2018 PGA CareerBuilder Challenge Betting Prediction

2018 PGA CareerBuilder Challenge Betting Prediction

Written by on January 16, 2018

PGA events tend to follow a very similar pattern, so it’s always fun to see one that offers up something a little different. One such event is the CareerBuilder Challenge, which is held over 3 different courses. Each of the players taking part rotates between the La Quinta Country Club, the Nicklaus Stadium Course, and the Stadium Course, which will serve as host, and also be the course that the players who make the cut play on come Sunday afternoon.  It’s a decent field of players that are making the trip to this event, and the field will include Phil Mickelson, a real temptation for the CareerBuilder Challenge betting action, who will be making his first appearance of the season. Let’s take a closer look at the top contenders for the PGA CareerBuilder Challenge and it’s latest golf odds, which tees off on Thursday, January 18.

2018 PGA CareerBuilder Challenge Betting Prediction

Tournament Info

  • Location: La Quinta, California
  • Established: 1960
  • Courses: PGA West Stadium Course, PGA West Course, La Quinta Country Club
  • Par: 72
  • Tour: PGA Tour
  • Format: Stroke play
  • Prize fund: $5.9 million

2018 Top Contenders

Jon Rahm

  • Turned professional: 2016
  • Professional wins: 3
  • Best result in major championships: Tied at 23 in U.S. Open
  • CareerBuilder Challenge Betting Odds: +800
The Spaniard was one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour last year, and while he only picked up a single win, he did climb all the way up to #3 in the world rankings. Rahm has a couple of tournaments under his belt this season, and already has a second place finish, which came at the Sentry Tournament of Champions a couple of weeks back. He is almost certainly going to be the player that they will all be chasing this weekend, and I think he is the one who will come away with the win.

Brian Harman

  • Turned professional: 2009
  • Professional wins: 3
  • Best result in major championships: Tied 2 in U.S. Open
  • CareerBuilder Challenge Betting Odds: +1100
Harman has been a busy man at the start of the 2018 season and has already earned himself 5 top 10 finishes, with third at the Sentry Tournament of Champions his best result thus far. This is another guy who has had success on the tour without landing atop the leaderboard very often. He has 2 career wins in the PGA, but always seems to be hovering near the top on the final day. Harman is someone you may want to look at if you are looking to play someone to finish top 3 or 5.

Patrick Reed

  • Turned professional: 2011
  • Professional wins: 5
  • Best result in major championships: Tied 2 in PGA Championship
  • CareerBuilder Challenge Betting Odds: +1500
Reed will be making his first start of 2018, and he will be looking to build on his strong finish to the 2017 season, where he closed out with a pair of top 10 finishes. Reed has had more success on the tour than the players we have already mentioned, winning 5 events over the years, although his best season came back in 2014 when he bagged a pair of wins. Patrick Reed is among the favorites at the CareerBuilder Challenge Betting Odds. He currently ranks #25 in the world, and while I don’t see him winning this one, he is certainly good enough to hang around on Sunday afternoon.

Webb Simpson

  • Turned professional: 2008
  • Professional wins: 4
  • Best result in major championships: Won U.S. Open in 2012
  • CareerBuilder Challenge Betting Odds: +1500
Simpson comes into this event having won 4 tour events in his PGA career, and he already has a top 10 finish under his belt this season, finishing 4th at the recent Sony Open in Hawaii. Simpson is one of those consistent types of players who never seem to get to the top of the leaderboard, but who may well be a legitimate threat in a field that is not really the strongest. A top 10 finish is the most likely outcome for Simpson. If you are one of those golf bettors who like to play a specific player, you may well have your eye on Phil Mickelson this weekend. You can get Lefty at odds of +1800. If you are looking for a real longshot, take a look at Bill Haas (+4000), as he is a player that really seems to enjoy playing this event, finishing in the top 10 4 times.

Winners Since 2000

  • 2017: Hudson Swafford
  • 2016: Jason Dufner
  • 2015: Bill Haas
  • 2014: Patrick Reed
  • 2013: Brian Gay
  • 2012: Mark Wilson
  • 2011: Jhonattan Vegas
  • 2010: Bill Haas
  • 2009: Pat Perez
  • 2008: D. J. Trahan
  • 2007: Charley Hoffman
  • 2006: Chad Campbell
  • 2005: Justin Leonard
  • 2004: Phil Mickelson
  • 2003: Mike Weir
  • 2002: Phil Mickelson
  • 2001: Joe Durant
  • 2000: Jesper Parnevik