PGA Tour
PGA - Bob Hope Classic Preview
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DATES: Wednesday, January 20th through Sunday, January 24th
SITE: PGA West (Arnold Palmer Private Course), La Quinta, California
         SilverRock Resort (Palmer Course), La Quinta, California
         La Quinta Country Club, La Quinta, California
         PGA West (Jack Nicklaus Private Course), La Quinta, California
COURSE ARCHITECT: Arnold Palmer (PGA West-Palmer, 1986)
         Arnold Palmer, (SilverRock, 2005)
         Frank and Lawrence Hughes (La Quinta, 1959)
         Jack Nicklaus (PGA West-Nicklaus, 1987)
        
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,930 (PGA West - Palmer Course)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 426 Yds10 - Par 4 433 Yds
2 - Par 5 514 Yds11 - Par 5 512 Yds
3 - Par 3 180 Yds12 - Par 3 207 Yds
4 - Par 4 396 Yds13 - Par 4 447 Yds
5 - Par 3 233 Yds14 - Par 5 569 Yds
6 - Par 5 562 Yds15 - Par 3 156 Yds
7 - Par 4 439 Yds16 - Par 4 364 Yds
8 - Par 4 358 Yds17 - Par 3 130 Yds
9 - Par 4 461 Yds18 - Par 5 543 Yds
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36 3,569 Yds36 3,361 Yds
 
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,403 (SilverRock)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 426 Yds10 - Par 4 350 Yds
2 - Par 5 592 Yds11 - Par 4 418 Yds
3 - Par 3 183 Yds12 - Par 5 625 Yds
4 - Par 4 385 Yds13 - Par 4 449 Yds
5 - Par 4 335 Yds14 - Par 3 165 Yds
6 - Par 4 493 Yds15 - Par 4 480 Yds
7 - Par 5 603 Yds16 - Par 4 468 Yds
8 - Par 3 191 Yds17 - Par 3 207 Yds
9 - Par 4 489 Yds18 - Par 5 544 Yds
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36 3,697 Yds36 3,706 Yds
 
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,060 (La Quinta)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 382 Yds10 - Par 4 405 Yds
2 - Par 4 434 Yds11 - Par 5 543 Yds
3 - Par 3 202 Yds12 - Par 3 202 Yds
4 - Par 4 384 Yds13 - Par 5 547 Yds
5 - Par 5 516 Yds14 - Par 4 469 Yds
6 - Par 5 527 Yds15 - Par 3 206 Yds
7 - Par 3 168 Yds16 - Par 4 454 Yds
8 - Par 4 389 Yds17 - Par 4 421 Yds
9 - Par 4 399 Yds18 - Par 4 412 Yds
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36 3,401 Yds36 3,659 Yds
 
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,924 (PGA West - Nicklaus Course)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 374 Yds10 - Par 4 412 Yds
2 - Par 4 414 Yds11 - Par 3 191 Yds
3 - Par 3 177 Yds12 - Par 4 403 Yds
4 - Par 5 538 Yds13 - Par 5 528 Yds
5 - Par 4 443 Yds14 - Par 4 375 Yds
6 - Par 4 406 Yds15 - Par 4 415 Yds
7 - Par 3 140 Yds16 - Par 5 530 Yds
8 - Par 5 509 Yds17 - Par 3 204 Yds
9 - Par 4 410 Yds18 - Par 4 455 Yds
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36 3,411 Yds36 3,513 Yds
 
Annual:  51st
Television:  Golf Channel - Wednesday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Wednesday/Friday -- 9 p.m.-12 a.m. (et) - replay,
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 4-7 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 10 p.m.-1 a.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion:  Pat Perez
Runner-Up:  John Merrick
Tournament Record:  324 (Joe Durant, 2001)
72-Hole Record:  255 (Steve Stricker, 2009)
54-Hole Record:  191 (Pat Perez, 2009)
36-Hole Record:  124 (Pat Perez, 2009)
Course Records:  59 (David Duval, 1999 - PGA West-Palmer Course)
  61 (Lennie Clements, 1994 - La Quinta)
  61 (Charlie Wi, 2009 - PGA West-Nicklaus Course)
  63 (Jason Dufner, 2009 - SilverRock)
Total Purse:  $5,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $900,000; 2nd Place - $540,000; 3rd Place - $340,000
 
2009 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Pat Perez327Tim Clark333
John Merrick330Bo Van Pelt333
Steve Stricker332Webb Simpson333
Mike Weir332Five players at334
Stephen Ames333
 
