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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Justin Thomas shot a course-record 11-under par 61 on Friday to take a one-shot lead after 36 holes of the 2015 CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. And it could have been even better.

The 22-year old birdied the 14th and 15th holes to move to 11-under with three holes remaining, all potential birdie holes. So 59 was definitely within reach.

“I would say after I birdied 14, 15, I knew I just needed to get, I guess, two of my last three,” said Thomas following his round. “And then, I mean, they’re all pretty easy holes. They’re all wedge holes. So it was obviously unfortunate not to get that number (59), but I’m sure I’ll have many more chances in my career.”

Overall the Louisville, Kentucky native had 9 birdies and an eagle on the par 5, third hole in a bogey-free round on the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club course.

The low round gave Thomas a one-shot lead over Brendan Steele, who managed seven birdies and an eagle of his own in a round of 63. Both Thomas and Steele had opening nines of six-under par 30.

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