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Grillo readies for his CB Challenge debut 01-18-2017
Emiliano Grillo
World No. 25 Emiliano Grillo is in La Quinta, California, for his debut at the 3-course CareerBuilder Challenge and kicks off on the Nicklaus Tournament Course.
The reigning PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year has been idle since a last-place finish at the 17-man (unofficial) Hero World Challenge seven weeks ago. Otherwise, he's 3-for-4 on the season with three top-20 finishes and one top 10, a T10 at the OHL Classic. The Argentine, who resides in Bradenton, Florida, won his lone TOUR title in California at the 2016 Open in his first start as a member. He came from two back with 3-under 69 and then won with birdie-4 on the second playoff hole over Kevin Na.
Rookie Dahmen plays CBC on sponsor invite 01-18-2017
Joel Dahmen
PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 527 Joel Dahmen makes final preparations for his tournament debut at the 3-course CareerBuilder Challenge and will begin at the TPC Stadium Course.
The 29-year-old was first alternate when the field was published on Friday, but cracks the field on a sponsor exemption. This is just his fourth career TOUR start, third as a member, and he's yet to make a cut. The Scottsdale, Arizona, resident finished 25th in regular-season money last year on the Tour and currently sits 45th on the reshuffle. Last week, he played The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic on the junior circuit and posted a T21 on 9-over 297 (76-75-76-70) at the wind-battered event.
Mickelson (hernia) back in action at the CBC 01-18-2017
Phil Mickelson
Returning from two sports hernia surgeries, Phil Mickelson officially gives his infamous thumbs up ahead of this week's CareerBuilder Challenge.

George Savaricas (Twitter)
Mickelson has been committed to the field but left his definitive commitment in question until now. George Savaricas of Golf Channel reported via Twitter saying, "Phil Mickelson WILL make his 2017 debut @ CB Challenge according to a source, a bit "rusty" but feels good enough to give it a go." Lefty had two surgeries over the holiday break, so a little rust should be expected as he plays his way back into form. At the same time, this has always been an event that is kind to Mickelson as he ranks second on the Career Money List at the CB Challenge, buoyed by a pair of wins (2002, 2004) and just two missed cuts in 13 tries.
Lahiri was 18-hole co-leader at 2016 CBC 01-18-2017
Anirban Lahiri
World No. 82 Anirban Lahiri returns for his second CareerBuilder Challenge and begins the 3-course rota at the Nicklaus Tournament Course.
The 29-year-old was an 18-hole co-leader last year (with three others) after a 64 (La Quinta CC) and T3 thru 36 holes with 68 (Nicklaus Tournament). He eventually finished T28 with a pair of 71s on the Stadium Course. Lahiri is making his fifth start of the season and enters off a missed cut at the Sony Open (by five) on rounds of 70-72, preceeded by a T13 at the RSM before the holiday break (68-67-70-65). He was the 54-hole leader (by four) at the CIMB Classic in October but closed in even-par 72 for T3, which is a career best on TOUR in 41 career events. The week prior, Lahiri fell just short of his 17th international victory, losing in a playoff at the Venetian Macao Open (Asian Tour).
Chris Kirk ready to rebound at CareerBuilder 01-18-2017
Chris Kirk
Chris Kirk looks to bounce back from a missed cut at last week's Sony Open in Hawaii, turning his attention to this week's CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California.
Kirk opened the new 2016-17 campaign with a bang, posting three top 10s over his first four starts. A missed cut at The RSM Classic left a sour taste in his mouth over the holiday break and he failed to find the flavor last week at Waialae Country Club. The Georgia Bulldog's history at the CareerBuilder Challenge is nothing to write home about, 3-for-4, but a T7 in 2011 is certainly notable. Kirk arrives a bit out of form, making him a very strong candidate to fly under the radar this week in all fantasy formats.
Stone looks to increase stock at CB Challenge 01-18-2017
Brandon Stone
Brandon Stone readies for his first start in a non-major on the PGA TOUR as he preps for this week's CareerBuilder Challenge.
The South African appeared at The Open Championship and PGA Championship last year to kick off his PGA TOUR career. He missed the cut in both, but this week will be his first start in a non-major, cracking the field with a sponsor's invite. Overseas the youngster is making waves, winning twice in 2016 on the European Tour, both victories coming in his home country. Stone played one year of college golf at the University of Texas so he's not unfamiliar with the United States, but his lack of familiarity with the week-to-week PGA TOUR grind makes him a wildcard this week.
Cameron Tringale back home for CB Challenge 01-18-2017
Cameron Tringale
Cameron Tringale heads home for a seventh appearance at this week's CareerBuilder Challenge.
The SoCal native, and resident, should feel very much at home this week as he tees it up just a few hours from home base. In his career he is 6-for-6 at this event in La Quinta, California, including a T16 at last year's edition. More recently, Tringale posted a 4-for-5 record in the fall, with a T27 at The RSM Classic being the highlight. If gamers are playing in a salary-cap format where a cut made is crucial, then Tringale should rank highly on the list of sleepers this week.
Grayson Murray (back) returns to action @ CBC 01-18-2017
Grayson Murray
Grayson Murray returns from a back injury as he preps for this week's CareerBuilder Challenge.
