The tournament formerly known as the Bob Hope Desert Classic played an important role in the career of Arnold Palmer. With his rugged good looks and take-no-prisoners style of play, Arnie was a popular fixture in the annual melding of movie stars and touring pros.
Plus, he dominated the thing, winning five times between 1960 and 1973. Even after he stopped winning majors, making the 1964 Masters his seventh and final major championship, Palmer could still be counted on to take home the top prize in the Hope, winning three more times including his 1973 title that turned out to be the last one of his 62 PGA Tour wins.
On Saturday, the Palmer name came up again in connection with the tournament, now known as the Humana Challenge, when Palmer’s grandson, Sam Saunders, made a hole-in-one. The 24-year-old used a 3-iron to ace the 228-yard fifth hole on – what else? – the Palmer Private course.