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February 18, 1999
The Nissan Open returns to Riviera Country Club after a one-year break. (Last year, the tournament switched to Valencia Country Club from its regular site since 1984 because the U.S. Senior Open was played at the Pacific Palisades course.) Riviera's layout is a favorite among many touring players, and two of the holes that stand out are the par-three fourth hole and the par-four 18th.
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February 16, 2014 | By Mike James
Dustin Johnson has finished his last two PGA Tour events by shooting a 66 in the final round. That's the kind of gold-medal performance that brings a lot of victories in professional golf. But for the second consecutive tournament, a closing 66 from one of the longest hitters in the game was good enough only for second place. Dustin Johnson, silver medalist. Again. Johnson's misfortune Sunday was that Bubba Watson was in the Northern Trust Open field at Riviera Country Club.
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May 20, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Riviera Country Club, which has been the course for the regular Los Angeles stop on the PGA Tour 37 of the last 39 years, has been selected by the United States Golf Assn. as the host course for the 2017 U.S. Amateur championship. The 1948 U.S. Open, won by Ben Hogan , and 1998 U.S. Senior Open, won by Hale Irwin , were played at Riviera. The PGA Championships of 1983, won by Hal Sutton , and 1995, won by Steve Elkington , were also held at Riviera, a course that became known as Hogan's Alley after Hogan won the L.A. Open three times there, in addition to his Open championship.
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February 16, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
The stars aligned just a bit more perfectly Sunday at Riviera Country Club. A golf tournament of considerable stature got a champion of the same. When Bubba Watson walked up the 18th fairway, clearly in charge in the Northern Trust Open, the figurative embrace he received from the gallery circling the green in one of the finest natural sports amphitheaters there is, he brought a sense of deserving. Riviera, with lore that includes the Hogans, Palmers, Sneads, Couples and a Tom Watson, deserved another Watson.
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February 14, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Ben Hogan bought the fairway to heaven, Humphrey Bogart no longer stands pickled and perched beneath the sycamore on No. 12 and member Jim Murray isn't around to describe Riviera Country Club, as he once did, as "like a coquettish woman who winks at you behind her fan. " Where is Dean Martin, holding a full house in the clubhouse, when you need him? Tiger Woods might tell you about Riviera, but he hasn't been here since 2006, even though the club let him play as an amateur on an exemption in his first PGA tournament when Tiger was just a cub. Woods has conquered Augusta National, the pines at Torrey and St. Andrews, but he remains in the winless protection program at one of the game's best tracks.
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February 17, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
The man who won the Northern Trust Open in a playoff Sunday called it "one of the great par fours we play. " The man who lost in the playoff called it "funky" and added, "They might as well put a windmill out there. " So, although the record books will show that Long Beach's John Merrick won the golf event in a playoff with Charlie Beljan, the real winner appeared to be, as usual, No. 10 at Riviera Country Club. That's where the tournament ended, same as last year. Second playoff hole, same as last year.
BUSINESS
September 4, 1989 | NANCY YOSHIHARA, Times Staff Writer
The Riviera Country Club & Tennis Club, once a favorite haunt of early Hollywood film stars, entered a new era of foreign ownership Sunday with the transfer of full ownership of the landmark 168-acre resort to Marukin Shoji Co. of Japan. The change of ownership Sunday--considered a lucky day in Japan--was uneventful compared to the disclosure last spring that Laaco Ltd. was selling the club to a mystery Japanese buyer for $108 million.
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October 29, 1990 | STEVEN HERBERT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Debbie Graham's recent dominance of college tennis in general and Stanford teammate and doubles partner Sandra Birch in particular ended Sunday. Birch, who had lost to Graham in the semifinals of the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament in April and the NCAA Championships a month later, defeated Graham, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, in the final of the Riviera Women's All-American Tennis Championships at Riviera Country Club. The tournament is one of four comprising the collegiate grand slam.
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February 16, 2004 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
It's the same old course, only with a newer look. Riviera Country Club will be taking on a slightly different appearance this week for the $4.8-million Nissan Open, where the most noticeable change is the signature closing hole. Many have called Riviera's 18th hole one of the most famous finishing holes in golf, and now it may be one of the most famous altered finishing holes in golf ... a blind tee shot over a huge hill to a fairway landing area you can't see.
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February 16, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
The stars aligned just a bit more perfectly Sunday at Riviera Country Club. A golf tournament of considerable stature got a champion of the same. When Bubba Watson walked up the 18th fairway, clearly in charge in the Northern Trust Open, the figurative embrace he received from the gallery circling the green in one of the finest natural sports amphitheaters there is, he brought a sense of deserving. Riviera, with lore that includes the Hogans, Palmers, Sneads, Couples and a Tom Watson, deserved another Watson.
