It took a while for him to get back, but it should come as no surprise that Rory McIlroy is on top of the Fantasy Golf Rankings, October 4, 2016 edition. If you had polled golf experts prior to the start of the 2016-2016 PGA Tour season, many would have chosen the young Northern Irishman to me on top of the rankings at the end of the year. The fact that it took him a little longer than expected is the only shock. McIlroy continued his late season surge at the Tour Championship, winning for the second time in the PGA Tour playoffs to capture the 2016 FedEx Cup championship, and the $10 million dollar bonus. While that may not take away the disappointment of a frustrating major season completely, I'm sure it helps. The four-time major champion moves up five places to capture top spot, the second time he's hit number one in our rankings. He previously ruled the rankings for two weeks in November, 2015. He holds a surprisingly slim lead over a resurgent Paul Casey, who recorded his third consecutive top five playoff finish in Atlanta. The Englishman moves from 3rd to 2nd in his fourth consecutive week in the Top 10. Casey still hasn't won on tour since the 2009 Houston Open, but a PGA Tour victory seems close.
2016 Ryder Cup Friday FoursomesChaska, Minnesota - 2016 Ryder Cup Friday Foursomes Predictions for September 30th:

2016 Ryder Cup Friday Foursomes - Match One

Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed (USA) vs. Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson (Europe) Based on past Ryder Cup performance, this sets up well for the Europeans. Rose and Stenson are a combined 6-2-2 in Ryder Cup foursomes play, and were 3-0-0 as a team in 2014. The American duo of Spieth and Reed, meanwhile have never won a foursome's match. This edge is offset somewhat by form and health issues. Spieth and Reed were both relatively sharp in the PGA Tour playoffs, both reaching the Tour Championship in Atlanta. Neither Rose nor Stenson qualified for the final stage, Rose due to uninspired play and the big Swede due to injury. Predicted result - Halve
It's getting close at the top of the Fantasy Golf Rankings, September 13, 2016 edition. American Patrick Reed, who won the first event of the PGA Tour Playoffs at Bethpage Black, remains at number one for a third consecutive week, but several players could catch him with a win at next week's Tour Championship. Reed, who consolidated his hold on the top spot with a tie for 13th at the BMW Championship, holds a slim 226 point advantage over BMW champion, Dustin Johnson. DJ picked up his third win of the season in Chicago and moved a little closer to World #1 Jason Day in the Official World Golf Ranking. The reigning U.S. Open champion improves 10 places this week, after ranking 12th in last week's rankings. Also getting a little closer is Paul Casey. The Englishman sits third in our weekly survey, just 330 points behind Reed, after finishing as runner-up for the second consecutive week. The 16th ranked player in the world is still looking for his first win since the 2009 Shell Houston Open. It's Casey's first time in the top five, beating his previous best of eighth he reached on a couple of occasions, including last week.
As expected, the opening event of the 2015-2016 FedEx Cup Playoffs, The Barclays, had a big effect on the Razzball Fantasy Golf Rankings, August 30, 2016 edition. Barclays' champion, Patrick Reed, of the U.S.A, moves to number one, up from ninth position a week ago, after posting his first PGA Tour win in almost two seasons. His last victory came at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, in January, 2015. The Barclays' win guarantees the 26-year old a Top 5 spot entering the Tour Championship, allowing him to control his own destiny. A victory at East Lake will give him the FedEx Cup championship and the $10 million bonus. Despite the long victory drought, this is the second time Reed has topped our weekly survey. He was number one for three competitive weeks, and seven weeks overall, aided by the Christmas break, between December 7, 2015 and January 18, 2016. Reed has a 480 point lead over the number one player in the Official World Golf Ranking, Australia's Jason Day. Day moves up one spot to number two this week after a tie for fourth place at Bethpage Black. It's the 2015 PGA champion's 24th consecutive week in the Top 10 and fifth straight survey in which he was ranked in the Top three. The last time the 28-year old missed the Top 10 was way back on March 15, 2016.
The 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.
Oakmont, Pennsylvania - The world's best golfers return to the Oakmont Country Club this week for 2016 U.S. Open. The 116th playing of America's national championship promises to test the game's elite, as many, including 7-time major champion Phil Mickelson, have described Oakmont as the toughest course they will ever play. Masters champion Danny Willett of England will look to match 2015 U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth by winning the first two majors of the calendar year. Here's what you need to know to prepare for the 2016 U.S. Open.

