The 2016 fantasy golf season is off and running, as the PGA Tour heads to California this week for the CareerBuilder Challenge. A field of 156 players will tackle a rotation of three courses: La Quinta Country Club and a pair of newcomers in PGA West's Stadium Course and Nicklaus Tournament Course.
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Bill Haas won this event by one shot a year ago over a group of five players. Here are 10 players to watch in Palm Springs:
1. Patrick Reed: Reed had no problem bringing his year-end momentum into a new campaign. After six straight top-10 finishes he added a runner-up result two weeks ago in Maui, and now Reed returns to an event where he cruised to victory in 2014.
2. Matt Kuchar: Kuchar nearly missed the cut at Sony, but he rallied for a T-13 finish after a third-round 62. His record in this event includes seven straight top-25 finishes, highlighted by runner-up results in both 2010 and last year, when he led at the halfway point.
3. Ryan Palmer: Palmer has had a love affair with Palm Springs in recent years, with three top-10 finishes in the last four years. He was a runner-up here in 2013, has no problem going low and enters off a T-13 finish at Waialae.
4. Bill Haas: Haas has won this event twice since 2010, including last year by a shot, and also added a runner-up in 2011 and T-6 finish in 2014. He remains a solid pick during a year when two new courses are introduced.
5. Zach Johnson: Johnson got off to a slow start with new equipment in Maui, but he rebounded with a T-9 finish last week in Honolulu. Johnson missed the cut here a year ago but before that tallied four straight top-25 finishes, including a T-3 finish in 2014.
6. Webb Simpson: Simpson was among the large T-13 logjam at Sony, and he now tees it up at an event where he has cracked the top 25 in four of six prior trips. That includes a T-7 finish last year when he closed with a 64.
7. Charles Howell III: Howell had a quietly strong fall, and he picked up right where he left off last week at Sony (T-13), where he thrived at one of his favorite venues. That's now four straight top-25s, and his record here is highlighted by a playoff loss in 2013.
8. Kevin Na: Na lacks the recent success at this event of some of the players on this list, but his is a deserving spot after he spent the fall doing everything but win a golf tournament. Multiple brushes with the lead across a variety of courses showed that his game can travel, and that Na is ready to end his victory drought soon.
9. Charley Hoffman: Hoffman can be hit-or-miss, but when he's on he can contend anywhere. That includes Palm Springs, where he actually has found a bit of consistency in recent years: T-10 in 2013, T-9 in 2014 and a runner-up a year ago.
10. David Lingmerth: It's hard to believe that three years have passed since Lingmerth surged into a playoff in Palm Springs. He is now a far more accomplished player, though, with a PGA Tour title to his credit and now four top-15 finishes in six worldwide starts since October.