Guest Author - Letta Meinen
Watching a golf tournament even without Tiger Woods the PGA Bob Hope Chrysler Classic played at Thousand Palms, California has always been a favorite tournament to watch. This is because of all the famous amateurs that join the pro’s during this tournament. Golfers from all walks of life that pay to play with the pro’s are in this tournament. You will find stars from the movies and television to athlete from different sports and business executives. It is always an added entertainment when these amateurs are on television and their shots go astray or find the green or make that long putt. It makes for a good show and the attendance at this tournament is always full as they like to watch the famous people play the game of golf.
The Pro’s are there to win and this tournament happened to be having some of the worse weather instead of the sunny California we all read about. With the cold and windy conditions there were not the usually low scores as the best low scores was a tie for 20 under with Justin Rose and Lucas Glover after the fourth round. These two were little know golfers as Justin is from England and Lucas was a former Clemson star. The well known golfers such as Phil Mickleson had his problems as he was far down the pack with 13 under. There were few of the more well know players entered but such names as Duffy Waldorf, Bernard Langer and Bob Tway are some of the more familiar names.
On Sunday it was a different matter as very strong windy blew most of the day making tough shots and other shots go astray to find the water, sand and cart paths. It was difficult even with the putting as the wind made it tricky to make the shot plus reading the greens. Sunday ended with a tie Charley Hoffman who came from behind to beat Justin Rose and Lucas Glover who were leading after the first round. Charley Hoffman who was playing in front of the leaders made an eagle on the 18th hole to put him in a tie with John Rollins.
In the first playoff hole Charley Hoffman sunk a four foot putt to win the Bob Hope Classic. Rollins hit a shot into a sand bunker which cost him as Hoffman celebrated his PGA Tour title. It was a blustery final days of this tournament that caused score to soar as have been played in previous years.
Watching the amateur stars is a big part of this tournament with players like Clint Eastwood, Joe Peschi, Roger Clements and of course I always recall the times Bill Murray make the fans enjoy him. Many of these players are good golfers but just not in the Pro variety. One year they had a Presidents flight with Bill Clinton, Gerald Ford and George (the father) Bush with a Pro, that caused a lot of TV time following that group.