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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.

Feb 14, 2014

Walker embraces media frenzy after red-hot start to season

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – Just six months ago, Jimmy Walker commanded very little attention from the average PGA Tour fan as he toiled away almost anonymously as a journeyman on the highly competitive U.S. circuit.

Fast forward to this week’s Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club, and the long-hitting American is generating plenty of buzz, both inside and outside the ropes, as he bids for a fourth victory in the new ‘wraparound’ 2013-14 season.

Feb 14, 2014

In-form Johnson takes early control at Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – Combine a fast start to the season with a favored venue and you have a near-perfect recipe for Dustin Johnson, who charged into a one-shot lead at the Northern Trust Open on Thursday.

The long-hitting American, who has relished playing at Riviera Country Club since his rookie PGA Tour campaign in 2008, took advantage of ideal scoring conditions to fire a five-under-par 66 in the opening round.

Feb 14, 2014

Positive thinking helps Garrigus flourish at Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – Robert Garrigus, energized by the power of positive thinking, banished memories of previous struggles at Riviera Country Club as he charged up the Northern Trust Open leaderboard on Thursday.

In four previous starts at the revered venue, Garrigus had broken par only once while never finishing better than joint 51st but he transformed that for the better on a glorious, sun-splashed day as he fired a four-under 67 in the opening round.

Feb 13, 2014

In-form Johnson surges one ahead at Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – Combine a fast start to the season with a favored venue and you have a near-perfect recipe for Dustin Johnson, who charged into an early one-shot lead at the Northern Trust Open on Thursday.

The long-hitting American, who has relished playing at Riviera Country Club since his rookie PGA Tour campaign in 2008, took advantage of ideal scoring conditions to fire a five-under-par 66 in the opening round.