Course Preview – CareerBuilder Challenge

The CareerBuilder Challenge is unique as the players will play each of the three courses once before players are cut.  The cut after the third day is top 70’s and ties.  If there are more than 78 players tied, the cut will become top 60’s and ties.  This could make things interesting when the final players are making there way back to the clubhouse.  We will preview the three courses below that the players will rotate through.  Last year weather played a role as we were able to target the players playing the easiest course on the windiest day.  This is something to be mindful of if we get wind (no pun intended) of bad weather.

Previous Winners

2017: Hudson Swafford -20
2016: Jason Dufner -25
2015: Bill Haas -22
2014: Patrick Reed -28
2013: Brian Gay -25

Courses

TPC Stadium Course – Par 72 – 7,300 Yards

The Stadium Course was reinstated into the Careerbuilder Challenge in 2016 after being previously removed from being too difficult for the players.  This is important to keep in mind if your roster contains multiple players on the Stadium Course as their scores may not look so great compared to the golfers on the other courses.  The Stadium Course is a Pete Dye designed course that features an island hole on 17 similar to TPC Sawgrass.  The 18th is also waterlined so it is a difficult finish out there.  The players making it through the cut will get another chance to take on the Stadium Course on Sunday.

Nicklaus Tournament Course – Par 72 – 7,204 Yards

Nicklaus Tournament Course is similar to the Stadium course as it was brought into the rotation in 2016.  The Nicklaus Course is a true ball strikers haven.  The course is very forgiven off the tee so we can attack with the bombers.  There must be something about the island greens on the west coast as we have 2 here at the Nicklaus Tournament Course.  The course is also demanding around the greens so we want the players with the strongest short game.

La Quinta Country Club – Par 72 – 7,060 Yards

La Quinta has been part of the course rotation for 51 of the 56 tournament years.  The easiest of the three courses, we want our players to take advantage when playing La Quinta and get a head start before taking on the Stadium Course.  This is a course where we want the ball strikers and scorers.

Key Stats Ranked

  1. SG:T2G
  2. SG: App
  3. BoB%
  4. Par 5 Scoring

Weather

The weather looks to be calm from a wind perspective. You can see below that Thursday has minimal winds and they are going to be coming from a number of directions. Friday is showing winds picking up in the afternoon which may have me leaning towards taking Thur PM/Fri AM stacks in some lineups if the wind picks up to gusts over 20 mph. I will update any changes on Thursday morning before lock.


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