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Bob Hope Classic Golf Betting OddsPGA Tour Golf Betting Odds: The CareerBuilder Challenge, a tournament that many people still think of as the Bob Hope Classic, takes place in La Quinta, California in mid-January. Unlike many PGA Tour events, this tournament takes place over three courses, the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West, The Stadium Course at PGA West and the La Quinta Country Club. The tournament finally got rid of the five-round format in 2012, so now it is the traditional 72-hole forma, but because it is a celebrity pro-am, the cut is at 54 holes instead of 36. Because the event is a pro-am, don’t be surprised if you see a number of celebrities playing along with the pros.

Catch all of the action at the CareerBuilder Challenge from Thursday, January 18 through Sunday, January 21.

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2018 CareerBuilder Challenge At a Glance

Courses: Nicklaus PGA West, PGA West Stadium, La Quinta Country Club

Par: 72

Course Lengths: 7,113 yards, 7,204 yards, 7,060 yards

Defending Champion: Hudson Swafford

Tournament Record: -28 (Patrick Reed, 2014)

The final round of this event is played on the PGA West Stadium Course in La Quinta, California. It was designed by Pete Dye and has been listed as one of the top 100 courses in the United States by Golf Digest. The course is part of the TPC network of courses and is technically known as the TPC Stadium Course at PGA West.

The Jack Nicklaus Course at PGA West is just over 7,200 yards long and has a stroke rating of 75.3 and a slope rating of 143. It features two island greens.

The course at the La Quinta Country Club was designed by Pete Dye and features pot bunkers, elevated tees and bunkers surrounding many of the greens.

List of CareerBuilder Challenge Winners (Since 2001)

Year

Winner

Score to Par

2017

Hudson Swafford

-20

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

2000

Jesper Parnevik

-27

This event has seen a lot of low scores through the years, but keep in mind that it was a five-round tournament for many of those years. The tournament switched to the traditional four-rounds in 2012 and the scores are more in line with what you normally see at other PGA Tour events.

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

This tournament was dominated by Arnold Palmer in the 1960’s and early 1970’s, as he won it five times. No one has come close to matching Arnie’s success, but four other players have won the event twice, including Bill Haas who got his second win in 2015. Because not all of the top players in the world play in this event, it is unlikely Palmer’s record will ever be matched.

Best Winning Tournament Scores at CareerBuilder Challenge

Score

Golfer

Year

-28 (260)

Patrick Reed

2014

-25 (263)

Jason Dufner

2016

-25 (263)

Brian Gay

2013

This tournament changed in 2012 to a traditional 72-hole event, so we’ll just list the record since 2012, which is Patrick Reed’s 28-under in 2014. If you go back to the 90-hole event, the record would be -36, set by Joe Durant in 2001.

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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