CareerBuilder Challenge: Wednesday Flyover


LA QUINTA, Calif. (January 17, 2018)— the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge, formerly known as the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, began its Pro-Am round today from the Stadium Course at PGA West La Quinta, California.

The other courses used for this year’s tournament be the Nicklaus Tournament Course (also at PGA West) and La Quinta Country Club.

PGA TOUR Pro Adam Hadwin

Professionals expected to tee off in the 58-year-old event include World Golf Hall of Fame member Phil Mickelson, as well as Hudson Swafford, Patrick Reed, Jon Rahm, Patton Kizzire, , Jhonattan Vegas, Adam Hadwin, Bubba Watson, Maverick McNealy, and John Daly.

Mickelson returns to the CareerBuilder Challenge as its tournament ambassador, a position he attained in 2017. Mickelson finished last year T21, shooting an 11-under 277.

Swafford won last year’s tournament in a one-stroke win over Canada’s Adam Hadwin after shooting a 20-under 268.

Also in this year’s lineup is amateur Palm Desert (Calif) High School senior Charlie Reiter, who will mark his second professional start.

This year’s purse is $5,900,000. The winner will receive $1,062,000, which is an increase over the $1,044,000 in which the winners won in 2016 and 2017.

However, the real winner of this tournament is the tournament host organization Desert Classic Charities.

PGA TOUR Pro Jon Rahm

Desert Classic Charities have provided more than $60 million to the Eisenhower Medical Center and other nonprofit organizations. The PGA TOUR and its tournaments have generated more than $180 million for charitable causes and 2017. The all-time total generated for charity by the PGA TOUR exceeds $2.65 billion.