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February 14, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
It was as if the scoreboard was malfunctioning. The leaders at the Northern Trust Open were tracked with precision - every hole, every shot. Suddenly, a guy who barely had any business playing the tournament was threatening the course record. As word spread throughout Riviera Country Club, fans scampered to catch up to this birdie machine. So did the Golf Channel cameras, a pretty heady notion for a player all too often not ready for prime time. For Jason Allred, this was the round of his life.
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February 14, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
They started near high noon, two gunslingers and a sniper. They were ready, willing and hoping to be able to bring the enemy to its knees, the enemy being the hallowed and harrowing Riviera Country Club. They were Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose and Jim Furyk, a threesome of big-name golfers and a popular choice for the galleries on the second day of the Northern Trust Open. The attraction was obvious. Two of the players, Rose and Furyk, were major winners, each having a U.S. Open title in their resume.
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February 13, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Dustin Johnson is no stranger to the sacred sports grounds of Southern California. It was about three weeks ago that he took the field at Dodger Stadium, in front of a sellout crowd. Johnson is engaged to Paulina Gretzky, daughter of the Great One. So, when the Kings and Ducks played at the ballpark, Johnson and the rest of the family watched the teams warm up on the makeshift rink behind the pitcher's mound, posed for a group photo, and saw Wayne Gretzky drop the ceremonial first puck.
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February 12, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Ben Hogan won at Riviera Country Club. So did Byron Nelson and Sam Snead too, all before the Dodgers or Lakers ever showed up here. This is the week when Los Angeles shares its cherished course with the PGA Tour, and all that history and tradition generally matters little to the traveling circus. On Sunday, the golfers will pack their bags and head to the Arizona desert, another tournament in the books, another weekend of work done. It isn't like that for John Merrick. He grew up in Long Beach, went to UCLA, then moved back to Long Beach.
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January 29, 2014 | By Mike Hiserman
Phil Mickelson will skip the Northern Trust Open this year, robbing the PGA Tour event at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades of one of its most popular draws. Mickelson, who won at Riviera in 2008 and 2009, has taken the Northern Trust off his schedule because it conflicts with his oldest daughter's school vacation schedule. In past years, Mickelson's three daughters all attended the same school and had the same spring break - one week after the Northern Trust, which is why Mickelson had played Riviera and then skipped the Match Play Championship at Marana, Ariz.
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February 17, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
The man who won the Northern Trust Open in a playoff Sunday called it "one of the great par fours we play. " The man who lost in the playoff called it "funky" and added, "They might as well put a windmill out there. " So, although the record books will show that Long Beach's John Merrick won the golf event in a playoff with Charlie Beljan, the real winner appeared to be, as usual, No. 10 at Riviera Country Club. That's where the tournament ended, same as last year. Second playoff hole, same as last year.
NEWS
February 8, 1990 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was bad enough that unfamiliar Japanese investors bought the posh Riviera Country Club--an exclusive Pacific Palisades establishment steeped in traditions dating back to the Golden Era of Hollywood. But then came the announcement two months ago that the new owners would banish motorized carts from the sublime fairways of the Riviera's world-class golf course, requiring that they stay on paths.
SPORTS
February 11, 1987
Lee Trevino has entered the Los Angeles Open to be played next week at Riviera Country Club.
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February 16, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Saturday was moving day at the Northern Trust Open and no player was more moved than Bill Haas. He was also inspired and motivated even if he was relatively unchallenged. The tournament's defending champion shot up the leaderboard with a brilliantly managed, bogey-free, seven-under-par 64. Haas' round matched the brilliant blue sky over Riviera Country Club and was three shots better than anyone else Saturday. Haas started the day tied for ninth, four shots back, and finished looking back at the field.
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February 14, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Matt Kuchar shot a bogey-free morning round of seven-under 64 to seize the early lead at the Northern Trust Open. Kuchar birdied his first three holes at Riviera on his way to a front-nine 31. He finished with seven birdies. "I got off to a hot start today and was playing solid golf," he said. Kuchar holds a two-shot lead over Brandt Jobe, who shot two-under 69. Things didn't go as well for the morning marquee threesome of Phil Mickelson, Bill Haas and Keegan Bradley, who shot a collective one-under par. Haas, the defending champion, shot one-under 70 while Mickelson and Bradley both finished at par. Last year, the trio was a total of 21-under par and ended up in a playoff won by Haas.
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