Play – Humana Challenge

Celebrate Fitness and Great Golf

Mark Wilson

Courtesy Humana Challege

Idyllic temperatures and high season attract golfers from around the globe. This month, pencil your tee times around the Humana Challenge, Jan 14-20.

In partnership with the Clinton Foundation, the Humana Challenge re-established the desert’s popular PGA tour event. After more than five decades as various versions of the Bob Hope Classic, the first season with sponsor Humana brought a message of health and hope and former President Bill Clinton to the 2012 event.

Transitioning from a five-day, four-course format to a four-day, three-course schedule, last year’s refreshed tournament was well paired with a participatory directive of national wellness.

Played across the Palmer Private and Nicklaus Private courses at PGA West and La Quinta Country Club, the 2012 was won by Ironwood Country Club member Mark Wilson. Known for his early-season successes on tour, Wilson capped his fifth PGA victory with a riveting two-shot edge over runners-up Johnson Wagner, John Mallinger, and Robert Garrigus.

In 2012, the tournament’s philanthropic arm, Desert Classic Charities, donated a record-setting amount of nearly $2.1 million to more than 40 local charities.

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