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SBD/January 24, 2011/Events and Attractions
PGA Tour In Talks For Partnership With Clinton That May Include Bob Hope Classic
Published January 24, 2011
PERFECT PAIRING: Golfer Joe Ogilvie on Friday suggested that Clinton as tournament host could be a "solution to reinvigorating the beleaguered Bob Hope Classic." Ogilvie: "I think it might need an A-list host that says, 'you know, this is an important event. The Eisenhower Medical Center has touched a lot of people's lives.' ... I think he was a Republican's best friend, even though he was a Democratic president. He obviously holds huge cachet with the Democratic party. And this tournament has always had a political element." Ogilvie added, "He also would bring in an A list-clientele and he could walk a sponsor in" (GOLFDIGEST.com, 1/21). In California, Larry Bohannan noted Tour and Hope officials "did a good job of keeping a lid on the potential partnerships" with Clinton until Ogilvie spoke out on Friday. Caution "may well be the key word now," since there is "nothing in writing that would unite the Hope and the PGA Tour with the Clinton Foundation or the Clinton Global Initiative." Clinton and his organizations "would not be sponsors of the Hope," so a title partner "would still be needed" (Palm Springs DESERT SUN, 1/23). Celebrities playing in last week's Hope offered "largely positive" responses to Clinton getting involved with the event, "as they feel it could take the tournament to another level." Actor Kurt Russell: "To have anyone of that stature to be involved with a golf tournament would be a great thing. I would hope this is true." Musician Alice Cooper said that if there "ever was a celebrity or personality who could help carry on the legacy of the tournament's namesake, a president would fit the bill." But actor William Devane said, "With a valley full of Republicans, good luck" (Palm Springs DESERT SUN, 1/23).