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World No. 482 Mark Hubbard is in La Quinta, California, for his third CareerBuilder Challenge and begins the 3-course rota on the TPC Stadium Course.

The 27-year-old has enjoyed some success at the CareerBuilder, posting a pair of top-30 finishes in the previous two editions, including a T20 in 2015. Here's hoping that the good vibes continue, as he arrives having played 72 holes in just one event this season in six starts, and that was a T72 at the no-cut CIMB Classic. The San Jose, California, resident had a little something going at the 2-course RSM, opening in even-par 70 and chasing with 7-under 65, but missed the 54-hole cut after a 6-over 76. He checks in off a missed cut (by two) last week at the Sony on rounds of 70-69.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 18 - 5:23 PM

World No. 182 Lucas Glover readies for his ninth CareerBuilder Challenge and kicks off the 3-course rota on the TPC Stadium Course.

The 36-year-old is 7-for-8 in the Coachella Valley with five top 25s, including a T15 in 2015 and T17 last year (66-71-65-70). He has one top 10, a T10 back on debut in 2006 when it was a 90-hole event. The Clemson alum opened this season with a missed cut at the Safeway in Napa, but posted a T5 at the opposite-field Sanderson Farms and chased with solo 3rd at the Shriners, the first time he's connected top-10 finishes since 2006. He was the 54-hole leader (by one) at the Shriners but backed up with a 2-under 69, dropping to 0-for-3 as the 54-hole leader/co-leader. The 3-time TOUR winner's most recent victory remains the 2011 Wells Fargo and has been idle since a T36 at the RSM in October.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 18 - 4:52 PM

World No. 229 Robert Garrigus is in final preparations for this week's 3-course CareerBuilder Challenge and begins on the Nicklaus Tournament Course.

The 39-year-old has one top 10 in eight prior visits, a T2 in 2012. That was the first of four runner-up finishes that year, ending the season with a T2 at the now-defunct Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, his most recent runner-up in 282 career events. Since then, the Phoenix resident has five top 10s in 78 starts and no podiums. He's begun this season respectably, going 3-for-4 with each cash between 26th- and 35th-place, most recently a T33 nine weeks ago at the RSM (67-68-70-68).
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 18 - 4:21 PM

World No. 238 Martin Flores takes his game to La Quinta, California, for the CareerBuilder Challenge and begins the 3-course rota at the La Quinta Country Club.

The Web.com Tour grad is making his fifth appearance and owns a pair of top 25s, including a best of T18 on debut in 2010 (when it was a 90-hole event). He missed the scheduled 54-hole cut in 2013, posted a T25 in 2014, and was T59 on last visit in 2015. The 34-year-old opened the season with a MC at the Safeway in Napa, but has since connected four straight paydays, highlighted by a T24 at the OHL Classic. He sits 9th on the WCT reshuffle with 59.013 FedExCup points.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 18 - 3:58 PM

World No. 25 Emiliano Grillo is in La Quinta, California, for his debut at the 3-course CareerBuilder Challenge and kicks off on the Nicklaus Tournament Course.

The reigning PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year has been idle since a last-place finish at the 17-man (unofficial) Hero World Challenge seven weeks ago. Otherwise, he's 3-for-4 on the season with three top-20 finishes and one top 10, a T10 at the OHL Classic. The Argentine, who resides in Bradenton, Florida, won his lone TOUR title in California at the 2016 Frys.com Open in his first start as a member. He came from two back with 3-under 69 and then won with birdie-4 on the second playoff hole over Kevin Na.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 18 - 12:21 PM

PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 527 Joel Dahmen makes final preparations for his tournament debut at the 3-course CareerBuilder Challenge and will begin at the TPC Stadium Course.

The 29-year-old was first alternate when the field was published on Friday, but cracks the field on a sponsor exemption. This is just his fourth career TOUR start, third as a member, and he's yet to make a cut. The Scottsdale, Arizona, resident finished 25th in regular-season money last year on the Web.com Tour and currently sits 45th on the reshuffle. Last week, he played The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic on the junior circuit and posted a T21 on 9-over 297 (76-75-76-70) at the wind-battered event.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 18 - 12:04 PM

Returning from two sports hernia surgeries, Phil Mickelson officially gives his infamous thumbs up ahead of this week's CareerBuilder Challenge.

Mickelson has been committed to the field but left his definitive commitment in question until now. George Savaricas of Golf Channel reported via Twitter saying, "Phil Mickelson WILL make his 2017 debut @ CB Challenge according to a source, a bit "rusty" but feels good enough to give it a go." Lefty had two surgeries over the holiday break, so a little rust should be expected as he plays his way back into form. At the same time, this has always been an event that is kind to Mickelson as he ranks second on the Career Money List at the CB Challenge, buoyed by a pair of wins (2002, 2004) and just two missed cuts in 13 tries.
Jan 18 - 11:55 AM

World No. 82 Anirban Lahiri returns for his second CareerBuilder Challenge and begins the 3-course rota at the Nicklaus Tournament Course.

