- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) - Brendan Steele turned to former UC Riverside teammate Will Farish for help at the Humana Challenge after caddie Sam Pinfold ran into visa problems.

Farish is a Los Angeles Police Department officer.

“He will be easy to spot, because he’s 6-4, 225, and he just laid down his motorcycle, so he has a broken wrist and a big pink cast,” Steele said. “It should be fun having him out, but we hope that Sam can get back as soon as possible.”

Pinfold was unable to get back into the United States on Sunday night after a few months in his native New Zealand.

“He came back to LAX, and they wouldn’t let him through immigration,” Steele said. “They treated him kind of like a criminal and turned him around with two guards that made sure that he got on his plane straight back to New Zealand. We have got to try to get him sorted out, so he can get back here as soon as possible.

“Apparently, there’s something to do with he’s not technically allowed to work for an American, I guess, on the visa that he has. Which we didn’t know. So he can work for a foreigner in America, but he can’t work for an American.”

Steele grew up about 25 miles northwest of La Quinta in the mountain town of Idyllwild.

“I used to play desert junior golf and we would come down to this event and get to see the big boys hit it around,” Steele said. “I have a lot of fond memories of walking around here with my brother and my dad and getting autographs from my favorite players.”


STILL TICKING: Champions Tour player Peter Jacobsen is making his first PGA Tour start since 2008. He won the event in 1990 and made the last of his tournament-record 24 cuts in 2005.

“I think I’m the only guy in the field that has two replaced body parts, a new knee and a new hip,” Jacobsen said. “So if you guys can work me in in a separate category, I think I might have a chance to win that category. … I’m looking at 60 here in March and, for an old chubby guy, I feel like I still got something going.”

The outgoing Jacobsen has long embraced the pro-am format.

“Come into the week with the attitude that, ‘I’m going to make sure that my amateur partner this week when he leaves here he’s going to say he had the best experience on a golf course that he’s ever had,’” Jacobsen said. “That was always my goal whether I was playing with Jack Lemmon at Pebble Beach or an amateur that just paid to play in the tournament.”


FOOTBALL FAN: Keegan Bradley was disappointed to learn that his beloved New England Patriots will face Denver at noon La Quinta time Sunday in the NFC championship game.

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