The 2018 CareerBuilder Fantasy Sleeper Preview
Well, what a week that was. Missile launches, cameramen on strike and five-hole playoffs….Hawaii aloha!
The Sony Open is always an early season highlight, and this year’s edition did not disappoint. With numerous different players jockeying for position, at least fifteen players headed into Sunday with dreams of winning the title.
In the end, it came down to a showdown between Patton Kizzire, the OHL Classic champion who was in the mix all week, and James Hahn, who’s final round of 62 catapulted him up the leaderboard.
Patton Kizzire hits a bunker shot on the 18th hole during the final…
Patton Kizzire hits a bunker shot on the 18th hole during the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club on January 14, 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
Their playoff went one, two, three, four and then five holes of action, and ultimately it was Hahn who cracked after he missed a par putt on the seventeenth. After years of drought, Kizzire has now won two PGA TOUR titles in the space of three months!
The Hawaii jaunt is much loved by the players, but it’s back to mainland America this week: California to be precise, La Quinta to be even preciser (is that a word!?) as we enjoy the Careerbuilder Challenge.
This pro-am event is the first of the Californian Swing, and it is one of those tournaments where you sense almost anything can happen. The opening three rounds are played on rotation across three courses – the Stadium, the Nicklaus and La Quinta itself – before Sunday unfolds at the Stadium stretch. The amateurs try their best not to disrupt their pro partners from Thursday to Saturday, before those who make the cut battle it out for honors on the Sunday.
Those courses are similar in some ways – all Par 72 and ranging from 7,300 yards (Stadium) to 7,204 yards (Nicklaus) and 7,060 yards (La Quinta), and all Bermudagrass in construction. But the actual nature changes across the board: the Stadium course rates as the fourth hardest in the US, according to Golf Digest, but then La Quinta is considerably easier: Adam Hadwin recorded a round of 59 here 12 months ago.
And the Nicklaus? It’s a tree-lined affair with stunning rolling fairways, and while the landing zones off the tee are huge, the number of hazards lurking around the greens add a degree of complexity.
Nevertheless, we’re expecting a low score to win this week, so who are the sleepers to back at the CareerBuilder Challenge?
2018 CareerBuilder Challenge Fantasy Sleeper Report
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