Humana Challenge. Bill Hass Has The Trophy.

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Bill Hass has won the Humana Challenge trophy, with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 16th, to give him a one shot victory.

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This is the second time Bill has won this trophy, he previously won the competition in  2010, for his first PGA TOUR victory. He carded a final round -5 under par 67 on the Palmer course to post a -22 under par tournament total. He is still bothered by the ongoing wrist injury;

“It’s definitely a concern, just because anytime your body doesn’t feel great, you don’t know what’s going on.”

“It doesn’t hurt that bad to hit, but I do think I favor it.”

“I’m just trying to let it get healthy enough to where I can be more aggressive through the ball, whether or not it hurts or not, I think my body is compensating for it a little bit, subconsciously.”

“Hopefully it’s something that will heal itself.”

“I think of myself as more of a painter and not a mechanic. I don’t have the perfect swing,  I wish I could swing like Adam Scott, but I just don’t have that ability.”

“I do think I have the ability to make do with what I have.”

“If I can only win one a year for the rest of my career, I would be completely happy.”

“Maybe that’s just it; maybe I’m easily satisfied. But if I could play until I’m 50, that’s the ultimate. I hope I am built for the long haul.”

“If you would have told me I would have done this last week, I would have laughed at you.”

“I came out here and worked hard, so I was doing my best to be sharp, but to start the week and then on Sunday somewhat execute down the stretch is a great feeling.”

There were five players tied for second place, Brendon Steele, Sung Joon Park, Steve Wheatcroft, Matt Kuchar and Charlie Hoffman, all at -21 under par, one shot off the pace.

Charlie and Brendon both had rounds of -8 under par 64, but the lowest final round went to Colt Knost, with a -9 under par 63. Colt finished tied for 10th place at -19 under par.

Matt was disappointed that he did make birdie on the last, to some pressure on Bill;

“The regret is not getting up-and-down from pin high on 18, that was a tough one.”

Brendon played junior golf in the Coachella Valley, carrying his bag in the desert’s 100-degree summer temperatures, he joked about the seriousness of that competition;

“A little less glamorous than this tournament.”

“You always want to play well, whether it is your home tournament or in Timbuktu, but definitely this one because I grew up coming here.”

“I have a lot of friends and family here.”

This is the third consecutive year that Charlie has shot -21 under par total at the Humana Challenge. He’s finished in the top 10 all three times;

“Improving on Sunday has been a goal of mine, getting in position the first three rounds, and Sunday is a day to improve. And I did that today, which I’m happy about.”


Humana Challenge. Matt Kuchar Has 2nd Day Lead.

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Matt Kuchar leads after the 2nd day of the Humana Challenge.

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Matt shot a second round -8 under par 64 on the Nicklaus course to lead the Humana Challenge on day two with a -15 under par total for the three course competition. All the players must learn the three different courses, all of which yield bunches of birdies, so there is no room to complacently jog along making pars. Matt is aware of that fact, he made a birdie on five of his first seven holes Friday ;

“It’s best not to think about it, you need to keep it going.”

“You know coming to the Humana Challenge that it’s going to take a lot of birdies.”

“I’ve been feeling good, the game feels solid. I feel like I know where it’s going, feel like I’m hitting it in the center of the club face. I’m really pleased.”

“I think everybody is really enjoying their time here.”

Michael Putnam and Bill Hass share second place at -14 under par, Bill with a -9 under par 63 at La Quinta,  after making nine birdies in a 10-hole stretch, he has had some family help;

“Nine out of 10 holes, certainly you’re not going to do that many times.”

“Usually if it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen here in the desert. So that’s why we all like coming here. It’s a great way to start the year.”

“My dad and Bill Harmon, they’re both working with me, trying to get me straight.”

“We hit balls in the morning and then go play and be done by 1 o’clock. It’s just fun for me to play with my dad, and to play with any of the Harmons, especially Billy, and to get their expertise, certainly helps.”

Justin Thomas, Nick Watney and Scott Pinckney are tied in third place at -13 under par for the competition.

Low round of the day went to Ryan Palmer, -11 under par 61 on the Nicklaus course, and the magic 59 could have been achieved, he carded two bogeys in the round. He is currently in a tie for 7th place at -12 under par;

“I was swinging so good today, I didn’t make anything long, except for the eagle on 16.”

“I made a great putt on 17, but other than that it was just hitting it close and making a lot putts inside 10 feet.”

“But walking off ten, after I got to ten under, I was staying calm, trying not to think about anything, just trying to keep my momentum going, my pace with my walk. It’s hard not to think about it.”


Matt Kuchar in control after 36 holes at Humana Challenge



Humana Challenge. Michael Putnam Leads.

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Michael Putnam leads the Humana Challenge at the end of the first days play.

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Michael shot a first round -9 under par 63, on  PGA West’s Jack Nicklaus Private Course, in the Humana Challenge tournament.

