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.
After a little bit of will-he-won’t-he, Phil Mickelson is going to play in the CareerBuilder Challenge this week, the first year Mickelson is considered the ambassador (read: sort-of host) of the event. There had been some doubt if Mickelson would play after the five-time major winner had a pair of off-season surgeries to repair a sports hernia he dealt with throughout 2016. Following an October procedure that had him on pace to start the year in the California desert, a second surgery in December led to some speculation Mickelson would be unable to compete.
Ernie Els is still getting it done in his late 40s. Tiger Woods will make his season debut next week at the Farmers Insurance Open, kicking off a stretch of four planned starts in a five-week span. Some would see there’s not a snowball’s chance on the sun of Woods winning another major.