|Bob Hope Classic - January 20, 2009
50TH BOB HOPE CLASSIC
HOSTED BY ARNOLD PALMER
Arnold Palmer Private Course/PGA West
La Quinta, CA
Par: 36-36—72Yards: 6,930
Jack Nicklaus Private Course/PGA West
La Quinta, CA
Par: 36-36—72Yards: 6,951
Bermuda Dunes Country Club
La Quinta, CA
Par: 36-36—72Yards: 7,553
Winner's FedExCup Points Share: 500
Purse: $5,100,000Winner: $918,000
2008 Champion: D.J. Trahan (324, -26)
Bob Hope Classic win helped put Trahan in FedExCup Playoffs in 2008
D.J. Trahan validated his 2006 Southern Farm Bureau Classic with his second PGA TOUR victory, winning the 2008 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic by three strokes over Justin Leonard. Trahan shot a final-round 65 to finish the event at 26-under. At the time, the win moved Trahan into third place in the FedExCup standings. He eventually finished 24th last year, with 52 percent of his total Regular Season points coming because of his victory.
Trahan has made it to the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup in each of the Playoffs’ first two years. He looks to make it three consecutive this season.
The 50th Bob Hope Classic Hosted by Arnold Palmer is the only 90-hole event on the PGA TOUR, with action beginning at three courses on Wednesday, Jan. 21.
50th Bob Hope Classic
Hosted by Arnold Palmer Notes
Arnold Palmer returns this week as host for the 50th Bob Hope Classic. “The King” won the inaugural Bob Hope Classic in 1960 and over the years made 42 of 50 starts in the desert, winning a record five times.
In winning the 1999 Bob Hope Classic, David Duval became only the third player in PGA TOUR history to record a 59, joining Al Geiberger (1977) and Chip Beck (1991). Duval accomplished his 59 during the final round on the Arnold Palmer Private Course at PGA West. Harrison Frazar is playing this week, two months after he shot a fourth-round 59 at the PGA TOUR National Qualifying Tournament, an event he won. Frazar’s 59 came at the Jack Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West. Frazar has played in the Hope nine times and has three top-10 finishes. He shot a 62 in 2003 to tie for eighth, his best performance.
Anthony Kim, who attended La Quinta High School, had to withdraw from the Bob Hope Classic because of a shoulder injury. “I’m very disappointed to have to miss the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, especially considering it’s played in Palm Springs, where I live, and I had so many friends and family coming to watch,” said Kim.
D.J. Trahan will look to defend his Bob Hope Classic title after coming off his best PGA TOUR season. Trahan earned $2.3 million in 2008, which is more than twice as much as he made in any of his previous three seasons on TOUR. Johnny Miller is the only player to win back-to-back titles at the Hope (1975 and 1976). In all, winners of the Bob Hope Classic have posted 12 top-10 finishes in their title defenses but just five in the past 32 years.
D.J. Trahan, the 2008 Bob Hope Classic champion, was 27 years, 1 month, 2 days old when he joined David Duval (1999) as the only players in their 20s to win the tournament since 1988. The youngest winner of the Bob Hope Classic was Jack Nicklaus in 1963. The World Golf Hall of Famer was 23 years, 13 days at the time of his victory.
E NOTES FROM THE PGA TOUR
- Fred Couples has an amazing record at the Bob Hope Classic. In his 23 previous starts in the event, he’s made the cut 22 times while posting seven Top-10 finishes. He won the tournament in 1998 and is a collective 339-under with 70 rounds in the 60s.
- Justin Leonard was ranked among the Top-10 in the FedExCup standings every week last season and was fifth after week one this year. After not playing last week at the Sony Open in Hawaii, he dropped to 14th place and out of the Top-10 for the first time in more than a year.
- Donnie Hammond, the 1986 champion of the Bob Hope Classic, will be making his 25th start in the event this week. That’s exactly half of all the Hope tournaments played.
- The Bob Hope Classic was won by Arnold Palmer on five occasions, including the initial desert tournament in 1960. He also claimed his 62nd and final TOUR event at the 1973 tournament. Appropriately enough, this week’s event is being called the 50th Bob Hope Classic hosted by Arnold Palmer.
- Several rookies got off to good starts last week at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Twelve members of the rookie class made the cut and earned FedExCup points last week led by Webb Simpson, who finished T9. Jeff Klauk, Marc Leishman and Scott Piercy each finished T12.
- His T2 last week in Hawaii was David Toms’ best finish since winning the same event in 2006.
- There are eight lefties playing the TOUR this year—Eric Axley, Greg Chalmers, Steve Flesch, Phil Mickelson, Nick O’Hern, Bubba Watson, Mike Weir and Tim Wilkinson. All but Mickelson and O’Hern will be in action this week.
- While international players have certainly made their mark on the PGA TOUR, not so at the Bob Hope Classic. Of the 49 previous winners of the event, only three—Bruce Devlin (1970), Jesper Parnevik (2000) and Mike Weir (2003)—have come from outside the United States.