What: CareerBuilder Challenge
When: January 19-22
Where: PGA West (TPC Stadium Course) La Quinta, CA
2015 Winner: Jason Dufner
Purse: $6MM (Winner: $1.08MM)
I will be mirroring the format for last year. It follows Yahoo's Fantasy Golf where you pick 2 A Golfers, 4 B Golfers and 2 C Golfers. As such I will pick one from A, 2 from B and 1 from C (as if they were your starters) along with one Dark Horse pick. It is my aim to do two things -€" first, select golfers who will do well. These golfers will not always win but it is my aim to keep the selections to golfers who make the cut and will be competitive down the stretch on Sunday. Second -€select golfers who aren't always the obvious choice. If you are playing the Yahoo format or even the PGA fantasy league than you are severely limited on starts. It does no good to name Dustin Johnson or Jordan Spieth every week. I will make sure my picks as low as possible and spread the field out to introduce new names.
Course: La Quinta, CA (TPC West Stadium Course). Created in 1986 by Pete Dye, it is replicated after TPC Sawgrass. At 7,300 yards, it has a slope of 150 and features a wide terrain and many traps. The fun part about this course is due to its wide array of challenges, there is no specific attribute that stands out amongst the successful golfers here, rather it tends to lean more towards a general familiarity with the course. Those who do well generally continue and those who struggle will struggle.
Bill Haas. He has more career winnings here than any other week. Now I just hope he doesn't pull what Jimmy Walker did last week and miss the cut as the clear cut favorite to win the thing.
Webb Simpson. 17th, 7th and 23rd place finishes over his last 3 years here. He's not the best driver but after that his game is strong, his irons work well and his approach to the green is among the better on tour.
Graham DeLaet. 2016: 67, 69, 69; 2015: 68, 70, 66; 2013: 71, 70, 65; His first three rounds at this tournament are always under par, but he can't close on Sunday. Let's hope that changes for the vet as his familiarity with the course coupled with some age and experience help him.
David Lingmerth. 2nd, 24th, 78th, 2nd. That's David's last four years at TPC Stadium Course. His game plays well here and while he keeps toying with the elusive win, perhaps this is the year he gets it?
Ryan Palmer. 17th, 10th, 2nd, 6th. Those are his finishes over the last 4 years at this course. Bill Haas may reign supreme but Ryan should be giving him a chase down the stretch.