Northern Trust Open

Shootout on Sunset - McIlroy in Riviera mix as Harrington hits route 66

If this is a taste of what’s to come, roll on the Masters.

Ten players ended up within three shots of the lead heading into the final round of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera and it’s a who’s who of the game’s best with Rory McIlroy’s clutch 18 foot par save at the 18th — he'd missed the fairway and green right — vying with Bubba Watson’s up and down from near a concession stand just a few minutes later for shot of the day.

Shootout on Sunset - McIlroy in Riviera mix as Harrington hits route 66

Bizarre files: Harrington realises mid-round he's wearing someone else's right shoe

Pádraig Harrington has been accused of being as odd as two left feet but he's never boring, even when he's sitting deep in the pack wearing another man's shoe. Hat tip to Associated Press golf writer Doug Ferguson, who gleaned this nugget of information from the Dubliner after Friday's second round of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles.

Bizarre files: Harrington realises mid-round he's wearing someone else's right shoe

McIlroy four back in LA after rough ride on afternoon greens

Rory McIlroy birdied the three par-fives with a sensational combination of power and guile. But while he was solid on the greens for most of the day, Riviera Country Club's poa annua surfaces became bumpier late in the day and cost the world No 3 some crucial shots.

McIlroy four back in LA after rough ride on afternoon greens

McIlroy opens with 67 at Riviera; Spieth slumps to joint last after 79

Overnight rain took the sting out of Riviera but Rory McIlroy still had to produce a solid performance on the greens to open with a four under 67 in the Northern Trust Open as Jordan Spieth suffered a rare meltdown and crashed to a 79.

McIlroy opens with 67 at Riviera; Spieth slumps to joint last after 79

McIlroy to play Riviera; reveals calming influence of new fiancée

Rory McIlroy had a busy day in Dublin on Thursday. Not only did her visit Facebook's European HQ — he's now got 1 million "likes" on the social media channel — he also spoke to three British golf writers and Off the Ball's Nathan Murphy from Irish radio station Newstalk.

McIlroy to play Riviera; reveals calming influence of new fiancée

No sparkle for Harrington in Tinseltown

His lone birdie was a two footer at the par-five first, his 10th and arguably the easiest hole on the course. The rest was a struggle for Pádraig Harrington as he went out in 40 and then bogeyed his 16th and 17th to post a five over 76 and slip to tied 68th in the Northern Trust Open.

No sparkle for Harrington in Tinseltown

Harrington on Love return: "When you let the inmates run the asylum that's what they come up with"

Padraig Harrington continued his streak of shooting par or better in the first round of every tournament he's played this year by opening with a one under 70 in the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club.

Harrington on Love return: "When you let the inmates run the asylum that's what they come up with"

Harrington fails to sparkle in LA; Clarke withdraws injured

Pádraig Harrington slumped to a disappointing four over 75 as Darren Clarke opened with a 78 and promptly withdrew from the Northern Trust Open with a chest muscle strain at a demanding Rivera Country Club in Los Angeles.

Harrington fails to sparkle in LA; Clarke withdraws injured

Weary Harrington loses sparkle in Tinseltown

Padraig HarringtonPadraig Harrington working on his putting in Arizona two weeks ago. He’ll be back in the state next week for the Accenture Match Play. Photo: kenneth e.dennis / kendennisphoto.comPadraig Harrington has been around long enough not to get too upset by a missed cut. So has Graeme McDowell.

More putting pain for Pádraig

Padraig HarringtonPadraig Harrington had trouble on the greens in Los Angeles on Thursday. Pictured here in his first event of the season in South Africa by ©Catherine Kotze/SASPA/www.golffile.ieFreddie Jacobson put Shane Lowry back on a WGC-Accenture Match Play collision course with Rory McIlroy as Pádraig Harrington unravelled again on the greens in the Northern Trust Open at Riviera.

How Pádraig Harrington remains "sane"

Pádraig Harrington is playing more golf than ever in the build up to the Masters. Pictured here in Abu Dhabi earlier this season by Fran Caffrey/www.golffile.iePádraig Harrington insists it’s his desire to keep moving forward that’s inspiring his globetrotting preparations for the Masters.

Harrington in grim battle at Riviera

The 6th at Riviera via www.geoffshackelford.comPadraig Harrington struggled with his distance control and failed to finish his round as darkness forced play to be suspended in the opening round of the Northern Trust Open at blustery Riviera.

Chasing a victory that would catapult him back into the world’s top 50 and qualify him for the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral in a fortnight, the Dubliner was one-over par and six shots adrift of clubhouse leader Phil Mickelson as he faced a six foot par putt on his 17th hole (the eighth).

Harrington revs up his Honda 50

It’s been seven years since Padraig Harrington won his first PGA Tour title at the Honda Classic.Barring a win in this week’s Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles, Padraig Harrington will bid to return to the world’s top 50 at the Honda Classic in two weeks.

Harrington's got "elf" problems

Padraig Harrington admits he has serious “elf” problems as his season goes from bad to worse.

The struggling Irish ace reckons he’s being so hard on himself because of his poor shots that he’s as troubled as Dobby, the elf from the Harry Potter books.