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Nick Taylor Headshot

Taylor finished in a tie for 20th at the CareerBuilder Challenge, after carding a six-under 66 during Sunday's final round.

Taylor shot up 46 spots on the leaderboard during the fourth round, thanks to potting six birdies and no bogeys throughout the effort. In fact, the Canadian only had four bogeys the entire tournament, fourth least out of the field. A large reason was Taylor ranked eighth in SG: Tee-to-green and 13th in scrambling, but he unfortunately also ranked 54th in SG: Putting, and wasn't able to consistently place circles on the scorecard. The 29-year-old will look to carry over his sharp swing to this week's Farmers Insurance Open.
8:31 pm (EST)
Charles Howell Headshot

Howell shot a one-under 71 in his fourth round Sunday, finishing in a tie for 20th at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Although Howell wasn't able to make much of a run Sunday, he did roll in an impressive 49-foot birdie put on the 13th that rolled a third of the way to the hole on the fringe -- and since eight people finished in a tie for 20th on the leaderboard, Howell theoretically wouldn't have secured a top-25 finish had the putt not dropped. The Oklahoma State graduate has now made every cut but one this season on Tour, and is now up to 26th in the FedExCup standings. The 38-year-old's swing was in tune during the event, evidenced by him ranking ninth in SG: Off-the-tee and fourth in SG: Around-the-green, but was set back by his putting stroke which ranked 69th in SG: Putting. Howell will look to calm his nerves on the green in this week's Farmers Insurance Open.
8:15 pm (EST)
Stewart Cink Headshot

Cink shot an even par 72 on Sunday, finishing in a tie for 20th at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

The 44-year-old entered the final round in 11th place seeking his first top-10 finish this season on Tour, but couldn't gather any momentum after back-to-back bogeys on the third and fourth holes. Even with the high finish, Cink didn't have his best stuff and only hit 55 percent of his fairways, but was able to convert 71 percent of his sand saves, staving away pesky bogeys. The veteran has gotten off to a strong start to 2017-18 now reeling in three top-25 finishes, and will look to continue his strong season in this week's Farmers Insurance Open.
8:01 pm (EST)
Brian Harman Headshot

Harman dropped two spots on the leaderboard after shooting a one-under 71 on Sunday during his final round, finishing in a tie for 20th at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Although this could oddly be considered a disappointing result for the 31-year-old since he'd raked in four straight top-five finishes prior to the event, Harman has still finished in the top-25 in every Tour event in 2017-18. Harman continues to climb up the World Golf Rankings as well and now sits at 20th, along with seventh on the FedExCup this season. Although this effort wasn't as spectacular as his previous efforts, the left-hander still ranked in a tie for 12th in driving accuracy out of the field, his 1.609 putts per green in regulation ranked in a tie for 19th, and he sank 23 birdies -- tied for 15th most. Harman will look to continue his hot start on Tour in this week's Farmers Insurance Open.
7:45 pm (EST)
Ryan Palmer Headshot

Palmer finished in a tie for 20th on Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, after carding a one-under 71 during his fourth round.

The 41-year-old has now made back-to-back cuts on Tour for the first time since June 2017, and could have finished higher on the leaderboard had he not found the drink on the 11th hole, which led to a double bogey. Regardless, Palmer was able to efficiently minimize his bogeys, and the five he carded ranked in a tie for 15th least out of the field, a huge key for his top-25 result. Palmer also had his drive dialed in, ranking third out of the field in SG: Off-the-tee and in a tie for second in fairways hit. The Texan will look to build off the performance this week in the Farmers Insurance Open.
7:32 pm (EST)
Ricky Barnes Headshot

Barnes shot a two-under 70 on Sunday during his final round, allowing him to finish in a tie for 20th at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Barnes' Sunday effort was the definition of an up-and-down performance, as he reeled off five straight birdies from the seventh hole to the 11th to spring up the leaderboard, but followed the surge up by going three-over in his next four holes, dropping him down to the edge of the top-25 finishers. The 36-year-old was able to excel around the dance floor in California, as he ranked in a tie for 13th out of the field in SG: Putting, along with 14th in SG: Around-the-green. Barnes is currently lined up as an alternate for this week's Farmers Insurance Open, so if a player withdraws for the event, he'll have an opportunity to tee it up Thursday.
7:18 pm (EST)
Zach Johnson Headshot

Johnson finished in a tie for 20th place at the CareerBuilder Challenge, after carding a two-under 70 in his final round Sunday.

The 41-year-old was able to roll in five birdies during his fourth round, but an errant shot that found the water on the 10th hole lead to a double bogey, limiting his push up the leaderboard. Johnson's top-25 finish was sparked by an impressive eight-under 64 second round placing him towards the top of the pack, but he wasn't able to garner a charge at the title, as he went a combined one-under for his last 36 holes. Johnson's accuracy and putting led the way in California, as he ranked in a tie for 20th out of the field for greens hit in regulation and also tied for 28th in driving accuracy, while his 1.615 putts per green in regulation was 23rd best. Despite now owning six straight top-25 finishes on Tour dating back to the BMW Championship on Sep. 14, Johnson will not participate in this week's Farmers Insurance Open.
7:06 pm (EST)
Andrew Putnam Headshot

Putnam closed with a three-under 69 on Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge and finished in a tie for 17th place.

Putnam was able to shoot in the 60's in all four rounds in Palm Springs. He also made just four bogeys for the week. Putnam put together a strong week with his irons and wedges as he led the field in greens hit in regulation at nearly 85 percent. His conversion rate wasn't as strong as he needed it to be to contend for the win, however, as he ranked 68th in putts per GIR. Putnam will look to have a better putting week at the Farmers Insurance Open.
3:46 pm (EST)
Peter Uihlein Headshot

Uihlein shot a three-under 69 on Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to finish in a tie for 17th place.

Uihlein carded five birdies to two bogeys in the final round. He made 25 total birdies for the week, which was fourth best in the field, but also had 10 bogeys that kept him from contending for the win. Uihlein showed a solid all around game ranking T29 in greens hit in regulation and 11th in putts per GIR. He will play his third event in a row at the upcoming Farmers Insurance Open.
3:38 pm (EST)
Bud Cauley Headshot

Cauley finished in a tie for 14th place at the CareerBuilder Challenge after firing a six-under 66 on Sunday.

Cauley saved his best round of the week for the final round, and he was able to move up the leaderboard 28 positions. Oddly enough he got off to a slow start, going one-over through his first four holes, before playing the last 14 holes bogey-free with seven birdies. Cauley did not have one of his better ball striking weeks in Palm Springs, as he ranked outside the top-60 in both greens in regulation and driving accuracy. He was top-20 in both scrambling and putts per GIR, however. Cauley will be teeing it up again this week at the Farmers Insurance Open.
3:11 pm (EST)
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