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The Bob Hope Chrysler Classic is a PGA Tour golf tournament played each January in California's Coachella Valley. It is part of the Tour's early season West Coast Swing and is also well known for its celebrity pro-am. The PGA Tour is an organization that is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA. It operates the USAs main professional golf tours. ... Coachella Valley The Coachella Valley is an irrigated agricultural and recreational desert valley in southern California east of Los Angeles. ...


Founded as the Palm Springs Golf Classic in 1960, the tournament evolved from the Thunderbird Invitational that was held in Palm Springs from 1954 to 1959. Its format remains unique among PGA Tour events, being played over five days and four different courses. The founding courses played were the Thunderbird in Rancho Mirage, the Tamarisk in Rancho Mirage as well, the Bermuda Dunes Country Club in Bermuda Dunes and the Indian Wells Country Club in Indian Wells. The first tournament was won by Arnold Palmer with a final score of 338, or 22 under par. The record would stand for the next twenty years. 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rancho Mirage is a city located in Riverside County, California. ... Bermuda Dunes is a census-designated place located in Riverside County, California. ... Indian Wells is a city located in Riverside County, California, in the Palm Springs area, in between Palm Desert and La Quinta. ... (This article is about the athlete. ...


The tradition of choosing the tournament's "Classic Girls" from among the area's collegiates began in those early years, with the earliest tournaments having a celebrity dubbed "Classic Queen." The earliest titleholders included Debbie Reynolds, Jane Powell and Jill St. John. The queens of the 1970s included Barbara Eden and Lynda Carter. Debbie Reynolds in 1954 Debbie Reynolds (born April 1, 1932) is an American actress and singer. ... Jane Powell (born April 1, 1928) is an American actress. ... Jill St. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Barbara Eden, ca. ... Lynda Carter in a scene from Wonder Woman Lynda Carter (born Linda Jean Córdoba Carter on July 24, 1951, in Phoenix, Arizona) is an American actress. ...


The Classic's biggest draw, both then and now, was the celebrity pro-am competition which attracted some of the era's biggest celebrities. According to the BHCC official website, those celebrities included:

Bob Hope, who was possibly Hollywood's greatest golfer, added his name to the tournament in 1965 and became the Classic's Chairman of the Board. Harry Lillis Bing Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was one of the most popular and influential American singers and actors of the 20th century whose career flourished from 1926 until his death in 1977. ... Burt Lancaster Burt Lancaster (November 2, 1913 – October 20, 1994) was an American film actor. ... Kirk Douglas in Champion Kirk Douglas (born December 9, 1916) is an American actor and film producer known for his oft-imitated and -parodied gravel-ridden voice and his recurring roles as the kinds of characters Douglas himself once described as sons of bitches. He is also father to Hollywood... Phil Harris (b. ... Desi Arnaz Desi Arnaz (March 2, 1917 – December 2, 1986) was a Cuban-born musician, actor, comedian and television producer. ... Bolger, circa early 1930s Ray Bolger (January 10, 1904 – January 15, 1987) was an American entertainer of stage and screen, best known for his portrayal of the Scarecrow (and the farmworker Hunk) in the 1939 MGM film The Wizard of Oz. ... Hoagland Howard Hoagy Carmichael (November 22, 1899–December 27, 1981) was an American composer, pianist, singer, actor, and bandleader. ... Dwight David Ike Eisenhower (October 14, 1890–March 28, 1969), American soldier and politician, was the 34th President of the United States (1953–1961) and supreme commander of the Allied forces in Europe during World War II, with the rank of General of the Army. ... Bob Hope receiving an (honorary) Oscar Leslie Townes Hope, KBE (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), otherwise known as Bob Hope, was a famous American entertainer who appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, on radio and television, in movies and in U.S. Army concerts. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ...


The 1970s saw stars like Frank Sinatra make their debuts. Gerald Ford played his first pro-am in 1977, making him the second former president to play in the tournament. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer who is considered by many to have been the finest male popular song vocalist of all time. ... Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ...


Today, the Bermuda Dunes, Indian Wells and the La Quinta Resort and Club serve as the three main host courses on a rotating basis. The Eldorado and Tamarisk rotate in as the fourth course. The La Quinta Resort and Club is an historic resort which opened in 1926 in present-day La Quinta, California. ...


History was made at the tournament in 1995 when the pro-am team of Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Bob Hope and defending champion Scott Hoch teed up for the tournament's opening round. The event marked the first time a sitting president - Clinton - had played during a PGA tour event and perhaps the first time three presidents had ever played together. 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... Order: 41st President Vice President: Dan Quayle Term of office: January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993 Preceded by: Ronald Reagan Succeeded by: Bill Clinton Date of birth: June 12, 1924 Place of birth: Milton, Massachusetts First Lady: Barbara Pierce Bush Political party: Republican George Herbert Walker Bush, KBE (born June... Scott Hoch (born 24 November 1955 in Orlando, Florida) is an American golfer, who has represented his country in the Ryder Cup. ...


In 2006 the prize fund was $5.0 million. This article is about general United States currency. ...


Its long, rich history has made the event synonymous with golf in the Coachella Valley. Additionally, the allure of Hope's name, even after his death, has convinced the Hope estate, tournament organizers and corporate sponsor Chrysler to include the legendary entertainer's name on the tournament for as long as a substantial portion of its proceeds are given to charities.


