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Phil Mickelson headlines Humana Challenge 2015

He is one of only seven multiple-time champions in event history and one of the most popular and decorated golfers in history, and his spectacular golf game will be on display at the 2015 Humana Challenge.

Organizers announced Tuesday that Phil Mickelson heads the list of early commitments shaping the dynamic Humana Challenge field.

Mickelson is a World Golf Hall of Fame member and owner of three green jackets, five major championship victories, 42 PGA TOUR wins and 51 professional titles worldwide.

The tournament takes place January 19-25. The 72-hole event features 156 professionals playing at the Arnold Palmer Private Course at PGA WEST, the Jack Nicklaus Private Course at PGA WEST and La Quinta Country Club.

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Some of the professionals joining Mickelson at the 2015 tournament are Major championship winners Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, and Zach Johnson.

Officials said FedExCup Champion Billy Horschel, heralded Europeans Luke Donald and Ian Poulter, along with defending champion Patrick Reed, will also be competing this year.

“Those who follow the PGA TOUR even casually know that the player field at the Humana Challenge has been enhanced very substantially in recent years and it keeps getting stronger,” said Bob Marra, the executive director/CEO of the Humana Challenge. “In addition to the star power of the headliner players joining us regularly, our field has provided a glimpse at players who have broken out to enjoy career-defining seasons. Look at Billy Horschel, who had a top-25 finish here last January and went on to win two playoff events and the FedExCup, or consider the eight first-time winners who were in our field last year. Fans who come out to the tournament are not only guaranteed of seeing many of the world’s top players, but are likely to see some new stars in the making.”

Fans certainly saw plenty of that last year with Reed, who rode three consecutive 9-under-par 63s to a 54-hole PGA TOUR scoring record of 27-under-par to claim his second career title in five months.

Reed’s season culminated with his first berth on the U.S. Ryder Cup team, where he led the Americans with a 3-0-1 record and 3 points. He was one of five 2014 Humana Challenge alumni on the Ryder Cup team, joining Bradley, Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson, according to a release.

There are a host of Humana Challenge ticket plans that will allow fans to see Mickelson, Reed and the rest of the dynamic field up close. Tickets are available at Lumpy’s in La Quinta (46630 Washington Street) and Rancho Mirage (72769 Dinah Shore Drive) and PGA TOUR Superstore (72280 Highway 111, Suite 110, Palm Desert).

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The tournament is now in its 56th year and is the PGA TOUR’s first West Coast Swing event of the new year annually.

KESQ News Team

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