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. 
Napa, California - The 2016 Safeway Open had the potential to be one of the most watched events on the tour this season.  Now it's just the opening event of the 2016-2017 PGA Tour Schedule. All the excitement of course was generated by the expected appearance of Tiger Woods, but that all died early this week when Woods confirmed he wasn't going to be in the field. So, for now, the excitement generated by a new season will have to do. So with the 14-time major winner not in the picture, here's what you should be looking for this week as the 2016 Safeway Open gets underway at the Silverado Country Club on Thursday.
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.
strong>Dallas, Texas - As the tour travels to "Big D" for the 2016 Byron Nelson, many of the questions revolve around the tournament's marquee participant. Defending FedEx Cup champion Jordan Spieth enters his hometown event in a bit of a funk by his lofty standards. He does have a win this season at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and seven other Top 10's in 14 worldwide starts since the 2015-2016 PGA Tour season started. A great record for any other player on tour. But for a player whose only goals are to win majors and be the best player in the world, that just doesn't quite cut it. Over that stretch, Spieth has been overtaken by rival Jason Day for top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking. Where Jordan only has a single victory in his 14 starts since last September's Tour Championship, the Australian has three wins in the 10 events he's played, including a win at last week's Players Championship. Spieth admits Day's success motivates him to be better. “There's some motivation there,” Spieth conceded on Tuesday. “[Day] is playing his game. He believes his game is better than anybody else's and he's on his game and so it is better than everyone else's . . . He's separated himself and that bothers me and it motivates me.” After his Master's disappointment and a missed cut at the Players, Spieth will be looking for redemption. An event in his own backyard seems like as good a place as any to find some.
The Razzball.com Fantasy Golf Rankings, May 10, 2016 edition look very similar to the rankings every week since the Masters, at least at the top. But that's about to change. For a fifth week in a row, the top three players remain unchanged in our weekly survey of the hottest players in golf. Australia's Jason Day, the number one player in the Official World Golf Ranking, holds down the top spot for a second consecutive week. The 28-year, defending PGA Champion, has four Top 10 finishes, including a pair of wins (Arnold Palmer Invitational and Dell Match Play) in his last five starts. He holds a slim 160 point lead over Masters' champion Danny Willett of England, who holds at #2 for a second week, after a three week run in the top spot. The ninth ranked player in the world hasn't played since his first major championship victory, but will tee it up, along with most of the best golfers in the World, at this week's Players Championship. American Jordan Spieth ranks third in our listing for a fifth consecutive week. The 2015 Masters and U.S. Open champion has also been on hiatus since Augusta and will be looking to erase the sting of his Masters' collapse this week at Sawgrass.
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.