The tip is Hahn, James Hahn
Californian to build on Sony effort
Sky Sports Golf, 8pm Thursday
James Hahn produced a sensational final round at Waialae Country Club on Sunday to get into a playoff for the Sony Open title, and the Californian will be dangerous in his home state this week if he carries that form to the CareerBuilder Challenge.
Hahn, a two-time US Tour champion at the age of 36, made nine birdies on Sunday and took Patton Kizzire to the sixth extra hole before finally having to settle for the runner-up spot. With his swing in such good shape, expect Hahn to defeat Brian Stuard over 72 holes.
Hahn, who was raised in Alameda and attended the University of California, has solid event form of 4-38-20. Stuard has been playing well, but his last two starts in this event resulted in missed cuts.
Zach Johnson did well to finish 14th in the Sony despite starting the week still suffering from a flu bug. There has been a lot to like about the way the 2015 Open champion has been performing in the last six months and he can be fancied to outscore Brandt Snedeker in their CareerBuilder match.
Snedeker spent almost five months on the sidelines as he was injured from June to November, and his return to action has been unimpressive. A share of 29th in the RSM Classic was decent enough, but a poor opening round of 72 in the Indonesian Masters was followed by a withdrawal after 11 holes of round two.
Snedeker can also be opposed in the first-round twoballs. Two professionals tee off alongside two amateurs in fourballs, and Snedeker has been grouped with Patrick Reed. From the summer onwards, Reed has produced consistently good golf, signing off with tenth place in the DP World Tour Championship and fifth in the Hero World Challenge.
Reed should upstage Snedeker in their 4.40pm UK & Ireland time meeting, while Austin Cook is also worth following on day one. Cook, a precise driver who has found some superb putting form, should leave Mac Hughes behind in their 5.40pm clash.
Cook, a US Tour rookie who made his breakthrough in the RSM Classic in November, has played well since his Sea Island glory and looks a player of great potential. Hughes has missed four cuts in a row and looks far less certain of a bright future.
J Hahn to beat B Stuard
2pts 8-11 Hills
Z Johnson to beat B Snedeker
2pts 4-5 Betway
P Reed to win twoball
2pts 5-6 BoyleSports
A Cook to win twoball
2pts 8-11 Betfair, Paddy Power
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