A Last-Minute Surprise: Dustin Johnson Commits to Humana
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

DJ joins Norman, Mickelson, etc.

World No. 8 Dustin Johnson has joined the field for next week’s Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, according to The Desert Sun‘s Larry Bohannan.


DJ, who has the most wins of any 20-something player with five, is now the highest-ranked player to add the tournament to his schedule. Originally, on his Twitter account — which he clearly doesn’t manage on his own, though I’m told by a source at TaylorMade he will write an occasional tweet, but I’ll only believe it when I see it — he said he was starting his season at the Farmers Insurance Open in Torrey Pines. Well, apparently he had a last-minute change of heart.

Since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on November 29th, he hasn’t competed (also why he skipped the Hyundai Tournament of Champions).

Other stars to have recently entered the event include Greg Norman and Phil Mickelson, along with Anthony Kim — if you still consider him big-time, but he definitely thinks he is.

“We’re delighted Dustin has elected to launch his 2012 schedule at the Humana Challenge,” Tournament Chairman Larry Thiel told The Desert Sun. “Dustin is one of the outstanding young players on the PGA Tour…

“The format changes to our event have sparked tremendous interest among PGA Tour players and, as a result, our spectators are in for an exciting tournament.”

Aside from the pro-am portion of the tournament, which kicks off on Thursday on a three-course rotation, the week’s festivities will include a national health and wellness conference, “Health Matters”, on Tuesday. The summit will feature celebrity speakers from all sectors of society, with former President Bill Clinton delivering the keynote.

I’ve had the privilege of watching Clinton give speeches on two different occasions (both while I was a student at Yale), and let’s just say he’s mesmerizing. I’d do almost anything for a ticket to that function…#notbegging #okaymaybealittle