2014 Humana Challenge - Vegas Odds, Free Picks, + Tee Times
The 2014 Humana Challenge is the first West-Coast swing event, moving on from the two tournaments in Hawaii. PGA West in La Quinta California will put players on the Palmer Course, the Nicklaus Course, and La Quinta Country Club, as is the typical format for the week. Scoring has historically been low in the tournament, with the course ranking among the easiest on the PGA Tour each season.
Opening round play will get going on Thursday, January 16th, with the final putt dropping on Sunday, January 19th. The Palmer Course will be the final day's play. It is statistically the most difficult of the three, but is still subject to having scores in the low 60s routinely.
Fans will be able to watch this event on Golf Channel all week long, with plenty of live coverage and golf action to take in. With this tourney being on the West Coast, expect coverage to be later in the day.
PGA West - Palmer Course, La Quinta, CA
Located in La Quinta, California, the PGA West golf resort actually boasts an impressive six golf courses—some private, some open to all—but the foremost course among them is surely the Arnold Palmer course. The Palmer has hosted many prestigious golf tournaments over the years, and in 2014 will once again host the Humana Challenge, in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.
Over the years, the Palmer course has seen its fair share of truly historic events, including David Duvall's 1999 victory with a final round course record of 59. (Naturally, Arnold Palmer himself won victories on this course several times over!) More than its rich history, though, the Palmer is known for its masterful layout, for how it makes use of some of California's oldest mountains. The final five holes are etched out of rugged mountain terrain, meaning that every round of golf is sure to end with breathtaking drama.
Last week's winner of the Sony Open, Jimmy Walker, will not be in the field for the Humana Challenge but the winner of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions the week before will be! Zach Johnson will definitely be among the names to look for come Sunday but will have to fend off some of the better American players to do so. Many big names will highlight storylines when it comes to predicting the winner of the Humana Challenge. This is a tournament that yields plenty of low scores, which means that players will be under pressure to make numerous birdies each round and bogeys will cost dearly.
Early odds to win the 2014 Humana Challenge show Johnson is tied atop the favorites to win this week, but he is not alone. Guys like Brandt Snedeker, Webb Simpson, Harris English and Keegan Bradley will be in the mix as well.
Take a minute to check out the rest of the leading contenders and all golfers that have golf betting odds this week as we prepare for the start of the 2014 Humana Challenge.
Top-5 Favorites To Win 2014 Humana Challenge
Zach Johnson 14/1 (+1400) - We start things off with Johnson, the winner in the first tournament in Hawaii two weeks ago. Johnson followed the victory up with a top-10 finish at the Sony Open. The T8 finish is a testament to the consistency he is playing with right now. It's a bit of a surprise that Johnson is not the outright favorite prior to the Humana Challenge. A payout of 14 to 1 awaits a bettor looking at Johnson as an option.
Brandt Snedeker 14/1 (+1400) - Snedeker finished just outside of the top-10 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions two weeks ago with a T11 finish. That was his first competitive event since October 31 for the WGC-HSBC Champions where he finished T55. Snedeker started off in 2013 as the hottest player in the world. That was until an injury hindered him. Snedeker will be looking to generate early momentum once again, this time in 2014.
Webb Simpson 14/1 (+1400) - Sure it was a limited field at Kapalua a couple of weeks ago. But a T3 performance from Webb Simpson was certainly impressive. He brings in that momentum from Hawaii into California. Oddsmakers like the way Simpson is swinging the golf club. He hasn't finished higher than 7th in his last three official events, winning one (Shriners, October 17).
Harris English 18/1 (+1800) - English played both tournaments in Hawaii, finishing T11 at Kapalua, and then solo fourth at the Sony Open. English is another player that has played well early in the season. He captured one of the five fall tournaments in 2013, winning the OHL Classic in mid-November. A wager on English this week is paying out 18 to 1, which is a nice margin of profit for a top-five favorite.
Keegan Bradley 20/1 (+2000) - Bradley hasn't played in an official event since Halloween. It's hard to know what type of game to expect out of Bradley this week, but this is a Major Championship winner that is one of the highest-ranked players in the field. Bradley is capable of producing some big-time golf, and on courses where birdies are plentiful he should be in the mix.
Pick To Win Humana Challenge - This is one of the more difficult tournaments to pick because any golfer that catches fire can shoot scores in the low 60s. But doing so over the course of four rounds narrows down the field. We are going to go outside of the top-five this week and go with a consistent player in Bill Haas. Haas finished T24 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, but did not play the Sony Open. The 25 to 1 payout is also a high margin of profit and worth the risk to cash in. Haas has the ability to get on a hot streak and carry it over to tournaments, just like he did to win the FedEx Cup a couple years ago.
Darkhorse Value Pick - Scott Stallings finished one shot behind Brian Gay and Charles Howell III to compete in the playoff last year at the Humana Challenge. His total score of 24-under par means that he knows how to make birdies around these grounds. A wager on Stallings this week is going off at 100 to 1. Even a $10 wager would profit $1,000 at this line. It could be worth a shot to wager on player that can get it done here.
PGABettingOdds.com Lock of the Week: Zach Johnson Top-10 Finish - The payout for a top-10 finish by Zach Johnson this week at the 2014 Humana Challenge is going off at even money. This is almost too good to ignore. Johnson won two weeks ago, and followed that up with a top-10 finish the next week. He is playing as well as anyone right now, and with the courses at PGA West famous for giving up birdies, we think Johnson will get his share. At the very least, it will be enough to secure a top-10 finish. Check out this Humana Challenge prop and more for other players at Bovada.
The PGA Tour will send out the pairings in twosomes for the first 36 holes of the 2014 Humana Challenge. As usual, there are some featured pairings for this tournament that are sure to gain more attention than others. Here are a few of those to follow in the opening rounds:
Teeing off at 11:40am ET (8:40am local), Keegan Bradley and Zach Johnson is a pairing that puts two of the top contenders to win the 2014 Humana Challenge in the same group. Currently, Johnson is a -155 (every $1.55 risked wins $1) favorite to shoot the lower score between the two - Keegan Bradley is paying out +110 ($1 wins $1.10) if he shoots the lower score. This is for the first round only and each new round will bring adjusted payouts + new groupings as the weekend begins.
Another pairing to pay attention to is Harris English and Bill Haas (1:10 pm ET on Thursday). Going into this tournament, English is seen as a slight favorite over Haas to record the lower first round score between these two.
Other Notable 1st Round Two-Ball Betting Lines / Pairings:
- Webb Simpson (-275) vs. Davis Love III (+185)
- Billy Horschel (-110) vs. Gary Woodland (-125)
Look below to find the complete set of 2-ball betting lines for the Humana Challenge. These odds will be updated daily between rounds, but will only display on this page when they are available for wagering in Bovada's online sportsbook.
2013 Humana Challenge
There was a playoff the week before at the Sony Open, and that theme carried over to the 2013 Humana Challenge. Brian Gay, David Lingmerth, and Charles Howell III finished 25-under par at the end of 72 holes. Gay won the tournament on the second playoff hole, making a birdie from six feet to secure the win.
Gay shot a final round 63 to play his way into sudden-death, and was able to take advantage with a great iron shot into No.17. Gay was six shots behind 54-hole leader Scott Stallings heading into the final 18 holes. On a course like the Palmer Course at PGA West birdies are out there, so the comeback wasn't very surprising.
2013 Humana Challenge - Leaderboard
- Brian Gay -25 (263)*
- David Lingmerth -25 (263)
- Charles Howell III -25 (263)
- James Hahn -24 (264)
- Scott Stallings -24 (264)