Ninety holes await Bob Hope Chrysler field

BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2004 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic | Preview | 21 Jan 2004
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Ninety holes lie ahead for the field in this week’s Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, or at least they hope it will, as the third event of the USPGA Tour gets under way in La Quinta, California.

The event is played over four courses inlcuding the Palmer Course at PGA West (host course) opened in 1987, the Bermuda Dunes course designed by Billy Bell in 1952 and remodelled by Ronald Fream in 1987, the Indian Wells Country Club, initially designed by Harry and David Rainville in 1956 and remodelled in 1986 by Ted Robinson and the La Quinta Country Club designed in 1959 by Frank and Lawrence Hughes.

Arnold Palmer was the first winner of the event back in 1960 and would go on to win the event five times, helping to establish the momentum that would lead to the event’s longevity as a regular stop on the PGA Tour.

Last year’s winner Canadian Mike Weir had a solid if not spectacular finish to 2003 and was 24th at the recent Mercedes Championship.

Retief Goosen, who was 10th last week at the Sony Open and 4th at the Mercedes Championships, will likely be the favourite ahead of Weir with Jerry Kelly already in good form after his 5th at the Sony Open and a man who has played well here previously, a genuine chance.

Others likely to do well are Chris DiMarco, Chad Campbell (despite missing the cut last week), Justin Leonard and someone who finally showed some form last week and is a winner here previously, Jesper Parnevik.

Australasians entered are Stephen Allan, Steve Elkington, Mark Hensby, Stephen Leaney, Geoff Ogilvy, Rod Pampling, John Senden and Grant Waite.

The cut will be made after 72 holes with those remaining pursuing $US4.5 million with $810,000 to the winner.


Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1 -30 Phil Mickelson United States 68 63 64 67 68 330
2   ↑T5 -30 Skip Kendall United States 63 68 68 66 65 330
3   ↑4 -29 Jay Haas United States 65 68 64 67 67 331
4   ↑T11 -28 Jonathan Kaye United States 67 70 66 65 64 332
T5   ↑T7 -26 Ben Crane United States 68 64 65 69 68 334
T5   ↑T7 -26 Jesper Parnevik Sweden 67 68 66 65 68 334
T5   ↓3 -26 Kenny Perry United States 64 66 69 64 71 334
8   ↑T24 -25 Bernhard Langer Germany 67 67 69 68 64 335
T9   ↑T24 -24 Chris Riley United States 68 64 69 70 65 336
T9   ↑T14 -24 Harrison Frazar United States 73 67 66 63 67 336
Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
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