January 20, 2012 |
Reporting from La Quinta — Ben Crane does not get down on one knee and make the sign of the cross when he holes out from the fairway for a birdie. There is no national craze known as "Craning. " But the golfer is just as intense about his Christian faith as Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is, and Crane said he is thrilled to watch Tebow make public affirmations of faith. Crane spoke about Tebow and religion only when asked Friday, and not until he had thoroughly explained his round of golf at the Humana Challenge, which left him tied for the second-round lead with first-round coleader David Toms and PGA Tour veteran Mark Wilson.
January 17, 2013 |
There are three co-leaders after the first round of the Humana Challenge, and none of them has won a PGA Tour event. So when the tournament ends Sunday at the PGA West Palmer course in La Quinta, it seems unlikely Jason Kokrak, Roberto Castro or James Hahn will be collecting the winner's check of $1.008 million. But for a day anyway, the threesome got to shine. Kokrak, at La Quinta Country Club; Castro, at PGA West Nicklaus; and Hahn, at PGA West Palmer, each shot nine-under-par 63s Thursday, which gave them a one-shot advantage over a quartet that included rookie Russell Henley, who won last week's Sony Open in Honolulu.
January 21, 2012 |
Reporting from La Quinta -- All of a sudden it was windy, sunny and sandy at the Humana Challenge on Saturday. Gusts reported up to 50 mph blew a scoreboard into a lake on one course and made golf balls on the green at another course do a little dance without the aid of a putter before third-round play was suspended. Tournament leader Mark Wilson described seeing tree branches blowing past him on the La Quinta Country Club course and Zach Johnson said balls were moving around the green at the Nicklaus Private course.
January 19, 2012 |
Reporting from La Quinta -- Camilo Villegas shot a "chill round" of nine-under-par 63 Thursday at the Nicklaus Private Course in the first round of the Humana Challenge. Villegas, a fitness buff who once posed for nude for the ESPN the Magazine body issue, is not shy about flexing his muscles for a female fan. At La Quinta Country Club, David Toms was the other guy in his group, the one wearing an orange shirt and playing with the biggest draw in the field, Phil Mickelson. The galleries that gathered at every hole to cheer for Mickelson actually perked up Toms, who also had a 63 and tied Villegas for the first-round lead.
January 18, 2012 |
Reporting from La Quinta - Bob Hope's spirit is everywhere at the Palmer Private at PGA West golf course. Photos are posted, walkways are named for him, his golf cart is exhibited as if it is a museum piece. The tournament used to be called the Bob Hope Classic. Beginning Thursday it's the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. And if Hope's aura is still felt, it is Bill Clinton's physical presence that helped save this event. As recently as two years ago, it seemed as if the tournament that had once been a calendar must for every great player might disappear.
January 18, 2014 |
Stop the presses. Patrick Reed made a bogey on his 14th hole Saturday during the Humana Challenge. But do not despair, all you Reed fans. He had already made an eagle on his seventh hole, No. 16. Along the way, just for fun, he sprinkled in eight birdies. Yes, the same golfer who shot 63 on Thursday and 63 on Friday did it again Saturday. The line now reads: 63-63-63 - 189. That's 27 under par. The expectation about the drama level for Sunday's final round, as golf competes for TV viewers with the NFL playoffs, is lots of yawns.