PGA Tour
PGA - Humana Challenge Preview
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DATES: Thursday, January 19th through Sunday, January 22nd
SITE: PGA West (Arnold Palmer Private Course), La Quinta, California
         La Quinta Country Club, La Quinta, California
         PGA West (Jack Nicklaus Private Course), La Quinta, California
COURSE ARCHITECT: Arnold Palmer (PGA West-Palmer, 1987)
         Lawrence Hughes (La Quinta, 1959)
         Jack Nicklaus (PGA West-Nicklaus, 1987)
        
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,950 (PGA West - Palmer Course)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 426 Yds10 - Par 4 453 Yds
2 - Par 5 514 Yds11 - Par 5 512 Yds
3 - Par 3 180 Yds12 - Par 3 207 Yds
4 - Par 4 396 Yds13 - Par 4 447 Yds
5 - Par 3 233 Yds14 - Par 5 569 Yds
6 - Par 5 562 Yds15 - Par 3 156 Yds
7 - Par 4 439 Yds16 - Par 4 364 Yds
8 - Par 4 358 Yds17 - Par 3 130 Yds
9 - Par 4 461 Yds18 - Par 5 543 Yds
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36 3,569 Yds36 3,381 Yds
 
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,060 (La Quinta)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 382 Yds10 - Par 4 405 Yds
2 - Par 4 434 Yds11 - Par 5 543 Yds
3 - Par 3 202 Yds12 - Par 3 202 Yds
4 - Par 4 384 Yds13 - Par 5 547 Yds
5 - Par 5 516 Yds14 - Par 4 469 Yds
6 - Par 5 527 Yds15 - Par 3 206 Yds
7 - Par 3 168 Yds16 - Par 4 454 Yds
8 - Par 4 389 Yds17 - Par 4 421 Yds
9 - Par 4 399 Yds18 - Par 4 412 Yds
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36 3,401 Yds36 3,659 Yds
 
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,924 (PGA West - Nicklaus Course)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 374 Yds10 - Par 4 412 Yds
2 - Par 4 414 Yds11 - Par 3 191 Yds
3 - Par 3 177 Yds12 - Par 4 403 Yds
4 - Par 5 538 Yds13 - Par 5 528 Yds
5 - Par 4 443 Yds14 - Par 4 375 Yds
6 - Par 4 406 Yds15 - Par 4 415 Yds
7 - Par 3 140 Yds16 - Par 5 530 Yds
8 - Par 5 509 Yds17 - Par 3 204 Yds
9 - Par 4 410 Yds18 - Par 4 455 Yds
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36 3,411 Yds36 3,513 Yds
 
Annual:  53rd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 4-7 p.m. (et),
Defending Champion:  Jhonattan Vegas
Runner-Up:  Bill Haas, Gary Woodland
Tournament Record:  324 (Joe Durant, 2001)
72-Hole Record:  255 (Steve Stricker, 2009)
54-Hole Record:  191 (Pat Perez, 2009)
36-Hole Record:  124 (Pat Perez, 2009)
Course Record:  59 (David Duval, 1999 - PGA West-Palmer Course)
  61 (Lennie Clements, 1994 - La Quinta)
  61 (Charlie Wi, 2009 - PGA West-Nicklaus Course)
Total Purse:  $5,600,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,008,000; 2nd Place - $604,800; 3rd Place - $380,800
 
2011 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Jhonattan Vegas *333Kevin Na336
Bill Haas333Matt Kuchar337
Gary Woodland333Chris Couch337
Ryan Palmer334Chris Kirk337
Brian Gay336Keegan Bradley337

