PGA Tour golf is now in full swing, and the next stop on tour is one of the most iconic of all courses.
Riviera Country Club will play host to the 2013 Northern Trust Open this weekend. With its rich history and challenging setup, the tournament should prove to be as eventful as ever.
It will be hard to top Bill Haas’ sudden-death playoff finish of a year ago, but a field of 135 of the world’s best golfers will give it a shot. We’ll take a look at some of the golfers looking to take home the title this year, as well as the schedule and course layout.
Where: Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, California
When: Thursday, Feb. 14 through Sunday, Feb. 17
Television: Thursday/Friday- Golf Channel, Saturday/Sunday- CBS
Thursday: First Round- 9:40 a.m. ET
Friday: Second Round- 9:40 a.m. ET
Saturday: Third Round- 11:00 a.m. ET
Sunday: Fourth Round- 11:00 a.m. ET
*Full schedule can also be found at NorthernTrustOpen.com.
Players to Watch
Haas took down the title last year, and he’ll look to defend it in his pursuit of the $1.2 million first prize.
Haas currently ranks No. 36 in the world golf rankings, and the 30-year-old is coming off top-10 finishes in his last two tournaments. He tied for sixth at the Waste Management Phoenix Open almost two weeks ago.
Mickelson has won the Northern Trust Open twice in his illustrious career, and he just missed a third title last year when he and Keegan Bradley lost to Haas in a playoff.
Currently ranked No. 10 in the world, Mickelson will look to add onto his momentum after cruising through the Waste Management Phoenix Open field en route to a big win in Scottsdale, AZ.
Like Mickelson, Bradley will look to avenge his playoff loss of a year ago, or at least cash in on part of the $6 million prize pool for the tournament.
Bradley hasn’t played his best golf so far this season, but he did finish tied for 24th two weekends ago with a 13-under-par performance at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He’s currently ranked No. 15 in the world.
As the No. 3 players in the world, Donald will enter the tournament field with a target on his back. The 32-year-old hasn’t played an event yet this season, though, and he’ll be faced with a tough first-round pairing in the No. 19 player in the world, Graeme McDowell.
Scott isn’t too far behind Donald. He currently sits at No. 7 in the world rankings, though he hasn’t participated in any tournaments this year either.
Despite not winning on tour in 2012, Scott did post five top-10 finishes in 16 events, and he’ll look to start his season off on a good note at Riviera.
*Full field can be found at NorthernTrustOpen.com.
Here’s a look at a few of Riviera’s signature holes, courtesy of NorthernTrustOpen.com:
According to Golf Digest, Riviera Country Club was rated the No. 3 golf course by PGA Tour professionals.
The 7,279-yard par-71 course isn’t especially long, but it’s definitely challenging. The layout provides the opportunity for every player to score well—even the tour players who aren’t the longest off the tee.
Riviera opened for play in 1927, and the course has been host to some of the legends of the game, including Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Sam Snead (per NorthernTrustOpen.com).