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Bubba Watson Wins 2nd Northern Trust Open

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Bubba Watson says he’s “not big on change” and we have heard Bubba whine a bit over the years about courses and course changes he didn’t like.  He usually talks himself out of competing on those courses but good old Riviera Country Club hasn’t changed much over the years.  And that suits Bubba just fine. There were plenty of doubters with Bubba taking a one shot lead into the final round.  Bubba hadn’t fared too well with 54 hole leads… Continue Reading

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Riviera’s 10th: To Drive or Not to Drive

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If you read anything about the past great architects or listen to the accomplished designers of today you hear things like options, challenges, play-ability when they talk about a golf hole. With today’s unencumbered distances and ball smashing swings of the longest golfers in the world it is difficult to design a hole that can challenge both the long driver and the short hitter. But George C. Thomas found the magic formula,actually we should call it the “Classic Formula” as… Continue Reading

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Jordan Spieth & His Plans for Riviera

Pacific Palisades, CA--05/30/12--2012 NCAA Championship at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.--(Photo by Tracy Wilcox/GOLFWEEK)

Another “oldie but goodie” hosts the PGA Tour this week as Riviera Country Club and Hogan’s Alley welcome the PGA boys to the Northern Trust Open. Riviera boasts an impressive legacy. The classic George Thomas design has been home to the U.S. Open, PGA Championships and a U.S. Senior Open. Ben Hogan won his first U.S. Open here and past winners of the L.A. Open/Northern Trust include Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Tom Watson, Nick Faldo and Phil Mickelson. With as… Continue Reading

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This Week’s “Classic Doubleheader”

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With the PGA and LPGA Tours visiting old, classic courses this week we have been treated to two of the most “classic” of the classic courses we will see all season. The Northern Trust Open is being played on George C. Thomas’ masterpiece, Riviera Country Club. Thomas, known as The Captain, designed and built many courses in California after moving there from Philadelphia but Riviera is considered his best. It is an old school, strategic design which was restored by… Continue Reading

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PGA Tour At Riviera Country Club… An Oldie But Goodie

by Jeff Skinner Riviera Country Club welcomes the PGA Tour this week and Hogan’s Alley is one of the most revered classic courses the tour sees all season  Riviera isn’t one of those newfangled courses with railroad ties and waterfalls.  Even stretched to over 7200 yards it remains old school and that’s why they love it. No one knows it better than Geoff Shackelford, after all he wrote the book on Riviera, literally.  Shackelford penned The Riviera Country Club: A… Continue Reading

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PGA Tour Goes Old School at Riviera & The Northern Trust Open

by Jeff Skinner The boys of the PGA Tour get ready to take on a gem of a course at Riviera Country Club today at The Northern Trust Open.  Riviera is an old school, George “The Captain” Thomas design (1927) that has stood the test of time.  Players rave about this shot makers test and the strategy needed to be successful at Riviera. Originally, called the Los Angeles Open this course has hosted U.S. Opens and PGA Championships and boasts… Continue Reading

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Ten Things I Think

by Jeff Skinner OK, Peter King, it’s not Monday Morning Quarterback, it’s 10 Things I Think. 1.  Keegan Bradley is a very good golfer, the PGA Champion proved that last year and he is easy to like but he is pushing it.  Somebody get him to a therapist to take care of that obsessive compulsive syndrome he has going on there.  How many times does he have to realign the ball, or step away from his setup or spit already. … Continue Reading

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Phil Thrills, But Haas Wins

by Jeff Skinner This is why we watch professional golf.  The finish at The Northern Trust Open was just about as much fun that you can have watching golf.  The scene was set with great players trading punches over an historic venue and the players didn’t disappoint. You take Phil Mickelson, one of the greats of the game, add young stud Keegan Bradley, mix in some Bill Haas, who stole the show at The Tour Championship, throw in iconic Riviera… Continue Reading

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Phil, Freddy & More

by Jeff Skinner I need some help.  I am no genius, as anyone who reads this blog or knows me will tell you.  So for the life of me I can’t figure out what happened in the Official World Golf Rankings last week.  After Phil Mickelson’s dismantling of Pebble Beach with his Sunday 64 and two stroke win he was awarded 38 world ranking points.  The same week on the European Tour Rafael Cabrera-Bello earned 48 points.  To add insult… Continue Reading

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Riviera Country Club: An Oldie but Goodie

by Jeff Skinner Each week we get to see the courses of the PGA Tour up close but even with shots from the blimp it is difficult sometimes to see the layout in the big picture, so to speak.  Take a look at this Google Earth flyover of Riviera Country Club from Golf Frontier.com. Riviera Country Club was built in 1926 by George C Thomas Jr and has a cult following among tour players.  It ranked as the tenth most… Continue Reading

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