Golf Rankings for Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation
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1. Matt Kuchar [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #6

Kuchar has started 2013 with a T9 finish in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and a T5 in last week's Sony Open in Hawaii. He's finished 25th or better in four Humana Challenge starts, highlighted by a T7 in 2011 and a share of second place in 2010. After hitting some bumps in the road during the second half of 2012, Kuchar appears to be back on top of his game.

2. Tim Clark [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #121

Clark has not played the three courses that make up the Humana Challenge since scoring a T2 in 2010 and a T5 in 2009. Back in 2005 he also earned another share of the runner-up spot to begin the Tour's west coast swing. In last week's season debut, Clark finished solo second at the Sony Open. Clark hits the mainland with momentum and a great course history on this series of tracks.

3. Brandt Snedeker [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #20

Snedeker owns a pair of top-10 finishes in his last three starts at the Humana. He recently finished solo third in the Hyundai, giving Snedeker four finishes of sixth or better in his last five starts dating back to last year. When Snedeker is on this kind of roll he has no issues going low thanks to owning one of the hottest putters on Tour.

4. Phil Mickelson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #8

After skipping this event every season since 2008, Mickelson returned to the Humana last year with a disappointing T49 finish. While Phil struggled in the first round, he was actually quite fine in the final three rounds of play to suggest he'll do much better this time around. Lefty had his moments early in 2012, but was silent much of the second half until a pair of top-fives in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

5. Webb Simpson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #27

Simpson skipped this event last year, but finished with a T5 in 2009 and a T13 most recently in 2011. He'll be making his third start of the season after finishing T11 and T20 the last two weeks.

6. Bo Van Pelt [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #106

Pelt has done very little in the Humana the last three years, but did score a T5 back in 2009. In 2012 BVP was tied for the Tour lead with 10 top-10 finishes in 24 starts and is typically among the safest options in the field any week he suits up.

7. Robert Garrigus [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #101

Garrigus started last year with a T2 in the Humana and capped off his 2012 with three top-10s in his final four starts -- including a pair of top-fives. Garrigus has been an emerging player the last few years and should not be ignored for his season debut.

8. Charles Howell III [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #56

Howell has played the Humana each of the last three years, his best result coming in 2011 with a T13. He's coming off a T3 in last week's Sony Open.

9. Zach Johnson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #12

A year ago Johnson finished the Humana with a T8, his first start in the event since 2004. During a span of eight mid-season starts in 2012, ZJ recorded two wins and two more runner-up performances. Clearly, Johnson is a player to consider starting when he shows a flash of heating up.

10. Bill Haas [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #31

An early season victory got Haas into the Hyundai, but he finished near the bottom of the leaderboard in that event. He won this event in 2010 and earned a share of second the following year. However, the 2011 FedEx Cup champion struggled here last year with a T64 during a fairly disappointing campaign.

11. Brendon de Jonge [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #74

After a strong showing in the Fall Series, de Jonge began 2013 with a T54 in last week's Sony Open. He finished last year 10th overall in All-Around Ranking and typically fares well in these kinds of low scoring, birdie-fest events.

12. David Toms [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #149

When Toms is healthy and on top of his game, he is among the more consistent players around. In his final nine starts of 2012 he missed four cuts, but also notched four top-10s. Last year Toms finished T6 in this event, his first top-10 in nine Humana starts since 2000.
 

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