The 29-year-old was an 18-hole co-leader last year (with three others) after a 64 (La Quinta CC) and T3 thru 36 holes with 68 (Nicklaus Tournament). He eventually finished T28 with a pair of 71s on the Stadium Course. Lahiri is making his fifth start of the season and enters off a missed cut at the Sony Open (by five) on rounds of 70-72, preceeded by a T13 at the RSM before the holiday break (68-67-70-65). He was the 54-hole leader (by four) at the CIMB Classic in October but closed in even-par 72 for T3, which is a career best on TOUR in 41 career events. The week prior, Lahiri fell just short of his 17th international victory, losing in a playoff at the Venetian Macao Open (Asian Tour).
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 18 - 11:49 AM

Chris Kirk looks to bounce back from a missed cut at last week's Sony Open in Hawaii, turning his attention to this week's CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California.

Kirk opened the new 2016-17 campaign with a bang, posting three top 10s over his first four starts. A missed cut at The RSM Classic left a sour taste in his mouth over the holiday break and he failed to find the flavor last week at Waialae Country Club. The Georgia Bulldog's history at the CareerBuilder Challenge is nothing to write home about, 3-for-4, but a T7 in 2011 is certainly notable. Kirk arrives a bit out of form, making him a very strong candidate to fly under the radar this week in all fantasy formats.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 18 - 11:42 AM

Brandon Stone readies for his first start in a non-major on the PGA TOUR as he preps for this week's CareerBuilder Challenge.

The South African appeared at The Open Championship and PGA Championship last year to kick off his PGA TOUR career. He missed the cut in both, but this week will be his first start in a non-major, cracking the field with a sponsor's invite. Overseas the youngster is making waves, winning twice in 2016 on the European Tour, both victories coming in his home country. Stone played one year of college golf at the University of Texas so he's not unfamiliar with the United States, but his lack of familiarity with the week-to-week PGA TOUR grind makes him a wildcard this week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 18 - 11:38 AM

Cameron Tringale heads home for a seventh appearance at this week's CareerBuilder Challenge.

The SoCal native, and resident, should feel very much at home this week as he tees it up just a few hours from home base. In his career he is 6-for-6 at this event in La Quinta, California, including a T16 at last year's edition. More recently, Tringale posted a 4-for-5 record in the fall, with a T27 at The RSM Classic being the highlight. If gamers are playing in a salary-cap format where a cut made is crucial, then Tringale should rank highly on the list of sleepers this week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 18 - 11:33 AM

Grayson Murray returns from a back injury as he preps for this week's CareerBuilder Challenge.

The PGA TOUR rookie opened the fall with a 1-for-3 record. His highlight finish (T8 at the Sanderson Farms) was sandwiched between the two missed cuts. Murray was scheduled to play in the OHL Classic as well before a mid-week, pre-tournament WD due to a back injury. The 23-year-old has had two months to rest the back, so he should be good to go this week in La Quinta, California. Last year on the Web.com Tour he collected eight top 10s in 17 starts.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 18 - 11:28 AM

Past champ and PGA TOUR Champions member Mark Brooks makes his annual pilgrimage to La Quinta, California, for his 30th CareerBuilder Challenge.

The 55-year-old won the 1996 edition when it was the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and contested over 90 holes. He faithfully returns every year but hasn't made the cut since a T70 in 2008. The Texan has not made more than five starts on the main tour since 2010 and hasn't made a cut since a T49 at the True South Classic in 2012. His last (of seven) PGA TOUR titles was the 1996 PGA Championship and he's not won in 134 career events on the senior circuit.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 18 - 10:59 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat will bid to get his world ranking going the right way again when he lines up in his fourth successive Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

The big Thai entered last year's event ranked in the world's top 40 after a two-win season in 2015 but he returns to the par 72 at No. 86. Aphibarnrat missed the cut in Hong Kong on his last European Tour start in December although he had cashed in five straight tournaments before then. He also played in a couple of Asian Development Tour events at the back end of 2016 and posted T4 and T10. Although he suffered a halfway exit on debut in 2014, the 27-year-old has made his last two cuts in Abu Dhabi. A pair of weekend 78s relegated him to T72 last year while he ended T45 in 2015. Aphibarnrat is a regular cut maker in the United Arab Emirates (6-for-7) but he's only cracked the top 25 once.
Jan 18 - 8:55 AM

After a career-high 42nd on last year's Race to Dubai, Jorge Campillo will hope to push on again in 2017 and bank some big points in this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Spaniards have tended to do well in the desert where they enjoy the familiar sunshine and Campillo made a good impression on his first start in Abu Dhabi with T9 after recovering from an opening 74. However, a failure to break par in round one has cost him on subsequent appearances (49-63-MC since) although he did close with a 66 two years ago. Another promising sign is that the 30-year-old posted T9 at last November's DP World Tour Championship, an event also held in the United Arab Emirates. Campillo shot 68-65 on the weekend in the Euro Tour's season closer and, riding that confidence, finished T10 on his 2017 Race to Dubai opener in Hong Kong the following month. He could be a player to watch this year.
Jan 18 - 7:54 AM


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