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PGA - Humana Challenge Preview
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DATES: Thursday, January 16th through Sunday, January 19th
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:  55th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 3-7 p.m. (et),
  - Thursday -- 7:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  - Friday/Sunday -- 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion:  Brian Gay
Runner-Up:  Charles Howell III, David Lingmerth
90-Hole 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; Robert Garrigus,
  Ryan Moore, 2012 - PGA West-Nicklaus Course)
Total Purse:  $5,700,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,026,000; 2nd Place - $615,600; 3rd Place - $387,600
 
2013 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Brian Gay *263Ryan Palmer265
Charles Howell III263Nicholas Thompson265
David Lingmerth263Kevin Chappell266
James Hahn264Jason Kokrak266
Scott Stallings264Six players at267

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past Humana Challenge Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013*Brian Gay (263) -- Charles Howell III, David Lingmerth
2012Mark Wilson (264) -- Johnson Wagner, Robert Garrigus, John Mallinger
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
Player2004200520062007200820092010201120122013
Brian Gay---mcT-44T-53T-38T-19T-15T-5T-42Won
Charles Howell IIImc------T-65------T-26T-13T-49T-2
David Lingmerth---------------------------T-2
Charley Hoffman---------WonT-8T-19mcmcmcT-10
Billy Horschel------------------mcmc---T-10
Robert Garrigus------T-19mc---T-14------T-2T-16
John Rollins------T-532ndmcmc---T-72T-66T-16
Brandt Snedeker---------T-60------T-10mcT-8T-23
Zach JohnsonT-20---------------------T-8T-23
Jeff Overton------------------T-48T-54T-54T-27
Bo Van Peltmcmc---------T-5T-26mcT-54T-27
Johnson Wagner---------T-13T-38mcmc---T-2T-37
Justin LeonardT-30WonT-35mc2ndT-42mcT-13T-54T-37
Martin Laird------------T-56T-54mcT-22T-14T-47
Carl PetterssonT-50mcT-35mcmc---T-39---T-42T-47
D.J. Trahan------mcmcWonT-147thT-61mcT-56
Harris English------------------------T-19T-65
David Toms---T-29---------T-25T-42T-33T-6T-79
Mark Wilson---------T-33---mc---T-61Wonmc
John Mallinger---------mc---T-25mc---T-2mc
Pat PerezmcT-6173rd------WonT-26T-54T-14mc
Bill Haas---T-34T-19T-27T-16T-25WonT-2T-64mc
Jhonattan Vegas---------------------Wonmcmc
Chad CampbellT-56---WonmcT-50T-9mcT-48mcmc
Webb Simpson---------------T-5T-33T-13---mc
Jonas Blixt------------------------mc---
Keegan Bradley---------------------T-7------
Rickie Fowler------------------mc---------
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Pick to Win - Zach Johnson
Darkhorse - Harris English
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jordan Spieth) - Missed the cut
Last Week's Darkhorse (Woody Austin) - Missed the cut
 
NOTES:The third stop in 2014 for the PGA Tour has the players making their
annual visit to La Quinta, Calif., for the Humana Classic. This event was previously known as the Bob Hope Classic. 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.

The tournament continues to honor the legacy of Bob Hope by awarding the Bob Hope Memorial Trophy to the champion. 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 53 years, the tournament has donated more than $52.5 million to local charities throughout the Coachella Valley. The purse increased $100,000 from last year to $5.7 million, with the winner receiving $1,026,000.

Nine of the top 50 players in the world are playing this week, led by world No. 6 Zach Johnson, who won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions two weeks ago. He is joined by Brandt Snedeker (14), Webb Simpson (20), Keegan Bradley (22), 2010 champion Bill Haas (31), Billy Horschel (40), Jonas Blixt (44), Harris English (47) and Rickie Fowler (48).

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.

Last year, Brian Gay birdied the second playoff hole to defeat Charles Howell III and David Lingmerth. Gay earned his fourth career PGA Tour victory and first since capturing the St. Jude Classic in 2009. Gay will be looking to join Johnny Miller (1975-76) as the only players to win this title back-to- back.

In 2011, 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. 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. 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.

Haas hit a gutsy 3-iron into the 18th green in the final round and two-putted for a birdie to win in 2010, capturing his first PGA Tour title in 141 career starts. Haas fired an 8-under 64 in the final round to beat Matt 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 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 1-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.

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, and Jim Furyk was the last to do it in 2013.

There have been 19 playoffs since the event's inception in 1960, including 14 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.

The PGA Tour continues its West Coast swing next week in La Jolla, Calif., for the Farmers Insurance Open, where defending champion and world No. 1 Tiger Woods is expected to make his season debut.

01/14 16:52:16 ET

As of January 14, 2014, at 04:52 PM ET

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Local
3rd
CAR 3
TOR 1
 
2nd
DUKE 36
UCONN 30
 
Half
CHI 52
NYK 45
 
2nd
HOU 35
NOP 37
 
10:00pm Tonight
SAC
MIL
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GSW
OKC
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
 
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
 
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
1st OT
SDKST 66
IDST 63
 
2nd
RIDE 57
MRGST 46
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
2nd
CHAR 50
APP 45
 
2nd
MISS 47
CCAR 51
 
2nd
DUKE 36
UCONN 30
 
2nd
BRAD 57
EUREK 31
 
2nd
PEAY 50
OAKC 36
 
2nd
JST 44
SMISS 22
 
Half
SD 27
MNTST 26
 
1st
UAB 19
LSU 14
 
1st
EVAN 17
OHIO 18
 
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3rd
PIT 0
COL 0
 
3rd
PHI 1
FLA 1
 
3rd
CAR 3
TOR 1
 
3rd
CLB 3
WAS 3
 
2nd
MON 0
ANA 1
 
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JAC 0
TEN 10