Jon Rahm, the fourth-ranked player in the world, is among the golfers making early commitments to the CareerBuilder Challenge to be played in January.
Rahm and tournament ambassador Phil Mickelson, a two-time winner of the event, are among the biggest names to make the commitment to the PGA Tour event, which will celebrate its 59th year in the desert. They are also two of the five players currently in the top 50 in the world committed to the event.
Rahm, from Spain and who played his college golf at Arizona State, represents Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert on tour. Rahm won on both the PGA Tour and the European Tour in 2017.
Other notable names on the early list are defending champion Hudson Swafford, who earned his first PGA Tour victory in the tournament last January. Two-time CareerBuilder winner Bill Haas, Brandt Snedeker and Patton Kizzire, who won his first tour event three weeks ago at the OHL Classic in Mexico, are also in the field.
Past champions of the tournament making early commitments include Chad Campbell, Jhonattan Vegas and Mark Wilson.
Major champions in the field already include Angel Cabrera, a winner of the Masters and the U.S. Open, and two-time U.S. Open winner Lee Janzen. Kevin Chappell, who played on his first Ryder Cup team for the United States this year, is also in the field.
Other players who have won PGA Tour events committed to the event include Ryan Armour and Austin Cook, who like Kizzire have won during the Fall Series on the tour this season, Bryson DeChambeau, Ken Duke, Matt Jones, Martin Laird, Hunter Mahan, John Merrick
The tournament will be played Jan. 18-21 at three courses, the Stadium and Nicklaus Tournament courses at PGA West in La Quinta and La Quinta Country Club. The tournament will also feature driving range concerts by Huey Lewis and the News and the Goo Goo Dolls.
When: Jan. 17-21
Where: Stadium Course and Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West, La Quinta Country Club
Defending champion: Hudson Swafford
Television: Golf Channel
Tickets, information: careerbuilderchallenge.com
Written by Larry Bohannan, posted by The Desert Sun: https://www.desertsun.com/story/sports/golf/careerbuilder/2017/11/30/jon-rahm-phil-mickelson-head-early-list-careerbuilder-golfers/911568001/