For the first two days of the Humana Challenge, it has been rookies and second-year players dominating the top of the leaderboard. Names like Roberto Casto and James Hahn and Lee Williams are not familiar to most golf fans,
But look just a little deeper on the leaderboard and you will see some very familiar names who are just sitting there waiting to make a move today, Saturday, Moving Day on the tour.
Just two shots out of the lead is Zach Johnson, a Masters champion and nine-time winner on tour. You have to like Johnson on a course where he can attack the par-5s.
Also two back of the leaders are past Humana winner Charley Hoffman and veteran Aaron Baddeley. Either would be considered good winners for the tournament because they have recognizable names
Among the group three off the pace is former British Open winner Stewart Cink. Cink doesn’t have a great record at the Humana, but he is one of 14 players with at least one major championship on their resumes.
The group at 10 under and four off the lead includes two interesting names. One is Matt Kuchar, the reigning Players Championship title holder and one of the game’s top players. The other is Carl Pettersson, who for some reason I’ve always through was going to win this tournament some day.
So let the rookies have their time at the head of the leaderboard this week. I’m guessing by Sunday afternoon some top veteran names will be fighting for the Hope Memorial Trophy.