De Jonge heads to Humana Challenge

HARARE - Zimbabwe PGA Tour contender Brendon de Jonge will take part at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation in La Quinta, California on the PGA West (Palmer) course.

The tournament tees off tomorrow.

De Jonge will be hoping for a better outing in La Quinta, which will be his fourth tournament on the new PGA Tour season.

The Zimbabwean had a 51st place finish at the Sony Open in Hawaii last week were he fired round of 68, 71, 69, 68. He will have to contend with some of the leading names on the PGA Tour money list while in La Quinta. 

Although Phil Mickleson and Matt Kuchar pulled out of the tournament, there are plenty other golf stars who have confirmed their participation at the event.

Five of the top 30 players in the world have entered the competition including Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson, who have all won major championships in the last three years.

Brian Gay, who won the tournament last year, is also returning to defend his title. Gay hit 25-under to win the event last year.

Only Johnny Miller successfully defended the title, winning in 1975 and 1976. It will be a remarkable achievement if Gay can join Miller as the only back-to-back winners of the event.

2010 champion Bill Haas, who captured the FedExCup title in 2011, is another top contender who will also be in California.

Also returning to the event for the first time in four years is one of the most popular golfers on the tour, Rickie Fowler.

The dynamic Fowler, known for his flashy clothes and floppy hair that peeks out under his hats, is a fan favourite at every venue he visits, especially in La Quinta.

“I’m excited to start the year over in the desert,” said Fowler, who will be making his 2014 PGA Tour debut at the Humana Challenge.

“I played a lot of junior golf, growing up playing junior golf in that area, so to be able to get back on my schedule to start the year off there, I’m looking forward to getting off to a good start and making 2014 a good year.”

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