Humana Challenge new name for Bob Hope Classic

The PGA Tour stop in La Quinta has a new name, the Humana Callenge.
The former Bob Hope Classic landed a title sponsor earlier this year and on Thursday, the event’s name changed. The tournament has a new format, it’s now played on three courses – instead of four – over four days – instead of five. The purse was increased to $5.6 million.
Bob Hope’s family has given its blessing to remove Hope’s name for the tournament, which has struggled financially. Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation will work with Humana and the PGA Tour to restore the event. Clinton will be the keynote speaker kick off the event, held in January. The tournament still features three days of pro-ams as well.
The tournament has a focus on health and well-being since Humana is a company that markets and administers health insurance.
“… Mr. Hope epitomized a healthy lifestyle, living to be 100,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement. “We will continue to honor his legacy and be forever grateful for what he did for golf, this tournament, the PGA Tour and charity.”
Said Linda Hope, Bob’s daughter: “I want to thank Humana, President Clinton and Commissioner Finchem for their commitment to ensuring that Bob Hope’s legacy will be preserved throughout the tournament and beyond. My dad has been such an integral part of golf and charity in the Coachella Valley, so our family is pleased that the tournament will continue to tell his remarkable story.”

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Cantlay lights

If you watch highlights of Rory McIllroy hositing the U.S. Open trophy this morning, check out the golfer in the background, that’s UCLA freshman Patrick Cantlay. The only golfer among suits on the green. He’s forever in the picture of McIlroy winning his first major. Cantlay earned that spot by winning low amateur at the U.S. Open. He’ll play in the Travelers Championship this week in Connecticut after earning a sponsor’s exemption.

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Cantlay’s tee time

Patrick Cantlay will tee off in a pairing with John Senden at 11:40 p.m. Pacific. Brandt Jobe will be in the group behind him, ten minutes later. Rory McIlroy and Y.E. Yang don’t tee off until 3:50 p.m. and with yesterday’s rain delay and forecast of 40 percent chance of rain this afternoon, well, you see the potential problems.

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Cantlay has Congressional abuzz

Patrick Cantlay has met Jack Nicklaus, won four college tournaments and the collegiate player of the year via the Jack Nicklaus Award. But nothing can compare to shooting a 4-under 67 and seeing his name in the top-20 of a major. And he’s just a 19-year-old college freshman.
Asked what he’s learned at Congressional this week, “just that I can compete and my game is good enough to play the course.”

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Cantlay conquers Congressional

Patrick Cantlay could be known as the low amateur at the U.S. Open in a couple of days, and that’s quite a distinction. He had the back nine buzzing at Congressional as he posted an impressive 4-under 67. The only player to shoot lower than that, so far today, is Rory McIlroy, who’s leading the event.
It was an incredible day for Cantlay. I’ll have more uddates soon, but as of now, he’s tied for 17th.

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