January 17, 2014 |
For pro golfer Patrick Reed, Friday was Groundhog Day in the Southern California desert. He woke up to blue skies, warm temperatures, minimal wind and greens as smooth as a puppy's tummy. Again. So he went out and shot 63. Again. Reed, a 23-year-old Texan, leads the Humana Challenge by two shots. In most stops on the PGA tour, a 63-63 start that is 18 under par would have sent the rest of the guys off to call the airlines for early departure. After all, what's the use?
January 16, 2014 |
Thursday at the Humana Challenge was just another lousy day in paradise. The sun glistened against the mountains, temperatures hovered around 80, the wind took the day off and 112 pro golfers in a field of 155 shot under par. It was a day when there were more birdies than you'd see in an aviary at the three perfectly manicured golf courses in the desert city of La Quinta, After all the scoring carnage, the leader, at nine-under-par 63, was...
January 15, 2014 |
If the storytellers have their way, Sunday in sports will be dedicated to neck surgeons of the world. Let's say that, in addition to Peyton Manning leading his Denver Broncos into the Super Bowl, Davis Love III is holding up a trophy on the 18th green of the Humana Challenge golf tournament at La Quinta. That might make it time to bronze some scalpels. Manning's neck surgery has been well-documented. So has his amazing comeback. Not so much Love's. A year ago at this event, Love went to the trainer's trailer and, complaining of neck pain, was put through the paces.
January 7, 2014 |
Hall of Fame golfer Greg Norman, 58, withrew Tuesday from the Humana Challenge Golf Tournament scheduled for Jan. 13-19 because of a knee injury. The two-time British Open winner is meeting with orthopedic surgeon James Bradley in Pittsburgh early next week. He's had knee and shoulder surgeries performed by Bradley in the past. “Early next week, I will be evaluating Greg's right knee to determine the extent of a persistent, ongoing injury and establish an appropriate treatment plan,” Dr. Bradley said.
January 21, 2013 |
Brian Gay, who has a soul patch and spiky blond hair, does not have his birthdate listed in the massive PGA Media Guide. One tour official said that was on purpose. Gay denied any age fear and said he is 41. Maybe age truly is only a number when you shoot a final-round 63 and then calmly sink a five-and-a-half-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole. That's what Gay did Sunday to win the Humana Challenge tournament at the PGA West-Palmer course in La Quinta. Gay triumphed after being part of a three-man playoff that included Charles Howell III and David Lingmerth but not third-round leader Scott Stallings.
January 20, 2013 |
Golf celebrates its winners and tortures its losers. It isn't a game, it's a giant thumbscrew. At first glance, Sunday presented the opposite. Everything was idyllic in the California desert, where they play the Humana Challenge (formerly the Bob Hope) every year at this time. It isn't always like it was on this tournament closing day at the Palmer Private Course in La Quinta, where the temperatures drifted into the high 70s, the skies were bluer than a decked-out Bruin on the 50-yard line, and the swaying palm trees never swayed.