PGA Tour CareerBuilder Challenge

Bill Haas talks with his father Jay Haas during a practice round prior to the start of the 2010 Players Championship
Jay Haas (right) and Bill Haas (left) are the only father-son winners in the history of the PGA Tour CareerBuilder Challenge. Scott Halleran/Getty Images

The full name of the tournament is CareerBuilder Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, and this is the PGA Tour event that traditionally was called the Bob Hope Classic. (CareerBuilder.com replaced Humana as the title sponsor beginning with the 2016 tournament.)

Legendary entertainer Bob Hope's name was added to the tournament in 1965, and continued to be part of the tournament name even after Hope's death in 2003. In 2012, Hope's name was dropped from the event title, but the winner still receives the Bob Hope Trophy.

Also in 2012, the tournament was reduced from five rounds (90 holes) to four rounds (72 holes). The tournament featured celebrities playing alongside PGA Tour pros through the 2013 tournament, but while the pro-am format remained after 2013 the celebrities were dropped.

2019 Tournament

  • When: Jan. 17-20, 2019
  • Where: Stadium Course in La Quinta, Calif.
  • Ticket info

2018 Tournament
Jon Rahm won it on the fourth playoff hole. Rahm and Andrew Landry tied after 72 holes at 22-under 266. Then they matched pars on the first three playoff holes. Finally, Rahm won it with a birdie on the fourth extra hole. It was Rahm's second career win on the PGA Tour.

2017 CareerBuilder Challenge
Hudson Swafford birdied the 15th, 16th and 17th holes in the final round, then parred the final hole to win by one stroke. The runner-up was Adam Hadwin, who in the third round carded a 59. But Hadwin shot 70 in the final round to Swafford's 67. Swafford finished at 20-under 268 in claiming his first PGA Tour victory.

CareerBuilder Challenge Scoring Records

  • 72 holes: 263 - Jason Dufner and David Lingmerth, 2015
  • 90 holes: 324 - Joe Durant, 2001
  • 18 holes: 59 - David Duval, 1999 (PGA West/Palmer Course); Adam Hadwin, 2017, LaQuinta Country Club

CareerBuilder Challenge Golf Courses

The CareerBuilder Challenge has traditionally been played over multiple golf courses, in most years golfers rotating daily among four courses. Beginning in 2012, that rotation is reduced to three courses. Those three courses are:

  • PGA West (Stadium course), La Quinta, Calif.
  • PGA West (Nicklaus Tournament course), La Quinta, Calif.
  • La Quinta Country Club, La Quinta, Calif.

Numerous other courses in the Coachella Valley have been part of the rotation over the years, most notably Indian Wells Country Club and Bermuda Dunes Country Club.

CareerBuilder Challenge Tournament Trivia and Notes

  • Arnold Palmer won the first tournament played - in 1960, when it was called the Palm Springs Golf Classic - and went on to win four more times (1962, 1968, 1971, 1973). Those five wins are the tournament record - no other golfer has won more than twice.
  • Among those two-time winners is Johnny Miller (1975-76). Miller is the only golfer to win this tournament in back-to-back years.
  • Palmer's victory at the 1973 Bob Hope Desert Classic was the 62nd of his PGA Tour career - and his final PGA Tour victory.
  • David Duval won the title in 1999 by shooting 59 in the final round. Duval trailed by seven entering the final round, but after 11 birdies plus an eagle on No. 18 he had a 1-stroke victory.
  • The tournament had its second 59 in 2017, when Adam Hadwin did the trick in the third round. Hadwin wound up finishing second.
  • There have been 19 playoffs in tournament history, all but one of them sudden-death. The first one, in 1963, was an 18-hole playoff in which Jack Nicklaus defeated Gary Player. Two of Palmer's victories came via playoffs. In 1968 he defeated Deane Beman, and in 1971 Palmer beat Raymond Floyd.
  • Every year from 1982 through 1986 - five straight tournaments - ended in a playoff.
  • During the years the event was known as the Bob Hope Classic, it had a history of choosing "beauty queens," selected from among area college students. They were called "Classic Girls."
  • Jay Haas won the Hope in 1988. In 2010, his son Bill Haas won the tournament. They are the only father-son winners in tournament history. (See the list of father-son winners on the PGA Tour.)
  • United States presidents have often been among the celebrities to take part in the pro-am. Gerald Ford played regularly, and George H.W. Bush played often. Now, Bill Clinton's foundation is the tournament's charity.
  • The defending champion was always paired with Bob Hope, and if a past president played, the president joined Hope and the defending champion. In 1995, defending champ Scott Hoch played the first round with Hope, President Clinton (the first sitting president to play), and former presidents Ford and Bush.
  • David Lingmerth twice broke the tournament's 72-hole scoring record - and didn't win either time. In 2013, Lingmerth was part of a 3-way playoff after finishing at 264, but Brian Gay won the playoff. In 2016, Lingmerth lowered the scoring record to 263, but lost a playoff to Jason Dufner.

    Winners of the PGA Tour CareerBuilder Challenge

    (p-playoff)

    Humana Challenge
    2018 - Jon Rahm, 266
    2017 - Hudson Swafford, 268
    2016 - Jason Dufner-p, 263
    2015 - Bill Haas, 266
    2014 - Patrick Reed, 260
    2013 - Brian Gay-p, 263
    2012 - Mark Wilson, 264

    Bob Hope Classic
    2011 - Jhonattan Vegas-p, 333
    2010 - Bill Haas, 330
    2009 - Pat Perez, 327

    Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
    2008 - D.J. Trahan, 334
    2007 - Charley Hoffman, 343
    2006 - Chad Campbell, 335
    2005 - Justin Leonard, 332
    2004 - Phil Mickelson-p, 330
    2003 - Mike Weir, 330
    2002 - Phil Mickelson-p, 330
    2001 - Joe Durant, 324
    2000 - Jesper Parnevik, 331
    1999 - David Duval, 334
    1998 - Fred Couples-p, 332
    1997 - John Cook, 327
    1996 - Mark Brooks, 337
    1995 - Kenny Perry, 335
    1994 - Scott Hoch, 334
    1993 - Tom Kite, 325
    1992 - John Cook-p, 336
    1991 - Corey Pavin-p, 331
    1990 - Peter Jacobsen, 339
    1989 - Steve Jones-p, 343
    1988 - Jay Haas, 338
    1987 - Corey Pavin, 341
    1986 - Donnie Hammond-p, 335

    Bob Hope Classic
    1985 - Lanny Wadkins-p, 333
    1984 - John Mahaffey-p, 340

    Bob Hope Desert Classic
    1983 - Keith Fergus-p, 335
    1982 - Ed Fiori-p, 335
    1981 - Bruce Lietzke, 335
    1980 - Craig Stadler, 343
    1979 - John Mahaffey, 343
    1978 - Bill Rogers, 339
    1977 - Rik Massengale, 337
    1976 - Johnny Miller, 344
    1975 - Johnny Miller, 339
    1974 - Hubert Green, 341
    1973 - Arnold Palmer, 343
    1972 - Bob Rosburg, 344
    1971 - Arnold Palmer-p, 342
    1970 - Bruce Devlin, 339
    1969 - Billy Casper, 345
    1968 - Arnold Palmer-p, 348
    1967 - Tom Nieporte, 349
    1966 - Doug Sanders-p, 349
    1965 - Billy Casper, 348

    Palm Springs Golf Classic
    1964 - Tommy Jacobs-p, 353
    1963 - Jack Nicklaus-p, 345
    1962 - Arnold Palmer, 342
    1961 - Billy Maxwell, 345
    1960 - Arnold Palmer, 338