Australia’s Jason Day is still number one in Razzball.com Fantasy Golf Rankings, May 24, 2016 edition. But a familiar rival is closing in on the leader.

Day, still riding the wave of his win in the recent Players Championship, holds the top spot for the fourth consecutive week, but his once seeming insurmountable lead has been reduced to 730 points.

The number two position this week is held by newly crowned Dubai Duty Free Irish Open champion Rory McIlroy. The hometown boy realized a life-long dream by winning his national open and jumps four spots in this week’s survey.

The four-time major champion holds at number three in the Official World Golf Ranking, but the gap between him and world #2 Jordan Spieth is getting smaller.

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strong>Dallas, Texas – As the tour travels to “Big D” for the 2016 Byron Nelson, many of the questions revolve around the tournament’s marquee participant.

Defending FedEx Cup champion Jordan Spieth enters his hometown event in a bit of a funk by his lofty standards. He does have a win this season at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and seven other Top 10’s in 14 worldwide starts since the 2015-2016 PGA Tour season started. A great record for any other player on tour.

But for a player whose only goals are to win majors and be the best player in the world, that just doesn’t quite cut it. Over that stretch, Spieth has been overtaken by rival Jason Day for top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking. Where Jordan only has a single victory in his 14 starts since last September’s Tour Championship, the Australian has three wins in the 10 events he’s played, including a win at last week’s Players Championship.

Spieth admits Day’s success motivates him to be better. “There’s some motivation there,” Spieth conceded on Tuesday. “[Day] is playing his game. He believes his game is better than anybody else’s and he’s on his game and so it is better than everyone else’s . . . He’s separated himself and that bothers me and it motivates me.”

After his Master’s disappointment and a missed cut at the Players, Spieth will be looking for redemption. An event in his own backyard seems like as good a place as any to find some.

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If the Razzball.com Fantasy Golf Rankings, May 17, 2016 edition, are any indication, there isn’t much doubt who the best golfer in the world is at this point.

Starting the 2015-2016 season, all the talk centered around the game’s “Big Three” of Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day. Almost eight months into the season, and Day’s strong play has changed the conversation, establishing himself as a clear number one.

The Australian’s latest victory came on Sunday in the sport’s unofficial fifth major, The Players Championship. Despite challenging conditions the defending PGA Champion managed a wire-to-wire four stroke victory, that hardly seemed in doubt since Thursday’s opening round 63.

The win gives Day a commanding lead in both the Official World Golf Ranking and the Razzball Fantasy Golf Rankings, and indications are he could stay on top of both surveys for a while.

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida – The summer major season kicks of for real this week with the playing of the 2016 Players Championship.

After a five week lull in the world of professional golf after the Masters Tournament, golf’s elite are once again back in action, in the first major event of what promises to be a hectic and exciting summer.

In the next four months or so, the game’s best players will, in addition to this week’s unofficial fifth major, play in three majors and compete for an Olympic Gold Medal.

But first, it’s the annual visit to the Players’ Club at Sawgrass and the 43rd playing of the PGA Tour’s flagship event.

Making a list of potential tournament winners isn’t difficult for the 2016 Players Championship, as the event traditionally has one of the strongest field’s of the year.  This year is no exception as the field includes the top 20 players in the Official World Golf Ranking and 46 of the Top 50.

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The Razzball.com Fantasy Golf Rankings, May 10, 2016 edition look very similar to the rankings every week since the Masters, at least at the top. But that’s about to change.

For a fifth week in a row, the top three players remain unchanged in our weekly survey of the hottest players in golf.

Australia’s Jason Day, the number one player in the Official World Golf Ranking, holds down the top spot for a second consecutive week. The 28-year, defending PGA Champion, has four Top 10 finishes, including a pair of wins (Arnold Palmer Invitational and Dell Match Play) in his last five starts.

He holds a slim 160 point lead over Masters’ champion Danny Willett of England, who holds at #2 for a second week, after a three week run in the top spot. The ninth ranked player in the world hasn’t played since his first major championship victory, but will tee it up, along with most of the best golfers in the World, at this week’s Players Championship.

