After a six-week run at number one for American Dustin Johnson, Sweden’s Henrik Stenson takes over the top spot in the 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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The name at the top of the Fantasy Golf Rankings, July 19, 2016 edition, is unchanged from a week ago, but the lead over #2 has shrunk considerably.

U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson holds at number one for a 5th consecutive week, picking up some valuable ratings points with a solid T9 at the Open Championship in Troon.

DJ’s chart-topping run matches Jason Day for the longest number of consecutive weeks in the top spot. The 2016 Players Champion held the top spot for five consecutive weeks between May 3rd and May 31st.

Johnson’s lead has been reduced dramatically by Open champion Henrik Stenson, who jumps 11 spots to number two after picking up his first major championship title on Sunday. The Swede sits just 760 points behind the rankings leader and looks like a good bet to challenge DJ in the coming weeks.

The second place ranking matches Stenson’s best showing ever in the rankings. He was 2nd in our initial survey on November 16, 2015. The win also moves Henrik into 5th place in the Official World Golf Ranking.

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Troon, Scotland – As the 2016 Open Championship begins this week at Royal Troon, the question on everyone’s mind is who can beat Dustin Johnson?

The 32-year old American will be looking to extend a career-defining stretch that has seen him win his first major at the U.S. Open and add a third career World Golf Championships title at the Bridgestone Invitational, in his last two starts.

His main challengers will include the usual suspects led by the so called “Big Three” a description that seems more to do with potential than actual results after the year’s first two majors. Of the threesome, only World number one Jason Day has looked worthy of the designation with wins at both the Players Championship and WGC-Cadillac Championships. Both Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy have victories this year, but other than Spieth’s Amen Corner meltdown at the Masters, neither has really been a factor in any of golf’s biggest events in 2016.

Here’s what you need to know to prepare for the 2016 Open Championship.

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With a tournament cancellation on the PGA Tour and many of the top players taking the week of before the Open Championship, the Fantasy Golf Rankings, July 12, 2016 edition, look a lot like last week’s survey.

Dustin Johnson continues to hold a big lead over fellow American Scott Piercy, heading into the third major of the year. DJ, who sits second in the Official World Golf Ranking heading into play this week, looks poised to remain on top for a while, particularly if he can post another strong finish at Royal Troon. The Columbia, South Carolina native comes in riding a two-tournament winning streak, adding the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational two weeks ago to his recent U.S. Open victory.

Piercy may have had his first major as well, if it wasn’t for Johnson’s strong play, after finishing second in both events.

World number one Jason Day holds at #3 for second week, while Matt Kuchar remains in the fourth spot.

The only change in the Top 5 sees a pair of idle players swap positions as American Jim Furyk improves one spot to number five, knocking Northern Ireland’s Shane Lowry down to number six.

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American Dustin Johnson extended his lead in the Fantasy Golf Rankings, July 5, 2016 edition.

The question now, is, can anyone catch him.

The reigning U.S. Open champion holds the number one spot for a third consecutive week after his win at the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone G.C.  He has a 1,950 point lead over number two ranked Scott Piercy, who’s finished second to DJ in both the U.S. Open and the Bridgestone. Piercy moves up three spots this week, his third consecutive week in the top five.

Johnson’s point total of 5,090 points is the highest total since our rankings started last November. He’s also moved up to a career high #2 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Former Number one Jason Day of Australia moves back into the Top three, up from #6 a week ago, after a T3 at Firestone. The number one ranked player in the world won’t be happy after a back nine collapse on Sunday cost him another WGC title.

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Not surprisingly, the week after the year’s second major saw minimal movement at the top of the Fantasy Golf Rankings, June 28, 2016 edition.

That means that American Dustin Johnson, fresh off his U.S. Open victory, holds onto the top spot in our weekly rankings for a second week.

DJ holds a nearly 1,500 point lead over Ireland’s Shane Lowry, and returns to action this week at the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational.

Veteran Jim Furyk and Spain’s Sergio Garcia make small moves within the top 10, after posting  strong results on the weekend.

Furyk jumps from 5th to 3rd after a tie for 21st at the Quicken Loans Invitational. Garcia is also up two spots moving 6 to 4, after a 5th place finish at the BMW International in Germany.

American Scott Piercy slips from 5th to 3rd, to round out the Top Five.

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Bethesda, Maryland – The PGA Tour returns to the nation’s capital this week for the 2016 Quicken Loans National. It’s the 10th playing of the event and the seventh time it’s been played at the classic Congressional Country Club layout.

Unfortunately, the star attraction will not be in the field.

Tournament host and two-time champion Tiger Woods continues to recover from back surgery and will devote his time to off the course activities, much to the chagrin of his legion of fans.

Here’s what you need to know to prepare for the 2016 Quicken Loans National.

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American Troy Merritt followed up a sensational 10-under par 61 on Saturday at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, with a final round 67, to record his first PGA Tour title.

The 29-year old finished three shots ahead of Rickie Fowler and four up on Sweden’s David Lingmerth. Merritt’s 61 on Saturday and 266, 72-hole total were both course and tournament records.

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American Dustin Johnson overcame a field of the best golfers in the world, and some unnecessary grandstanding by U.S.G.A rules officials, to win the U.S. Open, for his first major championship, and claim the number one spot in the Fantasy Golf Rankings, June 21, 2106 edition.

Johnson, who infamously three-putted on the 72nd green in last year’s national championship to lose to Jordan Spieth by a shot, moves up to 3rd in the Official World Golf Ranking, after a 69 on Sunday gave him a three shot victory over a trio of challengers.

DJ’s run at number one could be a lengthy one. The 32-year old holds an impressive 1,660 point lead over Ireland’s Shane Lowry, who shared second place at Oakmont with Americans Jim Furyk and Scott Piercy. Lowry moved up from 153rd in last week’s rankings, and makes his first top 20 appearance in our survey that started in November 2015.

Piercy and Furyk also claim top five spots as, predictably, the rankings are completely transformed due to the major championship bonus points on offer this week. Piercy lands at #3, an improvement of 186 places over his ranking on June 10th, while Furyk, making just his fifth start since his return from wrist surgery, makes the biggest jump of the week from 286th to 5th.

The only holdover in the Top 5 is World #1 Jason Day of Australia, who holds in the fourth position after an 8th place finish in the second major of the year.

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Oakmont, Pennsylvania – The world’s best golfers return to the Oakmont Country Club this week for 2016 U.S. Open.

The 116th playing of America’s national championship promises to test the game’s elite, as many, including 7-time major champion Phil Mickelson, have described Oakmont as the toughest course they will ever play.

Masters champion Danny Willett of England will look to match 2015 U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth by winning the first two majors of the calendar year.

Here’s what you need to know to prepare for the 2016 U.S. Open.

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Spieth took advantage of a 72nd hole three-putt by his third round co-leader Dustin Johnson to win his first U.S. Open, and second consecutive major championship.

Spieth closed with a final round 69, for a four round total of 275, 5-under par, one shot better than Johnson and South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen.

Oosthuizen had a 67 on Sunday.

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