Results: 861st out of 15482( top 5.5%) | 5/6 made the cut | 547 points
The rules: We play Golf Channel free fantasy golf – https://www.playfantasygolf.com/lobby – we’ll get an ad from them someday.
You have 6 players and get a $100,000 budget. Here’s my team for the weak of the Career Builder Challenge in La Quinta, CA.
1) Bud Cauley, $20,900 – He’s on the verge of a big year. To win at this tournament you need to be great around the green and he’s 29th in strokes gained around the green. As well, he’s been working out with Justin Thomas all winter. I think that motivates him to get started off the year right at this course. (I put a lot of stock into who these golfers friends are)
2) Beau Hossler, $11,300 – In order to win here, you also have to know how to navigate the greens once you get there. A big strength of Beau as he’s 4th in putting average for the season – still early, but that’s an accomplishment. He’s also from California and used to the courses out there. In a move to get our cap down a little bit, we take a flier on Beau.
3) Seamus Power, $10,300 – Coming off of a T21 here last year, he will get the nod due to his cheap price and previous success here. He’s been hit or miss this year, but recently made the cut at the Sony Open. (Side note: Seamus, what a powerful name. This dude is going to be successful in whatever he does – let’s hope one of them is competing at the Career Builder this week.)
4) Chris Kirk, $16,500 – Coming off of back-to-back top-10s in the RSM and Sony Open, Chris looks to be hitting his stride at the correct time. Last year he also played in the tournament and finished T21. I like Chris’ chances at a good price too.
5) Kevin Streelman, $16,500 – This feels a bit risky, but let me explain. He’s made all 5 of his cuts of the season so far, including 4 top-20s. As well, in 2016 at this event, he finished T11. He’s on a good streak and has had success at the course before and that’s why he ends up on the team. We also needed a seasoned veteran.
6) Grayson Murray, $20,500 – He’s made all 4 of his cuts this year, and sometimes that’s all you need playing this game. However, he’s also a few years removed from college where he played at Arizona State getting practice on West Coast style courses. In his only career start professionally at the course he finished T12. Coming off a week with all of the tournament of champions, he’ll be in a good mindset to have a great week at the Career Builder.
Budget used: $96,000. Wait to see how the team does, updates will be provided.