Last Year

Spieth took advantage of a 72nd hole three-putt by his third round co-leader Dustin Johnson to win his first U.S. Open, and second consecutive major championship. Spieth closed with a final round 69, for a four round total of 275, 5-under par, one shot better than Johnson and South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen. Oosthuizen had a 67 on Sunday.
Australia's Jason Day holds at #1 in the Fantasy Golf Rankings, May 31, 2016 edition. It's Day's fifth consecutive week at number one, but his hold on the top spot could be in serious jeopardy this week. The 2016 Players Champion holds a lead of just over 300 points over American Matt Kuchar, who moves up a place to #2, after his third consecutive Top 6 finish on the PGA Tour, a T6 at the Dean and Deluca Invitational. Kuchar swaps places with the number three player in the Official World Golf Ranking, Rory McIlroy of Nothern Ireland. McIlroy, winner of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in his last start, was idle last week. Dean and Deluca champion Jordan Spieth moves back into the Top 5, jumping nine places to number four. The Colonial win was the former world number one's second win of the 2015-2016 PGA Tour Season and his first victory since the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January. Also re-entering the Top Five is England's Danny Willett, after his 3rd place finish at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. It was the 2016 Masters Champion first Top 5 finish since his first major championship victory in early April. The 28-year old is the only player to appear in the Top 20 of our rankings every week since we initiated the weekly survey last November.
The number one player in the Official World Golf Ranking is back on top of the Fantasy Golf Rankings, May 3, 2016 edition. Australian Jason Day used a 5th place finish at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to trade positions with the leader for the past three weeks, Masters' champion Danny Willett of England. Positions three and four remain unchanged as Americans Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson hold their spots for a fourth consecutive week. Lee Westwood is the only new entry in the Top 5 as he jumps a spot to #5, overtaking South Afica's Louis Ooosthuizen.
It wasn't just luck and good fortune that allowed Danny Willett to get to the top of the Razzball Fantasy Golf Rankings, April 12, 2016 edition.  But it helped. First it was the early arrival of his first child on March 30th, that allowed him to compete in the Masters Tournament in the first place.  Then it was a meltdown for the ages by defending champion Jordan Spieth that allowed the Englishman to win his first major championship and moved to the top of our fantasy player rankings. Along the way was some really spectacular golf, including a 67 on Sunday that ultimately gave him a three shot victory over Spieth and fellow Englishman, Lee Westwood. Winning the Green Jacket also moved Willett into the Top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking, for the first time, at #9.  No flash in the pan, the former number one amateur in the world is the only player to rank in the top 20 of our rankings every week since the new methodology was introduced in November.
It's Tuesday and time for our Tuesday Fantasy Golf Notes, 2016 Masters Tournament Edition. In this week's news and notes we have a first time major champion, a shocking collapse and more disappointment for the Big Three, and an historic weekend for English golfers.

Willett Wins First Major of 2016

A little over a week before the start of the 2016 Masters Tournament, England's Danny Willett didn't even know if he would be in the field, when the game's elite descended on Augusta National. With Willett and wife Nicole expecting their first baby on April 10th, which just happened to be the final round of the year's first major, his participation was in doubt.  But luckily young Zachariah James Willett decided to come early.  And the rest, as they say, is history. The former #1 Amateur in the World took advantage of the early arrival, and an epic collapse by defending Masters Champion Jordan Spieth, to win his first major championship and move up to #9 in the Official World Golf Ranking.