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January 31, 2005 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
He's got a new cap, new clothes and new equipment, and now that he has won the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, it's nothing less than a brand new start for Justin Leonard. At 33, Leonard isn't exactly a kid anymore, even if his sheepish grin and baby-faced looks say otherwise, but when you are coming off the worst year of your career and you change pretty much everything about the way you do business, there could be some questions hanging in the air. Questions such as ...
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January 31, 2005 | J.A. Adande
Position is the key to sports. Field position, pole position, low-post position, runners in scoring position. Same thing in life. It's not too hard to predict who will have the better night: the person outside the ropes at the club, or the person in the VIP room. It's all about position. Joe Ogilvie had it Sunday morning.
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January 30, 2005 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
It's a marathon (90 holes), it's an endurance test (four rounds with amateurs) and it's a math quiz (how many birdies does it take to win?), but whatever you call the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, you could also call it a coming-out party for Joe Ogilvie if can hold on for his first PGA Tour victory. Last year at New Orleans, Ogilvie led by four shots going into the last round, shot a four-under 68 and still lost by a shot when Vijay Singh threw a 63 at everybody.
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January 29, 2005 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
It remained the Joe Ogilvie show Friday at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in La Quinta, but some players were gaining on him, one of them a portly 51-year-old with a bushy, gray mustache you could hang a swing on, who moves as deliberately as a walrus and looks enough like one to answer to the name. Yes, it's Craig Stadler, the Walrus, the winner of the 1980 Hope when he was 12 under par through four rounds, or close to what the cut probably will be tonight.
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January 28, 2005 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
He lists Warren Buffett and Bill Gates among his heroes, so it's obvious that Joe Ogilvie knows something about investment strategy, even as it relates this week to the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Maybe the best idea is to put a little something away for when you really need it, possibly some birdies, sometime Sunday afternoon. "Unless you're up by 13, which is almost impossible, no lead is safe here," Ogilvie said.
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January 27, 2005 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
There's no place for the slow, the weak and the faint of birdie at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. That familiar approach was embraced once more in Wednesday's first round, when 128 players made 609 birdies, laid waste to par, then went to sleep and dreamed about doing it all over again. It's five spins around a fast track and the best way to handle this event is never to look back over your shoulder because some people, probably a lot of people, are already passing you.
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January 26, 2005 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
This is where it all began for Phil Mickelson last year ... five rounds in the 60s, 30 under par, a victory in his first tournament of the year, his first major title at the Masters three months away. If this is where it's all going to begin again for Mickelson, at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, he knows he's going to have to do a lot better job on the greens than he did last week at Torrey Pines. "Horrendous," Mickelson said Tuesday.
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January 26, 2005 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
Would you pay $10,000 to play four rounds of golf with, say, John Daly or Jesper Parnevik or Hank Kuehne or Mike Weir or Peter Jacobsen? How about Roger Clemens or Alice Cooper or Drew Brees or Michael Bolton or Yogi Berra?
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January 23, 2005 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
Take a look around at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic this week, because it's never going to be the same again. Chances are it could be better, of course, when two sparkling courses are supposed to take up permanent places in the Hope rotation in 2006, but there is no doubt that this is the biggest transition year in the 46-year history of the tournament.
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May 19, 2004 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
The 45-year-old Bob Hope Chrysler Classic will get a face-lift in 2006 when three new courses will come into play, two of them designed by Arnold Palmer. After announcing last month that Indian Wells Country Club was being dropped from the Hope rotation, beginning next year, tournament officials said Tuesday that in 2006 they would add the SilverRock Ranch in La Quinta and an as-yet-unnamed course north of Interstate 10 at Cook Street near Palm Desert that is owned by the H.N. & Frances C.
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