Ideal conditions prevailed in the Coachella Valley and Michael carded ten birdies, six of them consecutively, from twelve through seventeen. He made all the putts he needed to;

“The course is in perfect shape, greens are good.  I made a lot of birdies at the end.”

“Hit a lot of close shots, a lot of 5-, 10-foot putts. I made them all, so I got to be happy about that.”

“The focus for me is on the Palmer (Friday) and then La Quinta on Saturday. There’s a lot of birdies going to be made in 54 holes by a lot of guys. So I have to make a lot of birdies.”

Five players are tied in second place, at -8 under par; Mark Wilson, Blake Adams, John Peterson, Francesco Molinari and Scott Pinckney.

Mark and John played the Nicklaus course, Blake and Francesco were on the Arnold Palmer course while Scott was on the La Quinta Course.

Mark was happy with his overall display;

“I came in feeling OK, nothing great about the game, but it was ideal today.”

“I made some saves when I needed it and capitalized on my good shots.”

Blake made his first start in his comeback from hip replacement surgery, and said he felt blessed just to be back playing again;

“Very, very blessed to be back out here.”

“It’s been a long road to get back. You never know what you’re going to get when you have total hip replacement.”

“If the putts fall, great, if they don’t, so be it, I had a great day today.”

“I’m going to go out there tomorrow and do my best and if I shoot 64 again, great. If I shoot 74, so be it.”

There is a long way to go on this three course challenge, so it is difficult to get too excited about the scores today, things will eventually even themselves out.

Phil Mickelson played his first serious golf since the Ryder Cup fall-out, and was happy with his -1 under par 71 round at La Quinta;

“It was the first round in four months and I’ll loosen up. My body hasn’t felt this good in years.”

“Hopefully, the way I’m playing will show in the score. But today, it just didn’t.”

“I can’t wait to get started again, because I just feel like I played a little tight today, kind of steered it a little bit.”





Humana Golf Challenge. Patrick Prevails, Just.

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Patrick Reed prevails at the Humana Challenge with a lack luster final round at PGA West’s Arnold Palmer Private Course, eventually winning by two shots.

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Patrick suddenly lost his putting touch for a few hours in the final round, but then found it again just when things were getting interesting. He followed his three rounds of -9 under par with a last round -1 under par 71, for a tournament total of -28 under par;

“It was tough out there, I started toward the end playing for par, just because I knew pars weren’t going to hurt me. I knew someone was going to have to do something spectacular to catch me. To come out and not have my full game and to have that much of a cushion to be able to just coast in, that’s a good feeling. But Sundays are always a little harder, as everyone knows, and also the flags are a little tougher. I just tried to stick to the game plan, tried to post a decent number.”

Ryan Palmer was the man closest to him, shooting a last round of -9 under par 63, finishing up with a -26 under par total.

Ryan was amazed at how well Patrick played this week;

“What can you do with what Patrick did this week, it’s ridiculous what he did. Amazing how good he played. We’ll come up a couple short, but it was a win in my game because I was playing for second today. 

Zach Johnson and Justin Leonard finished in a tie for third place at -25 under par. Zach birdied the final five holes for a magnificent -10 under par 62, the best round of the week. Justin parred his last two holes for a -7 under par 65.

Zach was very  happy with his last round effort, and also spoke about him taking a four-week break. He’ll return for the Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona;

“I got red-hot at the end, I played really good early, missed a couple putts, but I made a bunch at the end. I know it’s a necessity, I know it’s good for me, it’s good for my family, but I’m also hesitant because I’m playing well. Hopefully, I can maintain where I’m at. Maintain my posture and my fundamentals, and that sort of thing, and come back out here in Tucson ready to go.”

Justin said he was just having a fun time, with his cut backed schedule;

“It’s a great week, would love to have made a few more putts today, but it’s such a fun journey. I’m cutting my schedule back this year and all this does is kind of free me up to do that.”

There will not be too many times when you can win after seeing your lead cut by five shots, but credit must go to Patrick for the three -9 under par rounds he put together.

Humana Challenge. Reed Rampant -9 Again


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Patrick Reed was in rampant form again at the Humana Challenge, shooting -9 under par again. This time on the Nicklaus Course, he has now amassed an amazing -27 under par for the three rounds played, and a 7 shot lead in the tournament. Patrick’s -27 under par 189 total set a PGA TOUR record for lowest 54-hole score in relation to par, and it is also a record to post three consecutive rounds of 63, especially on three different courses.

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Patrick said it felt like deja vu, and his putter is still working well;

“It kind of seemed like deja vu all over again. When I played today, I felt just as confident as I did the last two days and the putter is still working. I’m just going to treat tomorrow as if it’s a Monday qualifier, 18-hole shootout, everybody’s tied at even par and hopefully I can go out and do the same thing I’ve done in the past three days.”

Brendon Todd and former Humana champion Charley Hoffman are tied in second place, a whopping seven shots adrift of the leader.

Charley shot a respectable -6 under par 66 at the Palmer Course while Brendon had a -4 under par 68 on La Quinta.

