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PGA - Northern Trust Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, February 19th through Sunday, February 22nd
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)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,298
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 503 Yds10 - Par 4 315 Yds
2 - Par 4 463 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 3 176 Yds
6 - Par 3 199 Yds15 - Par 4 487 Yds
7 - Par 4 408 Yds16 - Par 3 166 Yds
8 - Par 4 433 Yds17 - Par 5 590 Yds
9 - Par 4 458 Yds18 - Par 4 475 Yds
35 3,568 Yds36 3,730 Yds
Annual:  83rd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Thursday/Friday -- 9 p.m.-12 a.m. (et) - replay,
  CBS - Saturday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Sunday -- 3-6:30 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Phil Mickelson
Runner-Up:  Jeff Quinney
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)
9-Hole Record:  28 (Andrew Magee, 1991)
Total Purse:  $6,300,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,134,000; 2nd Place - $680,400; 3rd Place - $428,400
2008 Finish
Phil Mickelson272Scott Verplank278
Jeff Quinney274Robert Allenby279
Luke Donald277Stuart Appleby279
Padraig Harrington277K.J. Choi279
Ryuji Imada278J.B. Holmes279
Past Northern Trust Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
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
Phil MickelsonT-15---mc---------------2ndWon
Jeff Quinney------------------------T-92nd
Padraig Harrington------------------------7thT-3
Luke Donald---------mcmcT-67T-13T-12mcT-3
Scott VerplankmcT-37T-33T-19T-42---T-58T-51T-44T-5
Ryuji Imada------------------mcmcT-65T-5
Robert AllenbymcT-43WonT-37T-42T-15T-7mcT-3T-7
K.J. Choi------T-33T-70T-5T-65T-29T-30T-22T-7
Stuart Appleby---T-18---mcmc3rdT-58T-51T-69T-7
J.B. Holmes---------------------T-51---T-7
Steve Strickermc---------T-42mc---------T-11
Angel Cabrera------------T-17mcT-22T-45mcT-31
Fred CouplesT-35T-5mcT-97thT-59T-374th---T-31
Vijay SinghT-50T-18---T-34---T-24------T-29T-36
Rory Sabbatini---T-12T-66T-2mcT-15mcWonT-9T-44
Billy MayfairT-23T-25T-33T-13T-51mcT-7T-12mcT-44
Aaron Baddeley------------T-28T-32T-7T-51T-13T-46
Zach Johnson---------------T-56T-22T-30T-33T-46
Charles Howell III---------T-62nd73rdT-47T-51WonT-55
Dustin Johnson---------------------------T-59
Kenny PerryT-35T-31---T-50------T-37mcT-37T-62
Jim FurykT-62T-37---T-37T-32---T-58T-12T-3mc
Mike Weirmcmcmc---WonWonT-37T-39T-22mc
Trevor Immelman---------------------T-7T-44mc
Geoff Ogilvy------------mcmcmcT-19T-51mc
Retief Goosen------------------------T-51mc
Justin Rose---------------T-59T-58T-39T-62mc
Chris DiMarcomcT-31---T-6mcT-44T-58mc---mc
Ernie ElsWonT-66---------------T-23T-3---
Kirk TriplettT-30WonmcT-55mc6thmcmcT-56---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Kenny Perry
Darkhorse - Shigeki Maruyama
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jim Furyk) - Finished tied for 33rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Charley Hoffman) - Finished tied for 14th
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 this week, with 16 of the top 30 players in the world expected to participate, including three of the top five: world No.3 and reigning British Open and PGA Championship winner Padraig Harrington, world No. 4 Vijay Singh and defending champion and world No. 5 Phil Mickelson.

With 11 career starts -- two as an amateur -- world No. 1 Tiger Woods has played this event more times without a victory than any other PGA Tour event. He has not played it since 2006, when he withdrew after two rounds because of the flu. In 1992, a then-16-year-old Woods shot a 72-75 to miss the cut in his first PGA Tour start after receiving a sponsor's exemption.

Eleven former champions of the Northern Trust Open are in the field this week: Mark Calcavecchia (1989), Fred Couples (1990, 92), Corey Pavin (1994-95), Billy Mayfair (1998), Ernie Els (1999), Kirk Triplett (2000), Robert Allenby (2001), Mike Weir (2003-04), Rory Sabbatini (2006), Charles Howell III (2007) and Mickelson (2008). The purse was increased $100,000 from last year to $6.3 million, with the winner receiving $1,134,000.

Ryo Ishikawa, a 17-year-old star from Japan, received a commissioner's foreign exemption and will make his PGA Tour debut this week. Ishikawa, who is currently ranked 67th in the world, won his Japan Golf Tour debut in 2007 as an amateur at 15 years old. He became the youngest-ever player to break into the top 100 of the world rankings last year.

Last year, Mickelson finally won at Riviera Country Club, but it certainly was not easy. Trailing by a stroke with the back nine to go in the final round, Mickelson took advantage of several mistakes by Jeff Quinney to post a two- shot victory. Mickelson finished at 12-under-par 272 following rounds of 68-64-70-70. Quinney had the longest active streak on the PGA Tour without a three-putt, but snapped it en route to a bogey at 13 in the final round. Then he three-putted the 14th for a bogey. Quinney bogeyed 15 and 17 as well to give Mickelson a commanding edge on the 18th tee. Quinney finished strong with a birdie at 18. He posted an even-par 71 to come in at minus-10.

The win last year was Mickelson's 33rd PGA Tour victory, but his first at Riviera in his 10th appearance. Mickelson captured his 34th PGA Tour event at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in May. Mickelson 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 Buick Invitational, the Bob Hope Classic, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the Northern Trust Open.

In 2007, Charles Howell III got up and down for par on the third playoff hole to defeat Mickelson. It was Howell's second PGA Tour title, having previously won the 2002 Michelob Championship at Kingsmill.

In 2006, Rory 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, Adam Scott posted a par on the first playoff hole to win the weather-shortened Northern Trust Open 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 Northern Trust Open 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 only went 36 holes was the 1996 Buick Challenge, won by Michael Bradley.

International players have won this event seven of the last 12 years -- Sabbatini (2006), Scott (2005), Weir (2003-04), Allenby (2001), Els (1999) and Nick Faldo (1997).

With his victories in 2003-04, Weir became the sixth player to win this event two straight years. Macdonald Smith (1928-29), Hogan (1947-48), Paul Harney (1964-65), Arnold Palmer (1966-67) and Pavin (1994-95) are the only other players to accomplish that feat. Weir is the all-time money leader with $1,760,474 in earnings. Mickelson is a close second with $1,740,725 in career earnings. Couples has won this event twice and finished second three times. Overall, Couples has 12 top-10s in 26 appearances at the Northern Trust Open.

Riviera has hosted this event 46 times, including all but two years since 1973. The Northern Trust Open 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 in the event's history, including four in the last eight years.

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 83rd staging of the Northern Trust Open. 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.

This event will serve as the final tune-up for next week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, where Woods won last year. This season, the Saguaro and Tortolita nines at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain will be the host venue in Marana, Arizona. The best of the rest on the PGA Tour will compete in Mexico at the Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun, where Brian Gay captured last year's event.

02/17 17:23:02 ET

As of February 17, 2009, at 05:23 PM ET

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