After an eventful Hawaiian swing produced jaw-dropping missile drives from Dustin Johnson and panic-causing missile alerts, the PGA Tour returns to the mainland for the CareerBuilder Challenge this week. And to discuss brushes with danger, our upcoming fantasy golf draft, and our Palm Springs picks, Joel Beall joined me for our weekly chat. Please have a listen.
And if you're more old school and would rather just read my normal weekly fantasy golf picks, here's my fab foursome in Palm Springs:
Brian Harman: My pick to win the Sony Open last week, he's so hot that I was shocked when he didn't. Still, the T-4 gave him five consecutive top 10s to start the season (four of those are top fives), meaning another top 10 this week and he'd be halfway to the PGA Tour-leading 12 posted by Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth last season. And it's not hard to envision another high finish from Harman considering his T-3 in Palm Springs last year.
Patton Kizzire: Yes, it's (very) early, but two wins have Kizzire on top of the FedEx Cup points list by a pretty good margin. After his Sony Open triumph, he's basically a lock for the Tour Championship and he's probably another win from securing a surprise spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team (2014 Sony Open champ Jimmy Walker followed a similar script). Despite being 6-foot-5, Kizzire doesn't rely on power (105th in driving distance, 100th in strokes gained: driving), but his all-around game has led him to victories in two tournaments where he finished an average of 18 under par. He'll need to go a little lower if he's to win this shootout, but he's more than capable.
Bill Haas: I swear, I wasn't going to pick my Wake Forest classmate for once. After all, he's coming off back-to-back missed cuts, which is about as rare as Tiger missing a cut in his prime. However, his worst score in those two events is a 71 and he is the all-time money leader at this event with wins in 2010 and 2015 along with three other top 10s. Bill bounces back this week.
Webb Simpson: Another Demon Deacon, Simpson has quietly reestablished himself as one of the most consistent earners on tour. And we know he's good with his money after sharing a hotel room with his caddie in Hawaii last week. After banking another $250K for a T-4 last week, we're guessing their in separate rooms this week, but maybe not. You shouldn't mess with what's working.
Just missed: Jon Rahm and Bud Cauley.
Knockout/One-and-done pick: Bill Haas.
And here's the podcast link again, if you want to hear Joel and I jabber: