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Bill Dwyre: No Hope, but there's still golf in the desert

Bill Dwyre: No Hope, but there's still golf in the desert

The Bob Hope Desert Classic no longer exists. Nor does the Humana Challenge. But come January, there will be a pro golf tournament in the Palm Springs desert, same as there has been since 1960. That's when they called their event the Palm Springs Desert Golf Classic, Arnold Palmer won it and the $12,000 first prize, and tournament directors had to write personal checks to cover a $65,000 event shortfall. This January's event will be the CareerBuilder Challenge. New name. New dot-com money. And a new infusion of reality into an event that, for a while, was happily among the last holdouts in the category of mom-and-pop run with the big guys. That changed four years ago, when...

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