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Humana Challenge Betting News and Notes

Humana Challenge Betting News and Notes

PGA Betting Preview: Humana Challenge at Palm Springs
By Alf Musketa

This week the PGA Tour heads to the main land and the Palm Springs, California area for the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. Yes, that is the official name of the event. Former President William J. Clinton has teamed with the Humana Foundation and is the unofficial host of what use to be the Bob Hope Desert Classic. Last week he played in the "Birdies for the Brave" which was hosted by Phil Mickelson and thus, Mickelson is making his season debut this week. Last year was the first time this event switched to four rounds instead of the popular five round pro-am format.
Across the pond in the United Arab Emirates, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els, Justin Rose, Jason Dufner and many other top ranked golfers are teeing it up in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. By now you have heard that McIlroy signed a $200 million dollar contract with Nike to use their clubs, ball, and apparel. You might think that going against McIlroy here might be a good spot with the new changes and time that it takes to get used to his equipment, but we are talking about the No. 1 player in the world with one of the best swings in the game and we have heard that his irons have been made to the exact specks of his former Titleist clubs. There are several matchups available on the board for this star studded field, but many of these players are making their first start of the year. We have not seen some of them play, and have no relevant off season info that will get us to the window to start this tournament. But, check back with later this week and I may have a round-by-round selection.
The Humana Challenge will feature three courses: PGA West Palmer and Nicklaus courses and the La Quinta Country Club. All three are short par 72 layouts. Last year Mark Wilson set a new tournament record of 264 (-24 under par) and we envision another birdie fest with the par 5's being quite easy and greens that are not that difficult to attack.
Russell Henley last week's winner of the Sony Open went off at odds of 350-1 or was part of the field at 5-1. A couple of long shot future odds prospects for this week to look at are: Patrick Cantlay 125-1 and Matt Jones 115-1. Jones who struggled in 2012 regained his Tour card at Q-School and played well last week finishing T15th.

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