American Jordan Spieth ranks third in our listing for a fifth consecutive week. The 2015 Masters and U.S. Open champion has also been on hiatus since Augusta and will be looking to erase the sting of his Masters’ collapse this week at Sawgrass.

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The number one player in the Official World Golf Ranking is back on top of the Razzball.com Fantasy Golf Rankings, May 3, 2016 edition.

Australian Jason Day used a 5th place finish at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to trade positions with the leader for the past three weeks, Masters’ champion Danny Willett of England.

Positions three and four remain unchanged as Americans Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson hold their spots for a fourth consecutive week.

Lee Westwood is the only new entry in the Top 5 as he jumps a spot to #5, overtaking South Afica’s Louis Ooosthuizen.

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New Orleans, Louisiana – The big question heading into  the 2016 Zurich Classic of New Orleans is will the recent domination of foreign-born players continue?

After a strong start for American players in the fall portion of the 2015-2016 PGA Tour season, eight of the past 13 events have been won by players whose passport doesn’t say born in the U.S.A.

This week’s foreign contingent is lead by Australia’s Jason Day, the number one player in the Official World Golf Ranking. The defending PGA champion is one of a small group of three players entered who rank in the top 10 players in the world.

Joining the World #1 is American Rickie Fowler, the current fifth ranked player in the world and defending champion Justin Rose of England, who sits 10th in the world rankings.

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For a second consecutive week, there is no change in top five places of Razzball.com’ Fantasy Golf Rankings, April 26, 2016 edition.

Masters’ champion Danny Willett of England remains on top of the rankings for a third consecutive week. He has a 200 point lead on Australia’s Jason Day, the number one ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking.

A pair of Americans continue their hold on positions three and four. Masters’ runner-up Jordan Spieth remains in the third spot, while his President’s Cup teammate Dustin Johnson is ranked #4.

South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen, who withdrew his name from consideration for his country team for the Rio Olympic Games last week, rounds out the Top 5.

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This week, in our Tuesday Fantasy Golf Notes, April 26, 2016 edition, we look at a change of final round fortunes that led to a PGA Tour victory, another near miss for Patrick Reed and an increasing number of no shows for the upcoming Olympic golf competition.

Final Round Turnaround Key to Hoffman Victory

To say American Charley Hoffman had struggled closing tournaments in 2015-2016 is a bit of understatement. The 39-year old had played himself into contention several times this season, but weekend struggles had knocked him down the leaderboard, with a T11 at the Valspar his best finish of the year.

Hoffman was an aggregate -26 for his first rounds this season, -11 in round two and -1 on the third day, but had struggled mightily on championship Sunday, going 26 over par in the eight final rounds he had played in 2016.

That all changed this past Sunday at the Valero Texas Open. Hoffman exorcised those demons, shooting a final round 69 and a one-shot victory over fellow American Patrick Reed.

It’s the Californian’s fourth PGA Tour title, and his first since the 2014 OHL Classic at Mayakoba. His other victories came at the 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship and the 2007 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

The win moved Hoffman to 34th in the Official World Golf Ranking, equally the second highest ranking of his career. He reached #31 for one week after his third place finish at the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship.

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San Antonio, Texas – The PGA Tour returns to the great state of Texas this week for the playing of the 2016 Valero Texas Open.

While all of the Top 10 players in the Official World Golf Ranking are taking the week off, the tournament still features six players ranked in the Top 20 in the world.

Leading the list of contenders is last week’s winner of the RBC Heritage Classic, Branden Grace of South Africa. The 11th ranked player in the world will be looking to become the third player this week to win back-to-back events on the PGA Tour.

Adam Scott was the first to accomplish the feat, winning in consecutive weeks at the Honda Classic and the Cadillac Championships. Jason Day matched the achievement of his fellow Aussie by winning at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Dell Match Play events.

Grace’s win continued a strong showing by foreign-born players on the PGA Tour this season, with 12 of the 23 events completed so far in the 2015-2016 season being won by players born outside of the U.S.A.

Other top ranked players in the field include Patrick Reed (#13 in the Official World Golf Ranking), Brandt Snedeker (16th), Zach Johnson (17th), Brooks Koepka (18th) and Phil Mickelson, the 19th ranked player in the world.

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