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    • Global Glance: Humana Challenge

    • Mike Weir owns four top-10 finishes at the Humana Challenge. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)Mike Weir owns four top-10 finishes at the Humana Challenge. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

    Global Glance: Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation

    Jhonattan Vegas ... The 29-year-old Venezuelan and champion of the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation in 2011 sat out seven months in 2013 after having surgery on his left shoulder. He returned for the full slate of events during the Web.com Tour Finals and has started the 2013-14 PGA TOUR season with a pair of cuts made in three starts. He hasn't had a top 25 anywhere since the 2012 Frys.com Open (T22), but he's equipped with a Major Medical Extension this season on which he has 18 starts remaining. He's missed the cut in both return tips to PGA West since his breakthrough victory.

    Mike Weir ... He hasn't been the same after trying to play through and eventually seeking treatment for a cyst in his left wrist in early 2011. And since having surgery on his right elbow in August of the same season, he's yet to record a top 25. Now having chosen to burn his second of a maximum of two career earning exemptions for 2013-14, the left-handed Canadian is 3-for-5 in the early going. Never short on self-belief, the eight-time winner wrote the following on his website in late November: "I'm excited about the mind frame I'm in right now, and I know this is going to be a special year." He has four top 10s at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, including a victory in 2003 a couple of months before winning the Masters.

    Scott Gardiner ... After only two top 25s during the 2013 PGA TOUR season, the Aussie muscled his way back on with a pair of top-threes during the Web.com Tour Finals. Alas, he's opened his sophomore season 1-for-5 with a T36 at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, and then chased it with a missed cut at his national open.

    Tyrone Van Aswegen ... Born in South Africa, the 32-year-old played in college at powerhouse Oklahoma City University where he was a three-time All-American and 2002 NAIA individual champion. (OCU has won nine of the last 13 NAIA titles.) The first Star with a PGA TOUR card is making it count, albeit methodically. The rookie has survived four cuts but finished no better than T40 in his TOUR debut at the Frys.com Open. If the FedExCup Playoffs started this week, he'd be the last man in at 125th in points.

    Stephen Ames ... The native of Trinidad has called Calgary home for some time now -- his wife, Jodi, is Canadian -- but he's this close to finding a new home in terms of competition. The four-time PGA TOUR winner will turn 50 years of age on April 28, but he's fully exempt on the main circuit all season. In fact, his is a template for how to bridge tours without worrying about a lifeline. His win at the 2006 PLAYERS exempt him through 2011. Victories in 2007 and 2009 extended his status through 2013. After finishing outside the top 150 in FedExCup points last season, he remains fully exempt thanks to a career earnings exemption for ranking inside the top 50 all-time. The results haven't been there lately, but he's survived 10 consecutive cuts at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.

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