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PGA - Bob Hope Classic Preview
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DATES: Wednesday, January 21st through Sunday, January 25th
SITE: PGA West (Arnold Palmer Private Course), La Quinta, California
         SilverRock Resort (Palmer Course), La Quinta, California
         Bermuda Dunes Country Club, Bermuda Dunes, California
         PGA West (Jack Nicklaus Private Course), La Quinta, California
COURSE ARCHITECT: Arnold Palmer (PGA West-Palmer, 1986)
         Arnold Palmer, (SilverRock, 2005)
         Billy Bell (Bermuda Dunes, 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: 7,017 (Bermuda Dunes)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 541 Yds10 - Par 4 414 Yds
2 - Par 4 427 Yds11 - Par 4 402 Yds
3 - Par 4 395 Yds12 - Par 3 160 Yds
4 - Par 3 228 Yds13 - Par 5 564 Yds
5 - Par 4 435 Yds14 - Par 4 390 Yds
6 - Par 4 371 Yds15 - Par 4 404 Yds
7 - Par 3 176 Yds16 - Par 4 451 Yds
8 - Par 5 540 Yds17 - Par 3 215 Yds
9 - Par 4 390 Yds18 - Par 5 514 Yds
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36 3,503 Yds36 3,514 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:  50th
Television:  Golf Channel - Wednesday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Wednesday/Thursday -- 8:30-11:30 p.m. (et) -
  replay,
  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:  D.J. Trahan
Runner-Up:  Justin Leonard
Tournament Record:  324 (Joe Durant, 2001)
72-Hole Record:  259 (Joe Durant, 2001; Tim Herron, 2003)
54-Hole Record:  193 (Joe Durant, 2001; Joe Ogilvie, 2005)
36-Hole Record:  126 (Joe Durant, 2001)
Course Records:  59 (David Duval, 1999 - PGA West-Palmer Course)
  61 (Pat Perez, 2003 - Bermuda Dunes)
  64 (D.J. Trahan, 2008 - SilverRock)
Total Purse:  $5,100,000
Shares:  1st Place - $918,000; 2nd Place - $550,800; 3rd Place - $346,800
 
2008 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
D.J. Trahan334Ryan Moore339
Justin Leonard337Chez Reavie339
Kenny Perry338Boo Weekley341
Anthony Kim338Brett Rumford341
Steve Elkington339Charley Hoffman341
Vaughan Taylor341
 
Past Bob Hope Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
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
Player1999200020012002200320042005200620072008
D.J. Trahan---------------------mcmcWon
Justin Leonard---T-36T-40T-6T-8T-30WonT-35mc2nd
Steve Elkington---------mc---T-56T-71T-35mcT-5
Ryan Moore------------------------mcT-5
Chez Reavie---------------------------T-5
Charley Hoffman------------------------WonT-8
Ben Crane---------T-42T-61T-5T-53T-30---T-12
Scott VerplankT-11mcT-4T-42T-12T-20T-23T-2T-8T-22
John Senden---------T-13T-57T-41T-6T-5T-33T-22
Jesper Parnevik70thWonwdmcmcT-5T-41T-2mcT-29
Joe Durant---mcWonmcT-43T-26T-48T-44T-18T-38
Heath Slocum---------T-31mcmcmcT-62T-4T-44
Jeff Quinney------------------------T-4T-50
Chad Campbell---------T-16T-28T-56---WonmcT-50
Joe Ogilviemc---T-67------T-30T-2T-30T-18T-56
Mike WeirT-32mc---T-52WonT-41mcT-5T-48T-56
Fred CouplesmcT-46T-56T-21T-43---T-23T-24---T-56
Lucas Glover---------------------T-10T-13T-62
Woody Austin---mcmcmc---------T-75T-53T-70
John Rollins---------T-62---------T-532ndmc
Mark CalcavecchiamcT-593rdmcT-51T-62T-29T-44T-8mc
David DuvalWonT-5T-51T-48mc---mcT-53T-39mc
Daniel Chopra---------------mcmcT-35T-45mc
Stephen Ames---wdT-51T-40T-8T-20T-41T-44------
Tim Clark------------------T-2T-62------
David TomsT-24T-3T-18T-31T-51---T-29---------
Steve StrickerT-21T-23T-38T-48mcmc------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Justin Leonard
Darkhorse - Steve Marino
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Sean O'Hair) - Finished tied for 12th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Davis Love III) - Missed the cut
 
NOTES:
The third stop on the 2009 PGA Tour calendar has the players making their annual visit to Palm Springs, California for the 50th Bob Hope Classic hosted by Arnold Palmer. There are four players ranked in the top-30 in the world playing this week: Steve Stricker (16), 2005 champion Justin Leonard (23), 2003 champion Mike Weir (24) and Tim Clark (30). Anthony Kim, currently eighth in the latest rankings, withdrew from the event due to a shoulder injury.

Last year, D.J. Trahan overcame a four-shot deficit in the final round to blow past third-round leader Leonard and win the Bob Hope Classic. Trahan fired a seven-under 65 in the final round to finish at 26-under-par 334. He won by three shots over Leonard to complete a seven-shot swing and claim his second PGA Tour victory.

Leonard began the final round at the Classic Club with a four-shot lead and the margin stayed at that number when both Leonard and Trahan recorded two birdies in the first four holes. Trahan birdied five and six to cut the deficit to two shots. A 13-foot birdie putt from Leonard at seven, coupled with a Trahan bogey gave Leonard back his four-stroke edge. Trahan rolled in a six-foot birdie putt at the par-five ninth to get within three. The 10th hole proved to be the turning point. It played into the wind and Leonard could do no better than hit his second shot 70 feet from the hole. Trahan, who is a much longer hitter than Leonard, played his approach to 35 feet. Leonard did not hit a great birdie putt and left himself with 11 feet for par. Trahan sank his long birdie putt and Leonard missed his par saver. That cut the gap to a single stroke. One hole later, Leonard found a greenside bunker with his approach. He blasted out to 18 feet and missed the par putt. Trahan nearly made another long birdie try, but settled for a par and a share of the lead. Trahan converted a five-footer for birdie at the par-five 14th. Leonard missed from 15 feet and Trahan stood atop the leaderboard alone. With Trahan safely down the fairway on 18, Leonard pushed his tee shot into the water right, effectively securing the title for Trahan. Leonard ended up with a bogey, with Trahan collecting a birdie and his first PGA Tour win since the 2006 Southern Farm Bureau Classic.

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.

The Bob Hope Classic 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.

The Bob Hope Classic 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 Classic Club was the host course the previous three years, but is not a part of the rotation this year. The other courses being played this year are SilverRock Resort, Bermuda Dunes Country Club and the Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West. This is the first year that the Jack Nicklaus-designed Private Course at PGA West will be used in the rotation.

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

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 22 of his 23 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: Jerry Rice, Don Johnson, Bo Jackson, Evan Longoria, Huey Lewis, Michael Bolton, Alice Cooper, Kurt Russell, Chris O'Donnell, Kevin Nealon, John O'Hurley, Yogi Berra, Dan Fouts, Hall of Fame sportscaster Keith Jackson, Sterling Sharpe and Dan Quayle.

In 49 years, the tournament has donated more than $47 million to local charities throughout the Coachella Valley.

The PGA Tour continues its West Coast swing next week in Scottsdale, Arizona for the FBR Open, where 2008 champion J.B. Holmes has captured the event two of the last three years.

01/20 16:33:19 ET

As of January 20, 2009, at 04:33 PM ET

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