Past Bob Hope Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009Pat Perez (327) -- John Merrick
2008D.J. Trahan (334) -- Justin Leonard
2007*Charley Hoffman (343) -- John Rollins
2006Chad Campbell (335) -- Jesper Parnevik, Scott Verplank
2005Justin Leonard (332) -- Tim Clark, Joe Ogilvie
2004*Phil Mickelson (330) -- Skip Kendall
2003Mike Weir (330) -- Jay Haas
2002*Phil Mickelson (330) -- David Berganio Jr
2001Joe Durant (324) -- Paul Stankowski
2000Jesper Parnevik (331) -- Rory Sabbatini
1999David Duval (334) -- Steve Pate
1998*Fred Couples (332) -- Bruce Lietzke
1997John Cook (327) -- Mark Calcavecchia
1996Mark Brooks (337) -- John Huston
1995Kenny Perry (335) -- David Duval
1994Scott Hoch (334) -- Lennie Clements, Jim Gallagher Jr, Fuzzy Zoeller
1993Tom Kite (325) -- Rick Fehr
1992*John Cook (336) -- Rick Fehr, Tom Kite, Mark O'Meara, Gene Sauers
1991*Corey Pavin (331) -- Mark O'Meara
1990Peter Jacobsen (339) -- Scott Simpson, Brian Tennyson
1989*Steve Jones (343) -- Paul Azinger, Sandy Lyle
1988Jay Haas (338) -- David Edwards
1987Corey Pavin (341) -- Bernhard Langer
1986*Donnie Hammond (335) -- John Cook
1985*Lanny Wadkins (333) -- Craig Stadler
1984*John Mahaffey (340) -- Jim Simons
1983*Keith Fergus (335) -- Rex Caldwell
1982*Ed Fiori (335) -- Tom Kite
1981Bruce Lietzke (335) -- Jerry Pate
1980Craig Stadler (343) -- Tom Purtzer, Mike Sullivan
1979John Mahaffey (343) -- Lee Trevino
1978Bill Rogers (339) -- Jerry McGee
1977Rik Massengale (337) -- Bruce Lietzke
1976Johnny Miller (344) -- Rik Massengale
1975Johnny Miller (339) -- Bob Murphy
1974Hubert Green (341) -- Bert Yancey
1973Arnold Palmer (343) -- Johnny Miller, Jack Nicklaus
1972Bob Rosburg (344) -- Lanny Wadkins
1971*Arnold Palmer (342) -- Ray Floyd
1970Bruce Devlin (339) -- Larry Ziegler
1969Billy Casper (345) -- Dave Hill
1968*Arnold Palmer (348) -- Deane Beman
1967Tom Nieporte (349) -- Doug Sanders
1966*Doug Sanders (349) -- Arnold Palmer
1965Billy Casper (348) -- Tommy Aaron, Arnold Palmer
1964*Tommy Jacobs (348) -- Jimmy Demaret
1963*Jack Nicklaus (345) -- Gary Player
1962Arnold Palmer (342) -- Jay Hebert, Gene Littler
1961Billy Maxwell (345) -- Doug Sanders
1960Arnold Palmer (338) -- Fred Hawkins

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Formerly called Bob Hope Chrysler Classic (1986-2008),
Bob Hope Classic (1984-85), Bob Hope Desert Classic (1965-83) and Palm Springs Golf Classic (1960-64).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Pat Perez------mcT-6mcT-6173rd------Won
John Merrick---------------------mcT-162nd
Mike Weirmc---T-52WonT-41mcT-5T-48T-56T-3
Tim Clark---------------T-2T-62------T-5
John Senden------T-13T-57T-41T-6T-5T-33T-22T-9
Chad Campbell------T-16T-28T-56---WonmcT-50T-9
D.J. Trahan------------------mcmcWonT-14
Charley Hoffman---------------------WonT-8T-19
Brian Gay---mcT-52mc---mcT-44T-53T-38T-19
Matt Kuchar---------------------T-27mcT-25
David TomsT-3T-18T-31T-51---T-29---------T-25
Justin LeonardT-36T-40T-6T-8T-30WonT-35mc2ndT-42
Woody Austinmcmcmc---------T-75T-53T-70T-42
Joe DurantmcWonmcT-43T-26T-48T-44T-18T-38T-48
Joe Ogilvie---T-67------T-30T-2T-30T-18T-56T-48
Ryan Palmer------------mcmcT-10mc---T-48
Ben Crane------T-42T-61T-5T-53T-30---T-12T-54
Heath Slocum------T-31mcmcmcT-62T-4T-44T-54
Chez Reavie------------------------T-5T-66
Steve Elkington------mc---T-56T-71T-35mcT-5mc
Ryan Moore---------------------mcT-5mc
Scott VerplankmcT-4T-42T-12T-20T-23T-2T-8T-22mc
Jesper ParnevikWonwdmcmcT-5T-41T-2mcT-29mc
Mark CalcavecchiaT-593rdmcT-51T-62T-29T-44T-8mcmc
David DuvalT-5T-51T-48mc---mcT-53T-39mcmc
Michael Sim------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Ryan Moore
Darkhorse - Carl Pettersson
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Sean O'Hair) - Finished tied for 72nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Tim Clark) - Finished tied for 25th
 
NOTES:
The third stop on the 2010 PGA Tour calendar has the players making their annual visit to La Quinta, California for the Bob Hope Classic. There are seven players ranked in the top-50 in the world playing this week, however, 2003 champion Mike Weir is the highest-ranked player at No. 37 in the world. The other top-50 players in the field are Tim Clark (39), David Toms (43), Matt Kuchar (46), Ryan Moore (47), Brian Gay (48) and Michael Sim (49).

