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Looking back at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic: Top 5 moments from the 1970s




1. 1973, Arnold's last win: No one knew for sure if Arnold Palmer's victory in the 1973 Hope, his fifth in the tournament's history, would be his last win. But Arnold Palmer's two-shot win over Jack Nicklaus did turn out to be the 62nd and last of his regular-tour victories. It seemed appropriate that the win came at the Hope, which Palmer won more than any other tournament he ever played.

2. 1977, Ford finds a home: Gerald Ford was just 20 days out of the White House when he played in his first round at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic with Hope, Sammy Davis Jr. and defending champion Johnny Miller. It was the start of a long love affair between the tournament, the desert and Ford. Only Hope and Palmer have meant as much to the tournament as Ford.

3. 1976, The Desert Fox: Johnny Miller was becoming famous for wins in the desert, thus the nickname the Desert Fox. He had already won the Hope as well as events in Tucson and Phoenix when he returned to the Hope and won the 1976 Classic. That made Miller the only golfer to have won the Hope title in consecutive years. That's a distinction he still has today.

4. 1970, Spiro's errant shot: It was a big deal for the Hope to have the sitting vice president, Spiro Agnew, play in the event. What the Hope couldn't have counted on was a stroke of good fortune for the event's publicity but bad fortune for the back of Doug Sanders' head. Agnew's 3-wood second shot on the first hole he played went dead right and into the back of Sanders' head. Agnew would never live the shot down.

5. 1972, Rossy returns: No one, probably not even Bob Rosburg, could have predicted he would win the 1972 Hope tournament. It had been 13 years since his last victory at the PGA Championship. But Rosburg, who was instrumental in developing the tournament's format, survived not only to win but to become the event's oldest winner at 46.

 

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