Cut short: Clinton gets in only 9 holes at Humana


Former President Bill Clinton helped breathe life back into the former Bob Hope Classic. On Saturday, Mother Nature swept Clinton and the entire Humana Challenge field off of the event’s trio of courses.

High winds in the Palm Springs area caused third-round play to first be delayed, then suspended. The tournament resumes at 7:30 a.m. local time on Sunday morning, but only the pros will be on the course. The remainder of the pro-am has been scrapped in hopes of finishing the 72-hole event on Sunday.

For President Clinton, that means just nine holes of golf in his inaugural year associated with the PGA Tour. The same went for Humana CEO Mike McCallister, who played in the same group as the former Commander-in-Chief.

Clinton, however, was not the only headliner who did not get to finish what they started this week.

Dustin Johnson was the highest-ranked player in the Humana Challenge. He withdrew on Friday, citing lower-back pain resulting from discomfort following right-knee surgery.

Phil Mickelson, making his first start in the event since 2007, is on the 54-hole cut line at 5 under with six holes to play. Mickelson will need at least one more birdie before the cut is made around lunchtime Sunday.