The American Express Winners and History
The American Express hits a new high — or perhaps low — in tournament branding. The tournament formerly known as the Bob Hope Desert Classic now has absolutely nothing in the name that suggests there’s an athletic event occurring.
Phil Mickelson will serve as host of The American Express — as well as playing. The Mickelson Foundation is the host organization.
The American Express formerly has been known as the Desert Classic, CareerBuilder Challenge,Palm Springs Golf Classic, the Bob Hope Desert Classic, the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, and the Humana Challenge.
The American Express continues the tradition of a pro-am format:
- The first three rounds played in a pro-am format.
- For each day of the three-round, pro-am competition, the professional has a different amateur partner. Amateurs will compete in daily competitions as well as an overall, three-day competition.
- Round 4 is professionals only with a normal 70 + ties cut.
- The top three low net and low gross amateurs will play alongside the pros on Sunday to determine the overall winners .
- The overall low net amateur and low gross amateur playing on Sunday will be awarded crystal as the 2015 Careerbuilder Challenge Amateur Champion after play on Sunday.
- The field size for the event is 156 professionals and 156 amateurs.
Three courses are used for The American Express:
- TPC Stadium Course at PGA West, 7,113 yards, par 72. This is the fifth year as host course. The 1986 design is a Pete Dye product.
- PGA West’s Nicklaus Tournament course (7,159/72). PGA West has been used since 1986.
- La Quinta CC (7,060/72) in the first three rounds. La Quinta has been used off-and-on since 1964 ( 1964–1986, 1988, 1991–1992, 1994–1995, 1997–1998, 2000–2001, 2003, 2005–2008, 2010–present)
The tournament began life in 1960 as the Palm Spring Classic. In 1965 comedian Bob Hope added his name to the tournament and became Chairman of the Board. Hope died in 2003 at age 100, but “The Hope” as a tournament lasted until 2011.
The Classic’s biggest draw was—and continues to be—the celebrity Pro-Am competition which has attracted some of each era’s biggest celebrities. Of note was Dwight Eisenhower, who became the first president to play in a Tour event. History was made at the tournament in 1995 when the pro-am team of Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, 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.
The first tournament was won by Arnold Palmer with a final score of 338, or 22 under par. Palmer would win the event five times: 1960, 1962, 1968, 1971, 1973.
More Hope Classic history: David Duval shot a 59 in the final round of the event in 1999. For a recount of the round, visit here.
|The American Express|
|2022||Hudson Swafford||265||-23||2 strokes|
|2021||Kim Si-Woo||265||-23||1 stroke|
|2020||Andrew Landry||262||-26||2 strokes|
presented by Workday
|2019||Adam Long||262||−26||1 stroke|
|2017||Hudson Swafford||268||−20||1 stroke|
|Humana Challenge |
|2015||Bill Haas (2)||266||−22||1 stroke|
|2014||Patrick Reed||260||−28||2 strokes|
|2012||Mark Wilson||264||−24||2 strokes|
|Bob Hope Classic|
|2010||Bill Haas||330||−30||1 stroke|
|2009||Pat Perez||327||−33||3 strokes|
|Bob Hope |
|2008||D. J. Trahan||334||−26||3 strokes|
|2006||Chad Campbell||335||−25||3 strokes|
|2005||Justin Leonard||332||−28||3 strokes|
|2004||Phil Mickelson (2)||330||−30||Playoff|
|2003||Mike Weir||330||−30||2 strokes|
|2001||Joe Durant||324||−36||4 strokes|
|2000||Jesper Parnevik||331||−27||1 stroke|
|1999||David Duval||334||−26||1 stroke|
|1997||John Cook (2)||327||−33||1 stroke|
|1996||Mark Brooks||337||−23||1 stroke|
|1995||Kenny Perry||335||−25||1 stroke|
|1994||Scott Hoch||334||−26||3 strokes|
|1993||Tom Kite||325||−35||6 strokes|
|1991||Corey Pavin (2)||331||−29||Playoff|
|1990||Peter Jacobsen||339||−21||1 stroke|
|1988||Jay Haas||338||−22||2 strokes|
|1987||Corey Pavin||341||−19||1 stroke|
|Bob Hope Classic|
|1984||John Mahaffey (2)||340||−20||Playoff|
|Bob Hope |
|1981||Bruce Lietzke||335||−25||2 strokes|
|1980||Craig Stadler||343||−17||2 strokes|
|1979||John Mahaffey||343||−17||1 stroke|
|1978||Bill Rogers||339||−21||2 strokes|
|1977||Rik Massengale||337||−23||6 strokes|
|1976||Johnny Miller (2)||344||−16||3 strokes|
|1975||Johnny Miller||339||−21||3 strokes|
|1974||Hubert Green||341||−19||2 strokes|
|1973||Arnold Palmer (5)||343||−17||2 strokes|
|1972||Bob Rosburg||344||−16||1 stroke|
|1971||Arnold Palmer (4)||342||−18||Playoff|
|1970||Bruce Devlin||339||−21||4 strokes|
|1969||Billy Casper (2)||345||−15||3 strokes|
|1968||Arnold Palmer (3)||348||−12||Playoff|
|1967||Tom Nieporte||349||−11||1 stroke|
|1965||Billy Casper||348||−12||1 stroke|
|Palm Springs |
|1962||Arnold Palmer (2)||342||−17||3 strokes|
|1961||Billy Maxwell||345||−14||2 strokes|
|Palm Springs |
Desert Golf Classic
|1960||Arnold Palmer||338||−20||3 strokes|