Changes at Humana Challenge have Woodland rethinking early schedule

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Silver Rock was one of Gary Woodland's favorite courses in Palm Springs, so he is sitting out this week because it's no longer in the Humana Challenge rotation.
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Series: PGA Tour

Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 | 5:53 p.m.

The Humana Challenge is going through some big changes. The tournament long known as the Bob Hope Classic is increasing its field from 124 to 144 players. There will be two amateurs in each group instead of one pro and three amateurs. And it will be a 72-hole tournament over three courses, instead of a five-day event over four courses.

Gone from the rotation is Silver Rock, which wasn't a favorite among most players. The exception was Gary Woodland, who lost in a playoff to Jhonattan Vegas, and doesn't plan to return.

"The Bob Hope was nice, but they took out the golf course I killed the last two years I played there," Woodland said. "Now it's more like a putting contest. Silver Rock was the one golf course I could separate myself on, and they took it out. So I'm not going to go."

It's part of several schedule changes for Woodland, who was 17th on the money list last year. He'll be going to Riviera, the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and Doral for the first time. And he plans to take off the week before every major to prepare on those courses.

Of all the new stops, the one that gets him excited is the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral.

"We used to go there on vacation," he said. "I've played Doral a bunch."

And while Woodland was long even as a teenager, the Blue Monster felt like one to him back then.