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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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January 26, 2004 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
There have been many good days for Phil Mickelson, just not lately. For a guy who has won more than $24 million in prize money, you have to say he's held up well under the new tag of the puzzling underachiever, a label applied to him last year when he was very un-Phil ... or un-Phil-filled, if you wish, failing to win a tournament for the first time in five years.
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January 25, 2004 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
It's a flat-out sprint to the finish line at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, which so far has amounted to an exercise in golf course torture. But with 72 holes down and 18 more to go, is there anything out there that can quiet all the good vibes? The short answer: Probably not. The longer answer is that as long as there is a chance for someone to shoot a score so low it's borderline subterranean, anything looks possible.
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January 24, 2004 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
This will not be good news for a lot of people. Phil Mickelson is healthy, he has lost weight and he's excited about playing. More important, he's keeping his golf ball on the fairway. What's more, his putts are falling so quickly into the bottoms of the holes, the balls must be allergic to grass. So far at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, it's a brand new year for a brand new man, and Mickelson is celebrating like crazy.
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January 23, 2004 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
The second round of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic went a lot like the first: They came, they saw, they torched the place. Kenny Perry followed up his 64 at Indian Wells Country Club with a 66 Thursday at the Palmer Course at PGA West and is 14 under par through 36 holes. That amounts to two touchdowns and two extra points worth of birdies, not to mention a one-shot lead. Phil Mickelson delivered a 63 to Indian Wells, which once again assumed the role as favored whipping boy of the pro golf set.
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