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 19, 2013 |
Scott Stallings, who has an easy smile and a sweet swing, sneaked away with a five-shot lead after three rounds of the Humana Challenge on Saturday. While many were congratulating 39-year-old Stewart Cink on his six-under-par round of 66 that jumped him from 15th into a five-way tie for second or were busy biting nails waiting to see whether Phil Mickelson made the cut (he did), Stallings shot a nine-under 63 at the PGA West Nicklaus course and earned himself a big advantage heading into Sunday's final round.
January 18, 2013 |
James Hahn stood and stared at his scorecard. He was looking at the numerical evidence of his glorious golf round Friday at the Humana Challenge. Hahn, a 31-year-old who has struggled and played on lesser golf tours ever since he graduated from California in 2003, counted four birdies, an eagle and a lonely bogey in his round of five-under-par 67 at La Quinta Country Club. He has a two-day total of 14-under-par 130 and is tied for the second-round lead with Roberto Castro whose aunt, Jenny Lidback, once won on the LPGA Tour.
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.