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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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.

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Bethesda, Maryland – The PGA Tour returns to the nation’s capital this week for the 2016 Quicken Loans National. It’s the 10th playing of the event and the seventh time it’s been played at the classic Congressional Country Club layout.

Unfortunately, the star attraction will not be in the field.

Tournament host and two-time champion Tiger Woods continues to recover from back surgery and will devote his time to off the course activities, much to the chagrin of his legion of fans.

Here’s what you need to know to prepare for the 2016 Quicken Loans National.

Last Year

American Troy Merritt followed up a sensational 10-under par 61 on Saturday at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, with a final round 67, to record his first PGA Tour title.

The 29-year old finished three shots ahead of Rickie Fowler and four up on Sweden’s David Lingmerth. Merritt’s 61 on Saturday and 266, 72-hole total were both course and tournament records.

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New Orleans, Louisiana – The big question heading into  the 2016 Zurich Classic of New Orleans is will the recent domination of foreign-born players continue?

After a strong start for American players in the fall portion of the 2015-2016 PGA Tour season, eight of the past 13 events have been won by players whose passport doesn’t say born in the U.S.A.

This week’s foreign contingent is lead by Australia’s Jason Day, the number one player in the Official World Golf Ranking. The defending PGA champion is one of a small group of three players entered who rank in the top 10 players in the world.

Joining the World #1 is American Rickie Fowler, the current fifth ranked player in the world and defending champion Justin Rose of England, who sits 10th in the world rankings.

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Scotland’s Russell Knox jumps to the top of Razzball’s revamped Fantasy Golf Rankings, after weekend play on the PGA and European Tours.

The rankings now include tournaments on both the North American PGA Tour and the European Tour to better reflect the global reach of the game. Secondary tour events held the same week as World Golf Championship events, like the recent Sanderson Farms Open, have also been added.

The 30-year old from Inverness recorded a second consecutive top two finish, losing in a playoff at the OHL Classic one week after picking up his first career victory at the WGC-HSBC Champions event in China. The high finishes moved Knox to a career high 29th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Knox jumped over last week’s leader, Henrik Stenson, who held his high place in the rankings with a Top 3 finish at the BMW Masters on the European Tour. The Swede trails the leader by 190 points and is scheduled to play in Dubai this week, where he is a two-time defending champion.

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It’s Tuesday and welcome to another edition of Fantasy Golf Notes for the week ending November 15th. Here are five things that got our attention this past weekend.

1) GMac is Back

With a birdie on the first extra hole, Graeme McDowell won the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, ending an almost 30 month victory drought on the PGA Tour and a 17-month gap since his last win of any kind, the 2014 Alstom Open de France on the European Tour.

The 2010 U.S, Open champion, reached as high as number six in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) at the end of that year, but had slipped to 82nd heading into this week’s event. The win moved him back up to #62 in the rankings and gives him lots of confidence heading into 2016. Great news for the likeable Irishman and his many admirers. Look for him to be a contender again at the majors in the coming year.

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico Derek Fathauer shot a five-under par 66 on Saturday, to take a one-shot lead heading into the final round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

The 29-year old had four birdies on the front to go out in 32 and had a birdie on the par-5 13th hole in his bogey-free round. He is one shot ahead of fellow American Jason Bohn (65), and three up on a group of four golfers. That group includes last week’s winner at the HSBC Russell Knox (65), former Brotish Open Champion Justin Leonard (67), Harold Varner III (68) and 36-hole leader Graeme McDowell, who overcame a double bogey/boget start to shoot 70 and get back into the mix.

Fathauer, a University of Louisville grad didn’t put much stock in his one shot lead. “The scores that this course puts up, I don’t think it matters being in the lead out here,” Fathauer said. “I mean, if I had a 10-shot lead, that would be one thing, but one shot, that’s an even playing field tomorrow.

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico – Like many North Americans, Charley Hoffman has planned a return visit to the Mayan Riviera this year, hoping for a repeat of the fun in the sun he had in 2014

But the 42nd ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) won’t be looking for a suntan. Instead he’ll have his sights on birdies and a second straight OHL Classic at Mayakoba title.

Hoffman is one of the players to watch this week when you’re filling out your fantasy golf line-up card. Here are our favorites, contenders and sleepers for this week’s PGA Tour stop at El Camaleon Golf Club.

The Favorites

Charley Hoffman, USA (OWGR = 42) – Hard to overlook the defending champ, who obviously likes the course, and had a couple of top finishes in the FedEx Cup playoffs, including a third at the Deutsche Bank. Two runners-up already in 2015 at the Humana and the Nelson and a win here would get his 2015-2016 campaign off to a roaring start.

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Jason Day continues to hold down the number one spot in Razzball Fantasy Golf’s PGA Tour Hot Index after completion of the Shriners’ Hospital for Children Open in Las Vegas.

The 27-year old Australian leads the index with 4,100 points, a 768 point lead over the number two ranked Henrik Stenson of Sweden. 2015 FedEx Cup champion Jordan Spieth is third in the rankings.

Kevin Na and Jason Bohn moved into the top 10 after back-to-back Top three finishes at the Shriners and Frys.com Open. Na is seventh in the rankings, while Bohn moves into the 10th spot.

Shriners’ Hospital for Children Open champion, Smylie Kaufmann, moves up to number 13 after a second consecutive Top 10 finish.

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