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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Bray's Keith Nolan guides Jason Allred to top three at Riviera
Bray's Keith Nolan never made more than $21,000 during his PGA Tour career but on Sunday he was on the bag for pal and Monday qualifier Jason Allred, who claimed a shock third place finish in the Northern Trust Open and a massive payday.
Harrington in grim battle at Riviera
Padraig 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).