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Feb 17, 2014

Golf-Watson storms home to seal two-shot win at Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Bubba Watson was rewarded for his impressive early season form when he stormed to his first PGA Tour title since the 2012 Masters with a two-shot victory at the Northern Trust Open on Sunday.

Four strokes off the pace going into the final round, the American left-hander seized control with five birdies in the first eight holes on the way to a flawless seven-under-par 64 at a sun-splashed Riviera Country Club.

Feb 17, 2014

Watson seals two-shot win at Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – Bubba Watson was rewarded for his impressive early season form when he stormed to his first PGA Tour title since the 2012 Masters with a two-shot victory at the Northern Trust Open on Sunday.

Four strokes off the pace going into the final round, the American left-hander seized control with five birdies in the first eight holes on the way to a flawless seven-under-par 64 at a sun-splashed Riviera Country Club.

Feb 16, 2014

Allred’s Cinderella story not yet over at Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – Whatever happens in Sunday’s final round of the Northern Trust Open, American Jason Allred will be able to celebrate a fairytale week of the unexpected at Riviera Country Club.

A graduate of the nearby Pepperdine University, Allred is playing his first PGA Tour event since the 2010 U.S. Open, where he tied for 47th, after earning one of four spots in the Riviera field via Monday qualifying.

Feb 16, 2014

Riviera leader McGirt ready to heed Tiger’s advice

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – Two years ago, American journeyman William McGirt made the mistake of not once looking at a leaderboard during the final round of the Canadian Open where he was in contention for the title.

After being taken to task over that by none other than Tiger Woods, McGirt avoided a similar error last year at the same event, and he plans to follow the same policy in Sunday’s final round of the Northern Trust Open as tournament leader.

Feb 15, 2014

American McGirt grabs two-shot lead at Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – Little known American William McGirt, seeking his first PGA Tour win, broke clear of a congested leaderboard to seize a two-shot lead in Saturday’s third round of the Northern Trust Open.

Two strokes off the pace when the delayed second round was completed earlier in the day, the 34-year-old journeyman took advantage of several favorable pin positions with superb all-round golf to fire a six-under-par 65.

Feb 15, 2014

Furyk and Johnson take very different routes at Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – Jim Furyk and Dustin Johnson have sharply contrasting playing styles and took very different routes on Friday but the American duo finished up in the same spot at the Northern Trust Open.

Playing together in a high-profile grouping with U.S. Open champion Justin Rose at Riviera Country Club, medium-length hitter Furyk and ‘Master Blaster’ Johnson both posted six-under totals of 136 after the second round.

Feb 15, 2014

Korean Bae takes sole command at Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – South Korea’s Bae Sang-moon learned the value of patience at Riviera Country Club last year and used it to his advantage on Friday as he seized a one-shot lead at the Northern Trust Open.

On another picture-perfect day of unbroken sunshine with barely a breath of wind in the Santa Monica Canyon, Bae fired a flawless five-under-par 66 to take control in the second round of the PGA Tour event.

Feb 15, 2014

Baddeley regains a winning feeling at Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – Three years after winning his most recent PGA Tour title at Riviera Country Club, Aaron Baddeley flourished at the same venue as he charged into contention for the Northern Trust Open on Friday.

In ideal scoring conditions under sunny skies, the Australian birdied the last four holes on the fabled layout that winds its way through the Santa Monica Canyon to card a six-under-par 65 in the second round.

Feb 14, 2014

Korean Bae surges one ahead at Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – South Korea’s Bae Sang-moon learned the value of patience at Riviera Country Club last year and used it to his advantage on Friday as he seized an early one-shot lead at the Northern Trust Open.

On another sunny day with barely a breath of wind in the Santa Monica Canyon, Bae fired a flawless five-under-par 66 to take control in the second round of the PGA Tour event.

Feb 14, 2014

Johnson’s lead holds up with first round completed

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – None of Dustin Johnson’s closest pursuers was able to trim his one-shot overnight lead when the delayed opening round of the Northern Trust Open was completed on Friday.

Fifteen players were yet to finish when play was suspended at Riviera Country Club due to darkness on Thursday evening and of those long-hitting American J.B. Holmes was the best placed to mount a challenge.