The Dormie: Humana Challenge & Abu Dhabi Championship Previews

Welcome to the Dormie! The THUNDERBLOG’s newest series on one of my favorite sports: GOLF! If you couldn’t tell by our bios, Matty D, JSB, and myself all love hitting the links and professional golf has a been something I’ve wanted to write about ever since we launched (which was almost three months ago by the way!). Without further ado, I present to you I present to you, the Dormie:

Humana Challenge

PrintIn partnership with the Clinton Foundation. 2013 Champ: Brian Gay


PGA West (Palmer)Palmer Private at PGA West will play host to the Humara Challange

Course Dimensions:

PGAW Palmer MapTotal Yardage: 6930 Yards, Par 72

Big Names:

If you couldn’t tell by the title of this post, there are two tourneys this weekend. The Humana Challenge features a few of the bigger names on the PGA Tour: Zach Johnson, Keegan Bradley, Brandt Snedeker, and Rickie Fowler. Johnson and Bradley as well as Snedeker and Fowler will be paired together for the first three rounds. This tournament has a 54-Hole Cut instead of the usual 36.

Lookout For:

  • Brian Gay: the defending champ from last year. Gay has four top-10 finishes this season so far and the shorter course can help him hang around the big hitters
  • Harry English: He has two victories so far this year and currently in third in the FedEx Cup Standings

G-Man’s Pick:


Brandt Snedeker: The shorter course will bode well for all the bigger tour names. Snedeker is deadly on the greens.

The other tournament:

Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship2013 Champion: Jamie Donaldson


Abu Dhabi GC

Abu Dhabi Golf Club in the UAE will play host
Yardage: 7600 Yards, Par 72

Big Names:

This is the bigger tournament of the weekend. Both Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy making their 2014 debuts. 2013 FedEx Cup Champion Henrik Stenson will be in the field, as will Martin Kaymer (above), Luke Donald, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, and Sergio Garcia.

G-Man’s Pick:

I really want to go with Rory, he has all this hype surrounding him and a BIG 2014, no more distractions and whatnot. But, I’m going with the guy who’s won twice in the last four years: Martin Kaymer (2011, 2010).

You can catch both these tournaments on the Golf Channel. The Abu Dhabi will be on from 4-8am for all four days and the Humara will be on from 3-7pm for all four days. Check back here for updates!

Let me know what you think about the first Dormie with a comment below and I’ll try to be better the next time!


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