Humana Challenge

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CareerBuilder Challenge
Tournament information
Location Palm Desert, California
La Quinta, California
Established 1960
Course(s) PGA West Stadium Course
PGA West Palmer Course
La Quinta Country Club
Par 72 (all courses)
Length TBA (PS)
6,950 yards (PP)
7,060 yards (LQ)
Organized by Desert Classic Charities
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $5,800,000
Month played January
Tournament record score
Aggregate 324 Joe Durant (2001) - 90 holes
260 Patrick Reed (2014) - 72 holes
To par −36 Joe Durant (2001) - 90 holes
−28 Patrick Reed (2014) - 72 holes
Current champion
United States Bill Haas
Palm Desert is located in United States
Palm Desert
Palm Desert
Location in the United States

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.[1]

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.[1] 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.

The Classic's biggest draw, both then and now, has been the celebrity Pro-Am competition which has attracted some of the era's biggest celebrities. According to the official website, those celebrities have included:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Its long 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.

The tournament's former format also was a "tough sell" for many players, such as Tiger Woods, who has never played there. Previously, the tournament took place over five days, four of which include celebrity players. That meant 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 did not appreciate. The tournament was called the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic until the 2009 tournament, when George Lopez was let go as host and Chrysler dropped their name from the tournament's name, but continued to sponsor the tournament. Instead, the tournament was hosted by the only 5-time winner of the event, Arnold Palmer, for the tournament's 50th anniversary. In 2010, baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra served as the first "Classic Ambassador".[2]

Starting in 2012, the tournament was narrowed to a four-round event played on three courses with a 54-hole cut.


Year Player Country Score To par 1st prize ($) Purse ($)
CareerBuilder Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation
2016 1,026,000 5,700,000
Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation
2015 Bill Haas (2)  United States 266 −22 1,026,000 5,700,000
2014 Patrick Reed  United States 260 −28 1,026,000 5,700,000
2013 Brian Gay  United States 263 −25 1,008,000 5,600,000
2012 Mark Wilson  United States 264 −24 1,008,000 5,600,000
Bob Hope Classic
2011 Jhonattan Vegas  Venezuela 333 −27 900,000 5,000,000
2010 Bill Haas  United States 330 −30 900,000 5,000,000
2009 Pat Perez  United States 327 −33 918,000 5,100,000
Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
2008 D. J. Trahan  United States 334 −26 918,000 5,100,000
2007 Charley Hoffman  United States 343 −17 900,000 5,000,000
2006 Chad Campbell  United States 335 −25 900,000 5,000,000
2005 Justin Leonard  United States 332 −28 846,000 4,700,000
2004 Phil Mickelson (2)  United States 330 −30 810,000 4,500,000
2003 Mike Weir  Canada 330 −30 810,000 4,500,000
2002 Phil Mickelson  United States 330 −30 720,000 4,000,000
2001 Joe Durant  United States 324 −36 630,000 3,500,000
2000 Jesper Parnevik  Sweden 331 −27 540,000 3,000,000
1999 David Duval  United States 334 −26 540,000 3,000,000
1998 Fred Couples  United States 332 −28 414,000 2,300,000
1997 John Cook (2)  United States 327 −33 270,000 1,500,000
1996 Mark Brooks  United States 337 −23 234,000 1,300,000
1995 Kenny Perry  United States 335 −25 216,000 1,200,000
1994 Scott Hoch  United States 334 −26 198,000 1,100,000
1993 Tom Kite  United States 325 −35 198,000 1,100,000
1992 John Cook  United States 336 −24 198,000 1,100,000
1991 Corey Pavin (2)  United States 331 −29 198,000 1,100,000
1990 Peter Jacobsen  United States 339 −21 180,000 1,000,000
1989 Steve Jones  United States 343 −17 180,000 1,000,000
1988 Jay Haas  United States 338 −22 180,000 1,000,000
1987 Corey Pavin  United States 341 −19 162,000 900,000
1986 Donnie Hammond  United States 335 −25 108,000 650,000
Bob Hope Classic
1985 Lanny Wadkins  United States 333 −27 90,000 555,000
1984 John Mahaffey (2)  United States 340 −20 72,000 433,000
Bob Hope Desert Classic
1983 Keith Fergus  United States 335 −25 67,500 408,000
1982 Ed Fiori  United States 335 −25 50,000 304,500
1981 Bruce Lietzke  United States 335 −25 50,000 304,500
1980 Craig Stadler  United States 343 −17 50,000 304,500
1979 John Mahaffey  United States 343 −17 50,000 300,000
1978 Bill Rogers  United States 339 −21 45,000 225,000
1977 Rik Massengale  United States 337 −23 40,000 200,000
1976 Johnny Miller (2)  United States 344 −16 36,000 180,000
1975 Johnny Miller  United States 339 −21 32,000 160,000
1974 Hubert Green  United States 341 −19 32,048 160,000
1973 Arnold Palmer (5)  United States 343 −17 32,000 160,000
1972 Bob Rosburg  United States 344 −16 29,000 145,000
1971 Arnold Palmer (4)  United States 342 −18 28,000 140,000
1970 Bruce Devlin  Australia 339 −21 25,000 125,000
1969 Billy Casper (2)  United States 345 −15 20,000 100,000
1968 Arnold Palmer (3)  United States 348 −12 20,000 100,000
1967 Tom Nieporte  United States 349 −11 17,600 88,000
1966 Doug Sanders  United States 349 −11 15,000 80,000
1965 Billy Casper  United States 348 −12 15,000 80,000
Palm Springs Golf Classic
1964 Tommy Jacobs  United States 353 −7 7,500 50,000
1963 Jack Nicklaus  United States 345 −13 9,000 50,000
1962 Arnold Palmer (2)  United States 342 −17 5,300 35,000
1961 Billy Maxwell  United States 345 −14 5,300 52,000
Palm Springs Desert Golf Classic
1960 Arnold Palmer  United States 338 −20 12,000 70,000

Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.

