I was confused for a moment when I glanced up at Golf Channel’s re-airing of the 2004 Masters — the one where Phil Mickelson finally won that ever-elusive major. For a moment, I thought it was Golf Central showing highlights from today’s round…because aside from a few minor details (back then he had a “Ford” logo on his left breast instead of “Barclays,” and he’s wearing light slacks instead of black).
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.
First, Greg Norman, and then Phil Mickelson, not to mention Matt Kuchar and Davis Love III. Now, Anthony Kim, the most recent big name to enter
the Bob Hope Classic Humana Challenge. Kim went to nearby La Quinta High and has a home in the area, but he hasn’t included the tournament on his schedule since 2008 when he finished T3 (however, during last year’s event many reported AK sightings, myself included — mostly spotted him at a local watering hole).
There has never been a question that President Bill Clinton’s involvement would have tremendous impact on the PGA Tour’s Humana Challenge (formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic). It was announced Friday that International Greg Norman and Phil Mickelson will play in the event held January 16-22 in La Quinta, California. (Which makes me even more excited I’m covering the tournament, but I’m really going for Clinton. Obviously!) Both stars attribute their interest to their respect for Clinton and his philanthropic efforts.
President Bill Clinton and PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem gathered a hand-picked group of writers to discuss and promote the new Humana Challenge — or what we’ll continue to call it, the Bob Hope Classic — in Harlem.
Earlier this year Clinton’s foundation and Humana, the health insurance firm, swooped in to save the longtime tour stop. During the week of the tournament, the focus will be on welcoming the new (format), commemorating the old (legacy of Bob Hope), and to advocate good health habits, according to a USA Today report:
In light of signing a new sponsor, the Bob Hope Classic will become known as the Humana Challenge (but I’m pretty sure that everyone will continue to call it the Hope). According to the PGA Tour press release, “Humana working with PGA TOUR, Clinton Foundation to advance well-being and continue Bob Hope’s legacy; tournament features new 4-day format, expanded field.”