After opening the year in Hawaii, the PGA Tour kicks off the California Swing this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California. Formerly the Bob Hope Classic, this event also features a large pro-am portion that will push the cut to Saturday
You could say that after nearly 18 straight months in the news cycle, it’s been all quiet on the daily fantasy sports front since November, when the two leading companies in the fast-growing space, FanDuel and DraftKings, announced their intention to merge by the end of 2017. This comes two months after FanDuel added English Premier League (EPL) soccer to its sports lineup. Taken together, EPL soccer and pro golf suggest that FanDuel is making itself look more like DraftKings in anticipation of the time when the companies will slim to one platform.
The most stirring debate of the week has nothing to do with the CareerBuilder Challenge and everything to do with TrackMan numbers. Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee began the discussion by tweeting out that "Last week 30 of 32 players hit their tee shots [with] a descending blow." You can see that below. It became a controversial tweet, and several accounts questioned the numbers, eventually to the extent that Rory McIlroy chimed in.