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September 12, 2007 | Thomas Bonk
Nissan, which has sponsored the Nissan Open for 21 years, is driving off. In 2008, Bearing Point will replace Nissan as the title sponsor of the PGA Tour event at Riviera Country Club. No official announcement has been made of the change in sponsors, and officials from the PGA Tour would not comment. Bearing Point, a management and technology consulting company based in McLean, Va., is believed to have a contract with the PGA Tour through 2010.
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February 19, 2007 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
How do you measure a victory? Is it by yards, or by years, with stacks of money, or is it something deep inside? Four years, four months and 12 days without a win isn't a drought, it's a career for some players, but that's how long Charles Howell III was kept waiting. On Sunday at Riviera Country Club, Howell outlasted Phil Mickelson, steered a three-foot par putt into the bottom of the third playoff hole and won the Nissan Open. And then broke down in tears.
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February 19, 2007 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
J.J. Henry was walking up the 17th fairway Sunday at Riviera Country Club when he heard the good news: Charl Schwartzel had withdrawn from this week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Then Henry, No. 65 in the World Golf rankings, realized that meant a first-round date with No. 1 Tiger Woods in the tournament for the top 64 players. Still Henry, who shot 68 on Sunday and tied for 22nd at the Nissan Open, said he was happy to get into the $8-million tournament, which pays $1.
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February 18, 2007 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
When George McNeill arrived Saturday at Riviera Country Club, a lot more people knew who he was than when he left Friday night. "Everybody's asking me, saying, 'So you're the one,' " McNeill said. "I'm like, 'Yeah, I'm the reason you couldn't find out your tee times until 7:03 this morning.' " McNeill, 31, a tour rookie, was facing a 40-foot putt on his final hole of the second round Friday and determined that it was too dark to putt, so he opted to return early Saturday.
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February 18, 2007 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
Just when you thought there was no way Phil Mickelson could top himself, unless he suddenly decided to parachute from his jet and float down to the first tee, he managed to come up with the unexpected. Mickelson stuck it in reverse. He bogeyed back-to-back holes with a three-shot lead, let almost everyone carrying a golf club back into the Nissan Open, and still packed a one-shot advantage into his carry-on baggage for his Saturday afternoon commuter flight back home to Rancho Santa Fe.
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February 18, 2007 | Helene Elliott
His shot was high and true, launching the ball into the azure sky above the Riviera Country Club golf course. When it came to earth, bouncing once before plopping into the cup, Rich Beem's life continued its decided turn for the better. Beem had been something of a party-hearty guy until marriage, fatherhood and advancing years reined him in.
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February 17, 2007 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
Anthony Kim, 21, is the youngest player on the PGA Tour this year, but he said he already feels like he belongs. In fact, he felt like he belonged last year when he turned professional after his junior year at Oklahoma State. Unfortunately for Kim, tournament directors did not feel the same. "I thought I was going to have an opportunity to get my card through sponsor exemptions, but obviously I feel like I got snubbed there," said Kim, who earned his card through qualifying school.
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February 17, 2007 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
It's not easy to spot all the trends at the Nissan Open, where Padraig Harrington, who had never played the course before this week, is tied for the lead with Phil Mickelson, the unchallenged leader in creative commuting. Following closely is Charles Howell III, otherwise known as Mr. Second Place, in the unfamiliar position of third. Of course that's not even close to the entire updated cast. It's hard to miss Sergio Garcia, especially the way he looked Friday at Riviera Country Club.
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February 16, 2007 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
Rory Sabbatini likes to play fast, which is like saying that John Daly enjoys games of chance, so when the defending champion drew a 7:40 a.m. first-round Nissan Open tee time Thursday, he was off quickly -- in the fourth group of the day. That pleased Sabbatini, but probably not as much as his two-under-par 69. Sabbatini, the defending champion, had two bogeys on the front but said he found the firm greens more to his liking on the back.
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February 16, 2007 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
As the crow flies, it's 99 miles, and probably a week, from McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad to Santa Monica Airport. Crows aren't very fast. As Phil flies, it's an entirely different flight plan. Still 99 miles, but try 30 minutes. The Mickelson Method of commuting to golf tournaments got off to a flying start Thursday. He left his house in Rancho Santa Fe at 5:15 a.m.
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