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past Humana Challenge Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011*Jhonattan Vegas (333) -- Bill Haas, Gary Woodland
2010Bill Haas (330) -- Matt Kuchar, Tim Clark, Bubba Watson
2009Pat Perez (327) -- John Merrick
2008D.J. Trahan (334) -- Justin Leonard
2007*Charley Hoffman (343) -- John Rollins
2006Chad Campbell (335) -- Jesper Parnevik, Scott Verplank
2005Justin Leonard (332) -- Tim Clark, Joe Ogilvie
2004*Phil Mickelson (330) -- Skip Kendall
2003Mike Weir (330) -- Jay Haas
2002*Phil Mickelson (330) -- David Berganio Jr
2001Joe Durant (324) -- Paul Stankowski
2000Jesper Parnevik (331) -- Rory Sabbatini
1999David Duval (334) -- Steve Pate
1998*Fred Couples (332) -- Bruce Lietzke
1997John Cook (327) -- Mark Calcavecchia
1996Mark Brooks (337) -- John Huston
1995Kenny Perry (335) -- David Duval
1994Scott Hoch (334) -- Lennie Clements, Jim Gallagher Jr, Fuzzy Zoeller
1993Tom Kite (325) -- Rick Fehr
1992*John Cook (336) -- Rick Fehr, Tom Kite, Mark O'Meara, Gene Sauers
1991*Corey Pavin (331) -- Mark O'Meara
1990Peter Jacobsen (339) -- Scott Simpson, Brian Tennyson
1989*Steve Jones (343) -- Paul Azinger, Sandy Lyle
1988Jay Haas (338) -- David Edwards
1987Corey Pavin (341) -- Bernhard Langer
1986*Donnie Hammond (335) -- John Cook
1985*Lanny Wadkins (333) -- Craig Stadler
1984*John Mahaffey (340) -- Jim Simons
1983*Keith Fergus (335) -- Rex Caldwell
1982*Ed Fiori (335) -- Tom Kite
1981Bruce Lietzke (335) -- Jerry Pate
1980Craig Stadler (343) -- Tom Purtzer, Mike Sullivan
1979John Mahaffey (343) -- Lee Trevino
1978Bill Rogers (339) -- Jerry McGee
1977Rik Massengale (337) -- Bruce Lietzke
1976Johnny Miller (344) -- Rik Massengale
1975Johnny Miller (339) -- Bob Murphy
1974Hubert Green (341) -- Bert Yancey
1973Arnold Palmer (343) -- Johnny Miller, Jack Nicklaus
1972Bob Rosburg (344) -- Lanny Wadkins
1971*Arnold Palmer (342) -- Ray Floyd
1970Bruce Devlin (339) -- Larry Ziegler
1969Billy Casper (345) -- Dave Hill
1968*Arnold Palmer (348) -- Deane Beman
1967Tom Nieporte (349) -- Doug Sanders
1966*Doug Sanders (349) -- Arnold Palmer
1965Billy Casper (348) -- Tommy Aaron, Arnold Palmer
1964*Tommy Jacobs (348) -- Jimmy Demaret
1963*Jack Nicklaus (345) -- Gary Player
1962Arnold Palmer (342) -- Jay Hebert, Gene Littler
1961Billy Maxwell (345) -- Doug Sanders
1960Arnold Palmer (338) -- Fred Hawkins

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Formerly called Bob Hope Classic (2009-11), Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
(1986-2008), Bob Hope Classic (1984-85), Bob Hope Desert Classic (1965-83) and Palm Springs Golf Classic (1960-64).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2002200320042005200620072008200920102011
Jhonattan Vegas---------------------------Won
Bill Haas---------T-34T-19T-27T-16T-25WonT-2
Ryan Palmer------mcmcT-10mc---T-48T-424th
Kevin Na------T-47wd---73rdT-66mcT-8T-5
Brian GayT-52mc---mcT-44T-53T-38T-19T-15T-5
Matt Kuchar---------------T-27mcT-25T-2T-7
Charles Howell IIIT-6mcmc------T-65------T-26T-13
Justin LeonardT-6T-8T-30WonT-35mc2ndT-42mcT-13
Martin Laird------------------T-56T-54mcT-22
David DuvalT-48mc---mcT-53T-39mcmcmcT-25
Steve Elkingtonmc---T-56T-71T-35mcT-5mcT-15T-33
David TomsT-31T-51---T-29---------T-25T-42T-33
Chad CampbellT-16T-28T-56---WonmcT-50T-9mcT-48
Pat PerezmcT-6mcT-6173rd------WonT-26T-54
Jeff Overton------------------------T-48T-54
Harrison FrazarmcT-8T-9T-41mcT-8---mcT-63T-54
D.J. Trahan------------mcmcWonT-147thT-61
Mark Wilson---------------T-33---mc---T-61
Steve Marino---------------T-60T-29T-25---T-66
John RollinsT-62---------T-532ndmcmc---T-72
Bo Van Pelt------mcmc---------T-5T-26mc
Charley Hoffman---------------WonT-8T-19mcmc
Carl Pettersson------T-50mcT-35mcmc---T-39---
Johnson Wagner---------------T-13T-38mcmc---
Dustin Johnson------------------T-12T-66------
Phil MickelsonWonT-6WonT-12T-5T-45------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Harrison Frazar
Darkhorse - John Rollins
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Steve Stricker) - Finished tied for 38th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jonathan Byrd) - Missed the cut
 
NOTES:The third stop on the 2012 PGA Tour calendar has the players making
their annual visit to La Quinta, California for the Humana Classic. This event was previously known as the Bob Hope Classic. This is the first year since 1964 that the tournament does not have the Bob Hope name attached to it. The tournament will continue to honor the legacy of Hope by awarding the new Bob Hope Memorial Trophy to the champion. The purse increased $600,000 from last year to $5.6 million, with the winner receiving $1,008,000.

The tournament has been reduced from five rounds to four rounds this year and will be played on three courses instead of four. The format for the tournament is pro-am play for the first 54 holes. On Sunday, the low-70 pros and ties will play the final round on the Palmer Private Course at PGA West.

Four of the top-25 players in the world are playing this week, led by world No. 8 Dustin Johnson, who is playing for the first time since having knee surgery in November. He is joined by world No. 11 Matt Kuchar, world No. 15 Phil Mickelson and 2011 FedExCup champion Bill Haas, who is ranked 24th. Johnson, Kuchar and Mickelson are making their season debuts this week.