This tournament is a wrap, the only thing we need to know now is how many will Patrick win by, another -9 to-morrow would take him to -36 under par, or it could even be more, he carded a bogey today !!


Humana Challenge. Patrick Pounds La Quinta.

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Patrick Reed  pounds La Quinta Golf Course, a day after he did the same to the Palmer Course at the Humana Challenge tournament in California.    

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Patrick eased his way round the tree-lined La Quinta Course carding -9 under par 63 in the second round of the Humana Challenge, it copied his score from the first round, giving him a tournament total of -18 under par, and a two shot lead.

He said it was just a birdie-fest out there;

“For sure it’s a birdie-fest, this tournament is. It’s pretty easy to get in that Monday-qualifying mindset, due to the fact that you’re playing three different courses. So, the first day, it’s like, `All right, well, let’s see how we do against the guys in my course there, and the same thing every day.”       

” It’s great to have that feeling that you can go out and shoot 63, and to actually do it two times in a row shows that what we have done during the off-season and what we’re doing now is working.”         

” That tee shot on five is not easy, you have to hit a perfect high cut around that tree and if it goes straight, you’re actually through the fairway. You have to hit a hook around those trees. And when I hit a perfect drive like that, had a perfect number for a five iron to the left flag. When I hit something three-quarters or 85 percent, it’s normally a little draw, so I just aimed it in the middle of the green and hit it up there to 4 feet. That was kind of just perfect for me.”               

Brendon Todd is in second place at -16 under par, he also shot a second round -9 under par 63, on the Palmer Course, and is the only player in the competition to remain bogey free.

Brendon thinks bogey free is great;

“Obviously, both days were really solid, bogey-free was huge. Before I knew it, I was at 7- or 8-under with a few to play, feeling like I should birdie every hole. The weather’s been so good, I’m not surprised to see what Patrick did.”        

 Ryan Palmer is in third place, three strokes back from the leader at 15-under par for the tournament, after a -7 under par 65 round at La Quinta.        

Ryan said he was hanging in there;

 “Overall, it was another great day, another great finish, hanging in there, staying strong.”           

Keegan Bradley had a hole-in-one in his round of -6 under par 66 that left him at -9 under pat, in his first start of the year. His 176 yard shot on the third hole landed about 10 feet short of the pin and rolled in.

Keegan described the shot thus;

“A little baby 7-iron.”

 We are only half way through this tournament and if the elements stay the same, the temperature  in the 80s, with no wind it makes golf kind of easy. It was so calm today the ponds looked like glass, the water was as still as the plastic swans PGA West uses to scare away geese. They need something to put a scare into the players, they are running rings around these venues.                

Humana Challenge. Reed Romps Ahead.

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Patrick Reed romps ahead in the first round of the Humana Challenge at the PGA West (Palmer)  course in California, in this three course event.

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Patrick shot a bogey free -9 under par 63 in the opening round of the Humana Challenge, saying the Palmer Course is in perfect shape  and the putts just kept rolling in;

” The course is in perfect shape, the rough isn’t very high, the fairways are perfect and the greens are rolling very true. I started out a little struggling with the driver, had some lefts in it, but luckily I missed it in the right spots. I was really confident with my irons, kept hitting greens and all of a sudden, 10-, 12-, 15-, 20-foot putts started going in. I felt like there were some things I could have improved on, but at the same time whenever you tap in for par on the last hole and shoot 63, you’re pretty happy,” 

Four players shot rounds of -8 under par 64, they were, Ryan Palmer  on the Palmer Course, Justin Hicks and Daniel Summerhays on the Nicklaus Course, with Charley Hoffman matching their scores on the La Quinta Country Club course.

Ryan admitted he was hitting it pretty close, not making a lot of long putts;

“I wasn’t making a whole lot of long putts, just hitting it close.”

Justin said he was just trying to give himself as many opportunities as he could;

“Just trying to give myself as many opportunities as I can.” 

Daniel was just having fun;

“It’s fun to make birdies, that’s one of the fun things about this tournament is that the courses are a little easier. They’re in perfect shape, which makes them almost even easier.”

Charley just loves the La Quinta course;

“I love this golf course, I think this is probably one of the better tracks we play all year when it’s said and done.”

Zach Johnson is one of seven players carding -7 under par first rounds of 65. Zach was on the La Quinta course, and said it was his good wedge play that helped him reach his target, and the greens are just perfect;

 ” My wedges are clean, I’ve worked on it a lot. I’ve worked on it in a number of different ways, but the main way is really just trying to dial in yardages and trajectories. The greens over there are, I don’t even know how to explain them, it’s like carpet. I mean, they’re just so good. I don’t know what they do over there, but they look artificial. They’re like this every year, but they’re as good as I’ve ever seen.”

This is just round one and with three courses being played it will some time before we get a clear picture of what is really going on. Being a putter manufacture I hope good putting will be the key to winning this week.