PGA Tour
PGA - Northern Trust Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, February 16th through Sunday, February 19th
SITE: Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, California
COURSE ARCHITECT: George C. Thomas Jr. and William P. Bell (1926),
         Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw (1994), Tom Fazio (2001, 08)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,349
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 503 Yds10 - Par 4 315 Yds
2 - Par 4 471 Yds11 - Par 5 583 Yds
3 - Par 4 434 Yds12 - Par 4 479 Yds
4 - Par 3 236 Yds13 - Par 4 459 Yds
5 - Par 4 434 Yds14 - Par 3 192 Yds
6 - Par 3 199 Yds15 - Par 4 487 Yds
7 - Par 4 408 Yds16 - Par 3 166 Yds
8 - Par 4 460 Yds17 - Par 5 590 Yds
9 - Par 4 458 Yds18 - Par 4 475 Yds
35 3,603 Yds36 3,746 Yds
Annual:  86th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 3-6:30 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Aaron Baddeley
Runner-Up:  Vijay Singh
Tournament Record:  264 (Lanny Wadkins, 1985)
54-Hole Record:  196 (Mike Weir, 2004)
36-Hole Record:  130 (Davis Love III, 1992; Mike Weir, Shigeki Maruyama, 2004)
Course Record:  61 (Ted Tryba, 1999)
18-Hole Record:  61 (George Archer, 1983 - Rancho Municipal GC)
Total Purse:  $6,600,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,188,000; 2nd Place - $712,800; 3rd Place - $448,800
2011 Finish
Aaron Baddeley272Ryan Moore276
Vijay Singh274K.J. Choi277
Kevin Na275Fred Couples277
Robert Allenby276David Duval278
Jimmy Walker276J.J. Henry278
Justin Rose278
Past Northern Trust Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011Aaron Baddeley (272) -- Vijay Singh
2010Steve Stricker (268) -- Luke Donald
2009Phil Mickelson (269) -- Steve Stricker
2008Phil Mickelson (272) -- Jeff Quinney
2007*Charles Howell III (268) -- Phil Mickelson
2006Rory Sabbatini (271) -- Adam Scott
2005#*Adam Scott (133) -- Chad Campbell
2004Mike Weir (267) -- Shigeki Maruyama
2003*Mike Weir (275) -- Charles Howell III
2002Len Mattiace (269) -- Brad Faxon, Scott McCarron, Rory Sabbatini
2001*Robert Allenby (276) -- Brandel Chamblee, Toshimitsu Izawa, Bob Tway,
Dennis Paulson, Jeff Sluman
2000Kirk Triplett (272) -- Jesper Parnevik
1999Ernie Els (270) -- Ted Tryba, Tiger Woods, Davis Love III
1998*Billy Mayfair (272) -- Tiger Woods
1997Nick Faldo (272) -- Craig Stadler
1996Craig Stadler (278) -- Mark Brooks, Fred Couples, Scott Simpson,
Mark Wiebe
1995Corey Pavin (268) -- Jay Don Blake, Kenny Perry
1994Corey Pavin (271) -- Fred Couples
1993#Tom Kite (206) -- Dave Barr, Fred Couples, Donnie Hammond,
Payne Stewart
1992*Fred Couples (269) -- Davis Love III
1991Ted Schulz (272) -- Jeff Sluman
1990Fred Couples (266) -- Gil Morgan
1989Mark Calcavecchia (272) -- Sandy Lyle
