Norman was recruited to the tournament – now refreshed and rebranded as the Humana Challenge – by long-time friend and golf tragic Bill Clinton.
The Humana Challenge has a 144 player professional field that in 2012 will include the likes of Phil Mickelson, Dustin Hoffman and Bill Haas but also blends a celebrity element.
Celebrities involved include Clinton, who will partner with Norman, musicians Smokey Robinson, Alice Cooper and Michael Bolton and actors Morgan Freeman, Don Cheadle and Craig T. Nelson.
Other Australians in the professional ranks include Stuart Appleby, John Senden, Gavin Coles, Steve Elkington, Mathew Goggin, Nick O’Hern, Rod Pampling and Greg Chalmers
Norman hasn’t played in a tour event in the States since the 2009 US Masters.
The 56 year old is obviously feeling pretty fit and is also committed to playing the PGA Tour’s Mayakoba Golf Classic in February and the Senior British Open in July.
“The good news is I feel good playing the game of golf again,” Norman said. “When you start turning and hitting the ball solid again – and long again – it makes me feel pretty good.”
The 2012 Human Challenge will be played at the La Quinta Country Club and has a US$5.6 million prize purse with US$1.008 million going to the winner.
The first three rounds of the four-day tournament will be played in a pro-am format, with each pro-am team consisting of one professional and one amateur and each group consisting of two professionals and two amateurs.
2012 Humana Challenge Australian TV Times
The event is being telecast live in Australian on Fox Sports.
Round 1, Friday 7 – 10am; Round 2, Saturday 7 – 10am; Round 3 Sunday 8 – 11am; Final Round Monday 8 – 11am.
2012 Human Challenge Live Leaderboard