Between David Duval’s sizzling Sunday 59 in 1999, Phil Mickelson’s record 37 birdies in 2004, and the unbelievable eight hole in one’s carded in 2009, the Bob Hope Classic never ceases to astonish.
This week will be no different. Expect a birdie rampage with the winner at 30 or more under par by Saturday.
Unlike any other event on the PGA Tour, the Bob Hope began Wednesday and takes place over four days on four different courses in Palm Springs, CA: Silver Rock Resort, La Quinta Country Club, Palmer Private at PGA West and Nicklaus Private at PGA West.
The desert courses are notorious for their Pete Dye-esque design with elevated greens, numerous water features, deep and dramatic sand traps and narrow fairways hugged by treacherous hazards. All the courses are set against the backdrop of the Santa Rosa Mountains of the Coachella Valley.
Pummeling drives and hitting precise iron shots will not be enough to take home the glory this week. Players will need to hone in on their accuracy on every level of the game, especially with the most decisive element—putting. These desert putting greens have a reputation for severe slopes and quickness.
While each of the courses put a premium on accuracy and shot-making abilities, only those able to decipher the speedy, puzzling putting greens will be propelled to the top of the leaderboard come Saturday.