Fantasy golf rankings: 2017 CareerBuilder Challenge

Bill Haas hits his second shot from the 13th fairway during the first round of the Memorial Tournament.

Fantasy golf rankings: 2017 CareerBuilder Challenge

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Fantasy golf rankings: 2017 CareerBuilder Challenge

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After two weeks in Hawaii, the PGA Tour is back on the U.S. mainland for the CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, Calif.

And to help you with your fantasy-golf lineups, Golfweek ranks its top 25 players in the field.

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1. Bill Haas: Has won twice and missed just one cut in 12 career CareerBuilder starts. Was T-9 last year here. All-time money leader at this event ($2,974,215). Holds a 68.08 scoring average in 54 career rounds here. T-13, T-13, T-4 and T-20 in last four worldwide starts.

2. Patrick Reed: Won in La Quinta in 2014 and has finished T-24 and T-56 the last two years. T-6 in last start, at Kapalua.

3. Emiliano Grillo: Making his CareerBuilder debut, but his game should fit nicely here. Since a T-43 finish at the 2016 RBC Canadian Open, Grillo has four top 10s and hasn’t finished worse than T-33.

Charles Howell III hits off the third tee during the final round of the 2016 Valspar Championship.

4. Charles Howell III: Has made eight straight cuts at the CareerBuilder, including a T-11 last year. His recent form is very solid, too: T-8, T-13, T-7 and T-15 in last four worldwide starts.

5. Zach Johnson: Boasts a 67.69 scoring average in 23 career rounds here, which ranks second all-time among players with at least 16 rounds played. However, he has missed his last two cuts here, including last year. Was T-6 last week at Sony.

6. Francesco Molinari: T-62 here last year after a T-10 in 2015. Hasn’t played since a T-4 at the DP World Tour Championship, and was T-4, T-6 and first in three previous worldwide starts before that.

7. Jason Dufner: Defending champion who shot 25 under in the first year of the new rota – PGA West’s TPC Stadium and Nickaus Tournament courses, and La Quinta Country Club. Has missed just one cut in seven starts here. Missed cut last week at Sony after missing just two cuts all of 2016.

8. David Lingmerth: In 16 rounds, he has a 67.32 scoring average, which leads all players with at least 16 rounds played at this event. Closed with a 7-under 65 on the Stadium Course last year to finish second, his second runner-up finish in four CareerBuilder starts. Current form not great, but he did make cut last week at Sony and tie for 49th.

Phil Mickelson

9. Phil Mickelson: A two-time winner at the CareerBuilder, Lefty is second all-time in money at this event ($2,413,852) and has five career top 10s, including a T-3 last year. He’s made 11 straight cuts here. In 59 career rounds at this event, his scoring average is 68.33. However, he is coming off two sports-hernia surgeries this offseason and is questionable to play this week, so there is risk here.

10. Jamie Lovemark: A final-round 73 on the Stadium Course left him at T-6. This will be his sixth career start at the CareerBuilder. T-4 last week at Sony after a T-6 showing to close the fall at the RSM Classic.

11. Kevin Na: Has made nine cuts in 12 tries at the CareerBuilder. Was T-3 here a year ago despite a first-round 71 on the Stadium. T-36 last week at the Sony.

12. Jon Rahm: Making his debut in La Quinta, but there’s no denying the talent – Rahm has missed just one cut in 10 Tour starts since turning pro last summer.

Luke List (Getty Images)

13. Luke List: Shot 66-66 on the weekend last year to finish T-6. Currently, he’s playing very well with five straight starts of T-15 or better, including T-13 at the Sony.

14. Webb Simpson: Has played 30 rounds at the CareerBuilder and averaged 67.94 strokes per round. T-17 last year and has made six of seven cuts here. Last week, tied for 13th at Sony, his fourth straight made cut on Tour.

15. Paul Casey: Missed cut in both career starts, in 2002 and ’15. Also missed the cut last week in Honolulu. Talent level still warrants a spot in top 25, though.

16. Brendan Steele: Off to a good start this season (a win, T-6 and four made cuts in four starts) and has made four of six cuts here, including a T-2 in 2015 and a T-34 last year.

17. Ryan Palmer: After a strong close to last season, Palmer opened this season with a MC at Sony, where he shot 75 in Round 2. He was T-17 last year at CareerBuilder despite at final-round 73 on the Stadium. Has five top 10s here in 12 career starts, and in his last four visits to La Quinta hasn’t finished worse than T-17.

18. Scott Piercy: Has made 10 straight cuts worldwide, which makes up for lack of track record at CareerBuilder – T-30 in 2015 and three missed cuts in five starts.

Brandon Stone ran away with the title Sunday in South Africa.

19. Brandon Stone: He’s making his non-major PGA Tour debut this week. T-31 last week in South Africa after closing 2016 with a win and a T-2.

20. Russell Henley: T-56 and T-49 in two starts here, but his current form is promising – T-24 or better in last four starts.

21. Lucas Glover: Five finishes of T-19 or better in eight career starts here.

22. Charley Hoffman: He ranks T-16 in career top 10s at the CareerBuilder Challenge with five, including a win (2007). He does, however, have four MCs in 10 starts, including last year. Was T-17 at Kapalua after closing 2016 with three straight MCs.

23. Kevin Streelman: T-11 last year was his third finish of T-11 or better in seven starts here. Has made seven of last eight starts on Tour.

24. Sean O’Hair: Missed first three CareerBuilder cuts, but has gone T-41 ad T-28 since. T-11 and T-10 in last two Tour starts, too.

25. Roberto Castro: Hasn’t missed cut in four tries here, but best finish is a T-25 in 2014.

(If Mickelson doesn’t play: Colt Knost. He’s 5 for 5 in cuts made here, including a T-24 last year.)

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