2014 Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation - Tournament Notes

image2014 Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation – Tournament Notes

  • Dates: January 13-19, 2014

  • Where: LaQuinta, Calif.

  • Courses:

    • Arnold Palmer Private/PGA WEST; La Quinta, CA Par/Yards: 72/6,950
    • Nicklaus Private/PGA WEST; La Quinta, CA Par/Yards: 72/6,924
    • La Quinta Country Club; La Quinta, CA Par/Yards: 72/7,060
  • Field: 156

  • 2013 champion: Brian Gay

  • Purse: $5,700,000 ($1,026,000/winner)

  • FedExCup: 500 points to the winner

  • Format: 72-hole stroke play (Rds. 1-3 are pro-am format)

  • Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HumanaChallenge

  • Twitter: @HumanaChallenge

    Format and honoring the legacy of Bob Hope

  • The first three rounds of the four-day tournament will be played in a pro-am format.

  • The tournament continues to honor and celebrate the legacy of Bob Hope, and will award the Bob Hope Memorial Trophy to its winner.

    How the Humana Challenge was won in 2013

  • Brian Gay claimed his fourth career PGA TOUR win in his 432nd career start at the age of 41 years, 1 month, 6
    days after a 2-hole playoff with Charles Howell III and David Lingmerth (eliminated after the first hole).

  • Gay began the final round six strokes off the lead at 16-under. A Sunday surge up the leaderboard with a 9-under 63 resulted in the eventual win.

  • Gay won the eighth playoff at the Humana Challenge since 1990. Most recently, Jhonattan Vegas defeated Bill Haas and Gary Woodland on the second extra hole in 2011.

  • Gay won in his 12th start in the Humana Challenge. His previous best finish in La Quinta was a T5 in 2011.

  • Gay’s last over-par round in the Humana Challenge came in the final round of 2007 (28 rounds).

    A Look At The Field

  • The highest-ranked player in the FedExCup standings in the field is OHL Classic at Mayakoba winner
    Harris English at No. 3.

    • English will be making his third-consecutive start at the Humana Challenge.
    • He finished T65 in 2013 and T19 in 2012. In addition to his win this season, English has three-additional top-15 finishes, including fourth place at last week’s Sony Open in Hawaii.
  • Webb Simpson, No. 4 in the FedExCup standings, will make his fifth career start in the Humana Challenge. His best showing in the Humana Challenge is T5 in 2009.

  • Nine of the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking, including Zach Johnson (6), Brandt Snedeker (14), Webb Simpson (20), Keegan Bradley (22), Bill Haas (31), Billy Horschel (40), Jonas Blixt (44), Harris English (47) and Rickie Fowler (48).

  • Ten of the 30 players who made it to the 2013 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola will play in the Humana Challenge: Zach Johnson; Webb Simpson; Brandt Snedeker; Billy Horschel; Keegan Bradley; Roberto Castro; Gary Woodland; Bill Haas; Brendon de Jonge; and Boo Weekley.

  • Two of the last three FedExCup champions: Bill Haas (2011); Brandt Snedeker (2012).

  • Eighteen former major championship winners are in the field: John Daly (2); Retief Goosen (2); Lee Janzen (2); Keegan Bradley; Mark Brooks; Stewart Cink; Ben Curtis; Lucas Glover; Trevor Immelman; Zach Johnson; Steve Jones; Justin Leonard; Davis Love III; Geoff Ogilvy; Webb Simpson; David Toms; Mike Weir; Y.E. Yang.

  • Players in the field looking to bounce back after subpar 2013 seasons include Bo Van Pelt, Ben Crane and Carl Pettersson.

    • Van Pelt had only one top 10 in 2013 after recording 10 in 2012. He failed to advance to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola for the first time since 2009.
    • Crane had only two top 10s in 2013 and finished No. 125 in the final FedExCup standings, his worst showing since finished No. 190 in 2007.
    • Pettersson turned in only one top-10 finish in 2013, his fewest since also having one in 2009. The only two years Pettersson finished out of the top 50 in the final FedExCup standings were in 2009 and 2013. He bounced back with a win at the 2010 RBC Canadian Open.
  • Players coming off injury-plagued seasons in 2013 include former Humana Challenge champion Jhonattan Vegas, Spencer Levin, Jonathan Byrd, Kevin Na and Retief Goosen.

    • Vegas, who won the 2011 Humana Challenge, missed the cut in three events (Humana Challenge, Farmers Insurance Open and Waste Management Phoenix Open) during the 2013 campaign before shoulder surgery ended his season. He was out of action from February until October.
    • Goosen will be making his second career start in the Humana Challenge (2004/T26).
  • Fourteen past champions of the Humana Challenge are in the field:

    • Steve Jones (1989): Will be making his 21st career start in LaQuinta, including the last four. He has not made a cut at the Humana Challenge since 2006 (T35).
    • Peter Jacobsen (1990): Will be making his 28th career start in the Humana Challenge and his first since a T61 in 2005. He has 24 made cuts and only three missed cuts. His last missed cut in LaQuinta was in 2001. He has not made a start on the PGA TOUR since 2008 and has not made a cut on TOUR since 2006. His last win on the Champions Tour was in 2005.
    • Mark Brooks (1996): Will make his 27th career start in the Humana Challenge. Last missed the event in 1993. Has not made a cut in LaQuinta since 2008 (T70).
    • Jesper Parnevik (2000): Will make his 18th start in the Humana Challenge.
    • Joe Durant (2001)
    • Mike Weir (2003)
    • Justin Leonard (2005)
    • Chad Campbell (2006)
    • Charley Hoffman (2007)
    • D.J. Trahan (2008)
    • Pat Perez (2009)
    • Jhonattan Vegas (2011)
    • Mark Wilson (2012)
    • Brian Gay (2013)
  • Rickie Fowler, the 2010 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year and winner of the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship, will make his second career start in the Humana Challenge. The Murrieta, Calif., native’s only other start at the Humana Challenge came in 2010 when he missed the cut.

  • The only rookies to post top-10 finishes through the first nine events of the 2013-14 season are: T5 by Chesson Hadley at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open; and T8 by Hudson Swafford and Will Wilcox at the Sony Open in Hawaii. All three are in the field this week.

    Sponsor Exemptions

  • Former Alabama All-America Justin Thomas will make his third career start as a professional at the Humana Challenge. Thomas turned professional last fall and finished T72 at the Frys.com Open and missed the cut at The McGladrey Classic.
  • John Daly will be making his first start at the Humana Challenge since a WD in 2008. He will be making his 11th overall start in the event
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