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Humana Challenge Golf Tournament

 

 

Dates: Jan. 18-24, 2016
Location: La Quinta, CA
Course: PGA West (Palmer)
Purse: $5,800,000
Winning Share: $1,026,000

The CareerBuilder Challenge, formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic, is a professional golf tournament played each January in California's Coachella Valley. Part of the PGA Tour's early season West Coast Swing, this tournament is well known for its celebrity pro-am, and was previously known for having five daily 18-hole rounds of competition vs. the Tour standard of four rounds. A Pro-Am, the event was hosted by Bob Hope for many years, and featured a number of celebrity participants. In 2012, the Humana changed its format to a traditional four round tournament, but played over three different courses. "The Hope" is organized by the nonprofit Desert Classic Charities.

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. Until 2012 its format remained unique among PGA Tour events, being played over five days and four different courses. From 1960–62 the tournament was played at Thunderbird Country Club and Tamarisk Country Club, both in Rancho Mirage, California; Bermuda Dunes Country Club in Bermuda Dunes, California; and Indian Wells Country Club in Indian Wells, California. Bermuda Dunes has been used every year of the event and Indian Wells every year until 2006, but the roster of courses from which the event has chosen the other two courses to be played has evolved over the years. In 1963 Eldorado Country Club, also in Indian Wells, California, replaced Thunderbird Country Club. From 1964 until 1968 La Quinta Country Club in La Quinta, California, replaced Tamarisk Country Club, but in 1969 Tamarisk Country Club rejoined the event and alternated annually with Eldorado Country Club until 1986 (Tamarisk Country Club's last turn being in 1985).

An evolution towards courses more suited to modern professionals began in 1987. From 1987 until 1994, and again from 1998 to the present, a course at PGA West in La Quinta, California (the TPC Stadium Golf Course in 1987 and the Arnold Palmer Private Course thereafter) became a permanent member of the roster; from 1995–97, Indian Ridge Country Club in Palm Desert, California replaced PGA West. To make room for a new permanent member, Eldorado Country Club and La Quinta Country Club alternated from 1987–89 (Eldorado being used in 87 and 89), after which Eldorado Country Club was dropped from the roster. From 1990–2003 Tamarisk Country Club and La Quinta Country Club followed a "1–2" alternating arrangement, where Tamarisk was played the first year and La Quinta CC the next two; this pattern was deviated from when Tamarisk was used in 2004 (a La Quinta CC year by the pattern), although the 2005, 2006 and 2007 events were then played at La Quinta CC.

In early 2005 a local charitable foundation gave its new course, The Classic Club in Palm Desert, California (an Arnold Palmer-designed track to the tournament), making the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic the only event on the PGA Tour that owns its own facility. The Classic Club took the place of Indian Wells in 2006, but the course was dropped from the Hope course field after the 2008 event, citing players concerns over high winds.

The 2009 course rotation consisted of the Arnold Palmer Private Course and the Nicklaus Private Course (both at PGA West in La Quinta) SilverRock Resort (in La Quinta) and the Bermuda Dunes Country Club. In 2010, La Quinta CC replaced Bermuda Dunes CC.

The tradition of choosing the tournament's "Classic Girls" from among the area's collegians 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.


2016 Humana Challenge Schedule

Monday, January 18
8:30 a.m.: Practice rounds for professionals and amateurs at all three courses. No public allowed. 11:30 a.m.: Club Team Challenge Pro-Am, La Quinta Country Club.

Tuesday, January 19
8:30 a.m.: Practice rounds for professionals and amateurs at all three courses. No public allowed.

Wednesday, January20
8:30 a.m.: Practice rounds for professionals and amateurs at all three courses. Admission is $15 at PGA West only.
8:30 a.m.: Eisenhower Bob Hope Legacy Pro-Am presented by Cobra Puma Golf, Arnold Palmer Private Course.

Thursday, January 21
FIRST ROUND: Gates open at 8 a.m. Play for the 156 professionals and 156 amateurs begins at 8:40 a.m. at all three participating courses.
TV: Golf Channel, noon-4 p.m.
Theme: Novo Nordisk Seniors' Day. Activities for all seniors at Bob Hope Square. Senior tickets good on Thursday only are $20 and available online at Humanachallenge.com/tickets

Friday, January 22
SECOND ROUND: Gates open at 8 a.m. Play for the 156 professionals and 156 amateurs begins at 8:40 a.m. at all three participating courses.
TV: Golf Channel, noon-4 p.m.
Theme: Women's Day. Activities at Bob Hope Square.

Saturday, January 23
THIRD ROUND: Gates open at 8 a.m. Play for the 156 professionals and 156 amateurs begins at 8:40 a.m. at all three participating courses.
TV: Golf Channel, noon-4 p.m.
Theme: Military Appreciation Event. Free admission for all military personnel with ID.

Sunday, January 24
FINAL ROUND: Gates open at 8 a.m. Final round begins for low-70 (and ties) professionals and low six amateurs (three low net, three low gross) at Arnold Palmer Private at PGA West.
TV: Golf Channel, noon-4 p.m.
Theme: Kids' day presented by Loma Linda University Children's Hospital. At 9 a.m. junior tennis clinic. At 11 a.m., Junior Golf Clinic. All day there will be activities for kids at Bob Hope Square at PGA West.
Trophy presentation: Presentation ceremony of the Bob Hope Memorial Trophy follows play on 18th green.

 

2016 Humana Challenge Results

Pos Player R1 R2 R3 R4 Strokes
1 Jason Dufner 64 65 64 70 263
2 David Lingmerth 68 68 62 65 263
T3 Phil Mickelson 66 66 67 68 267
T3 Kevin Na 68 65 66 68 267
T3 Andrew Loupe 71 66 62 68 267

 

PAST RESULTS

Year Player Country Score To par Prize ($) Purse ($)
2016 Jason Dufner USA 263 -25 1,044,000 5,800,000
2015 Bill Haas USA 266 -22 1,026,000 5,700,000
2014 Patrick Reed USA 260 -28 1,026,000 5,700,000
2013 Brian Gay USA 263 -25 1,008,000 5,600,000
2012 Mark Wilson USA 264 -24 1,008,000 5,600,000
2011 Jhonattan Vegas Venezuela 333 -27 900,000 5,000,000
2010 Bill Haas USA 330 -30 900,000 5,000,000
2009 Pat Perez USA 327 -33 918,000 5,100,000

 

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