The Humana Challenge, formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic, has been a stop on the PGA Tour since 1960 and has a rich history. Palm Springs always offers clear sunny skies and the two PGA West courses plus LaQuinta Country Club provide a good test for the pros. Arnold Palmer won this evet five times. Johnny Miller won in 1975 and 1976 consecutive;y.
Phil Mickelson will be making his 2015 debut this week at the Humana Challenge. He won this event in both 2002 and 2004. Mickelson is coming off one of his worst years on the PGA Tour and will want to get off to a strong start this season.
The course and the pro-am format of the Humana Challenge fit Phil’s personality and look for him to finish well in the California desert.
Pat Perez is a 38-year-old tour veteran and is also a former winner here. He missed the cut in both the Frys.com and the Shriners Hospitals for Childern last fall and finished well down the field at both the CIMB and the OHL Classic to end the year.
He worked hard on his game in the off season and finished T-17 at the Sony Open in Hawaii last week. Look for Perez to have a good week in Palm Springs this week.
Patrick Reed shot rounds of 63-63-63-71 to get to 28-under-par last year and is the defending champion. He is also coming off a come-from-behind over win Jimmy Walker at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.
He has won four events in just a little over one year and has moved to No. 15 in the Official World Golf Rankings. Reed plays with a chip on his shoulder and wants to move into the elite category on the PGA Tour.
Since winning the FedEx Cup on September, the 10-million-dollar man Billy Horschel has not found much success on the golf course. Look for that to change starting this week at the Humana Challenge.
Horschel is one of the most talented young players on tour and has set his goal to be more consistent this season. He learned that patience on the golf course is rewarded with big trophies and huge checks.
Speaking of young guys, Arnold Palmer’s grandson, Sam Saunders is in the field this week. He earned his tour card last year via the Web.com Tour and has made two of three cuts thus far. Will some of Grandpa Arnie’s good mojo rub off on the 27-year-old rookie to make a good check at the Humana?