careerbuilder challenge

Golf – CareerBuilder Challenge + last week’s recap

January 17, 2018 5:53 pm / Published by

Hope you guys managed to draft some of my golf picks and sleepers last week – fingers crossed that we can do that well again this week for the CareerBuilder Challenge. If you were fortunate enough to grab them all, then you’d have been looking at 450+ points last week – “sorry” to my mate Pieter who I spanked by 100 points.

Sony Open Recap

It took six playoff holes for Patton Kizzire to finally defeat James Hahn, with both players carding -17s for the tournament.

It was an interesting time in Hawaii this weekend, with players, officials, and the Hawaiian public at large forced to seek cover when an accidental ‘missile warning’ went out across the State.

Tim Hoge finished 3rd on -16, and three players claimed T4 on -15 – Webb Simpson, Brian Stuard and Brian Harman.

Shot of the week probably goes to Tony Finau who aced the revamped 17th:

Read the full pre-tournament post for the Sony Open here.

CareerBuilder Challenge

This week the PGA tour moves back to the mainland and the Californian desert after two weeks away in Hawaii. With the frigid weather here in New York at the moment, I couldn’t be more jealous of the golf pro lifestyle.

The CareerBuilder Challenge offers an interesting format this weekend, with a Pro-Am event being played for the first 54 holes. So if you’re watching, keep an eye out for a few of your favourite celebs making their way around the track.

Worth noting, when making your picks this week is that the cut doesn’t happen until after the first 3 days so if you pick up someone that’s having a shocker, you’ll at least get an extra 18 holes where they can score points for you. Sunday will see the low 70 Pros make the cut and play out the final round.

This tournament has a history of offering up first-time wins, with five players picking up their first tour wins here since 2007. Although there are still a few players in the field that have won before, including Phil Mickelson (’02, ’04), Bill Haas (’10, ’15) and Patty Reed who won with the course record in 2014.

Easty’s top picks:

John Rahm (Esp): Really hard to go past world number 3, Rahm, this weekend. Especially when you consider that the only other player in the top 20 rankings this week is Brian Harman at 20th. Rahm finished second at his last start in Sentry Tour of Champions.

Brian Harman (USA): I’ve already mentioned that he is the second highest ranked pro playing this week, but apart from that, this man is on fire! With a top 10 finish in all of his last five events, Harman is definitely in form stellar form.

Zach Johnson (USA): Zach had an up and down time last weekend, posting both -7 and +1 days during the tournament. I think there’s value there though if you can pick him up late as he’s projected for just 64 points.

Easty’s sleepers:

Patton Kizzire (USA): It’s wild to me that a guy who won last week, is at the top of the FedEx Cup standings, and has shown some good form this season, is only projected for 54 points. Part of this is because our golf projections need an overhaul (something that I’ll work on soon). If your competitors miss him though, I wouldn’t hesitate to pick him up again this week.

JJ Spaun (USA): I like this look of JJ so far this season, he’s been playing pretty well lately and I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t outperform his projected 59 points. Look to him to hopefully get you 70 this week.

Notables:

I did want to quickly mention that Phil Mickelson is making his return to the tour this week after nearly 3 months break, and as a former two-time winner (albeit over 15 years ago), it’s hard not to want the man to pick up a win this week.

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