Bob Hope is not the greatest golfer who has ever played the game, but he might be the most enthusiastic. Since the 1920s he has been one of the sport’s great ambassadors. As he traversed the globe entertaining both black-tie audiences and battalions of scruffy soldiers, Hope made a second career of teeing it up with Presidents, Princes and the King. In fact, he teamed with Arnold Palmer to win the pro-am portion of the Palm Springs Desert Classic in 1962. Three years later Hope took the reigns of that tournament, which donned his name – the Bob Hope Classic – from 1965 to 2011.
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