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Healthier, Leaner Dufner Has Big Hopes for 2014-15

Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2015 06:15 Friday, 23 January 2015 06:01

altLA QUINTA, California (Sean Martin/PGATOUR.COM) — Jason Dufner has given up many of his favorite foods in an effort to improve his health, but he doesn’t view his new diet as a sacrifice.

“I didn't really have a choice,” he said. “If I didn’t do it, I wasn’t going to be able to play golf. So it was pretty simple for me.”

The Humana Challenge will be Dufner’s first start in the United States since he withdrew from his title defense at the PGA Championship. It’s appropriate that Dufner is making his 2015 debut at an event that emphasizes health and wellness. He lost 20 pounds in the offseason thanks to drastic dietary changes.



Phil Mickelson Struggles in Return, Blake Adams Stars

Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2015 06:00 Friday, 23 January 2015 05:47

Phil MickelsonCanadian Press

LA QUINTA, California (John Nicholson/AP) — Phil Mickelson got most of the attention in his return to competition after a four-month break. Blake Adams got a lot more out of his comeback round.

Mickelson shot a 1-under 71 on Thursday in the Humana Challenge in his first event since the Ryder Cup, leaving him eight strokes behind leader Michael Putnam.

“Even though this score is the worst I’ve had in a long time, in months, I’m excited about my game and getting back out,” Mickelson said. “I can’t wait to get started again, because I just feel like I played a little tight today, kind of steered it a little bit.”



PGA TOUR’s Executive Women’s Day Debuts

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 20:02 Wednesday, 21 January 2015 19:55

altA keynote presentation by Carey Lohrenz, the first female F-14 Tomcat Pilot in the U.S. Navy, is among highlights to be shared with female business leaders this week at the 2015 debut of the PGA TOUR’s Executive Women’s Day sponsored by Astellas Pharma US, Inc.

The Executive Women’s Day kicks off this week at the Humana Challenge, the first of 23 such events on the PGA TOUR. Like Lohrenz in her days in the cockpit, the program continues to soar to new heights.

Each event features highly interactive content in a variety of formats, and Lohrenz will rotate at other events throughout the year with renowned sports agent Molly Fletcher, in addition to Wall Street executive and author Carla Harris.



This Week in Golf

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 19:52 Tuesday, 20 January 2015 19:42

Humana Challenge

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Site: La Quinta, California.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Courses: PGA West, Arnold Palmer Private Course (6,950 yards, par 72); PGA West, Jack Nicklaus Private Course (6,924 yards, par 72); La Quinta Country Club (7,060 yards, par 72).

Purse: $5.7 million. Winner’s share: $1,026,000.



Allenby to Skip Tournament After Beating, Robbery

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 19:28 Tuesday, 20 January 2015 19:24

Robert AllenbyCanadian Press

LA QUINTA, California (AP) — Golfer Robert Allenby has withdrawn from the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation in California while he recovers from a beating and robbery last week in Honolulu.

Allenby said he was skipping the tournament on the advice of his doctor. He wants to make sure he is fully recovered before returning to competition.



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