David Erwin, President and Tournament Chairman, told GolfChannel.com Insider Brian Hewitt Thursday that the comedians two-year run would not extend into 2009.
The board wanted to go in a different direction, Erwin said.
That direction could point to this weeks Bay Hill host Arnold Palmer. Next year would mark the 50th anniversary of the event. Palmer won the very first edition in 1960, the first of his five Bob Hope titles.
Certainly we would look at that very favorably, Erwin said about bringing Palmer in as tournament host.
Palmer has held that same role at the Bay Hill tournament, now named the Arnold Palmer Invitational, for the last 30 years. Erwin noted that he has not personally discussed the situation with Palmer, but that its possible someone on the Bob Hope board of directors has.
As for Lopez, Erwin said he hopes that the 46-year-old comic still competes in the event.
My intentions have always been about whats best for the tournament, Lopez said in a Los Angeles Times story. Arnold Palmer, hes an icon of golf; who doesnt respect him? I wish the tournament all the luck in the world.
As for whether Ill play, its going to depend on my schedule.
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