Talking with PGA TOUR Players, 'Tour' Being the Key Word, at The Northern Trust Open
This past weekend, the gorgeous grounds of the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades played host to THE PGA TOUR with the Northern Trust Open. While on paper, it may seem like the Northern Trust is just one of 48 stops along the 45 week schedule that is the PGA tour, but this weekend's event was actually quite significant.
For one, the Northern Trust was the last event in the Tiger-less tour. On Thursday, Tiger Woods announced that he would be returning to the sport at this weekend's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Secondly, the game's next biggest name Phil Mickelson took home the trophy at Riviera, giving the Southern California native back-to-back Northern Trust Open championships.
Also, this past weekend marked the PGA Tour debut of Ryo Ishikawa, a 17 year-old phenom from Japan. Although he did not make the cut, shooting 73 and 71 on Thursday and Friday, Ishikawa definitely stood out from the crowded field. The youngster in the lime green pants drew an army of photographers that would crush the Roberston Boulevard clan of paparazzi like Godzilla.
This weekend also is very significant because it's the lone Los Angeles stop on the PGA Tour. If that upsets you, you are not alone. The players we spoke with, none of which could tell us how many nights a year they get to spend in their own bed, were not at all afraid to admit that very much look forward to spending a week in LA.