Power Rankings: Humana Challenge


The PGA Tour hits the mainland for the first time in 2012, arriving in the California desert for the rejuvenated Humana Challenge. The 90-hole format is extinct and the pro-am format modified, bringing in an improved field.

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1. Bill Haas: In the last two years, Haas was a winner (2010) and a playoff runner-up ('11). Even if he falls off that torrid pace, he has finished outside the top 25 just once in seven starts.

2. Matt Kuchar: The world No. 11 is a model of consistency here. He was a runner-up to Haas in 2010 and finished T-7 last year.

3. Phil Mickelson: Making his first start at the old Hope since 2007, Mickelson won twice and finished no worse than T-12 in five of his last six starts here.

4. Brian Gay: He was fifth here last year and started his year with a T-6 last week at Waialae. In a tournament that requires a hot putter, Gay's enviable short game should be very useful.

5. Charles Howell III: A winner here needs to hit a lot of greens to create chances in this birdie sprint. CH3 did that last week in his T-2 at Sony, finishing T-8 in greens in regulation and in strokes gained putting.

6. Kevin Na: With that back-nine 29 at Kapalua, Na has shown he can go low. He may have figured out the tournament in the last two years, finishing in the top-10 both times.

7. Kyle Stanley: This event could be right up his alley. He is long and was T-11 last year in birdie average, leaving him poised to go low in an event where it is a must.

8. D.J. Trahan: The guy who earned his Tour card on the number at Disney, Trahan had a three-year stretch here, from 2008-10, which included a win and two top-15 finishes.

9. Brendon de Jonge: Among the early leaders in birdie average, he had his best Humana finish in '11. He's been a quick starter in past seasons.

10. Ryan Moore: This is a hit-or-miss pick. In his last four completed starts, he was either cut or finished in the top 10.

Watch live coverage of the Humana Challenge on Golf Channel: Thurs.-Fri., 3-6PM ET; Sat.-Sun., 4-7PM ET.