The PGA Humana Challenge in La Quinta, California brings in some of the PGA’s premier talent for a non-major tournament. PGA legend Phil Mickelson headlines some of the biggest names in golf. This is Lefty’s first appearance in a PGA tournament since the BMW Championship. Also, Lefty has not won since the 2013 Open Championship, but has won the Humana Challenge twice in his career.
Matt Kuchar finished tied for third in last week’s Sony Open, so look for him to make a big push on the leaderboard this week. Kuchar has won seven tournaments in his career, and has a great history in La Quinta. Kuchar and Lefty should be mainstays on the leaderboard at La Quinta and all this season.
Luke Donald makes his first start in La Quinta as he tries to keep pace during the west coast leg of the tour. Donald had a poor showing in Hawaii, so he will look to right the ship in California. The former top-ranked player has fallen to being the 34th ranked player in the world.
Top ranked golfers Brandt Snedeker and Keegan Bradley also will tee off at this event, and both golfers tee off around 10:10 A.M.
2013 PGA championship winner Jason Dufner makes his season premiere at the tournament this weekend. The major-winner has reportedly shed 20 pounds, and looks to improve on his last start in California. Dufner finished 12th here in 2012, but hopes that a leaner and meaner look will help him take the crown this year.
The tournament which partners with the Clinton Foundation has a $5,700,000 purse, and counts for 500 points in the Fed Ex cup. This tournament features 14 top-50 ranked players. Patrick Reed, last year’s champion, shot a -28 in order to take the title. The winning score of each of the past three years has been at least -24 for the 72-hole tournament.
La Quinta is about two hours away from Los Angeles, the closest major city near the course. Los Angeles hotels have available rates for as little as $116, according to travel aggregator Hipmunk.com. Interested fans can also stay in San Diego as the southernmost city in California is just two and a half hours away from the course. Rooms for San Diego hotels cost a minimum of $89.
There is sure to be a lot of fans attending the tournament as the 2015 PGA season continues on. With several big names back in the spotlight, it should be quite an entertaining event.