominance into the era of the Big Three and the 26-year old will be keen to once again establish himself as the top dog.

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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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