CareerBuilder Challenge Betting Tips – 18th January 2018
Those involved in the administration of golf at the highest level have been worried about falling participation and viewing numbers for several years.
One of the key strategies used to try and attract new fans to the game is to change up the format of events on the PGA and European Tours. We’ve seen new team events, tournaments with shot clocks and shortened events all with the hope of making golf more fun.
Those efforts are to be applauded but different formats have been part of golf form many, many years. Amateurs play all types of different tournaments at golf clubs around the world and the professionals have been competing in pro-am events for decades.
Take this week’s CareerBuilder Challenge for example. The pro-am event was established back in 1960 and has been part of the PGA Tour ever since.
Over the years stars of stage and screen, sports stars and even presidents have competed in the CareerBuilder Challenge. It remains a popular event and more big names from golf and beyond will be taking part in the 2018 renewal which starts on Thursday in southern California.
Mentality the Big Challenge
When assessing the best bets for a golf tournament, the host course is usually the first place to turn. It’s a little different at the CareerBuilder challenge for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, there are three host courses used for the event. The 156 professionals in the field and their amateur partners will each play a round at the Stadium and Nicklaus Tournament courses at PGA West and La Quinta Golf Club.
After a day three cut, the winner of both the professional and pro-am tournaments will be decided with one more round at the Stadium Course on Sunday.
The second reason is that the nature of a pro-am event is a unique challenge in itself.
While most PGA Tour events are incredibly serious, pro-ams by their nature are much more laid back. They also tend to be slower in pace as the players go round in a four-ball and there’s usually more time spent looking for balls.
Mentality, therefore, is the key differentiator between success and failure at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Specifically, which player can best remain patient and know when to push for birdies across the three different courses?
Simpson Ready to Win Again
It’s always good to turn up to an event on the back of a positive result. Webb Simpson will, therefore, have an extra spring in his step as he reaches California this week.
The American didn’t win last week’s Sony Open (he hasn’t won since 2013) but he was excellent on the weekend to claim a share of fourth place.
That performance in Hawaii proved to Simpson that his game is trending in the right direction after a few tough years. The 2012 U.S. Open champion will gain extra confidence knowing that he’s placed in the top 20 four times at the CareerBuilder Challenge and might finally make his return to the winner’s circle at odds of 25/1 with Coral.
Relaxed Pair Set to Challenge
When you’re looking for relaxed players who can cope with the slower pace of the CareerBuilder Challenge, Adam Hadwin and Wesley Bryan both leap out.
Both men claimed their first wins on the PGA Tour last season and so have the luxury of not having to worry about their tour cards for this year at least. They’ve also both worked their way up through various satellite tours so understand that missing a putt or making a mistake on the PGA Tour is far from the end of the world.
Hadwin (66/1 with Unibet) and Bryan (100/1 with 888Sport) are flying under the radar with the bookies and could both return handsomely from an each-way bet.