1988Chip Beck (267) -- Mac O'Grady, Bill Sander
1987*Tze-Chung Chen (275) -- Ben Crenshaw
1986Doug Tewell (270) -- Clarence Rose
1985Lanny Wadkins (264) -- Hal Sutton
1984David Edwards (279) -- Jack Renner
1983Gil Morgan (270) -- Gibby Gilbert, Mark McCumber, Lanny Wadkins
1982*Tom Watson (271) -- Johnny Miller
1981Johnny Miller (270) -- Tom Weiskopf
1980Tom Watson (276) -- Bob Gilder, Don January
1979Lanny Wadkins (276) -- Lon Hinkle
1978Gil Morgan (278) -- Jack Nicklaus
1977Tom Purtzer (273) -- Lanny Wadkins
1976Hale Irwin (272) -- Tom Watson
1975Pat Fitzsimons (275) -- Tom Kite
1974Dave Stockton (276) -- John Mahaffey, Sam Snead
1973Rod Funseth (276) -- Don Bies, David Graham, Dave Hill, Tom Weiskopf
1972*George Archer (270) -- Tommy Aaron, Dave Hill
1971*Bob Lunn (274) -- Billy Casper
1970*Billy Casper (276) -- Hale Irwin
1969*Charles Sifford (276) -- Harold Henning
1968Billy Casper (274) -- Arnold Palmer
1967Arnold Palmer (269) -- Gay Brewer
1966Arnold Palmer (273) -- Miller Barber, Paul Harney
1965Paul Harney (276) -- Dan Sikes
1964Paul Harney (280) -- Bobby Nichols
1963Arnold Palmer (274) -- Al Balding, Gary Player
1962Phil Rodgers (268) -- Bob Goalby, Fred Hawkins
1961Bob Goalby (275) -- Eric Brown, Art Wall
1960Dow Finsterwald (280) -- Bill Collins, Jay Hebert, Dave Ragan
1959Ken Venturi (278) -- Art Wall
1958Frank Stranahan (275) -- E.J. Harrison
1957Doug Ford (280) -- Jay Hebert
1956Lloyd Mangrum (272) -- Jerry Barber
1955Gene Littler (276) -- Ted Kroll
1954Fred Wampler (281) -- Jerry Barber, Chick Harbert
1953Lloyd Mangrum (280) -- Jack Burke Jr
1952*Tommy Bolt (289) -- Jack Burke Jr
1951Lloyd Mangrum (280) -- Henry Ransom
1950*Sam Snead (280) -- Ben Hogan
1949Lloyd Mangrum (284) -- E.J. Harrison
1948Ben Hogan (275) -- Lloyd Mangrum
1947Ben Hogan (280) -- Tony Penna
1946Byron Nelson (284) -- Ben Hogan
1945Sam Snead (283) -- Harold McSpaden, Byron Nelson
1944Harold McSpaden (278) -- Johnny Bulla
1943Not held due to World War II
1942*Ben Hogan (282) -- Jimmy Thomson
1941Johnny Bulla (281) -- Craig Wood
1940Lawson Little (282) -- Clayton Heafner
1939Jimmy Demaret (274) -- Harold McSpaden
1938Jimmy Thomson (273) -- Johnny Revolta
1937Harry Cooper (274) -- Ralph Guldahl, Horton Smith
1936Jimmy Hines (280) -- Henry Picard, Jimmy Thomson
1935*Vic Ghezzi (285) -- Johnny Revolta
1934Mac Smith (280) -- Willie Hunter, Bill Mehlhorn
1933Craig Wood (281) -- Leo Diegel, Willie Hunter
1932Mac Smith (281) -- Leo Diegel, Olin Dutra, Joe Kirkwood Sr, Dick Metz
1931Ed Dudley (285) -- Al Espinosa, Eddie Loos
1930Densmore Shute (296) -- Bobby Cruickshank, Horton Smith
1929Mac Smith (285) -- Tommy Armour
1928Mac Smith (284) -- Harry Cooper
1927Bobby Cruickshank (282) -- Ed Dudley, Charles Guest
1926Harry Cooper (279) -- George Von Elm

