Hope Classic field short on stars




LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Many golfers no longer give a second thought to the Bob Hope Classic. The Palm Springs area’s venerable pro-am is too long, too complicated and not lucrative enough for most pros.

But Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar and the rest of the field are soaking up the Hope’s beautiful setting and classic vibe this week.

The long-hitting Watson practically bubbled over with his usual enthusiasm Tuesday before playing alongside celebrities while meeting the unique challenges of the PGA Tour’s only 90-hole, four-course event.

Watson favors the Hope because his wife, Angie, is playing among the amateurs for the second straight year. He’s also looking forward to getting back on the tour grind after the death of his father, Gerry, from cancer last October.