It seems like every year the John Deere Classic turns in one of the year’s most dramatic finishes. While time will tell what this season’s installment of the John Deere will bring, it guarantees to be a thriller. As the last chance for many of the Tour’s bright young stars to qualify for next week’s Open Championship, there’s plenty on the line for young stud and wily veteran alike. 

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I’ve got to be honest — looking at the field for this week’s Greenbrier Classic is kind of disappointing. There are less “stars” in this week’s event than newest season of “Dancing with the Stars.” I wouldn’t say I had a “Major League” moment (“Rickie Vaughn? Willy Hayes? I never heard of most of ’em. Mitchell Freedmen? Who are these _____ guys?”) but, yeah, it wasn’t good. 

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2016 RSM ClassicSea Island, Georgia – The PGA Tour returns to Davis Love III‘s home turf this week for the playing of the 2016 RSM Classic.

As with other events in the early going of the 2016-2017 wrap around season, none of the worlds elite players are in the field this week. Some are resting after a busy 2016. Others are in Dubai for the European Tour’s season-ending event.

Still there are FedEx Cup points available and a chance for a year or career defining victory.

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2016 OHL Classic at MayakobaPlaya Del Carmen, Mexico – The PGA Tour returns to Mexico’s Mayan Riviera this week for the playing of the 2016 OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

With only one of the Top 25 players in the Official World Golf Ranking in the field, it will be a chance for lesser know players to shine.

Defending champion Graeme McDowell is one of the headliners in a field that includes another former major champion, Jim Furyk.

Here’s what you need to know as you watch the 2016 OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

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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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – American Scott Piercy got off to a fast start and never looked back. The San Diego State grad shot an opening round, 10 under par 62 to take a three-shot lead at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Piercy, a native of Las Vegas, birdied his first three holes on his way to opening nine 31 that features 5 birdies and no bogies. He added five more birdies without a bogey on the inward nine for a matching 31.

The leader is three shots clear of Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, he had eight birdies and a single bogey, on number 13, in his 7-under par 65. Five players are tied for third place after opening with 66 including Jason Gore, Alex Cejka, Cameron Smith, Charles Howell III and Keegan Bradley.

Defending Champion Off to Fast Start

Two time defending champion Ryan Moore and red-hot Kevin Na were in a group of eight players at 5-under par, 67. Moore, the winner of the event in 2013 and 2014 had six birdies and a single bogey in his round.  Na, coming off back-to-back runner-up finishes at the Frys.com Open and the Shriners Open in Las Vegas, went bogey-free, capping his 67 with a birdie on the Par-5, 18th hole.

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