The PGA TOUR rookie opened the fall with a 1-for-3 record. His highlight finish (T8 at the Sanderson Farms) was sandwiched between the two missed cuts. Murray was scheduled to play in the OHL Classic as well before a mid-week, pre-tournament WD due to a back injury. The 23-year-old has had two months to rest the back, so he should be good to go this week in La Quinta, California. Last year on the Tour he collected eight top 10s in 17 starts.
Past champ John Cook plays 30th CareerBuilder 01-18-2017
Mark Brooks
Past champ and PGA TOUR Champions member Mark Brooks makes his annual pilgrimage to La Quinta, California, for his 30th CareerBuilder Challenge.
The 55-year-old won the 1996 edition when it was the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and contested over 90 holes. He faithfully returns every year but hasn't made the cut since a T70 in 2008. The Texan has not made more than five starts on the main tour since 2010 and hasn't made a cut since a T49 at the True South Classic in 2012. His last (of seven) PGA TOUR titles was the 1996 PGA Championship and he's not won in 134 career events on the senior circuit.
Aphibarnrat looking to improve in Abu Dhabi 01-18-2017
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Kiradech Aphibarnrat will bid to get his world ranking going the right way again when he lines up in his fourth successive Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
The big Thai entered last year's event ranked in the world's top 40 after a two-win season in 2015 but he returns to the par 72 at No. 86. Aphibarnrat missed the cut in Hong Kong on his last European Tour start in December although he had cashed in five straight tournaments before then. He also played in a couple of Asian Development Tour events at the back end of 2016 and posted T4 and T10. Although he suffered a halfway exit on debut in 2014, the 27-year-old has made his last two cuts in Abu Dhabi. A pair of weekend 78s relegated him to T72 last year while he ended T45 in 2015. Aphibarnrat is a regular cut maker in the United Arab Emirates (6-for-7) but he's only cracked the top 25 once.
Campillo readies for 4th start in Abu Dhabi 01-18-2017
Jorge Campillo
After a career-high 42nd on last year's Race to Dubai, Jorge Campillo will hope to push on again in 2017 and bank some big points in this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Spaniards have tended to do well in the desert where they enjoy the familiar sunshine and Campillo made a good impression on his first start in Abu Dhabi with T9 after recovering from an opening 74. However, a failure to break par in round one has cost him on subsequent appearances (49-63-MC since) although he did close with a 66 two years ago. Another promising sign is that the 30-year-old posted T9 at last November's DP World Tour Championship, an event also held in the United Arab Emirates. Campillo shot 68-65 on the weekend in the Euro Tour's season closer and, riding that confidence, finished T10 on his 2017 Race to Dubai opener in Hong Kong the following month. He could be a player to watch this year.
Poulter looks to change fortunes in Abu Dhabi 01-18-2017
Ian Poulter
After his injury-hit 2016, Ian Poulter will hope to come out fast and make a title challenge at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
A foot injury kept him out from May to October and that meant he missed the Ryder Cup; without him, Europe fell to a heavy defeat. From Twitter, it appears Poulter arrived in Abu Dhabi last Sunday and is returning to one of the putters he wielded with such distinction at previous Ryder Cups. He owns an impressive record at Abu Dhabi GC and has three top 10s and a T14 from just five appearances. The highlight was his second place in 2010 when shooting 20-under and finishing just one back from winner Martin Kaymer. Since returning to action, the Englishman has looked understandably rusty and ended 2016 with form figures of MC-36-21-61. It may be a little too early to invest in Poulter but his strong course form makes it tempting.
Stenson hoping to add Abu Dhabi to collection 01-18-2017
Henrik Stenson
Henrik Stenson has won the other two European Tour events held in the United Arab Emirates and will try to complete the set at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
The Open champion landed the Dubai Desert Classic in 2007 and won the DP World Tour Championship in both 2013 and 2014. It all makes sense given that he made Dubai his home for 10 years. The Swede has gone close to winning in Abu Dhabi on several occasions, finishing runner-up in both 2006 and 2008 before finishing third last year. However, before gamers invest, it's worth noting that Stenson endured a sustained run of poor form in this event between 2009 and 2015 when he missed four cuts and didn't manage a single top 20. He put that down to rust. As for his well-being ahead of this week's event? He told "It's a bit of a soft start for me in terms of practice, but the game feels pretty good. So I hope we can carry on from where I left it last year, and we'll just see if it's been conserved well enough over Christmas."
Robert will hope to Rock again in Abu Dhabi 01-18-2017
Robert Rock
Robert Rock will return to the scene of his finest hour when he tees it up at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
The Englishman beat Rory McIlroy by a shot and Tiger Woods by two to win the 2013 edition with 13-under 275. It was his second European Tour success after the 2011 Italian Open and saw him hit a peak of 55th in the world rankings but Rock hasn't been able to add any further wins and now slots in at 231 on the OWGR. Rock has only made four of eight cuts in Abu Dhabi either side of that momentous win although he's shown flashes in the last two years when T37 in 2015 and T26 in 2016 after sitting fourth at halfway. He finished 70th on last season's Race to Dubai, the eighth straight season he's cracked the top 20. The 39-year-old opened his 2017 campaign with T45 at the Hong Kong Open last month.