2017 CareerBuilder Challenge

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Bob Hope Classic Golf Betting OddsPGA Tour Golf Betting Odds: The CareerBuilder Challenge is the third event of the 2017 PGA Tour calendar year, and this is really going to be a good gauge and prep for the Farmers Insurance Open at the end of the month. The tournaments ahead are the ones that are really the big leading into the first major of the season.

Catch all of the action at the CareerBuilder Challenge from Thursday, January 19 through Sunday, January 22.

2017 CareerBuilder Challenge At a Glance
Course: PGA West Stadium Course, La Quinta, CA
Par: 288
Course Length: 7,300 yards
Defending Champion: Jason Dufner 72-Hole
Tournament Record: -28 (260)

The CareerBuilder Challenge is one of the older events on the PGA Tour, as it dates all the way back to 1960. However, it has taken on a lot of different forms, including when it was a 90-hole tournament. In fact, this was a rare five-round affair up until 2012. Prior to that, this tournament was known as the Bob Hope Classic and was always popular because of its five-day nature and its relatively large prize purse.

Since 2012 though, this has been a January event that has been more traditional as a 72-hole affair.

List of CareerBuilder Challenge Winners (Since 2000)

Year Winner Score to Par
2016 Jason Dufner -25
2015 Bill Haas -22
2014 Patrick Reed -28
2013 Brian Gay -25
2012 Mark Wilson -24
2011 Jhonattan Vegas -27
2010 Bill Haas -30
2009 Pat Perez -33
2008 D.J. Trahan -26
2007 Charley Hoffman -17
2006 Chad Campbell -25
2005 Justin Leonard -28
2004 Phil Mickelson -30
2003 Mike Weir -30
2002 Phil Mickelson -30
2001 Joe Durant -36

The CareerBuilder Challenge has largely turned into an event which minor players ultimately go on to win. It's been a while since Phil Mickelson won this event in 2002 and 2004, and since that point, we really haven't seen any of the top notch players win the event. That said, in the last several years, we've seen Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson and other big time players finish second, and that's a sign that this isn't just another November tournament without any of the major players.

Jason Dufner is the defending champion of the CareerBuilder Challenge, making him the fifth straight American winner.

Most Career Wins at CareerBuilder Challenge

Wins Golfer Years
5 Arnold Palmer 1960, 1962, 1968, 1971, 1973
2 Billy Casper 1965, 1969
2 John Cook 1992, 1997
2 Bill Haas 2010, 2015
2 John Mahaffey 1979, 1984
2 Phil Mickelson 2002, 2004
2 Johnny Miller 1975, 1976
2 Corey Pavin 1987, 1991

It's Arnie's World that we're all just living in when it comes to the CareerBuilder Challenge. He's the record-holder for the most wins in this event with five, and that mark might legitimately never be broken. What makes Palmer's record all that more important is the fact that he has three more wins than anyone else.

However, in spite of the fact that there have been eight multi-time winners of the CareerBuilder Challenge, only one has won it in consecutive years. Johnny Miller won the CareerBuilder Challenge in 1975 and 1976, and amazingly, there hasn't been a back-to-back winner in over four decades.

Best Winning Tournament Scores (To Par) at CareerBuilder Challenge

Score Golfer Year
-36 (324) Joe Durant 2001
-35 (325) Tom Kite 1993
-33 (327) John Cook 1997
-33 (327) Pat Perez 2009

Of course, we're never going to see final scores in the -30 range in the CareerBuilder Challenge again on the PGA Tour just because this is now a four-round event instead of a five-round event. Still, the -36 over five days for Joe Durant in 2001 was about as impressive as it could get, as that represented an average round of just beyond -7 and would have translated into a -29 for the tournament over four rounds. Considering the fact that the record for 72 holes is the -28, 260 shot by Patrick Reed in 2014 in the CareerBuilder Challenge, it shows just how impressive of a mark that five-round total was for Durant.

How to bet on CareerBuilder Challenge

The odds of a golfer to win the CareerBuilder Challenge will generally look something like:

  • Tiger Woods + 150
  • Phil Mickelson + 250
  • Steve Stricker + 300
  • Jeff Overton + 700
  • Ernie Els + 700
  • Field + 600

These betting odds will be lower when betting on a golfer to finish in the top three, as the sportsbook must pay off three different winning bets.

A player would have to bet $10 to win $150 that Tiger Woods will win the CareerBuilder Challenge, while the bettor wagering on Jeff Overton stands to win $70 on their $10 wager.

Another commonly placed bet in PGA golf is head-to-head finish between two players. With this bet, a player doesn't really care what place the golfer finishes in, as long as the golfer wagered on finishes higher than the other golfer.

A head-to-head betting line for the CareerBuilder Challenge will look something like:

  • Tiger Woods - 190 Steve Stricker + 150

In this bet, players wagering on Woods to finish higher than Stricker will be asked to risk $19 to win $10, while bettors believing that Stricker will finish higher than Woods will bet $10 to win $15.

Those familiar with sports betting will have no trouble making the transition to PGA golf wagering, while those new to the world of sports betting should be able to pick up the concepts of PGA golf betting without to much trouble.

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