The standard operating procedure for the average PGA event sees the field of players play two days before the cut, after which the survivors play two more rounds to decide the winner, all on the same course. The PGA CareerBuilder tournament, which starts on Thursday, January 18, is a little different. The event is held over 3 different courses – the La Quinta Country Club, the Nicklaus Stadium Course, and the Stadium Course – with all the players rotating between all 3 from Thursday to Saturday. The cut comes after the round robin, with the players surviving the cut heading to the Stadium Course for the final round on Sunday. It is not the strongest field we have ever seen, but there are some tour veterans, including Phil Mickelson, set to tee off on Thursday. Let’s go over the golf betting preview and take a closer look at a few of the top players in this field.

Jon Rahm (+600)

At the end of the 2017 season, there was no player on the PGA Tour more consistent than Jon Rahm. He landed in the top 10 in just about every tournament that he played in the later weeks of the season, all of which was enough to get him up to #3 in the world. He has started this season the same way he finished the last, coming in second at the Sentry Tournament of champions. He is the best player in this field, and you get the sense that this is his tournament to lose.

Jon Rahm

Brian Harman (+1200)

Few players have been as active as Harman in the early stages of the 2018 season, and none have been as successful. Harman has already landed in the top 10 in 5 different tournaments, with his best performance coming at the Sentry Tournament of Champions where he landed in third. Harman is not a player who wins on a regular basis, with just 2 wins on the PGA Tour, but he is always a good bet to be near the top, so expect him to land in the top 5 here.

Patrick Reed (+1600)

Patrick Reed finished the 2017 season on a high note with a pair of top 10 finishes, but this will be the first time that he will be teeing off at a tournament event in 2018. Reed does know how to win on the tour and has picked up 5 total wins in his career, although you need to go back to the 2014 season to find his most productive year when he had 2 wins. While I don’t think he will get the win at this event, I do think he will be among the final pairings on Sunday afternoon.

Patrick Reed

Webb Simpson (+1800)

Simpson is another player in this field who has landed in the top 10 in the early part of the season, taking 4th place at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Over the years, Simpson has won 4 events on the PGA Tour, and is another one who always seems to hang around on the final day. Simpson is certainly one of the better players in this field, so it would definitely not be surprising to see him flirting with the leaderboard on Sunday afternoon.

If you are looking for a dark horse at the PGA CareerBuilder Challenge, I would suggest looking at Bill Haas. This tournament has been very kind to Haas, as he has finished in the top 10 on 4 separate occasions.

 

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