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called Nissan Open (1995-2007), Nissan Los Angeles Open
(1989-94), Los Angeles Open presented by Nissan (1987-88), Los Angeles Open (1926-70, 84-86), Glen Campbell Los Angeles Open (1971-83).

Top Contenders in the Field
Aaron Baddeley---T-28T-32T-7T-51T-13T-46T-51T-54Won
Vijay SinghT-34---T-24------T-29T-36mcmc2nd
Kevin Na------mcmcmcT-33T-55T-25T-103rd
Robert AllenbyT-37T-42T-15T-7mcT-3T-7T-17T-27T-4
K.J. ChoiT-70T-5T-65T-29T-30T-22T-7T-3T-27T-7
Fred CouplesT-97thT-59T-374th---T-31T-3T-37T-7
Justin Rose------T-59T-58T-39T-62mc---T-37T-9
J.B. Holmes------------T-51---T-7T-6T-3T-12
Bill Haas------------T-51T-22T-36mcmcT-12
Retief Goosen---------------T-51mc69th---T-12
Stuart Applebymcmc3rdT-58T-51T-69T-7T-64T-61T-12
Paul Goydos------------------------T-5T-21
Stewart CinkT-37T-17T-32---T-45T-33------T-32T-29
Jim FurykT-37T-32---T-58T-12T-3mcT-41T-20T-35
Matt KucharT-74------------T-56T-14T-57T-20T-35
Phil Mickelson---------------2ndWonWonT-45T-35
Andres Romero------------------mcT-3T-5T-55
Hunter Mahan---------mc---mcT-31T-17mcT-55
Padraig Harrington---------------7thT-3mcmcT-55
Charles Howell IIIT-62nd73rdT-47T-51WonT-55T-59mcT-66
Luke DonaldmcmcT-67T-13T-12mcT-3T-62ndmc
Dustin Johnson------------------T-59T-10T-3mc
Charlie Wi------------------T-14T-59T-20mc
Brandt Snedeker------------------mcmcT-20mc
John RollinsT-15---mcmcT-5T-18T-14mcT-27mc
Rory SabbatiniT-2mcT-15mcWonT-9T-44T-6T-76mc
Jason Day------------------------mcmc
Keegan Bradley---------------------------mc
Bubba Watson---------------mcT-14T-17mcwd
Nick Watney------------T-19mcmcT-59mc---
Johnson Wagner---------------T-22mcmcmc---
Adam Scott---------Won2ndT-69T-14---mc---
Sergio GarciaT-13mcT-20------6thT-46---------
Kyle Stanley------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Kevin Na
Darkhorse - John Rollins
Last Week's Pick to Win (Tiger Woods) - Finished tied for 15th
Last Week's Darkhorse (John Huh) - Finished tied for 35th
The PGA Tour travels to Pacific Palisades, California, this week and famed Riviera Country Club, as the tour's best battle it out at "Hogan's Alley." Ben Hogan dominated this event in the 1940s, winning three times and finishing second once. An outstanding field will be competing, with 14 of the top-22 players in the world expected to participate, including five of the top-11 - Luke Donald (1), Jason Day (7), 2005 champion Adam Scott (8), Dustin Johnson (10) and two-time champion Phil Mickelson (11).

Donald is making his PGA Tour season debut this week. He is coming off a year which saw him take over the world No. 1 ranking, win the PGA Tour and European Tour money lists, and win PGA Tour and European Tour Player of the Year honors.

Mickelson captured the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am last week for his 40th career PGA Tour victory. He became the ninth player in history to win 40 or more times on the PGA Tour.

With 11 career starts -- two as an amateur -- Tiger Woods has played this tournament more times without a victory than any other PGA Tour event. He has not played here since 2006, when he withdrew after two rounds because of the flu. In 1992, a then-16-year-old Woods shot 72-75 to miss the cut in his first PGA Tour start after receiving a sponsor's exemption.

Nine former champions are in the field this week: Fred Couples (1990, 92), Billy Mayfair (1998), Ernie Els (1999), Robert Allenby (2001), Adam Scott (2005), Rory Sabbatini (2006), Charles Howell III (2007), Mickelson (2008-09) and Baddeley (2011). The purse increased $100,000 from last year to $6.6 million, with the winner receiving $1,188,000.

Accomplished amateurs Patrick Cantlay and Jordan Spieth are playing this week on sponsor's exemptions. Cantlay, the No. 1 ranked amateur in the world, made the cut in all five events he played last year on the PGA Tour, with his best finish being a tie for ninth at the RBC Canadian Open. He tied for 21st at the U.S. Open and shot a 60 in the second round of the Travelers Championship, where he tied for 24th. The 60 is the lowest round ever by an amateur on the PGA Tour. Cantlay was the runner-up to Kelly Kraft at the 2011 U.S. Men's Amateur Championship. Spieth has made the cut the last two years at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. He tied for 16th in 2010 and tied for 32nd in 2011. Spieth won the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in 2009 and 2011.

