LOS ANGELES, January 16, 2014 — The revamped 2014 PGA Tour Season began almost two months ago back in November. This week The Humana Challenge kicks off the PGA Tour’s West Coast swing. La Quinta hosts the first stop of the West Coast Swing as many of the game’s best head west to great weather and historic venues.
The players will knock the rust off the clubs as they look to ramp up for Augusta in April and amass points towards the season long FedEx Cup championship.
Two weeks ago, Zach Johnson followed up his win at Tiger’s tournament at Thousand Oaks, Calif. with another victory in Maui at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Going back to the latter part of 2013, Johnson is arguably the hottest golfer on the planet.
Last week, astronomy buff Jimmy Walker won the first tournament of his seven-year career at the Sony Open in Waikiki.
The West Coast Swing is comprised of six tournaments beginning with PGA West, Calif. at the Humana Challenge hosted by former President Bill Clinton. What used to be the Bob Hope Classic, a five day pro-am celebrity tournament format, changed three years ago to attract more of the world’s top players. Humana took over as title sponsor in hopes of reviving the tournament. Since Bob Hope’s passing, the tournament had been struggling to rebrand one of the most popular events, historically.
The West Coast Swing also brings some of the game’s best out of their winter hibernation, including fan favorite, Phil Mickelson, who plans to play five of the next six weeks beginning in his hometown of San Diego at The Farmer’s Open.
Tiger Woods will also make his 2014 PGA Tour debut at Torrey Pines and then head to Dubai the following week, foregoing the game’s biggest party in Scottsdale at The Phoenix Open. The Tour then heads to famed Pebble Beach for another celebrity pro-am, followed by Riviera CC in Los Angeles and concluding back in Arizona at the Accenture World Match Play Championship.
Note: John Daly is coming off a decent showing at The Sony Open in Hawaii with a tie for 32nd place and has a packed schedule for the next several weeks. Daly, always a crowd pleaser, is coming off elbow surgery that cut his 2013 campaign short.