Last warmup day for Humana warms up

One last day of frost delays at the Humana Challenge today, with the driving range at PGA¬† West opening up a little late and thus delaying the start of today’s Bob Hope Legacy pro-am on the Palmer Course. But everything was in good shape about an half-hour late and the pro-am is off and running.

The big new of the morning is that Phil Mickelson, a two-time local winner and easily one of the most popular golfers where he plays, has been fighting some kind of illness and has been doing very little to prepare for the tournament. Instead, he has been resting, but a spokesman told the Golf Channel that Mickelson fully intents to tee off Thursday.

With the Health Matters heath care conference over, the focus for the week now turns to the golf and the $5.6 million purse. Can Mark Wilson repeat to join Johnny Miller as desert back-to-back winners? Will Mickelson be able to play, and if he can play does he have the game to play well after being sick? Will this be the year for a veteran like David Toms or a rookie like Russell Henley?

We’ll find out starting tomorrow morning.