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2019 DESERT CLASSIC, PGA TOUR’S first U.S.mainland tourney of the year, tees off in La Quinta — THURSDAY’S ROUND 1 PAIRINGS

2019 DESERT CLASSIC, PGA TOUR’S first U.S.mainland tourney of the year, tees off in La Quinta  — THURSDAY’S ROUND 1 PAIRINGS


The $5.9 million Desert Classic, the PGA TOUR’s first U.S. mainland golf tournament of 2019, is a 72-hole tournament played  January 17-20, 2019,  Thursday-Sunday at the Stadium Course and Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA WEST and La Quinta Country Club in La Quinta, Calif.

Jon Rahm is the Desert Classic’s defending champion. Sunday’s Desert Classic champion will earn $1,062,000 and 500 FedExCup points. Thank you for your interest in the Desert Classic.

Please click on the following link to view Thursday’s digital Round 1 pairings guide for the PGA TOUR’s 60th-anniversary Desert Classic presented by Workday:



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Desert Classic

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Justin Rose

Press Conference

MARK WILLIAMS: We would like to welcome Justin Rose to the 2019 Desert Classic. You’re coming in obviously as the reigning FedExCup champion, this is your first start of the calendar year, and also No. 1 in the world. Can you share your thoughts on maybe why you came to the Desert Classic and started your year this year.


JUSTIN ROSE: Absolutely. I played lot of golf towards the end of last year and needed a little bit of a break.


My original plan was to play in Maui and keep the momentum going and then maybe take a bit of a break in February but, yeah, it just came around too quick.


So I felt like the extra couple weeks at home, bedding in a little bit of new equipment, I just didn’t feel ready to leave on the 28th of December down to Maui.


So I also felt like it was important for me to play before getting to San Diego. That’s an event that I’ve found is a tricky one to play for being your first event after a break. So this fitted in perfectly.


Obviously it’s great golf here in the desert, wonderful conditions generally to play in, the courses are in good shape, you can get a good read on your game and if can play well you get some birdies going. So


I just felt like it was the perfect place to start things up.

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