It took a while for him to get back, but it should come as no surprise that Rory McIlroy is on top of the Razzball.com 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.

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It’s getting close at the top of the Razzball.com 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.

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Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, the Olympic silver medalist, is the top player in the Razzball.com Fantasy Golf Rankings, August 23, 2016 edition.

The 2016 Open champion holds the top spot for the fourth consecutive week as the PGA Tour’s top players head to Bethpage Black for the first leg of the PGA Tour Playoffs.

The fourth ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking has a lead of almost 900 points on PGA champion Jimmy Walker, who moves up to number two this week, up a spot from last week’s rankings.

World number one, Jason Day, continues his amazing run of 23 consecutive weeks in the Top 10, despite falling a spot to number three this week. The defending Barclay’s champion will be looking to challenge for the number one spot with a strong showing this week.

American Dustin Johnson and England’s Tyrell Hatton hold at numbers four and five, respectively, for a second consecutive week.

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The Razzball.com 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.

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After a six-week run at number one for American Dustin Johnson, Sweden’s Henrik Stenson takes over the top spot in the Razzball.com Fantasy Golf Rankings, August 2, 2016 edition.

The Open Champion posted a solid 7th place finish at the PGA Championship, and that high finish, coupled with Johnson’s missed cut, moves him into the top spot by less than 200 points.

Johnson remains at #2, his eighth consecutive week in the top 10.

The number one player in the Official World Golf Ranking, Jason Day, jumps from 7th to 3rd, after his runner-up finish at Baltusrol. The Australian has spent 20 consecutive weeks in the Top 10, including a total of seven weeks at #1 in March and May of this year.

The big mover of the week is PGA Champion and first time major winner Jimmy Walker. The now six-time PGA tour winner improves 78 places to a career high 4th place ranking.

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Despite not posting a PGA Tour win for over two years, American Matt Kuchar jumps to number one this week in the Razzball Fantasy Golf Rankings, June 7, 2016 edition.

Proving that consistency is sometimes more impressive than winning titles, the 37-year old PGA Tour veteran posted his fourth Top six finish in the last four weeks on Sunday, a tie for fourth place at the Memorial Tournament. The 2012 Players Champion, also had a 6th place finish at the Dean & Deluca Invitational and cashed third place cheques at Byron Nelson and Players in his recent run of form.

Kuchar moves up a spot from #2 last week and has a less than 200 point lead over second ranked Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland. McIlroy shared 4th with Kuchar at Muirfield Village to move for 3rd to 2nd in our weekly survey. The former number one player in the Official World Golf Ranking last held the number one spot on November 30, 2015.

After a five week run at number one, Australia’s Jason Day slips to third, after failing to post a Top 25 finish at the Memorial, despite being in contention heading into Sunday’s final round. A 74 dropped him into a tie for 27th at Jack’s place and a fall out of top spot in the Razzball Fantasy Golf Rankings, June 7, 2016 edition.

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Hilton Head, SC – After the excitement and pressure of the year’s first major, the tour returns to a more normal rhythm at the 2016 RBC Heritage Classic.

Typically, as the golf world recovers from it’s annual pilgrimage to Augusta National, the field at the Heritage is a little less daunting. And there’s no exception this year, with only four of the top 20 players in the Official World Golf Ranking participating.

Headlining the field is World number one Jason Day of Australia. The reigning PGA champion comes in off a disappointing 10th place finish in the Masters and will be looking to get back to his winning ways that saw him win his last two starts prior to 2016’s first major.

Other top ranked players in the field include the 15th ranked Brandt Snedeker, who had a top 10 at Augusta, defending Open champion Zach Johnson, ranked 17th, and South African Branden Grace, the 14th ranked player in the world.

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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.

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