The celebrity field's schedule is as follows: Wednesday, Jan. 21, SilverRock Resort; Thursday, Jan. 22, Bermuda Dunes Country Club; Friday, Jan. 23, Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West; Saturday, Jan. 24, Arnold Palmer Private Course at PGA WEST.
PGA TOUR professional D.J. Trahan will return to defend his 2008 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic title, which he won by three strokes after firing a final-round, 7-under-par 65 to finish at 26-under 334 over 90 holes. All five days of The Classic will be televised on Golf Channel. At stake is a purse of $5.1 million, $918,000 to the winner.
Golf and Coachella Valley icon Palmer played in the tournament 42 of its 50 years and he is the only five-time champion, winning the inaugural tournament in 1960 and again in 1962, '68, '71 and '73. He won a total of 62 PGA TOUR titles. The five-day Classic is played each winter on four desert courses. It features 128 top PGA TOUR professionals and 384 amateur contestants, including a stellar list of 30 celebrities.
As it celebrates its 50th anniversary tournament, the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic's host course will be the Palmer Private Course at PGA West. Other courses in the 2009 rotation will be Bermuda Dunes Country Club, an original course in the first tournament in 1960, La Quinta's SilverRock Resort, which debuted in 2008, and the Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West, in the rotation for the first time.
In 49 years, the tournament has donated more than $45 million to local charities throughout the Coachella Valley. Tickets priced at only $25 per day, with several packages offering additional savings, and further information are available at http://www.bhcc.com/ or by calling 1.888.MRBHOPE (672.4673).
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