Scotland's Russell Knox jumps to the top of Razzball's revamped Fantasy Golf Rankings, after weekend play on the PGA and European Tours. The rankings now include tournaments on both the North American PGA Tour and the European Tour to better reflect the global reach of the game. Secondary tour events held the same week as World Golf Championship events, like the recent Sanderson Farms Open, have also been added. The 30-year old from Inverness recorded a second consecutive top two finish, losing in a playoff at the OHL Classic one week after picking up his first career victory at the WGC-HSBC Champions event in China. The high finishes moved Knox to a career high 29th in the Official World Golf Ranking. Knox jumped over last week's leader, Henrik Stenson, who held his high place in the rankings with a Top 3 finish at the BMW Masters on the European Tour. The Swede trails the leader by 190 points and is scheduled to play in Dubai this week, where he is a two-time defending champion.
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It's Tuesday and welcome to another edition of Fantasy Golf Notes for the week ending November 15th. Here are five things that got our attention this past weekend.
1) GMac is BackWith a birdie on the first extra hole, Graeme McDowell won the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, ending an almost 30 month victory drought on the PGA Tour and a 17-month gap since his last win of any kind, the 2014 Alstom Open de France on the European Tour. The 2010 U.S, Open champion, reached as high as number six in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) at the end of that year, but had slipped to 82nd heading into this week's event. The win moved him back up to #62 in the rankings and gives him lots of confidence heading into 2016. Great news for the likeable Irishman and his many admirers. Look for him to be a contender again at the majors in the coming year.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico - Derek Fathauer shot a five-under par 66 on Saturday, to take a one-shot lead heading into the final round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. The 29-year old had four birdies on the front to go out in 32 and had a birdie on the par-5 13th hole in his bogey-free round. He is one shot ahead of fellow American Jason Bohn (65), and three up on a group of four golfers. That group includes last week's winner at the HSBC Russell Knox (65), former Brotish Open Champion Justin Leonard (67), Harold Varner III (68) and 36-hole leader Graeme McDowell, who overcame a double bogey/boget start to shoot 70 and get back into the mix. Fathauer, a University of Louisville grad didn't put much stock in his one shot lead. "The scores that this course puts up, I don't think it matters being in the lead out here," Fathauer said. "I mean, if I had a 10-shot lead, that would be one thing, but one shot, that's an even playing field tomorrow.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico - Like many North Americans, Charley Hoffman has planned a return visit to the Mayan Riviera this year, hoping for a repeat of the fun in the sun he had in 2014 But the 42nd ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) won't be looking for a suntan. Instead he'll have his sights on birdies and a second straight OHL Classic at Mayakoba title. Hoffman is one of the players to watch this week when you're filling out your fantasy golf line-up card. Here are our favorites, contenders and sleepers for this week's PGA Tour stop at El Camaleon Golf Club.
The FavoritesCharley Hoffman, USA (OWGR = 42) - Hard to overlook the defending champ, who obviously likes the course, and had a couple of top finishes in the FedEx Cup playoffs, including a third at the Deutsche Bank. Two runners-up already in 2015 at the Humana and the Nelson and a win here would get his 2015-2016 campaign off to a roaring start.
Winning a World Golf Championship event, like the HSBC Champions, has a lot of perks that go with it. There's the prize money, the exemptions into big events and valuable FedEx Cup points. But for Scotland's Russell Knox, it also means a mammoth jump in the Razzball PGA Tour Fantasy Golf Hot Index. The 30-year old from Inverness jumps from 56th to 4th in the latest rankings, and will be looking for another jump when he tees in up in Mexico this week. Sweden's Henrik Stenson moves into the Top spot in the index this week after his T11 in China. He moves ahead of the idle Jason Day, who falls to second. Jordan Spieth, who had a seventh place finish at the HSBC to sit third and Dustin Johnson, who jumps from ninth to number five after a tie for fifth at the WGC, round out the top five.
After another exciting week in the world of golf, here is our weekly look at five things you can take away from this weekend's action.
1. Anyone in a PGA Tour field is capable of winningEven if it's a World Golf Championships event. What the win by Scotland's Russell Knox proved more than anything, other than you should never give up in this game, is that anybody who tees it up on the PGA Tour today has a chance to win the tournament. It doesn't matter if you are a last minute alternate, the defending champion or the #1 ranked player in the world. I remember years ago, hearing my boyhood idol, Jack Nicklaus, say that when he was in his prime, there were really only 20-25 guys you had to worry about beating. That's certainly not the case anymore.
Shanghai, China - Scotland's Russell Knox made his first win on the PGA Tour a memorable one. The 30-year old fired a final round 68 on Sunday to win the World Golf Championships HSBC Champions event at the Sheshan International Golf Club. American Kevin Kisner, the third round leader, birdied the Par-5 18th to shoot 70 and claim sole possession of second place. For the 30-year old Kisner, still looking for his first PGA Tour win, it was his 4th runner-up of the 2015 calendar year. It was Knox's first major professional win. His last win of any kind was a 2011 victory at the Chiquita Classic on the Nationwide Tour (now the Web.com Tour).
Shanghai, China - On a day when many of the top names in golf were standing still, Kevin Kisner seized the opportunity to take control of the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament at the Sheshan International Golf Club. Kisner backed up his opening round 64 with an equally impressive, bogey-free 66, on a day when the Sheshan course was playing a little more difficult, than in the opening round. The 31-year old had four birdies on the front side, including three in a row at holes six, seven and eight. After seven straight pars, the American finished strong with birdies on the par-4 16th and the par-5 18th. The Aiken, South Carolina native was as surprised as anyone with his performance in the first two rounds. "It's beyond my expectations. I had no expectations coming," Kisner said. "So it's been good. I'm making a lot of putts, and that's fun keeping the round going when I miss a green. Looking forward to the weekend."
Shanghai, China - South Africa's Branden Grace shot a 9-under par 63 to claim the first round lead after the opening round of the World Golf Championships HSBC Champions at theFresh off an impressive 5-0-0 record at this year's President's Cup, Grace put up nine birdies in his bogey-free round, going out in 32 before recording a sizzling 31 on the back side. “The Presidents Cup was a big boost for me," said Grace. "Coming into these events, knowing that I'm sixth (in the Race to Dubai), I know one good week can change everything and I’m giving it a last final push. There's a lot still to play for.” The 27-year old has a one shot lead over a trio of players who probably weren't on many people list of picks heading into the tournament. American Kevin Kisner, Norwegian Thorbjorn Olesen and Australia's Steven Bowditch are tied for second, after matching 64's in round number one.
The 2015-2016 PGA Tour season switches into high gear this week as the most of the sport's elite converge on Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR). The eleven includes the Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth, Players' champion Rickie Fowler and former world number one, Rory McIlroy. But who are the players you should be targeting as you set your line-up for your fantasy game this weekend. Here's a look at the favorites, some players you don't want to sleep on and some guys you might want to avoid when making your selections later today.After three "warm-up" events that featured predominantly second tier stars, many of golf's top players make their season debuts this week, creating a field that includes 11 of the Top 15 players in the