While a civic and charitable success, the tournament has come under increasing fire in recent years. Older courses like Bermudan Dunes and Indian Wells aren't long or difficult enough to challenge players who are taking advantage of technological improvements in golf clubs. (The tournament is beginning to phase out the older courses in favor of more modern courses; additionally, in early 2005, a local charitable foundation gave its new course The Classic Course at NorthStar, an Arnold Palmer-designd track, to the tournament, making the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic the only event on the PGA Tour that owns its own facility.)


The tournament's format is also a tough sell for many players, such as Tiger Woods, who has never played there. It takes place over five days, four of which include celebrity players. That means rounds take far longer and the presence of so many spectators out to catch a glimpse of their favorite TV, film or music star, can turn even an early round into a far more informal endeavor, which many golfers don't appreciate. Tiger Woods Eldrick Tiger Woods (born December 30, 1975) is an American golfer widely considered to be one of the greatest golfers of all time, if not the greatest golfer of all time. ...


Winners

Bob Hope Chrysler Classic

Bob Hope Classic Chad Campbell (born May 31, 1974 in Andrews, Texas} is an American professional golfer. ... Justin Leonard (1972- ) is an American professional golfer. ... Phil Mickelson after winning the 2005 PGA Championship. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Phil Mickelson after winning the 2005 PGA Championship. ... Joe Durant (born April 7, 1964 in Pensacola, Florida) is a professional golfer. ... Jesper Parnevik (born March 7, 1965 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a professional golfer. ... David Duval at 2005 Chrysler Classic of Tucson David Duval (born November 9, 1971) in Jacksonville, Florida, is a professional golfer on the US PGA TOUR. Duval graduated from the Episcopal High School of Jacksonville. ... Frederick Stephen Couples (born October 3, 1959 in Seattle, Washington) is a professional golfer on the PGA TOUR. Because of his long drives (especially when he was a younger player), he was given the nickname Boom Boom. ... John Cook (born October 2, 1957) is an American professional golfer from Windermere, Florida. ... Mark Brooks is a comic book artist who works for Marvel comics. ... Kenny Perry (born August 10, 1960 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky) is an American professional golfer. ... Scott Hoch (born 24 November 1955 in Orlando, Florida) is an American golfer, who has represented his country in the Ryder Cup. ... Tom Kite is an American golfer. ... John Cook (born October 2, 1957) is an American professional golfer from Windermere, Florida. ... Corey Pavin (b. ... Peter Jacobsen (born March 4, 1954 in Portland, Oregon) is a professional golfer. ... Steve Jones (born December 27, 1958 in Artesia, New Mexico) is a professional golfer who is best known for winning the U.S. Open in 1996. ... Jay Haas (born December 2, 1953 in St. ... Corey Pavin (b. ...

Bob Hope Desert Classic Lanny Wadkins (born December 5, 1949 in Richmond, Virginia) is an American golfer. ...

Palm Springs Golf Classic Craig Stadler (born June 2, 1953 in San Diego, California) is an American professional golfer. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Johnny Miller (born on April 29, 1947) is an American former PGA Tour golfer who was born in San Francisco. ... Johnny Miller (born on April 29, 1947) is an American former PGA Tour golfer who was born in San Francisco. ... (This article is about the athlete. ... (This article is about the athlete. ... Billy Casper (b. ... (This article is about the athlete. ... Doug Sanders (born 24 July 1933 in Cedartown, Georgia) is a famous professional golfer, who won 20 PGA Tour tournaments during his career. ... Billy Casper (b. ...

Palm Springs Desert Golf Classic // Jack William Nicklaus (born January 21, 1940 in Columbus, Ohio), also known as The Golden Bear, was a major force in professional golf from the 1960s to the late 1990s, and is regarded as the greatest golfer of all time. ... (This article is about the athlete. ...

Thunderbird Invitational (This article is about the athlete. ...

(This article is about the athlete. ... Ken Venturi (born 1931 in San Francisco, California) was a prominent PGA Tour professional during the late 1950s and early 1960s. ... Jimmy Demaret (May 24, 1910 - December 28, 1983) was a professional golfer. ... Jimmy Demaret (May 24, 1910 - December 28, 1983) was a professional golfer. ... Fred Haas (1915? - January 26, 2004) was an American golfer. ...

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Bob Hope Chrysler Classic: Information from Answers.com (855 words)
Founded as the Palm Springs Golf Classic in 1960, the tournament evolved from the Thunderbird Invitational that was held in Palm Springs from 1954 to 1959.
Bob Hope, who was possibly Hollywood's greatest golfer, added his name to the tournament in 1965 and became the Classic's Chairman of the Board.
Additionally, the allure of Hope's name, even after his death, has convinced the Hope estate, tournament organizers and corporate sponsor Chrysler to include the legendary entertainer's name on the tournament for as long as a substantial portion of its proceeds are given to charities.
Bob Hope Chrysler Classic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (844 words)
The Bob Hope Chrysler Classic is a PGA Tour golf tournament played each January in California's Coachella Valley.
The tradition of choosing the tournament's "Classic Girls" from among the area's collegiates began in those early years, with the earliest tournaments having a celebrity dubbed "Classic Queen." The earliest titleholders included Debbie Reynolds, Jane Powell and Jill St. John.
The Classic's biggest draw, both then and now, was the celebrity pro-am competition which attracted some of the era's biggest celebrities.
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