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Humana Challenge 2012: Bill Clinton, Morgan Freeman, Julius Erving, Alice Cooper Among Celebrities In Field

The 2012 Humana Challenge gets underway Thursday in La Quinta, California, and the one popular pro-am formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic has 144 amateurs to go with its 144 PGA Tour professionals.

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The 2012 Humana Challenge gets underway Thursday in La Quinta, California, and the one popular pro-am formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic has 144 amateurs to go with its 144 PGA Tour professionals. Beginning Thursday, all 288 players will open the tournament on three different courses, the Palmer Private Course at PGA West, the Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West, and La Quinta Country Club.

Former President Bill Clinton, whose charity organization is an event partner, will golf in Saturday's third round with Greg Norman. Other celebrities at the event include NBA Hall of Famer Julius Erving, actors Morgan Freeman, Don Cheadle, Billy Crudup, and Craig T. Nelson, and musicians Smokey Robinson and Alice Cooper, to name a few.

The celebrities will partner up with PGA Tour professionals in the first three rounds on a rotating basis:

2012 Humana Challenge Celebrity Pairings
Celebrity Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Julius Erving Jerry Kelly Jason Kokrak Kris Blanks
Morgan Freeman Kyle Thompson Tommy Gainey Martin Laird
Alice Cooper Trevor Immelman Ricky Barnes Chris DiMarco
Craig T. Nelson Kyle Stanley Ryan Palmer Jonas Blixt
Michael Bolton Tim Herron Stuart Appleby James Driscoll
Lucas Black Blake Adams Jhonattan Vegas Gavin Coles
Billy Crudup Erik Compton Rich Beem Camilo Villegas
Smokey Robinson Seung-Yul Noh Cameron Tringale Kevin Na
Don Cheadle Jamie Lovemark D.J. Trahan
Bill Clinton Greg Norman

The Golf Channel will provide television coverage of the event for all four rounds.

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