Last year, Aaron Baddeley fired rounds of 67-69-67-69 to earn a two-stroke victory over Vijay Singh. Baddeley, who collected his third PGA Tour win, finished at 12-under-par 272. He was the only player in the field to shoot four rounds in the 60s.

In 2010, after entering the final round with a six-stroke lead, Steve Stricker managed a one-under 70 in the final round to win by two shots over Donald. Stricker fired rounds of 67-65-66 on the first three days to finish at 16- under-par 268. Stricker matched the record for consecutive rounds in the 60s at this tournament in 2010. Johnny Miller established the mark of eight in 1981-82. Stricker joined him at that number with a 69 in the final round of 2008, rounds of 68-66-69-67 in 2009, and began the 2010 event with rounds of 67-65-66.

In 2009, Mickelson needed a pair of birdies late in the final round to rally and beat Stricker. Mickelson shot rounds of 63-72-62-72 to finish at 15-under 269 and win by one stroke. With his victory, Mickelson became the seventh player to win this event two straight years. Macdonald Smith (1928-29), Hogan (1947-48), Paul Harney (1964-65), Arnold Palmer (1966-67), Corey Pavin (1994-95) and Mike Weir (2003-04) are the only other players to accomplish that feat. Mickelson is the all-time money leader with $2,923,903 in earnings. Stricker is second with $2,033,508.

Couples has won twice and finished second three times. Overall, Couples has 14 top-10s in 29 appearances. This year, he will tie Gene Littler with a tournament-record 30 appearances.

The win in 2008 was Mickelson's first at Riviera in his 10th appearance. He became the third player to win all four of the current stops in California on the PGA Tour, joining fellow California natives Billy Casper and Johnny Miller. Those events are the Farmers Insurance Open, Humana Challenge, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and Northern Trust Open.

In 2006, Sabbatini fired a second-round 65 to lead by four strokes and never looked back. Sabbatini struggled to a one-over 72 in the final round to finish at 13-under-par 271. He became the first player to win this event with an over-par final round since Tom Purtzer shot a 72 in 1977.

Back in 2005, Scott posted a par on the first playoff hole to win the weather- shortened event over Chad Campbell. The third round had begun Sunday afternoon, but more rain Sunday night into Monday rendered the course unplayable, and the tournament was officially shortened to 36 holes. It was the first time in tournament history that the event was shortened to 36 holes. In the first 78 years of the tournament, only in 1993 had the event played less than the scheduled 72 holes. That year, Tom Kite won a five-way playoff after 54 holes. The last PGA Tour event that went only 36 holes was the 1996 Buick Challenge, won by Michael Bradley.

Riviera has hosted 49 times, including all but two years since 1973. This tournament gave Jack Nicklaus an exemption in 1962 when he picked up his first professional check. Surprisingly, this is one of the few events that Nicklaus never won. There have been 16 playoffs, including five since 1998.

Legendary athlete Babe Didrickson Zaharias became the first woman ever to play in a professional men's golf tournament in the 1938 Los Angeles Open. She shot rounds of 84 and 81 and failed to make the cut at Griffith Park. That was also the year Jimmy Thomson won the tournament using a second-hand putter he had purchased for $1 in a Pasadena pro shop three weeks earlier.

This week will be the 86th staging of this tournament. Outside of the major championships, this is the fourth-oldest tournament on the PGA Tour. Only the BMW Championship, Canadian Open and Texas Open are older.

The PGA Tour travels to Arizona next week for the World Golf Championships- Accenture Match Play Championship, where Donald will defend his title against the best players in the world. The rest of the PGA Tour will head to Mexico for the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Riviera Maya, where Johnson Wagner won last year.

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As of February 14, 2012, at 04:55 PM ET