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Sweden's Henrik Stenson, the Olympic silver medalist, is the top player in the Razzball.com Fantasy Golf Rankings, August 23, 2016 edition. The 2016 Open champion holds the top spot for the fourth consecutive week as the PGA Tour's top players head to Bethpage Black for the first leg of the PGA Tour Playoffs. The fourth ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking has a lead of almost 900 points on PGA champion Jimmy Walker, who moves up to number two this week, up a spot from last week's rankings. World number one, Jason Day, continues his amazing run of 23 consecutive weeks in the Top 10, despite falling a spot to number three this week. The defending Barclay's champion will be looking to challenge for the number one spot with a strong showing this week. American Dustin Johnson and England's Tyrell Hatton hold at numbers four and five, respectively, for a second consecutive week.
The Razzball.com 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.
The name at the top of the Razzball.com 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.
The PGA Tour returns to one of America's greatest golf courses this week, as the golfing world sets it's focus on Riviera. That means it's time for our 2016 Northern Trust Open picks. Last year Korean born, American raised James Hahn, previously more famous for his dance skills (see his classic version of Gangnum Style here) than his golfing exploits, upset some of the biggest names in golf, to claim his first PGA Tour title. This year he will be challenged by a strong field that includes five of the top eight players in the Official World Golf Ranking. Those looking to take the prestigious L.A. Open crown will include World number one Jordan Spieth, #3 ranked Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson (6th), Justin Rose (7th) and Dustin Johnson (8th). Watson is a former winner of the event, having won the title in 2014. Other former champions in the field include 2013 winner John Merrick, Bill Haas, the 2012 victor, and 2011 titleholder Aaron Baddeley.
South Africa's Branden Grace is still number one in the Razzball Fantasy Golf Rankings, February 9, 2016 edition. But a couple of rising stars, on either side of the Atlantic, are closing in on the leader. American Rickie Fowler, who lost in a playoff at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, moves up two places to number two, 146 points behind Grace. On the European Tour, England's Danny Willett won at the Dubai Desert Classic, moved to #13 in the Official World Golf Ranking, and jumped from #17 to fourth in the weekly rankings. Brandt Snedeker, who drops from second to third after a disappointing T33 at Phoenix, and Dubai runner-up Rafael Cabrera-Bello, who moved 15 to fifth, complete the top five. The Dubai finish was the Spaniard's second consecutive second-place check after a similar finish in Qatar.
Here's a few things we noticed as we present our weekly Razzball Moving Day Fantasy Golf Report, February 6, 2016 edition.
Rickie Looking for 2nd win of 2016After a win in Abu Dhabi, and a disappointing jet-lagged induced missed cut at San Diego, Rickie Fowler is back in contention. After opening with rounds of 65 and 68, Fowler looks poised for another victory this week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The fourth ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking sits one shot back of 36-hole leader and fellow American James Hahn, who sits at -10 through two rounds. Fowler has left no doubt that his goal this year is to turn the big three of Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy into a Big Four, and based on early results he just might have a chance to do it. With Spieth running around the world getting rich, McIlroy getting everything he can out of life and Day seemingly in the midst of a career-year hangover, Fowler might be the best player in the world right now. Of course, it will all come down to how he performs in the four majors.
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 NedbankIn 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.
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.