This year, the U.S. Open returns to the site of it's second playing -- Shinnecock Hills Golf Club -- and the story lines abound. Can we see another first time major winner? Will Phil Mickelson finish the career grand-slam? There's more, but I've got to get to the casino and place these bets.
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. 2016 PGA Championship Logo 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.
Orlando, Florida - As the lead-up to Augusta, and the year's first major, kicks into high gear, the PGA Tour returns to Bay Hill for the 2016 Arnold Palmer Invitational. This year's build-up to the annual pilgrimage to Arnie's place is dominated by two players attempting to complete rare trifectas. Two-time defending champion Matt Every looks to become only the second player in tournament history to win the tournament in three consecutive years after wins in 2014 and 2015. He's looking to match the feat of eight time Arnold Palmer Invitational champion, Tiger Woods, who won the first four of his titles in consecutive years from 2000-2003. Australian Adam Scott is looking for a three-peat of his own, as he attempts to win his third consecutive PGA Tour start after wins at the WGC-Cadillac Championships and the Honda Classic. The recent success has lifted Scott back into the Top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking, as he ranks #6 heading into the week. Every and Scott will face a strong field that includes five of the top 10 players in the world. In addition to the Australian, other top players in the field include Rory McIlroy (#2), Jason Day (#3), Henrik Stenson (#7) and Justin Rose (#8).
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 Nedbank

In 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.