The Desert Classic golf tournament is set for Jan. 17-20 at the TPC Stadium Course, Nicklaus Tournament Course and La Quinta Country Club in La Quinta, Calif. That means it’s time to pick your optimal FanPicks fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here’s what our best Desert Classic 2019 lineup looks like (with top golfers, and sleepers):
Adam Hadwin ($7,100)
His three visits to La Quinta have yielded finishes of T6, 2 and T3. Last year, he posted four rounds in the 60s in finishing two strokes behind winner Jon Rahm. His solo second here in 2017 included a tasty third-round 59.
Phil Mickelson ($6,900)
Lefty was last seen outlasting Tiger in The Match over Thanksgiving weekend, so he’s rested and ready to display his usual desert dominance. He’s won twice in La Quinta and was T3 as recently as 2016. Of his 43 PGA Tour wins, 18 have come in January and February, when the schedule puts the players west of the Rockies.
Lucas Glover ($6,300)
The 2009 U.S. Open champion dipped back down into the Web.com ranks to earn his Tour card for 2018, and he’s playing like he wants to stay. In four Tour starts in late 2018, he didn’t finish outside the top 17. He’s 10th on Tour in both scoring average and GIR. Given the personal battles he’s fought over the last year, we’re rooting for him.
Corey Conners ($5,600)
His season has had a feast-or-famine quality to it thus far — three missed cuts, a solo second, a T23 and a T3 at the Sony last week, when he went 68-67-64-64. We’re going with the notion that he found something out on the islands, where he was T3 in GIR and made a ton of putts.
Bud Cauley ($5,500)
Another rootable guy given his obstacles. A serious car crash at last year’s Memorial threatened his career, but he returned to the Tour in late 2018 and played well, with a T10 at the Shriners. His three trips to La Quinta have produced finishes of T14, T3 and T14.
Hunter Mahan ($5,300)
Mahan’s looking to write a second chapter to a career that went off the rails. He recaptured his Tour card at the 2018 Web finals and posted a T15 in his most recent outing, the RSM in November. He’s played on seven Cup teams (Ryder or Presidents) in his career, so it’s still in there somewhere.