Desert Classic Preview: Rahm Ready to Repeat
Desert Classic Preview: Rahm Ready to Repeat

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

The PGA Tour heads to the mainland for the Desert Classic. You may remember this event as the Career Builder Challenge or the Humana Challenge, but most came to know this event simply as the "Bob Hope." If there's one thing we know about this event it's this – grinders need not apply. If you want to contend this week, you'd better be going low; I mean really low. Oh, and this is the start of the quirky "course rotation" events. Pay attention as some courses tend to play easier than others.

This week:
Desert Classic – PGA West Stadium Course, La Quinta, Calif.

Last Year:
Jon Rahm shot a final-round 67 on his way to a playoff victory over Andrew Landry.

FAVORITES

Jon Rahm (6-1)

Rahm is not only the defending champ this week but the odds-on favorite. There is plenty of middle-tier fire power this week in the field, but not much elite talent. With that in mind, Rahm looks like a decent value as his game looks to be close (a top-10 at the Sentry) and obviously has a good track record at this event.

Justin Rose (9-1)

Rose is the best golfer in the field, but he doesn't have the track record here that Rahm has, which is why he's the second favorite. Rose is a bit of an unknown this week as we haven't seen him play recently and he hasn't played this event since 2010, and missed the cut that year. Rose is one

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