The CareerBuilder Challenge is a pro-am format played over three courses with the PGA West Stadium being the host course. The cut will be decided after three rounds with the final round played by the professionals only.
La Quinta Country Club – Par 72, 7060 yards and has four par fives in total. It also has tree lined fairways which are not particularly narrow, with some water features that come into play. The greens are Bermuda grass and this course tends to be quite tricky and can play quite fast depending on the weather conditions.
PGA West Stadium Course – Par 72, 7,300 yards and has four par fives and four par 3’s. This course is played twice including the final round and has a lot of trees, streams and lakes that come into play. The fairways are quite forgiving and shouldn’t be too difficult to hit. There are several bunkers, some are very deep and will be very challenging. The greens are also Bermuda grass and are also quite large but can also play very fast depending on weather conditions.
PGA West Tournament Course – Par 72, 7,204 yards. This course was used for the first time last year has four par 5’s and four par 3’s.The fairways are also very forgiving with large greens with water featuring on around seven holes.
The average score of the winner of this tournament has been around the 25 under mark. Also keep in mind that this is a Pro-Am for the first three rounds so pin positions will be in favorable locations to cater for the amateurs. With this, the pro’s will be taking full advantage so be on the lookout for good birdie average stats and good putters.
With the pro’s playing about 18 par 5’s this week, players with good par 5 scoring stats tend to go well here. Players that have had a good week at The Sony usually bring that momentum into this week as most of the cobwebs are dusted off. Any players that finished in the top 20 last week and have played well here in the past should be worth considering. It’s a tough one to call so approach with caution.
Bill Haas has had a decent start to the season with four top 20 finishes in his last four starts. He started with a respectable T20 at the Safeway Open and followed that with a T4 at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China where he didnt shoot worse than a 70 throughout the week to finish 15 under for the tournament. He then travelled to the RSM Classic where he didnt shoot worse than a 69 throughout the week to finish 12 under and T12 for the tournament. He started 2017 off with a solid performance last week at the in Hawaii finishing T13 which included four rounds in the 60’s (67,66,67,67).
Haas has a superb record here with two wins and three top 10’s in seven appearances. He won here in 2010 and followed that with a second in 2011, sixth in 2014, win in 2015 and a ninth place finish last year. Statswise he ranks 35th in SGP, 25th in GIR, 20th in par 4 scoring and 22nd in par 3 scoring which are all good numbers for this course. Haas hasnt shot worse than a 71 in his last 16 competitive rounds and could be one to watch here.
The young American started the season with a respectable T20 at the Safeway Open and followed thta with a T35 at the OHL Classic at Myakoba. He then started showing some solid form finishing T6 at the RSM Classic which included a 66 in round two and a 65 in round four to finish 14 under in total. Last week at the Sony Open, he had another super week shooting rounds of 64,68,65,65 to finish T4 on 18 under.
Statswise he ranks 19th in SGP, 22nd in scrambling and 15th in par 4 scoring. He played well here last year and started with three 65’s but had a dissapointing finish shooting a final round 75 to finish T6. He seems to have more experience this time around and could be another man to watch here.
List opened with a respectable T26 at the Safeway Open and followed that with five top 15’s in a row which started with a T2 at The Sanderson Farms Championship. He had another good week at the Shriners Open in Vegas finishing T15 which included a final round 64 and finished T7 the following week at the OHL Classic. He finished in a respectable T13 at the RSM Classic and started the new year with another T13 last week at The Sony Open in Hawaii.
Statswise List ranks 22nd in SGP, fifth in driving distance, ninth in par 5 scoring and 21st in par 3 scoring and looks like a player that could dominate the par 5’s with his length. He played great here last year shooting rounds of 68,68,66,66 to finish T6 and could easily improve on that this year. Its worth mentioning List has shot A 69 or better in 15 of his last 16 competitive rounds on the PGA Tour.
Reavie is another player bang in form coming to California this week with two top 25’s and two top 10’s in his last five starts. He started with a T22 at the Safeway Open and followed that with a T24 at The Shriners Open in Vegas. Reavie had another good week at the OHL Classic finishing T4 which included an impressive third round 63. He started the new year off on a positive note finishing T8 at The Sony Open last week shooting a superb 61 in the final round to post 16 under par in total.
Reavie has played well here in the past with three top 25’s in six appearances. He finished fifth in 2008, 22nd in 2012 and T17 last year. He ranks 15th in SG Approaches to the green, 24th in SGTTG and 26th in proximity to the hole. After an impressive 61 in the final round last week at the Sony, Reavie will be feeling confident here and could have a good chance.
Final selections –
Bill Haas 1pt EW 20/1
Jamie Lovemark 0.5 pts EW 33/1
Luke List 0.5 pts EW 50/1
Chez Reavie 0.5 pts EW 66/1
Total staked = 5pts
Paddypower paying seven places!
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