Berra an 'ambassador' at Hope Classic

Updated: December 15, 2009, 1:35 PM ET
Associated Press

Yogi Berra will take on a new role at the Bob Hope Classic as the first "Classic Ambassador," in which he will perform a variety of duties during the 51st edition of the tournament in the California desert.

The Hall of Fame catcher played 15 times in the Bob Hope, during which he brought his brand of wisdom to the game.

"Ninety percent of all putts which finish short of the hole don't go in," Berra once said.

Among other things, Berra will hit the ceremonial first tee shot on Jan. 20 and present the trophy after the 90-hole tournament.

"It's a privilege for me to be honored by the Bob Hope Classic, which has always been a wonderful tournament," Berra said. "I thought the world of Bob, for all he's done for golf and everything and everybody, and I cherish the times we spent. Playing this tournament every year over the last 15 years, I can honestly say has been a great experience.

"I can also say, being 84, not many can beat me in experience."


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