2018 CareerBuilder Challenge Picks + Predictions, Plus the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

Following Patton Kizzire’s 2nd career win last week at the Sony Open, we head this week to the annual birdie plethora that is the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic….errrrr I mean the Humana Challenge….errrr I mean the CareerBuilder Challenge Presented by the Clinton Family Foundation for Climate Change…errr wait, so it’s just simply the CareerBuilder Challenge now?  Ok, enough already. 🙂

My picks last week at the Sony Open were rock solid, as my Lockzilla Webb Simpson turned in a solid performance and finished t-4th, with my Semi-Flier Gary Woodland just a shot behind at t-7th.  My Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD play of the week Talor Gooch contended early on, then fell back a bit on Sunday en route to a t-18th finish.  Still, my three picks finishing inside the top 20 ain’t too shabby.  Also, my Hosel-Rocket BUST William McGirt predictably was well out of the mix, finishing t-65th.  Here’s to keepin’ it rollin’ this week!

Now, let’s hop into some picks:

LOCKZILLA (Last week: Webb t-4th)

Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson
– With it being a Ryder Cup year and Phil turning 48 in June, his days as a regular contender on the PGA Tour are certainly numbered.  He hasn’t won since his stunning 2013 British Open victory, but don’t let that fool you as his consistency as a regular contender certainly hasn’t waned.  Last year he made the cut in 20 out of 22 events, with a whopping 13 of them going for top 25s, the same as the year prior.  As a two-time CareerBuilder champ who also went t-3rd, t-21st here the past two years, I expect for Lefty to come roaring out of the gates in 2018 and contend right off the bat this week in the SoCal desert.

SEMI-FLIER (Last week: Woodland t-7th)

Charles Howell III
Charles Howell III
– Everyone’s favorite Sony Open pick disappointed a bit relatively speaking finishing t-32nd last week at Waialae, which may keep him a little extra under the radar this week.  Even though this tourney seems to annually turn into a putting content (which is not something I’d want to recommend CHIII for), at the same time he’s a very consistent, steady-eddy ball-striker, and has turned that steadiness into finishes of t-11th and t-12th here the past two years.  Not sure if a win is in the cards, but wouldn’t at all be surprised to see another finish around the top 10-15 mark.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: McGirt t-65th)

Patton Kizzire
Patton Kizzire
– What a ride!  Two victories in 4 events for the Auburn product.  Obviously he possesses huge upside, but after a career-making stretch, it shouldn’t shock anyone to see him crash back down to Earth, or at least the norm of teetering around the t-30th mark.  Stay away this week and thank me later.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last week: Gooch t-18th)

Cameron Tringale
Cameron Tringale
– An extra dose of BOLD this week, as I’m going well off the map with this native CA boy.  Prior to last year’s MC here, Cam had made 6 straight cuts at the CareerBuilder, including a t-14th in 2016.  Scuffling a bit lately in hist past two PGA Tour starts with a MC last week at the Sony and at the RSM in November, but I’m banking on a return to familiar fairways and greens being just what the 30-year-old needs to round his game back into form.  Cameron Tringale is your Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD play of the week!

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Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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