The PGA Tour shifts gears and heads down I-95 towards our Nation’s capital for the Quicken Loans National. While the tourney’s long-time host — Tiger Woods — isn’t expected to play (duh) or even be on property while he deals with personal issues, there is still plenty of star power teeing it up this week at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. 

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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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2016 Shriners Hospital for Children OpenLas Vega, Nevada – The PGA Tour returns to the Nevada desert this week for the 2016 Shriners Hospital for Children Open.

As usual, many of the top players most have passed on the 34th edition of this event.

Still there should be plenty of excitement as players look to get an early head start on qualifying for the 2017 Fed Ex Cup Playoffs.

Here’s what you need to know when watching the 2016 Shriners Hospital for Children Open.

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The number one player in the Official World Golf Ranking is back on top of the Fantasy Golf Rankings, May 3, 2016 edition.

Australian Jason Day used a 5th place finish at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to trade positions with the leader for the past three weeks, Masters’ champion Danny Willett of England.

Positions three and four remain unchanged as Americans Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson hold their spots for a fourth consecutive week.

Lee Westwood is the only new entry in the Top 5 as he jumps a spot to #5, overtaking South Afica’s Louis Ooosthuizen.

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It was a big week for Australia’s Jason Day, who accomplished much more than claiming the top spot in’s Fantasy Golf Rankings, March 29, 2016 edition.

The reigning PGA Champion set himself up as an early favorite heading into next week’s Masters with a second consecutive PGA Tour victory. The 28-year old followed up his win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational with an equally impressive victory at the WGC Dell Match Play Championship on Sunday.

The Back-to-Back wins also moved Day back to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking for a second time. The Aussie last held the top spot after his win at the BMW Championship last September.

In the Razzball rankings, Day edged Match Play runner-up Louis Oosthuizen and former #1 Adam Scott for the number one position. The nine-time PGA tour champion jumped from 7 to 1.

Oosthuizen moved up a spot to #2, while Scott fell two places to #3 after holding the top placing for four weeks.

A couple of other players with big-time Match Play results complete the Top Five. Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy used his fourth place finish to move from eighth to #4 in our weekly survey. Meanwhile the player who beat him in the consolation match, Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain, improved by 14 spots to land at number five.

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New Providence, Bahamas – With a new venue, and a host with an uncertain golfing future, the 17th Hero World Challenge begins Wednesday at the Albany Resort in the Bahamas.

Tiger Woods, the tournament host and a five-time champion of the event, is on the shelf after back surgery and it doesn’t look like he’ll be back any time soon. Defending champion and World Number One, Jordan Spieth, is back after his dominating, tournament record -26 total last year, albeit on a different layout.

The new course adds a little bit of uncertainty to the event, but, undaunted, here is our projected order of finish for the 18-player field. Players are listed with their position on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) and their assigned salary on Draft Kings (DK), a leading daily fantasy sports site.

The Favorites

1) Jordan Spieth, USA (OWGR=1, DK=$11,200) – The defending champ is coming off a solid performance at the Emirates Australian Open, where he finished T2. Eight top 10’s in his last nine events speaks to the consistency we’ve come to expect from the reigning PGA Tour player of the year.

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Sea Island, Georgia – Maybe this is the time the first win finally happens for Kevin Kisner.

The 31-year old native of Aiken, South Carolina has been a runner-up five times already in 2015, and is still looking for that breakthrough victory.

He took a good first step toward that goal on Thursday, firing a 7-under par 65 on the Plantation Course to take a one shot lead, over a group of eight players, in the opening round of the RSM Classic at the Sea Island Resort.

Kisner had five birdies and an eagle on the 8th hole, his 17th, in his bogey-free round. Despite the disappointment of all the near misses, the University of Georgia grad is happy with his game.

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Sea Island, Georgia – Three past champions are among our RSM Classic picks, as the tour returns to the Seaside Course at Sea Island, Georgia.  The event was formerly known as the McGladrey Classic.

2014 champion Robert Streb, 2013 winner Chris Kirk and 2011 victor Ben Crane are among our choices this week, which, for the first time, are divided into four tiers, based on a player’s Draft Kings’ (DK) salary.

Here are our choices:

Tier 1 (DK Salary $9,000 and over)

Matt Kuchar, USA (OWGR = 17, DK Salary = $10,800)  – Kuchar hasn’t had a Top 10 on the PGA Tour since the Tour Championship but did win the Fiji Open on the Australasian Tour recently. Due for a good finish and has a good record at Sea Island with three Top 25’s in the the last four years, including a 7th place finish in 2013.

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