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Despite fall in stature, Hope still a blast

Updated: January 27, 2009, 11:46 AM ET
By Mark Huber | Special to ESPN.com

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- The PGA Tour's been coming here to the desert for a long time. The tournament was once up there with the Crosby Clambake, but now, for whatever reason, the glitter has gone.

Without this event, Leslie Townes "Bob" Hope, Arnold Palmer, corporate sponsors and pro-am participants, we wouldn't have the same PGA Tour. They helped bring golf to the TV masses and blended tournaments with the corporate riches. For a week every January, the Bob Hope Classic brings together ...

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