Bob Hope golf event undergoes changes

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, Last Updated: 3:18 PM ET

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The PGA Tour announced several changes to the Bob Hope event in La Quinta, Calif., including a different name and format.

Starting in 2012, the event formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic will be called The Humana Challenge. The tour, Humana and the William J. Clinton Foundation entered into an eight-year agreement.

"Humana, the Clinton Foundation and the PGA Tour will work together to promote health and well-being in order to positively impact people's behavior and improve their quality of life," said PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem.

Traditionally a five-round tournament where pros tee it up with amateurs, the Humana Challenge trimmed the championship back to four rounds. Professionals will team with different amateur partners over the first three rounds. The top 70 professionals make the 54-hole cut and the winner will get the newly-created Bob Hope Trophy.

The number of courses in the rotation was trimmed as well. LaQuinta Country Club, PGA West Nicklaus Private Course and PGA West Palmer Private will remain part of the tournament, but SilverRock Resort was dropped.

The 2012 edition will run from Jan. 19-22.

PGA Tour rookie Jhonattan Vegas won this year's Bob Hope tournament in a playoff over Gary Woodland and Bill Haas.


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