2013 Humana Challenge Betting Odds - Event Info, Dates, Coverage

The 2013 Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation will be played at PGA West on the Palmer Course in La Quinta, California beginning on Thursday January 17 through Sunday January 20th.

The Golf Channel will be all over the coverage during the week, picking things up at 7pm ET every night and concluding at 10:30pm ET. On Sunday, Golf Channel will conclude at 10pm ET.

The Humana Challenge

Many fans might remember this tournament by a more familiar name, the Bob Hope Classic. It's also well-known for the Pro-Am that is conducted during the week, as many well known celebrities take part in the tournament. The tournament also used to have five rounds, but that was recently moved down to just four rounds in 2012. Throughout the week, there are three courses that the players will compete on. They are the Palmer Course, La Quinta, and Bermuda Dunes.

All three course are within 100 yards of each other in length, with each playing to a Par-72. The Palmer course is the only one used twice, with all players competing on that layout on the final day of competition. A total purse of $5.6 million is up for grabs, while the winner receives $1.08 million and 500 FedEx Cup points. The winner of this event will typically shoot up the FedEx Cup points leaderboard if not already there, since the event comes so early on the schedule.

2013 Humana Challenge in partnership with The Clinton Foundation

It's the first event of the 2013 West-Coast swing on the PGA Tour, as the players will go to La Quinta, California for the playing of the Humana Challenge. Formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic, the Humana Challenge is widely known by golf fans for the celebrities that participate in the Pro-Am part of the event - it is also one of the favorites of the staff here at PGABettingOdds.

Mark Wilson comes in as the defending champion, finishing 24-under par last season to cruise to a two-shot win. But entering this season, the field is pretty deeps with some notable names to pay attention to.

In the field this week is 2012 FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker. Along with Snedeker, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson and Webb Simpson will also be in the field, which tees off on Thursday on three different course of the four day period, ending on the PGA West Palmer Course for Sunday.

What Happened In 2012?

In the first tournament in the continental U.S., the PGA Tour began its West Coast Swing; it was Mark Wilson who bested the field in 2012. Wilson won by two strokes over Johnson Wagner. Wagner had won the week prior at the Sony Open in Hawaii, but Wilson was able to hold him off a second win in a row. Wilson finished an impressive 24 under par, which included a 62 in the second round. The 500 FedEx Cup points launched him into second place behind Wagner early in the 2012 season.

Who's Favored To Win 2013 Humana Challenge?

Oddsmakers had a difficult time establishing a clear-cut favorite for the 2013 Humana Challenge, and as a result we have a four-way tie. You should have a pretty good idea about who those players might be, based on the brief rundown of notable names we mentioned.

Three of the four are all slated with equal odds at the top of the list. Snedeker, Kuchar, and Mickelson are each installed with odds at 14/1 to win the Humana Challenge. Tim Clark is the fourth member of the group. It is a bit surprising that Clark is up at the top with the favorites, because he has just won once on the PGA Tour. He does have a history of some success at this event however. Mickelson is the only player in this group to have won this event before, which he has done so twice. That came back in 2004 though, so it has been a while. Simpson comes in at 18/1 to sneak into the top-five of the Humana Challenge favorites according to Bovada Sportsbook.

Here are the all of the odds to win the 2013 Humana Challenge as found at Bovada Sportsbook in case you feel like putting some money down.

2013 Humana Challenge Betting Odds - odds found at Bovada on 1/15/2013

Our Picks

The Winner - Charles Howell III placed third in Hawaii last week. Had it not been for the putting clinic that Russell Henley put on display on the back-nine on Sunday, Howell could have very well won the event. We expect Howell to continue to play well this week, and at 20/1, is getting a great payout going into Thursday's opening round.

The Darkhorse - Bud Cauley showed signs that he could become a star on the PGA Tour. He is just in his second full season on the Tour. He played at the Sony Open last week in Hawaii, but missed the cut shooting 3-under par for the first two days. Cauley is slated at 40/1 to win at La Quinta, but pay attention to him to be a surprise.

Notable Pairings

The PGA Tour has once again tried to put together some compelling pairings for the first two rounds of an event. Let's look at some of the ones to pay attention to.

Teeing off at 12:10pm ET on Thursday will be Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar, along with their amateur partners. Mickelson and Kuchar are two of the favorites coming into the tournament.

At 11:40am ET on Thursday, 2012 FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker will tee off with the Humana Challenge defending champion Mark Wilson. Wilson won by two shots last season, and will try to defend his title.

At 12:40pm ET, Zach Johnson and Davis Love III also make an interesting grouping to follow along with their amateur partners. Johnson missed the cut last week at the Sony Open and will try to bounce back.

Below are the 2 ball and 3 ball lines available this week for the 2013 Humana Challenge. You will see some other tourneys like the HSBC Championship on there but if you scroll down the page, you should see the odds for this tournament.