2018 CareerBuilder Challenge - TV Schedule & Predictions

This page has TV schedule and prediction for the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge. The PGA Tour tournament is first event of the West Coast swing. Jason Dufner is the defending champion. The 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge is scheduled for January 18-21.

TV Schedule
*Subject to change, error

First Round - Thursday January 18 - Golf Channel (3 PM ET - Live)
Second Round - Friday January 19 - Golf Channel (3 PM ET - Live)
Third Round - Saturday January 21 - Golf Channel (3 PM ET - Live)
Final Round - Sunday January 22 - Golf Channel (3 PM ET - Live)

Trends / Predictions

✪ The CareerBuilder Challenge is one of very few events on the PGA Tour, contested on three different courses with a 54-hole cut. Course learning is required, but the courses are on the easy side so minimal effort is needed. Winning here is about going low for all four rounds; one bad round is all it takes to be out of contention. Scoring average or birdie average is a good indicator of whom will play well at this tournament.

*Last Season
Scoring: Jon Rahm, Bill Haas, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Lucas Glover
Birdies: Jon Rahm, Scott Piercy, Brandt Snedeker, Luke List, Robert Garrigus

✪ This is one of only a handful of pro-am events on tour. Playing alongside an amateur or a famous celebrity can be a distraction, and not every professional golfer deals with it well. There are two types of players who could handle it -- one who is supremely focused on what he is doing and one who learns to embrace his amateur partner. Former champions, Patrick Reed and Phil Mickelson, are good examples of these types of players.

Best Records: Bill Haas (2 wins, last one in 2015), Patrick Reed (1 win, best tournament score since format change in 2012), Phil Mickelson (2 wins, both came before 2005), David Lingmerth (2-time runner-up)
Best pro-am players: Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker, Bill Haas

✪ In-form players tend to perform well at the CareerBuilder. The last two winners, Hudson Swafford and Jason Dufner, had a top-15 finish in the prior week. Swafford actually contended at the 2017 Sony Open until a bad final round relegated him to a T13. Players who rank high in the early FedEx Cup standings should do well here as well.

Sony Open's Top Finishers: Patton Kizzire, James Hahn, Tom Hoge, Webb Simpson, Brian Stuard, Brian Harman, Ben Martin
FedEx Cup Standings: Patton Kizzire, Austin Cook, Brian Harman, Brendan Steele, Chesson Hadley
Confidence Index: 1. Jon Rahm 2. Patton Kizzire 3. Bill Haas 4. Patrick Reed 5. Brian Harman

Staff's Prediction: Jon Rahm wins 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge

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