Review & Betting Guide for the Humana Challenge

Palmer course PGA West © Peter Corden

Palmer course PGA West © Peter Corden

Webb Simpson

Webb Simpson 14/1 © Secret in the Dirt

The PGA Tour now moves back to the mainland and tees up at the Arnold Palmer Course at La Quinta resort PGA West California. Set at the foot of the majestic Santa Rosa Mountains it offers breathtaking views. It incorporates five lakes and a canal that comes into play on holes 14 through to 17. Look out for the five finishing holes which are carved along the rugged mountain range.

The Palmer course measures 6,930 yards played host to the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic where David Duval shot a course record 59 in his final round to win the tournament by one shot, firing an eagle on the final hole.

My tips to win:

It has also hosted the PGA Club Professional Championship in 1996 and in 1997 hosted the Senior PGA Tours Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. Webb Simpson 14/1 has been outside of the Top 5 once in his last five events – with a seventh place finish at the McGladrey Classic. Webb is also second in the Greens hit in regulation and strokes gained-putting, as well as in the Top 5 in the scrambling stats and had a Top 5 finish in this event back in 2009.

Brandt Snedeker

Brandt Snedeker 18/1 © Keith Allison

This will be Brandt Snedeker 18/1 second start since coming back from a knee injury. Brandt finished eleventh in his first start back in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Snedeker has two Top 10 finishes from his five appearances in this event. The lad from Tennessee started last year well before injury hit him, winning one event, two runners-up finishes and a third from his first five events. He will be looking to recapture that form.

One player that seems to enjoy playing in this event is Bill Haas 25/1. The 2010 champion lost in a playoff in his title defense and has had two other Top 25 finishes since 2008. Bill had a win and sixteen Top 25 finishes last year from twenty-five events, eight of those were Top 10 finishes.

My each-way tips:

After tipping Jimmy Walker a week early, two weeks ago I am going to stick with two of my tips from last week and first up is defending champion Brian Gay 40/1. Brian won this event in a play-off last year, but he also has three other Top 20 finishes here since 2009. Gay finished last week’s Sony Open with two rounds of 67, I am banking on him continuing in that vain of form.

Brian Stuard 55/1 © Keith Allison

Brian Stuard 55/1 © Keith Allison

Brian Stuard 50/1 followed up his runners-up finish at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba with a sixth place finish at last week’s Sony Open. He was leading the field after two rounds, but his third round 71 put paid to any chances he had of winning the tournament. Brian finished in the Top 10 here last year – the first time he had played in the event.

My Outside Tip:

The second player I will be sticking with this week is Pat Perez 66/1 who won this event in 2009 and just missed out on a Top 25 finish defending his title. Pat also had a Top 15 finish here in 2012 and comes into this week in confident mood after his Top 10 finish in the Sony Open last week.

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ABOUT: James Mason

James Mason is a contributing writer for Golf Monthly magazine, producing destination reviews, technical and equipment reviews and blogs. He was also part of the judging panel for the 2010 Top 100 courses in Great Britain and Ireland. James has written equipment reviews and technical features for Greenside magazine, destination features for Golf World and Going for Golf magazines and interviews for Middle East Golfer.

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