And so it begins . . . the Humana Challenge

It’s a brisk and breezy morning at PGA west this morning, with a cold wind cutting through the practice range as players like Bill Haas, D.J. Trahan and others begin preparations for the Humana Challenge in Partnership with the Clinton Foundation. But everyone seems in pretty good cheer about the weather, because they know that by Thursday, the first day of the real tournament, forecasts are for mid-70s and sunny and beautiful.

Gary Player, new to the event this year with a new contract with Humana to promote health and wellness, has been working the driving ranges saying hello to amateurs and pros alike. Someone mentioned that Player is a true charmer.

The Couples pro-am at the Nicklaus Private course today was delayed by the weather, but there will be play in that event today.

Otherwise, work is at making sure tents are up in Hope Square before crowds start showing up on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Four new names into the pro field today are Alister Presnell, Patrick Reed, Doug La Belle and Bobby Gates. That brings the field to 156 officially. The first alternate at the moment is Jim Herman.