Multiple winners[edit]

Eight men have won this tournament more than once through 2015.

Tournament highlights[edit]

  • 1960: Arnold Palmer wins the inaugural version of the tournament by three shots over Fred Hawkins.[4] Joe Campbell earned $50,000 in unofficial money for scoring a hole-in-one on the fifth hole of the Tamarisk Country Club.[5]
  • 1963: Jack Nicklaus defeats Gary Player 65 to 73 in an 18-hole playoff for the tournament title.[6]
  • 1964: 53-year-old Jimmy Demaret who rarely played competitive golf any more finishes regulation play tied for first with Tommy Jacobs but loses on the second hole of sudden death.[7]
  • 1967: Club professional Tom Nieporte birdies the 90th hole to beat Doug Sanders by one shot.[8]
  • 1972: Bob Rosburg wins for the first time since the 1961 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am. He beats Lanny Wadkins by one shot.[9]
  • 1973: Arnold Palmer wins the tournament for a fifth time by two shots over Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller.[10] It is Palmer's final PGA Tour triumph.
  • 1976: Johnny Miller shoots a final round 63 to successfully defend his Bob Hope title. He wins by 3 shots over Rik Massengale.[11]
  • 1980: Craig Stadler wins for the first-time on the PGA Tour. He beats Tom Purtzer and Mike Sullivan by 2 shots.[12]
  • 1982: Ed Fiori, expecting to become a first-time father any day, rolls in a 35-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a sudden death playoff to defeat Tom Kite.[13]
  • 1985: Lanny Wadkins plays the last five holes of regulation in five under par to tie Craig Stadler, then goes on to beat him on the fifth hole of a sudden death playoff.[14]
  • 1989: Steve Jones becomes the first golfer since Gil Morgan in 1983 to sweep the first two events of the PGA Tour Schedule. He defeats Paul Azinger and Sandy Lyle on the first hole of a sudden death playoff.[15]
  • 1990: Peter Jacobsen birdies the 90th hole to win the Hope by one shot[16] over Brian Tennyson and Scott Simpson after NBC golf announcer Johnny Miller talked about how easy it would have been for Jacobsen to choke his second shot to the par-5 finishing hole.[17]
  • 1991: Corey Pavin holes a 35-foot wedge shot on the first hole of sudden death to defeat Mark O'Meara.[18]
  • 1992: John Cook holes a chip shot from 100-feet to defeat Gene Sauers in sudden death. The playoff, originally composed of five players, also involved Tom Kite, Mark O'Meara, and Rick Fehr.[19]
  • 1993: Tom Kite, who had twice previously lost the tournament in playoffs, shoots 325, a PGA Tour for 90 holes. He beats Rick Fehr by 6 shots.[20]
  • 1999: David Duval shoots a final round 59 to beat Steve Pate by one shot.[21]
  • 2001 Joe Durant shoots a record score for a 90-hole PGA tournament with a 36-under-par score of 324 (65-61-67-66-65).[22]
  • 2003: Mike Weir birdies the final three holes to win by two shots over Jay Haas.[23]
  • 2009: Pat Perez shoots 124 to set a new PGA Tour record for the first 36 holes of a tournament.[24] He goes on to win the Hope by three shots over John Merrick.[25]
  • 2011: In just his fifth PGA Tour start and second as a Tour member, Jhonattan Vegas became the first Venezuelan to win on the PGA Tour. It was also the last year the tournament was a five-round event.
  • 2014: Patrick Reed shoots 63s in his first three rounds, a PGA Tour record 27-under-par for 54 holes.


Television broadcast and cable history[edit]

From the mid-1960s through 1998, NBC broadcast the fourth and fifth rounds of the tournament. ABC took over the coverage in 1999 through 2006, CBS covering the tournament in 2003 due to ABC's involvement with Super Bowl XXXVII.

On the cable side, the first three rounds were covered by ESPN through 2002. From 2003–06, USA Network covered the early action.

Beginning in 2007, the tournament lost its network coverage and the Golf Channel showed all five rounds on cable television. Even with the move to four rounds and the reduction in celebrity involvement, the tournament is still exclusive to cable.

Coverage style[edit]

Prior to 2007, USA and ESPN/ABC consistently covered all four courses used for the event, with the primary camera crew covering PGA West, but live coverage still emanating from the other courses. However, when Golf Channel took over coverage, the network only assigned live coverage to PGA West (both the Palmer and Nicklaus courses). All other courses used did not receive live coverage at all, with an hourly highlights package sent in and played, but none of it live. This has been the approach consistently taken by Golf Channel in regards to tournaments with multiple courses, including the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the Walt Disney World Golf Classic.


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Coordinates: 33°26′N 116°13′W / 33.43°N 116.22°W / 33.43; -116.22