If you thought that scoring was low last week at Waialae Country Club -- a nine-shot romp by Jimmy Walker, who totaled 23-under 257, is persuasive -- just wait until this week's Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. It's often referred to as golf in a dome, and for good reason. Once again, superlative conditions are in store in La Quinta, California. Nothing but sun, light winds at worst and high temperatures in the upper 70s are forecast. En route to his wire-to-wire victory last year, Patrick Reed scored a tournament-record 28-under 260.
PGA West's Palmer Private Course serves as the official host with PGA West's Nicklaus Private and La Quinta Country Club sharing duties during the first three rounds. All 156 golfers are scheduled to play one round on each. The cut will fall after 54 holes are in the books. However, in a new provision this year, if greater than 78 golfers survive the cut, all will earn FedExCup points and official earnings, but only the low 60 and ties will compete in the final round on Palmer Private.
All three courses in the rotation rank among the easiest par 72s on the schedule. In fact, you have to go back to 2012 to find a season in which they didn't finish as the three easiest on the PGA TOUR. So, with another shootout on tap, expect a blend of torrid form upon arrival with sudden putting prowess to populate the final leaderboard. Not surprisingly, Reed led last year's field in par breakers (two eagles, 30 birdies) and the all-around ranking. (Only Palmer Private is lasered for ShotLink purposes)
HUMANA CHALLENGE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CLINTON FOUNDATION
RANK PLAYER COMMENT 1 Patrick Reed 2 Bill Haas 3 Matt Kuchar 4 Ryan Palmer 5 Brandt Snedeker 6 Zach Johnson 7 Jerry Kelly 8 Brendon Todd 9 Jason Dufner 10 Charley Hoffman 11 Keegan Bradley 12 Justin Thomas 13 Shawn Stefani 14 Harris English 15 Rory Sabbatini