|Bob Hope Chrysler Classic - January 16, 2007
Bob Hope Chrysler Classic – January 15-21, 2007
Where: Classic Course at NorthStar (host) (72/7305), La Quinta Country Club (72/7060), Bermuda Dunes Country Club (72/6927) and Arnold Palmer Private Course at PGA WEST (72/6930).
Purse: $5,000,000; Winner’s Share: $900,000
Briefly: Chad Campbell seeks to become just the second player in the 47-year history of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic to defend his title. The only player to do so was Johnny Miller in 1975-76.
- After sharing the final-round lead in January's Sony Open in Hawaii only to watch David Toms walk off with the title, Campbell bounced back with a three-shot victory at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic the next week.
- In the last three seasons Chad Campbell has had more top-10 finishes from the start of the year through the Masters (10 wins before Master) than after leaving Augusta National through seasons end (four wins).
- Chad Campbell’s victory at the 2006 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic pushes his earnings at the tournament to $1,001,310, making him the sixth player to surpass the $1-million mark in earnings at the event. He has one top-10 in four starts. Campbell has posted 19 of 20 rounds below par in four appearances at the tournament.
- Chad Campbell is the fourth straight Bob Hope Chrysler Classic champion to win after coming off a winless season the previous year. Campbell’s best finishes in 2005 were runner-up outings at the Nissan Open and the Chrysler Championship.
- When Chad Campbell won the 2006 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic with a final-round 71, it marked the first time the tournament winner had not been in the 60s in the final round since Kenny Perry shot 70 in winning the 1995 event.
ABOUT THE DEFENDING CHAMPION CHAD CAMPBELL in 2006:
Cuts Made: 20
Earnings Rank: 14th
Bob Hope Chrysler Classic TOURNAMENT NOTES
Active players on the TOUR with the most wins at multiple course tournaments:
Phil Mickelson 11 3-Chrysler Classic of Tucson, 3-Buick Invitational, 2-Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, 2-AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-AM, EDS Byron Nelson
Tiger Woods 9 4-Buick Invitational, 2-FUNAI Classic, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, EDS Byron Nelson, Las Vegas Invitational
John Cook 5 2-Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, EDS Byron Nelson, Las Vegas Invitational
Mark O’Meara 7 5-AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Buick Invitational, FUNAI Classic
Davis Love III 4 2-AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Buick Invitational, Las Vegas Invitational.
Vijay Singh 3 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Buick Invitational, EDS Byron Nelson Championship, FUNAI Classic; Jim Furyk 3 3-Las Vegas Invitational; Peter Jacobsen 3 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, AT&T Pebble Beach National, Buick Invitational
- A new course joined the rotation last year at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, the Classic Course at NorthStar. The Classic Course at NorthStar is a public-access golf course and was just the second public course used as part of the rotation after the Stadium Course, which was a public-access course when it was part of the 1987 tournament rotation. The rotation for 2006 will be Bermuda Dunes Country Club, La Quinta Country Club, Arnold Palmer Private Course at PGA WEST and The Classic Course at NorthStar (host).
- The Classic Course at NorthStar became the 10th course used as part of the rotation in the 48-year history of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. The others -- Thunderbird CC, Tamarisk CC, Bermuda Dunes CC, Indian Wells CC, Eldorado CC, La Quinta CC. Stadium Course at PGA WEST (public course), PGA WEST Palmer Course and Indian Ridge CC.
- The purse for 2007 has an all-time high payout of $5,000,000. The winner will walk away with $900,000 or what the entire purse for the 1987 tournament tallied.
- With the veteran Chad Campbell’s third TOUR victory at the 2006 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Donnie Hammond (1986) remains the last player to earn his first TOUR victory at the Hope, a streak of 18 years. Hammond and Bill Rogers (1978) are the only two first-time winners in the 44 years of the Hope.
- Talk about fast starters. Phil Mickelson is 141-under par in his first start of the year over the past 10 seasons. He was 19-under last year at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic to kick off his 2006 campaign.
- The 2005 Champion Justin Leonard has never missed a cut at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in nine appearances (1995-96, 2000-06) and has three top-10s in the last five years with his win in 2005, a T8 in 2003 and a T6 in 2002.
- Pat Perez seized the first-round lead at the 2006 Bob Hope Classic with a career-low 12-under 60 at the Palmer Course at PGA WEST, just one shy of the course-record 59 set by David Duval during the final round in 1999.
- Chad Campbell’s 25-under-par 335 winning tally is the highest winning score at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic since Mark Brooks shot 337 to win in 1996. It marks the second year in a row the champion did not reach 30-under-par (Justin Leonard 28-under-par). Prior to 2005, five straight winners had reached the 30-under plateau, including 2004 winner Phil Mickelson and runner-up Skip Kendall. Joe Durant posted a tournament best 36-under when he won in 2001.
- If you are looking to pick a winner of this year’s Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, you might want to look past the 2006 PGA TOUR winner’s list. Chad Campbell became the fourth straight Bob Hope Chrysler Classic champion to win after coming off of a winless season the previous year, following in the footsteps of Mike Weir (2003), Phil Mickelson (2004) and Justin Leonard (2005).
- The 2005 winner Phil Mickelson posted a final-round 71 last year and wound up T5. Mickelson has now finished 1, T6, 1, T12 and T5 in his last five starts at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. His payday of $103,400 pushes his tournament earnings to $2,014,360.
1 Phil Mickelson $2,014,360
2. Jesper Parnevik 1,297,698
3. Jay Haas 1,215,368
4. Justin Leonard 1,189,635
5. Mike Weir 1,034,870
6. Chad Campbell 1,001,310
- Can anybody catch Billy Casper, who is the all-time leader in top-ten finishes at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic with 12? The next closest active players are 46-year-old Fred Couples and 50-year-old Scott Hoch with seven and they haven’t posted a top-10 in the event since 1998 and 1997, respectively. The closest active player under 40 is 1999 champion David Duval with four but again he has not posted a top-10 in the desert since 2000.
- None of the five players who entered the final round with a chance to shoot all five rounds in the 60s last year were successful, including Chad Campbell (71), Scott Verplank (73), Phil Mickelson (71), Mike Weir (70) and Ben Crane (74). In tournament history, 101 players have posted five rounds in the 60s in a single event.
- Last year Jesper Parnevik set the course record at the Classic Club with a 10-under 62 breaking the one-day mark of 65 held by Scott Verplank. The 62 also matched his career-low round which came during the final-round of the 1997 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
- When Phil Mickelson won the 2004 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic it marked the fifth time in his career that he won his initial start of the season. The others were Tucson Open (1991), Mercedes Championships (1994 and 1998) and the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in 2002.
- Four times a player 40 or older has gone on to won the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Arnold Palmer did it twice—in 1973 (when he was 44 years, 6 month, 29 days)—and in 1971 (42 years, 6 months, 26 days). Tom Kite was 44 years, 9 months and 25 days when he won in 1993, and Bob Rosburg was 46 years, 8 months, 8 days the day of his victory in 1972.