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.