The 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.
Despite events on both sides of the Atlantic, there's no change at the top in the 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.
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.
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.
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. 2016 PGA Championship Logo 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.