Greg Norman is playing in his first PGA Tour event this week since missing the cut at the 2009 British Open. He has only played in this event once before, tying for 53rd in 1986.

Last year, Jhonattan Vegas parred the second playoff hole to defeat Gary Woodland and 2010 champion Haas to earn his first PGA Tour victory. The trio finished at 27-under 333 at the Palmer course at PGA West. Vegas earned his first PGA Tour victory in only his second start as a member of the tour. He became the first player from Venezuela to win on the PGA Tour and first rookie to win this tournament.

Vegas will be looking to join Johnny Miller (1975-76) as the only players to win this title back-to-back. Seven players -- Bill Rogers (1978), Craig Stadler (1980), Donnie Hammond (1986), Charley Hoffman (2007), Pat Perez (2009), Haas (2010) and Vegas (2011) -- earned their first PGA Tour titles at this event.

In 2010, Haas hit a gutsy three-iron into the 18th green in the final round and two-putted for a birdie to win, capturing his first PGA Tour title in 141 career starts. Haas fired an eight-under 64 in the final round to beat Kuchar, Tim Clark and Bubba Watson by one shot at 30-under 330. He wasn't the first Haas to win the Hope, as his father, nine-time PGA Tour winner Jay Haas, also captured the tournament in 1988. They became the eighth father-son duo to win on the PGA Tour. Haas' first place check was $900,000 -- $720,000 more than his father earned in 1988 for winning the same tournament. The other father- son winners in PGA Tour history are Tom Morris Sr. and Tom Morris Jr., Willie Park and Willie Park Jr., Joe Kirkwood Sr. and Joe Kirkwood Jr., Jack Burke Sr. and Jack Burke Jr., Clayton and Vance Heafner, Julius and Guy Boros, and Al and Brent Geiberger. The Haas' became the fourth father-son duo to win the same tournament, joining Willie Park and Willie Park Jr. (British Open), Tom Morris Sr. and Tom Morris Jr. (British Open) and Al and Brent Geiberger (Greensboro).

In 2009, Perez knocked his second shot to two feet to set up a closing eagle in the final round en route to his first PGA Tour victory. Perez finished the tournament at 33-under 327 and won by three over John Merrick. Perez established new 36-hole (124) and 54-hole (191) records.

Hoffman two-putted for birdie on the first playoff hole in 2007 to defeat John Rollins and earn his first PGA Tour title. Hoffman finished regulation birdie- eagle to post a one-under 71 and get into the clubhouse at 17-under-par 343. The 343 total was the highest winning total since Steve Jones posted 343 in 1989.

Hope, who passed away in 2003, had been associated with this tournament since 1965 and helped raise millions of dollars for the Eisenhower Medical Center and other local charities. In 52 years, the tournament has donated more than $50 million to local charities throughout the Coachella Valley.

This event is the only tournament to be won by a left-hander three years in a row - Mickelson in 2002, Mike Weir in 2003 and Mickelson again in 2004. When David Duval carded his final-round 59 to win the 1999 Hope, he became only the third player to break 60 on the PGA Tour, joining Al Geiberger and Chip Beck in that elite category. Paul Goydos and Stuart Appleby became the fourth and fifth players to shoot 59 in 2010.

The Palmer Private Course at PGA West was designed by Arnold Palmer and opened for play in 1987. The other courses being played this year are La Quinta Country Club and the Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West.

There have been 18 playoffs since the event's inception in 1960, including 13 since 1982. Palmer was involved in three playoffs, losing to Doug Sanders in 1966 before defeating Deane Beman in 1968 and Raymond Floyd in 1971. Palmer is a five-time winner and made his 41st and final appearance in 2002. Palmer and Mickelson are the only players in tournament history to win two playoffs. The Bob Hope was the site of Palmer's last PGA Tour victory in 1973. In 2001, Palmer shot his age of 71 during the fourth round, the first time a player had shot his age in a PGA Tour event since 1979 when Sam Snead accomplished the feat when he carded rounds of 66 and 67 at the Quad Cities Open at the age of 67. Other multiple winners are: Billy Casper (1965, 69), Miller (1975-76), John Mahaffey (1979, 84), Corey Pavin (1987, 91), John Cook (1992, 97) and Mickelson (2002, 04). There have only been two wire-to-wire winners: Rik Massengale (1977) and Bruce Lietzke (1981).

Fred Couples has made the cut in 23 of his 24 appearances, which places him second all-time in cuts made. Peter Jacobsen ranks first with 24 cuts made. The only missed cut for Couples was in 1999 in defense of his title. Casper owns tournament records of 19 consecutive cuts made and most top-10 finishes with 12.

Some of the celebrity amateurs scheduled to appear are: Michael Bolton, Don Cheadle, Alice Cooper, Billy Crudup, Julius Erving, Morgan Freeman, Craig T. Nelson and Smokey Robinson.

The PGA Tour continues its West Coast swing next week in La Jolla, California for the Farmers Insurance Open, where Bubba Watson captured the event last year.

01/17 16:17:27 ET

As of January 17, 2012, at 04:17 PM ET