2018 CareerBuilder Challenge expert picks, rankings, fantasy golf and betting tips
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2018 CareerBuilder Challenge expert picks, rankings, fantasy golf and betting tips


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This week, the PGA Tour heads back to the U.S. mainland and into the California desert for the CareerBuilder Challenge. Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson headline, while a number of top 50 players get in the fray on the three-course rotation. This is a low-scoring affair, meaning players have to get into the 20-under range to have a chance.


2018 CareerBuilder Challenge rankings: Top 10 picks

1. Jon Rahm -- I feel required to put Rahm at No. 1, but he really is the best player in the field. I don't sense any slump coming from him anytime soon.

2. Brian Harman -- Harman didn't play as well on the weekend at Waialae as he could have. He probably should've won the tournament. Still, he continues playing hot golf, and he sports a good record here.

3. Patton Kizzire -- Patton's probably tired from picking up his second win of the season at Sony, but he's been at a new level of clutch since turning over to a new campaign. He finds a way to keep momentum going -- huge in fantasy.

4. Phil Mickelson -- The tournament ambassador is kicking off his 2018 in the California desert. Phil was third here in 2016, so he has seen recent success, but his game is somewhat of a question mark.

5. Jason Dufner -- A good start to the year for Dufner: T-18 at the Tournament of Champions and T-11 at the Sony Open. He's a past winner here, and I like his approach so far this season.

6. Kevin Kisner -- This honestly doesn't strike me as a Kevin Kisner-type golf tournament, but the courses are short and you need to make a lot of birdies and eagles to win. Those are things Kisner does well.

7. Webb Simpson -- We recommended Simpson last week with a caveat that we weren't sure what his return to the Tour would look like. It looked like a T-4. Has enjoyed success here in the past.

8. Zach Johnson -- I'm back on the ZJ train. He stumbled on the weekend, yes, but the game is clearly there to do well and continue a strong start to the season.

9. Brendan Steele -- Steele could probably be higher on this list, with a win under his belt this season and some good results in this event. Still worthy of a green light.

10. Chris Kirk -- Call it a gut play, but Kirk has been very good this season and has consecutive top-10 finishes. Ever since he went out on his own for equipment, he's been much better.

WILD CARD: Patrick Reed -- Under normal circumstances, I would green light him. However, we have no idea what clubs he's playing (which was a big deal last year), and he's wearing Nike as part of a new deal. Lots of changes.

My DraftKings primary lineup

  1. Webb Simpson - $9,700
  2. Brendan Steele - $8,900
  3. Chris Kirk - $8,100
  4. Brandt Snedeker - $7,700
  5. Martin Laird - $7,400
  6. Nicholas Lindheim - $7,200

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