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Humana format change allows amateurs on Sunday

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Amateurs will now feel the final-round pressure at the Humana Challenge.

The three amateurs with the lowest net score and the three amateurs with the lowest gross score after the first three rounds of competition will now play during Sunday’s final round, tournament officials announced this week. Each player will be paired with two professionals, starting off the 10th tee, and play individual stroke play from the amateur tees. 

That’s a departure from each of the past two years, when amateurs played only the first three rounds of the four-day event. Prior to 2012, amateurs played the first four rounds of the five-day tournament. 

The 2014 event is scheduled for Jan. 16-19.

“We wanted to improve on an already fantastic format by doing even more to upgrade the experience for our amateur competitors,” said Bob Marra, the executive director and CEO of the Humana Challenge. “The opportunity to ‘make the cut’ for those players who have performed the best in the amateur competition will significantly enhance the experience.”