A city known for its star power has a PGA Tour event filled with fairy tales off Sunset Boulevard. Start with William McGirt, who ran off eight birdies in 13 holes at Riviera on his way to a 6-under 65 on Saturday to build a two-shot lead in the Northern Trust Open. Going into his fourth full season, McGirt has never won on the PGA Tour. His last victory was on the eGolf Tour in the Carolinas, where the $16,000 winner’s check paid off his credit cards. Asked to name the mini-tours he played, McGirt said he would run out of fingers and toes counting them.
The Northern Trust Open welcomes families to the beautiful Riviera Country Club this weekend to get an up close look at some of the best golfers in the world and take part in the STEM Zone, a place for kids to learn about the science of golf.
A move down the California coast hasn’t changed a thing for Fredrik Jacobson. One week after his best finish in more than a year, Jacobson birdied the two toughest holes at Riviera on his way to a 6-under 65 on Friday and a share of the lead with Sang-Moon Bae going into the weekend at the Northern Trust Open.
Phil Mickelson wasn’t at his best Friday at Riviera. Two shots at least helped him stay in the lead.
Dustin Johnson wound up in the middle of another bizarre penalty and had to add two strokes to his score.
The Aussies rule at Riviera in the Northern Trust Open. Robert Allenby, a playoff winner at this event 10 years ago, opened with a bogey-free round of 4-under 67 under mild sunshine Thursday to share the lead with five other players among the early starters.