The Desert Classic kicks off yesterday (Thursday, Jan. 17) and runs through Sunday, Jan. 20. The PGA Tour golf tournament takes place at the TPC Stadium Course at PGA West, La Quinta CC, and Nicklaus Tournament at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.
Desert Classic TV Schedule
Friday: Golf Channel (3-7 p.m.) Round 2
Saturday: Golf Channel (3-7 p.m.) Round 3
Sunday: Golf Channel (3-7 p.m.) Final Round
Fast Facts about the Tournament
- This year's purse is $5.9 million, with the winner earning $1,062,000.
- Jon Rahm is the defending champ.
- Justin Rose, making his 2019 debut, gives the Desert Classic the No. 1 player in the world for the first time since the world ranking began in 1986.
- Also playing for the first time this year is Phil Mickelson, a two-time winner of the tournament. His last victory at the Desert Classic was in 2004.
- Past champions of the tournament that dates to 1960 is the father-son combination of Jay Haas (1988) and Bill Haas (2015).
- Charlie Reiter received another sponsor's exemption. He started 68-70 last year as a senior in high school before a 77 to miss the cut. He now plays for USC.
- La Quinta is part of the rotation for the 48th time.
- The Desert Classic is the only PGA Tour event to yield two sub-60 rounds. David Duval had a 59 when he won in 1999. Adam Hadwin shot 59 in 2017.