Norman back on the US PGA Tour

GREG NORMAN will have one of his very rare starts on the US PGA Tour this week playing in the Californian event formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic.

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

2012 Humana Challenge Live Leaderboard

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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