Friday, February 20, 2009

Northern Trust Open - Rd. 1 Review

I hate the name of this tournament, especially because it's being played at Riviera. Shouldn't Riviera be in the name of the tournament, kind of like Pebble Beach is?

Yes, it should.

On to more urgent matters, though. Phil Mickelson showed up and decided to play golf yesterday, shooting an eight-under par 63 to lead all players.

ESPN: Northern Trust Open 1st Round Review

Coming off a missed cut at last week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (see how nice that looks?) Phil "The Thrill" decided to sit on the better side of par, for at least one round.

Phil is the defending champion, so I expect a good week from him. A win here and he's back in form, ready for a possible show down with Tiger next week (although nothing ever goes the way we want it to in match play.)

There are a lot of players lurking already this week. Last week's winner Dustin Johnson and Jim Furyk sit a few strokes back, with more behind them. Hopefully this week's finish will be better than last week's - you know, like, they get all 72 holes in.

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