2019 Desert Classic Tournament Preview

Desert Classic LogoOriginally known as the Bob Hope Classic and formerly the Humana Challenge and the CareerBuilder Challenge - The tournament returns in 2019 as the Desert Classic. Played on 3 different courses the first 4 days, it is also a 3 day Pro-Am golf tournament with amateurs playing alongside the PGA Tour golfers throughout the 1st three rounds of the week.

For those unaware, the Desert Classic began as the Bob Hope Classic which to this day is the only true Pro-Am tournament played with foursomes of two pros and two amateurs. In the past, some top PGA golfers stayed away from this tournament because the rounds took a longer time because of the amateur players involved. Still, being part of the west coast swing there will be plenty of top golfers to watch this week.

The PGA WEST TPC Stadium Course becomes the final round course and was once considered one of the most challenging courses in America. Although it’s hosted other important golf tournaments, in 1987 it made its first appearance as a PGA Tour course and was deemed so hard that PGA Tour pros signed a petition in 1988 to have it removed as a course played as a tour stop. Times have changed and the course has been set up easier for the 2019 Desert Classic.

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2019 Desert classic Tourney Preview

The 2019 Desert Classic golf tournament will feature a solid field of players but you will want to rely on course history and playing the hot hand as your fantasy golf strategy when making your expert picks for your DraftKings lineup (our affiliate partner site). While two of the courses are familiar to players (La Quinta Country Club and the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course) the 3rd course and the final round course - PGA WEST TPC Stadium Course we mentioned above may be unknown to some. Some may have played at as a PGA Tour Q-school qualifying tournament but generally many golfers will be unfamiliar with it.

Dates - January 17 – January 20, 2019

Prize Pool - $5,900,000

First Place - $1,062,000

FedEx Cup Points - 500

2019 Desert Classic Challenge Golf Course

Name of Course – PGA WEST TPC Stadium Course

Where is PGA WEST TPC Stadium Course - La Quinta, CA

PGA West TPC Stadium CoursePar – 72

Yards – 7113

Slope Rating - 150

Year Built – 1986

Designed by - Pete Dye

Past Champions

Jon Rahm Defending ChampionJon Rahm2018 - Jon Rahm


Hudson Swafford2017 - Hudson Swafford


Jason Dufner2016 – Jason Dufner


Bill Haas2015 – Bill Haas


Other Desert Classic info - Trends, Tidbits

  • Grew in popularity when its was known as the Bob Hope Classic
  • Until 2012 the tournament consisted of five 18-hole rounds of competition
  • 2019 marks the 1st year as the Desert Classic taking over from the CareerBuilder Challenge
  • Played on 3 courses (La Quinta Country Club, Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course) with a 54 hole cut
  • Full tournament name -Desert Classic presented by Workday

2019 Desert Classic Fantasy Golf Picks Info

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