Greg Norman to Play in Humana Challenge on PGA Tour

Fred AltvaterContributor IIJanuary 6, 2012

Greg Norman to make an appearance on the PGA Tour
Greg Norman to make an appearance on the PGA TourScott Halleran/Getty Images

Greg Norman was last seen at Royal Melbourne captaining the losing International Presidents Cup team.  His playing days are primarily behind him, but he does tee it up occasionally for a good cause.

Apparently his friends former President, Bill Clinton and PGA Tour veteran, Scott McCarron have convinced the Shark to add his name to the field for the Humana Challenge coming up January 19-22, and will be played at PGA West in La Quinta, California.

Norman was quoted in a story written for The Desert Sun by Larry Bohannan:

“After a conversation with President Clinton and also with my good friend (and La Quinta resident) Scott McCarron's encouragement, I'm all too happy to support President Clinton's commitment to the Humana Challenge and his Foundation.  I'm confident with the recent changes to the tournament's sponsorship and format, and with the support President Clinton will give, this event, which has been one of the most iconic tournaments for decades, will once again establish itself as one of the tournaments to play in.”

This is the first year with Humana as lead sponsor for this event that was formerly the Bob Hope Classic.

The Shark has amassed 88 professional wins around the world including 20 on the PGA Tour and two British Open wins.  He held the No. 1 spot on the Official World Golf Ranking for 331 weeks.  Only Tiger Woods has been the world's top player longer than Greg.

Norman, who is 56 year old, finished third in the 2008 British Open and played in the Masters plus two other events in 2009.