La Quinta, California – The Desert Classic is a unique event in that the format includes a three-course rotation and a field cut after 54 holes instead of 36.
The three courses in play this week are: The PGA West Stadium Course (7,113-yard, par 72, the Nicklaus Course at PGA West (7,159-yard, par 72), and the La Quinta Country Club (7,060, par 72).
The Stadium Course plays the most difficult, but all three rank among the easiest the tour plays all season. For fantasy leagues that have daily player rotation, keeping track of which course a player is on is crucial to being competitive.
When selecting lineups this week, there will be a lot of focus on Par-5 Scoring, Birdie Percentage, and SG: Tee-to-Green statistics, but SG: Putting should also factor heavily. This week turns into a birdie fest, so be sure to take players that can go super low.
2018 – 22 Jon Rahm (Runner Up, Playoff: Andrew Landry)
2017 – 20 Hudson Swafford (Runner Up: -19 Adam Hadwin)
2016 – 25 Jason Dufner (Runner Up, Playoff: David Lingmerth)
2015 – 22 Bill Haas (Runners Up: -21 Charley Hoffman, Matt Kuchar, Park Sung-Joon, Brendan Steele, & Steve Wheatcroft)
2014 – 28 Patrick Reed (Runner Up: – 26 Ryan Palmer)
2013 – 25 Brian Gay (Runners Up, Playoff: Charles Howell III & David Lingmerth)