For the second straight year Phil Mickelson will open his PGA TOUR season at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the William J. Clinton Foundation.
Mickelson, who is ranked 15th in the world, is a two-time champion of the event that will be played Jan. 14-20 on PGA WEST’s Palmer and Nicklaus Private Courses and La Quinta Country Club. The World Golf Hall of Famer is the event’s leading money winner with more than $2.04 million earned in eight starts.
Mickelson joins defending FedExCup champion Brandt Snedeker and 2012 Humana Challenge champion Mark Wilson as early commitments. Last weekend, former President Clinton played in Mickelson’s Birdies for the Brave event at TPC Sawgrass.
“Having Phil and Brandt on board already bodes well for the strength of our field again this year and provides further proof of the appeal of the event,” said Bob Marra, Humana Challenge executive director and CEO. “The legacy Phil has left on our event is undeniable, his popularity among our fans is remarkable and we could not be more pleased to have him start his season with us again. I am also proud to welcome back our defending champion, Mark Wilson, who has committed to the field.”
The Humana Challenge, which continues to honor and celebrate the legacy of Bob Hope, was named 2012 Sports Event of the Year by Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily.