After it’s two-week opening act in Hawaii, the PGA Tour comes back across the Pacific for this week’s Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. If you’ve followed the tour for long, you know that the Humana is a birdie-fest where the scores go low early and get very low by the end of the week. The tournament is played on a three-course rotation in La Quinta, California where the weather is expected to be beautiful and the scorecards to feature plenty of red numbers.
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Last week in our Fansided and Friends Yahoo! group (details to join here), Buffalorange got the win with an impressive 242 highlighted by Jimmy Walker who won and Chris Kirk who finished runner-up. The win was enough to give him the overall lead in the group after two weeks. There was no repeat finishers in the top three and only four entries who have been in the top ten in both the first two weeks. My entry did ok, but the final round wasn’t kind to me as my entry faded a bit but remains in the top 15% overall.
Here are my picks for this week’s Humana based on who I think will get the lowest of the many low scores this weekend:
Brandt Snedeker- Sneds has good histories at so many of the early season courses including those at La Quinta. He has a pair of top ten’s in his five career trips, and he looked to be ready to return after his knee injury getting around at Kapalua for a t11 in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions two weeks ago.
Brian Gay- Last year, Gay took home the Humana with a scorching -25 after a closing 63. He comes in of a t32 last week in Hawaii but finished with a solid 67-67 over the weekend. Gay’s a bit of a flier, but he’s shown to have what it takes to win at the event and could be another nice pick this week.
Bill Haas- Haas is a perennial contender and former champion at the Humana. He hasn’t gotten off to the best start to the year, but I think he’ll turn that around this week at La Quinta.
Webb Simpson- Simpson has been in the zone lately on the leaderboard every time he takes the course. He has turned in five straight top-seven finishes most recently a t3 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions before a week off last week. Simpson is a popular pick, but he’s a must-own in his current form.
Keegan Bradley- Bradley makes his 2014 debut after a pair of top 11’s to start the official season last fall. He didn’t play this event the last two years after logging a top ten in 2011. He has the game to win any tournament he enters, though, and stashing him on your bench and seeing how he starts could pay off.
Brian Stuard- Stuard isn’t that well known, but he’s started the season strong with three top-15 finishes in his last four events including a solo sixth last week after leading the tournament at the half-way point. Stuard has only played the tournament one time before but did log a top ten last season so he knows his way around the courses.
Harris English- English has been red hot lately so I’m going to keep using him while he’s on a roll. After winning in November at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba he finished solo fourth last week in Hawaii. His current form is good enough to get him the top spot on a thin C-list this week.
Kevin Na- Na has a pair of top ten finishes at the Humana in the past few years and is coming off his second top-ten of the PGA season. He finished t8 last week at the Sony Open and t3 in last October’s Frys.com open which officially is part of this 2013-14 PGA season. Na can go low quickly making him a nice C-list sleeper play this week.