CareerBuilder Challenge set for PGA Tour Debut

Published on : Monday, December 21, 2015

downloadCareerBuilder Challenge, in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, returns to Greater Palm Springs this January.

 

Here’s everything you need to know to get your scorecard prepped for attending the tournament.

 

What: The CareerBuilder Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. True to its roots, the event pairs professional with amateur entrants, the latter of whom compete in their separate AM event, playing alongside the pros for the first three days of championship play.

Where: La Quinta, CA

When: Monday, January 18 – Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Courses: TPC Stadium Course (Pete Dye, 1987) and Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course (Nicklaus, 1987) at tourney headquarters of PGA WEST; La Quinta Country Club (Lawrence Hughes, 1959)

After the former Bob Hope Classic played Dye’s infamous Stadium Course for a lone (controversial) year in the 1987 rotation, the tournament makes a highly-anticipated return to the rolling, mounded grounds in concert with play at the neighboring Nicklaus and longtime event host La Quinta Country Club.

 

Short-hitting, accurate Corey Pavin found victory at the ’87 event, but with longer, stronger and learned players (many of whom played both the Stadium and Nicklaus in PGA Tour Qualifying School), spectators should look for scoring deeper into red numbers for this go’round.

 

La Quinta Country Club first became part of the tournament rotation in 1964 (predating longtime and beloved sponsor Hope by a year), and maintains its celebrated legacy with what Tour players consider some of the finest greens they play across the entire schedule.

 

The Purse: $5.8 million (Winner’s share: $1,044,000)

The Sponsors: CareerBuilder, Clinton and Desert Classic Charities

The largest online job website in the country, Chicago-based CareerBuilder makes its debut foray into the golf world and supplants former sponsor Humana’s message of health and well-being with a career-driven canon for creating job paths. Look for the company to evidence its message via the “Find Your Calling” program which will work with the local Desert Sands Unified School District.

Though Humana employed an early opt-out clause to part ways, Present Bill Clinton and his Foundation remain with the event, and tourney-goers may again see an on-site appearance from the 42nd president.  What is confirmed is a fifth annual Clinton Health Matters Initiative Summit, a two-day conference on January 24 and 25 at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa, featuring Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton.

The tournament’s philanthropic arm and event organizer, non-profit Desert Classic Charities, has now contributed more than $56 million to local charities and the Eisenhower Medical Center.

Spectating

Moving from the former event headquarters at PGA WEST’s Palmer and Nicklaus Private Courses down the street to the Tournament Clubhouse venue will create a new exciting and more intimate scene for fans.

The Bob Hope Square fan experience (actually more of a circle in design, built around the practice putting greens) will keep spectators closer to the on-course action than did its predecessor locale.  The result, in part, of a four-acre ground leveling project by the club, the drink, dine, shopping and participatory fun adjacent to the Stadium Course’s turn and finishing holes will no doubt be a hub of constant social and viewing action.

Whereas viewing at the Palmer Private somewhat took walking fans away from action on key, closing holes, attendees strolling the Stadium will fast find continual access to watching your favorite players duel down the stretch.

The Champ

Defending champion and two-time winner Bill Haas makes his return to the desert this year in a quest to become the second-winningest player in the event’s history (Arnold Palmer is the leader with five titles to his credit).  Popular among locals as a member of Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells, Haas will be joined by other early event commits and past champs including Mark Wilson, Pat Perez, Charley Hoffman and Justin Leonard.

 

Source:- IAGTO

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