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Feb 23, 2015

Golf-Hahn lands maiden title in playoff at Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California, Feb 22 (Reuters) – James Hahn, whose wife is due to give birth to a daughter in three weeks, clinched his maiden PGA Tour title with a gripping playoff victory at the Northern Trust Open on Sunday.

Hahn, 33, ended a wild day of multiple lead changes on a difficult Riviera Country Club layout in wet and cool conditions by edging out fellow American Dustin Johnson and England’s Paul Casey for the win.

Feb 22, 2015

Ryder Cup Love a dominant theme at Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – Davis Love III may have missed the cut at this week’s Northern Trust Open but the PGA Tour veteran’s presence has loomed large over the entire tournament at Riviera Country Club.

The United States Ryder Cup captain in 2012, Love is widely expected to be given the role on Tuesday for a second time and lead his country in the 2016 edition at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.

Feb 22, 2015

Golf – Goosen moves two ahead at tricky Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – South African veteran Retief Goosen survived a trying time on the back nine in tough scoring conditions at the Northern Trust Open to stretch his lead to two shots after the third round on Saturday.

A stroke in front overnight, Goosen ground out a two-under-par 69 on a firm and fast-running Riviera Country Club where the players faced a testing challenge reminiscent of a major championship.

Feb 22, 2015

Golf – Riviera win would feel like a U.S. Open for Goosen

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – Retief Goosen has won two U.S. Opens in a stellar career and the chance to claim a first PGA Tour title in six years at the Northern Trust Open felt like he was in another U.S. Open campaign.

Tough scoring conditions all week on a firm Riviera Country Club layout have forced the players to keep grinding in major championship style, ideal territory for Goosen who is known for his gritty, ice-cool approach to the game.

Feb 22, 2015

Riviera win would feel like a U.S. Open for Goosen

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – Retief Goosen has won two U.S. Opens in a stellar career and the chance to claim a first PGA Tour title in six years at the Northern Trust Open felt like he was in another U.S. Open campaign.

Tough scoring conditions all week on a firm Riviera Country Club layout have forced the players to keep grinding in major championship style, ideal territory for Goosen who is known for his gritty, ice-cool approach to the game.

Feb 21, 2015

Garcia delivers miracle par on Riviera’s 13th hole

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – Sergio Garcia conjured up one of the most miraculous pars of his career, “in my top three” he assessed later, as he moved into contention for the Northern Trust Open on Saturday.

Playing the par-four 13th at Riviera Country Club, the Spaniard hit a wayward drive that sailed way right into a bunker on the adjacent 10th hole from where he struck a low cut three-iron through a narrow gap just short of the green.

Feb 21, 2015

Goosen moves two ahead at tricky Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – South African veteran Retief Goosen survived a trying time on the back nine in tough scoring conditions at the Northern Trust Open to stretch his lead to two shots after the third round on Saturday.

A stroke in front overnight, Goosen ground out a two-under-par 69 on a firm and fast-running Riviera Country Club where the players faced a testing challenge reminiscent of a major championship.

Feb 21, 2015

Rio Games course ‘virtually complete’, says Votaw

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – Though work on the Olympic golf course for the 2016 Rio Games lagged well behind schedule, construction is now “virtually complete”, according to International Golf Federation vice-president Ty Votaw.

The Venue Reserva de Marapendi layout, controversially built in an environmental reserve, will benefit from two growing seasons between now and the Olympics, Votaw said, but he was unable to specify when a planned test event could take place.

Feb 21, 2015

Golf-Rio Games course “virtually complete”, says Votaw

PACIFIC PALISADES, California, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Though work on the Olympic golf course for the 2016 Rio Games lagged well behind schedule, construction is now “virtually complete”, according to International Golf Federation vice-president Ty Votaw.

The Venue Reserva de Marapendi layout, controversially built in an environmental reserve, will benefit from two growing seasons between now and the Olympics, Votaw said, but he was unable to specify when a planned test event could take place.

Feb 21, 2015

Goosen moves one shot clear at challenging Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, California (Reuters) – South African veteran Retief Goosen, a twice former U.S. Open winner, seized a one-shot lead at the Northern Trust Open on Friday in tough conditions more reminiscent of a major championship.

On a firm and fast-running Riviera Country Club layout where most players struggled to get the ball close with approach shots, Goosen scrambled well as he eked out a one-under-par 70 in the second round.