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Dustin Johnson joins Mickelson, Norman at Humana Challenge

January 13, 2012 |  5:29 pm


Big-hitting Dustin Johnson, a two-time winner of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am who tied for second at the British Open last year, will play next week at the Humana Challenge.

The tournament, held on three courses in La Quinta, has already announced that Phil Mickelson and Greg Norman will be in the field.

Johnson, currently ranked eighth in the world, will make his 2012 season debut at the Humana Challenge. Johnson had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in November. This will be his third appearance at the event. He tied for 12th in 2008 and tied for 66th in 2009.

Even with his knee troubles, Johnson ended his fourth full PGA season last fall with a fourth-place finish at the FedEx Cup. Also last year Johnson won his fifth PGA Tour event at the Barclays tournament, a FedEx Cup event that was shortened to 54 holes because of Hurricane Irene.

He also finished third last year at the Farmers Insurance Open in Torrey Pines.

The Humana Challenge begins Thursday.


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Photo: Dustin Johnson reacts after sinking a par putt to halve the 18th hole and finish tied in a Presidents Cup match in November. Credit: Scott Halleran / Getty Images