The boys head back to the mainland this week for the Humana Challenge in Partnership with the Clinton Foundation, which has the distinction of having the absolute longest name of a tournament known to man. The Humana is a multi-course event, featuring three courses throughout the four days. Over the years Phil Mickelson has owned this event, with two wins, and is the all-time leading money winner of this event, however a lackluster T45 last year gives me slight pause. It’s his first tournament of the year, so he’ll be an interesting one to watch.
A Group – The reigning FedEx Cup champ gets the start this week. If Snedeker gets the flat stick rolling like he’s capable of, he could go really low this week. Sneds finished T8 last year here to start his season off, and also has a T10 from 2010 when it was the Bob Hope Classic. Backing him up will be Tim Clark who is coming off of a great week in Hawaii.
B Group – Matt Kuchar has played in the first two events of the season and already has notched two top 10s, which includes a T5 last week in the first full field event of the season. Kuchar has some good success at this event as well with a T7 in 2011 and a T2 in 2010. Starting alongside him will be Bo Van Pelt, who will be making his season debut. Van Pelt is coming off of a great off-season playing overseas. I like Webb Simpson as well, but will be reserving a start for him just in case. Simpson is a combined -66 in his 15 career rounds at the Humana, which is insane. Can’t go wrong with starting Simpson, just don’t want to burn too many starts with him out of the gate.
C Group – If Robert Garrigus didn’t come out of the gate with a 73 in last year’s event, he’d be the returning champion. Garrigus has the ability to go really low and his length is always an asset on any track. His 61 on Saturday last year was the lowest round of the tournament.
Starting Foursome: Brandt Snedeker, Matt Kuchar, Bo Van Pelt, Robert Garrigus
On the Bench: Tim Clark, Scott Langley, Webb Simpson, Pat Perez