Bill Haas among favourites to retain CareerBuilder Challenge

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The Sony Open produced some emphatic golf throughout last week but one player showed some unbelievable talent on the final day to secure victory.

Fabian Gomez took his golf to a whole other level on Sunday producing ten birdies and carding an eight under 62 to force a play-off with established PGA Tour winner Brandt Snedeker. The Argentine overcame the efforts of Snedeker in the play-off and obtained just his second victory on the PGA Tour.

Last week produced a shock winner, but will this week manufacture a similar outcome or will the big names return to form at the CareerBuilder Challenge in California.


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The tournament itself is known throughout the golfing world as an event that always produces birdies and low scoring rounds. Bill Haas was evidence of this last year, with the American scoring a total of 22 under par to win, which was helped by his impressive nine under, 63 during the second round.

156 players will all play three rounds on three different courses before getting cut down to roughly 72 for the final round. The three courses consist of the La Quinta Country Club and two new additions this year in the form of the PGA West's TPC Stadium Course and the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course. PGA West consists of six Golf courses and the TPC Stadium Course is considered among the hardest.

The field is dominated by accomplished American Golfers, with the likes of Patrick Reed, Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson and last year's winner Bill Haas taking centre stage.

Haas has two wins and a runner-up finish in this tournament which doesn't come as a surprise with the iron game that the American has.

Another unbelievable iron player and one that boasts probably the best on the PGA Tour is Englishman Paul Casey. Casey took the 2015 season by storm acquiring eight top ten finishes on the tour after a few years of lurking in the shadows of other golfing greats.

The Englishman won't be consumed by the hype surrounding the American contingent and will be focused on the task at hand. Using his experience to turn his underdog status into a positive motivator heading into the tournament.

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