It may only be October, but it’s already time for the first World Golf Championship of the 2017-’18 PGA Tour season. The best in the world head to Shanghai for the WGC-HSBC Champions — the first big test of the wrap around season and the last of the calendar year for many of the games best to tee it up head to head. 

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The CIMB Classic at TPC Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia has become one of the Tour’s marquee early season events. It’s also been the site of Justin Thomas victories each of the past two seasons. And, as you might imagine with that and his current form, he’s far and away the favorite this week. 

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As you know, it’s PGA Championship week — the penultimate time the event will be the final major of the season — and the last chance to make some major money betting on golf. Below I’ve taken precious time out of my whirlwind schedule to give you my can’t-miss, sure-fire, mortal locks for the PGA Championship. So — get your pencil’s ready, kiddos — I’m only going to say this once:

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2016 WGC HSBC ChampionsShanghai, China – The biggest event of the young 2016-2017 PGA Tour season kicks off on Wednesday night, when golf’s best travel to China for the 2016 WGC HSBC Champions.

With a strong field that includes FedEx Cup champion Rory McIlroy, the 2016 WGC HSBC Champions promises to add to the growing reputation of the event.

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2016 Tour ChampionshipAtlanta, Georgia – Another PGA Tour Season comes to a close this week at East Lake GC with the playing of the 2016 Tour Championship.

The Top 30 players in the FedEx Cup point standings have survived the first three playoff events to get a chance at one of the Tour’s biggest titles and the $10 million bonus awarded to the FedEx Cup champion.

So who are the favorites this week? Here is our ranking of the 2016 Tour Championship field in order of expected finish from 30th to 1st.

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2016 BMW ChampionshipCarmel, Indiana – The top players on the PGA Tour travel to Crooked Stick in Carmel, Indiana for the 2016 BMW Championship, the penultimate leg of the 2016 PGA Tour playoffs.

American Patrick Reed and former world number one Rory McIlroy won the first two legs of the playoffs and have clinched their spots in the Tour Championship in two weeks at East Lake in Atlanta.

And while many players have all but clinched their spots for the season finale, those on the bubble will have to produce a good performance if they want a shot at the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus.

Here’s what you need to know to get ready for the 2016 BMW Championship.

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How each player can move onFarmingdale, New York – After 12 months that produced four first time winners in the majors and the first Olympic Gold Medalist in 104 years, the 2015-2016 PGA Tour season nears it’s conclusion, beginning this week with the playoffs’ first event, the 2016 Barclays Championship.

Three of those new major winners will be in the field that includes the Top 125 players in the FedEx Cup regular season point standings.

With a strong field and an amazing venue like Bethpage Black, it’s shaping up to be an interesting an exciting week. With just 100 players advancing to the second stage of the playoffs next week in Boston, competition for those final few spots will be intense.

Who will make it to the DeutscheBank? Who will come from far back in the rankings to move on to the next stage? Who will stamp themselves as the early favorite to hoist the 2016 FedEx Cup?

Here’s what you need to know heading into the 2016 Barclays Championship.

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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.

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