California Dreaming With Zach Johnson At The CareerBuilder Challenge
- 17 Jan 2017
2017 CareerBuilder Challenge Betting Preview
The CareerBuilder Challenge takes centre stage on the PGA Tour as the West Coast Swing gets underway in California and it should make for a fascinating four days of golf on Sky Sports as the first three rounds are played on each of the PGA West Stadium Course, PGA West Course and La Quinta County Club prior to the 54-hole cut and a final round on the PGA West Stadium Course...
- 17 of Phil Mickelson's 42 career wins have come on the West Coast
- Bill Haas has twice won the CareerBuilder Challenge
- 11 of the past 12 winners of this tournament have hailed from USA
|19th January - 22nd January||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
| Zach Johnson (each way)
|@ 28 / 1|
|Jamie Lovemark (each way)||@ 35 / 1|
|Charles Howell III Top-Ten Finish||@ 10 / 3|
The Market Leaders
The Stadium Course was introduced to the tournament for the first time since 1987 last year so it will perhaps be worth laying greater weight to performances from twelve months ago, while players who can cope with inclement weather should be considered as rain is forecast this week.
It is the 2014 champion Patrick Reed who is the bookmakers' favourite (18/1 with Sky Bet) and he is the highest ranked player in the field, with the world number eight looking to build on his tie for 6th in Kapalua recently, albeit there is no doubt that his form has cooled since his Ryder Cup heroics.
Bill Haas is a touch further back at 22/1 as he bids for his third title here, with the 2010 and 2015 winner in good form following a run of four successive top-20 finishes this season.
Meanwhile, another two-time winner, Phil Mickelson, makes his first start in more than three months but he hasn't won this tournament since 2004 and he isn't certain to play as he is leaving a final decision on whether to tee up until Tuesday or Wednesday so a watching brief is needed with 'Lefty'.
Other players to catch the eye include two-time runner-up David Lingmerth but his form has been disappointing since coming so close to winning this twelve months ago, while 2007 winner Charley Hoffman has secured three top-tens in four outings here and the in-form Francesco Molinari is looking to pick up where he left off last season but he did produce a poor showing here last year.
We fancy there is better each-way value to be found in the field though and Zach Johnson looks to be a perfect fit for this tournament as he is excellent from tee-to-green. The former British Open winner would have no problems with any inclement weather and he arrives in good touch following his tie for 6th at the Sony Open, while we are inclined to focus on his tie for 8th here in 2012 and for 3rd in 2014 rather than his missed cuts in the past two years. The relatively weak nature of the field gives Johnson a prime opportunity to win a first title since his 2015 Open success.
Tip #1: Zach Johnson (each way) @ 28/1 with Sky Bet.
Johnson's experience and recent form ensures he is our top tip this week but we do fancy the California-born Jamie Lovemark is decent each-way value as he bids to secure a first title on the PGA Tour after twice losing out in play-offs in his career thus far. The 28-year-old ended 2016 with a tie for 6th at the RSM Classic and returned with a tie for 4th at the Sony Open in Hawaii last week, with Lovemark clearly a good fit for this track after tying 6th on his debut here in 2016.
Tip #2: Jamie Lovemark (each way) @ 35/1 with Bet 365.
Finally, Charles Howell III no longer seems to offer value in outright markets but he is always worth checking out in the side markets, with the 10/3 for a top-ten finish looking like a solid bet. The American hasn't won a PGA Tour title since claiming his second in 2007 but he is so consistent and his tie for 8th at the Sony Open was his fourth top-fifteen in a row on the tour, while he has previous at the CareerBuilder Challenge as he has secured four top-fifteen finishes, including a runner-up effort in 2013 and a tie for 11th in 2016.
Tip #3: Charles Howell III top-ten finish @ 10/3 with Boylesports.