While Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy chase golf balls and huge appearance fees in Abu Dhabi the rank and file of the PGA Tour will play the Humana Challenge at PGA West in La Quinta, California.
Phil Mickelson will open his 2013 season this week and will be on hand in the California desert.
The Humana Challenge is presented in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. Former President Bill Clinton has brought a new energy to the old Bob Hope.
The Clinton Foundation’s mission is “to strengthen the capacity of people throughout the world to meet the challenges of global independence”. The Humana Challenge brings international awareness to the work of the Clinton Foundation and is a prime example of the PGA Tour and charitable organizations working together.
Since 1960, Desert Classic Charities, the nonprofit entity that organizes the Humana Challenge, has donated more than $52 million to the Eisenhower Medical Center and numerous other local nonprofit organizations. Most recently, the 2012 Humana Challenge announced record donations of nearly $2.1 million to local organizations.
The “West Coast Swing” which starts at the Humana Challenge this week and includes the Farmers Insurance Open, the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the Northern Trust are very important for every tour player to get his season off to a good start.
In addition the players will play some of the best golf courses in the country; Torrey Pines, Pebble Beach and Riviera are all in the rotation.
The Humana Challenge is a pro-am format over the first 54 holes. Each of the 156 pros play with a different amateur partner each day on a different golf course for three days. On Sunday, the low 70 professionals and ties play the final round at the Palmer Private at PGA WEST
Mark Wilson will defend his 2012 Humana Challenge title. He claimed a two-shot victory last year over Robert Garrigues, John Mallenger and Johnson Wagner.
The 2013 Humana Challenge field will also include: Bill Haas, Brandt Snedeker, Lucas Glover, Tommy Gainey, Matt Kuchar and Webb Simpson.
Golf Channel will broadcast the Humana Challenge beginning on Thursday at 2:30 PM ET.