Last year, Pat Perez knocked his second shot to two feet to set up a closing eagle in the final round en route to his first PGA Tour victory at this event. Perez finished the tournament at 33-under 327 and won by three over John Merrick, but the tournament was tight down the stretch. Merrick and Perez were tied when Merrick received an incredibly fortunate bounce off the 16th tee. His drive was headed right of a canal, but hit the facade and bounced into the fairway. Merrick's second stopped eight feet from the hole, but he missed. The 17th hole proved critical. Merrick missed the green right at the par-three hole and chipped up to nine feet. He missed the par putt to fall one behind Perez. Merrick hit a good drive at the par-five closing hole at the Palmer Private Course. His second came up short and he pitched his third to 12 feet. Merrick's putt stayed above ground and he would need some help from Perez to make a playoff. Perez promptly ended any chance of that. He hit a long drive down the fairway and then his second rolled up two feet from the hole. Perez kicked it in for his first PGA Tour title. Perez established new 36-hole (124) and 54-hole (191) records last year.

In 2007, Charley Hoffman two-putted for birdie on the first playoff hole to defeat John Rollins and earn his first PGA Tour title. Hoffman finished regulation birdie-eagle to post a one-under 71 and get into the clubhouse at 17-under-par 343. Rollins two-putted for birdie on the 90th hole to match Hoffman at minus-17 after a final-round 73. The 343 total was the highest winning total since Steve Jones posted 343 in 1989.

Bob Hope, who passed away in 2003, has been associated with this tournament since 1965 and helped raise millions of dollars for the Eisenhower Medical Center and other local charities. As long as the event is operated for the raising and distribution of charitable funds, the tournament's use of the Hope name and likeness will live on in perpetuity.

This event is the only tournament to be won by a left-hander three years in a row: Phil Mickelson in 2002, Mike Weir in 2003 and Mickelson again in 2004. When David Duval carded his final-round 59 to win the 1999 Hope, he became only the third player to break 60 on the PGA Tour, joining Al Geiberger and Chip Beck in that elite category.

This tournament is the only PGA Tour event played on four golf courses. The format for the tournament is pro-am play for the first 72 holes. Each of the 128 pros will play with a different set of three amateur partners on a different course each day for four days. The amateur members of the 128 teams remain the same. On Sunday, the low-70 pros and ties will play the final round on the Palmer Private Course at PGA West.

The Palmer Private Course at PGA West was designed by Arnold Palmer and opened for play in 1986. The other courses being played this year are SilverRock Resort, La Quinta Country Club and the Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West.

Perez will be looking to join Johnny Miller (1975-76) as the only players to win back-to-back Bob Hopes. Five players -- Bill Rogers (1978), Craig Stadler (1980), Donnie Hammond (1986), Hoffman (2007) and Perez (2009) -- earned their first PGA Tour titles at this event.

There have been 17 playoffs since the event's inception in 1960, including 12 since 1982. Palmer was involved in three playoffs, losing to Doug Sanders in 1966 before defeating Deane Beman in 1968 and Raymond Floyd in 1971. Palmer is a five-time winner of this event and made his 41st and final appearance in 2002. Palmer and Mickelson are the only players in tournament history to win two playoffs. The Bob Hope was the site of Palmer's last PGA Tour victory in 1973. In 2001, Palmer shot his age of 71 during the fourth round, the first time a player had shot his age in a PGA Tour event since 1979 when Sam Snead accomplished the feat when he carded rounds of 66 and 67 at the Quad Cities Open at the age of 67. Other multiple winners are: Billy Casper (1965, 69), Miller (1975-76), John Mahaffey (1979, 84), Corey Pavin (1987, 91), John Cook (1992, 97) and Mickelson (2002, 04). There have been only two wire-to-wire winners: Rik Massengale (1977) and Bruce Lietzke (1981).

Fred Couples has made the cut in 23 of his 24 appearances, which places him second all-time in cuts made. Peter Jacobsen ranks first with 24 cuts made. The only missed cut for Couples was in 1999 in defense of his title. Casper owns tournament records of 19 consecutive cuts made and most top-10 finishes with 12.

Some of the celebrity amateurs scheduled to appear are: Anthony Anderson, Alice Cooper, Bo Jackson, Evan Longoria, Kyle McLachlan, Greg Maddux, Dr. Phil McGraw, Chris O'Donnell, John O'Hurley, Ron Perlman, Jeremy Roenick, Kurt Russell, Sterling Sharpe, Bruce Smith, Emitt Smith, Vinny Testaverde and Frank Wycheck.

In 50 years, the tournament has donated more than $48 million to local charities throughout the Coachella Valley.

The PGA Tour continues its West Coast swing next week in San Diego, California for the Farmers Insurance Open, where Nick Watney captured the event last year.

01/19 14:44:15 ET

As of January 19, 2010, at 02:44 PM ET