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Bob Hope Classic Preview

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After a big focus on the 50th anniversary celebration last year, the Bob Hope Classic returns on the PGA Tour schedule with a little less ammunition for this this time around.

This venerable tournament was once a mainstay for the tour’s best players but wallowing in a rough economy and without a title sponsor it is a little less glamorous than it once was. 

Many of the PGA Tour’s bright lights will be playing in the desert this week unfortunately it won’t be the California Desert.  European standouts such as Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia, and Rory McIlroy will instead be slugging it out at the Abu Dhabi Championship halfway around the world.

It is tough to blame them, the five round hit and giggle pro-am format at the Bob Hope Classic can be a  lethargic experience even when you’re playing for a first-place check of $900,000.  And yes, that is slightly down from the $918,000 payout that Pat Perez took home last year for his inaugural tour victory.  Perez tore up the desert last year, finishing play at -33.  The runner-up was John Merrick.

There will still be some star power in the Palm Springs event beyond the usual smattering of Hollywood A-Listers playing in the pro-am.  Ryan Palmer, coming off his win last week at the Sony Open in Hawaii, will try to win two in a row.  Mike Weir, a winner here in 2003 and a regular contender, will also tee it up.  But overall, it is limited.

Fans will get to see a lot of fresh faces at the Bob Hope Classic, the 128 player field is ripe with 2009 Nationwide Tour and Qualifying School graduates – almost 3 dozen on them by my quick count.

Sponsors’ exemptions include David Duval, Rickie Fowler, and Arnold Palmer’s grandson, Sam Saunders.

The field faces a four-course rotation: Arnold Palmer Private at PGA West (72/6,930); Jack Nicklaus Private at PGA West (72/6,951); La Quinta CC (72/7,060); and the Arnold Palmer Course at SilverRock Resort (72/7,553).

Television coverage will be provided by The Golf Channel from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern standard Time on Wednesday through Friday, and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day on the weekend.

To get more insight on the club’s the pros are using this week have a look at the GolfWRX.com tournament photos.  You can start with part 1 here.

This report was prepared for GolfWRX.com by Flagstick Golf Magazine (www.flagstick.com)

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Lexi Thompson signs multi-year endorsement deal to play Bridgestone ball

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Lexi Thompson, who currently plays Bridgestone’s Tour B X ball, will now do so in an official capacity. The company announced today it inked the 22-year-old to a multi-year deal.

The eight-time LPGA Tour winner had been playing Bridgestone’s B330-S for the past two seasons.

“I’ve used Bridgestone for years and the new Tour B product is shockingly good,” said Thompson. “It gives me tremendous distance off the tee without sacrificing any performance around the green. What’s more, I feel confident hitting any type of shot the situation calls for.”

“When I’m testing a golf ball, I look for three things – distance, accuracy and feel,” said Thompson. “For me, the new Tour B delivered in spades. I’ve never played anything that has responded so positively to any situation the golf course throws at me.”

Bridgestone’s Tour B Series includes four models–X, XS, RX and RXS (each $44.99). The company leveraged data from more than three million consumer ball fittings, as well as third-party insights and Bridgestone’s own resources, to create the four-ball lineup.

RELATED: Bridgestone’s Tour B balls were designed with the player in mind

Bridgestone’s professional staff includes, among others, Tiger Woods, Brandt Snedeker, Matt Kuchar, Fred Couples, and Bryson DeChambeau.

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Sergio Garcia WITB 2018 (with commentary from Sergio)

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This special-edition of Sergio Garcia’s WITB includes commentary about his clubs from a podcast he recently did with Callaway, Garcia’s new equipment sponsor. Below are the clubs he is using in Singapore this week.

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage Dual Core 70TX
Sergio says: “This new driver feels really, really good. I love the ball flight. I can hit it both ways, left to right, or right to left. And I’ve been driving it quite well. So that gives me even more confidence.”

3 Wood: Callaway Rogue 3+ (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage XT 80TX

5 Wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage XT 80TX

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro 16 (3-4 iron), Callaway Apex MB 18 (5-9 iron)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 130x

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (48-10, 54-10 and 58-08)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 130x
Sergio says: “I loved the wedges right away. They feel so much better for me. I got a lot more spin and different ball trajectories. And because I get more spin, I can be more aggressive with my chipping.”

Putter: Odyssey Toulon Azalea

Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft
Sergio says: “My golf ball feels really nice. It’s definitely much better around the greens for me. It was important for me to make sure I liked the golf ball (when I came to Callaway)… It’s very important to see and feel that you can work the ball, and flight the ball. And that’s obviously one of the reasons why I decided to come to Callaway.”

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Sergio’s switch to Callaway in our forums

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Wednesday’s Photos from the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge at the TPC Stadium Course at PGA West (7,113 yards, par 72) in La Quinta, California.

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The field this week is headlined by Jon Rahm, who’s currently ranked No. 3 in the Official World Golf Rankings after his second-place finish at the 2018 Sentry Tournament of Champions two weeks ago. Joining him in the field are notables John Daly, Brian Harman, last week’s Sony Open champion Patton Kizzire, Phil Mickelson, Jimmy Walker and Bubba Watson.

Defending-champion Hudson Swafford notched his first career victory at the 2017 CareerBuilders Challenge, where he won by one stroke over Adam Hadwin. He’ll be back in the field this year to defend his title.

Check out our photos from the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge below!

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the photos in our forums

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