Mickelson, a 2-time winner of the former Bob Hope stop, joins Tiger Woods and Davis Love III as prominent Tour members who host tournaments
Introduced: Phil Mickelson, as host of the PGA Tour’s annual stop in the California desert. According to a report by Larry Bohannan in the Desert Sun newspaper of Palm Springs, Calif., Mickelson will serve as the tournament’s figurehead. The event, which will be known as the American Express tournament, is the former PGA Tour stop hosted by the late entertainer Bob Hope. Mickelson, 49, is a World Golf Hall of Fame member with 44 victories, including five major championships. He won the California desert stop in 2002 and 2004 and is a regular participant. He and his wife, Amy, have a home at the nearby Madison Club. He joins Tiger Woods (Genesis Invitational) and Davis Love III (RSM Classic) as prominent players who serve as hosts of Tour events. The $6.7 million American Express will be the third event in 2020 and the first in California as the Tour hits the mainland after two weeks in Hawaii. It will be played at PGA West’s Stadium Course.