The 2016 fantasy golf season rolls right along, as the PGA Tour heads to New Jersey this week for the PGA Championship. A field of 156 players will tackle Baltusrol Golf Club, which hosts the event for the first time since 2005.
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Jason Day won this event last year by two shots over Jordan Spieth. Here are 10 players to watch in the Garden State:
1. Dustin Johnson: He has topped these rankings for three weeks running now, and for good reason. Johnson remains the hottest player in the game, fresh off a runner-up at the RBC Canadian Open, and as long as his 340-yard power fade is working off the tee, he can be expected to factor.
2. Rory McIlroy: It's an even-numbered year, which means it's time for McIlroy to win another Wanamaker. While he has seemingly been passed in recent months by the likes of Johnson and Jason Day, McIlroy has still compiled an impressive run of eight top-10 finishes in his last 11 major starts and his record in this championship in particular is nearly unrivaled.
3. Jason Day: The defending champ has already won three times this year, including the Players and a WGC, and could become the first to successfully defend at this event since Tiger Woods in 2006-07. Day still leads the Tour this season in strokes gained putting, and if his work on the greens is anything close to how he putted at Whistling Straits, he'll be on the leaderboard come Sunday.
4. Henrik Stenson: It's been less than two weeks since the Swede played the round of his life en route to a breakthrough victory, and he brings plenty of momentum with him to New Jersey - not to mention the claret jug. Few can match his tee-to-green work, so Stenson's fate will be determined by how well the putter cooperates.
5. Sergio Garcia: After Johnson and Stenson, could it be Garcia's turn to capture that elusive major title? The Spaniard won earlier this year in Texas and has finished T-5 in three straight worldwide starts since, including the U.S. Open and Open Championship.
6. Phil Mickelson: Mickelson won this event the last time it was held at Baltusrol, and were it not for Stenson's brilliance he would have captured a sixth major earlier this month at Royal Troon. While it's been more than three years since his last victory, he's likely buoyed from his strong performance in Scotland and has shown flashes of brilliance throughout this season.
7. Jordan Spieth: Spieth nearly won this event a year ago, and while he has two victories to his credit this season he has struggled to live up to his own lofty expectations at each of the last two majors. Baltusrol is an exacting venue, so while Spieth's short game could keep him in it, his erratic iron play over the last several weeks make it difficult to envision him winning.
8. Matt Kuchar: Kuchar's T-9 finish in Canada quietly extended his recent run of form, one that includes top-10 finishes in six of his last eight starts overall. Kuchar is now seventh this season in total strokes gained and eighth in scoring average, demonstrating a trademark consistency that could help him contend this week on a demanding layout.
9. Adam Scott: It seems like ages have passed since the Aussie won back-to-back starts this spring, but he remains a threat anytime a course requires tee-to-green precision. Such is the case this week, and Scott finished T-10 a few weeks back at Firestone, a course that has many similar traits to Baltusrol.
10. Patrick Reed: Reed hasn't gotten much attention this year, but he has been quietly consistent while racking up nine top-10 finishes in addition to an Olympic bid. He also finished T-12 at the Open in his most recent start and could use this week to put an exclamation point on his season before heading to Rio in two weeks' time.