American Express Open - The Longest Running Tournament in Golf?
The American Express Open in Palm Springs, California is one of the most prestigious professional golf tournaments on the PGA Tour. It has been held annually since 1960 and is now one of the longest-running tournaments on the Tour. The tournament was initially called the Palm Springs Golf Classic and was held at various courses throughout the Coachella Valley. In 1969, the tournament was renamed the Bob Hope Desert Classic, and in 2019 it was renamed The American Express.
The tournament has been played at a variety of courses over the years, including La Quinta Country Club, Bermuda Dunes Country Club, Indian Wells Country Club, Palmer Course at PGA West, Eldorado Country Club, Tamarisk Country Club, Stadium Course at PGA West, Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West, Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West, SilverRock Resort, Indian Ridge Country Club, and Thunderbird Country Club.
The tournament has been won by some of the greatest players in the history of golf, including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, and Rory McIlroy. It has also been the site of some memorable moments, including Charlie Sifford becoming the first African American to play in the tournament in 1964 and Adam Hadwin shooting a miraculous 13-under 59 in the third round in 2017.