Final Round – PGA Tour – Northern Trust Open – Riviera Country Club– Pacific Palisades, CA–
Hold on for a dramatic Sunday at Riviera Country Club as the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust Open should come down to the 72nd hole.
Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson (12-under) leads through 54 holes at Riviera after shooting 4-under-67 on Moving Day. The 2014 champion here has a bevy of contenders on his heels including Dustin Johnson, who finished with back-to-back runner-ups at Riviera the last two seasons.
Both are Top 10 players in the Official World Golf Ranking.
World No. 3 Rory McIlroy might be the player to watch. Just two back, Rory leads the charge at T-5 and 10-under alongside Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, K.J. Choi and Kevin Chappell.
DJ (15-to-1) and Bubba (20-1) are both in prime position to cash tickets for bettors. Rory, at 5-1, is the in-game favorite perhaps. Consider Leishman a threat as the long-hitter nearly won the Masters a few years ago. His last win was on the European Tour in December at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.
Watson also won in December as well at the Hero World Challenge. For DJ, he is looking for a victory on the PGA Tour for the 8th straight season. But, he might still be trying to shake the memory of losing the U.S. Open in a late collapse against Jordan Spieth last summer.
DJ might have an advantage playing in the second-to-last group.
Other Golf news:
- Soomin Lee, the 22-year-old 54-hole leader at the Maybank Championship Malaysia, made double bogey at No. 16 and 18 handing the victory to Aussie Marcus Fraser on the European Tour. Fraser finished 15-under for a two-shot win.
- Louis Oosthuizen (T-12), Tommy Fleetwood (T-15) and betting favorite Danny Willett (T-45) failed to contend in Malaysia. Martin Kaymer, a major champion and former World No. 1, missed the cut. The European Tour heads to Australia next week for the Perth International.
- Japan’s Harukyo Nomura posted 16-under overall to edge Lydia Ko and capture the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. Nomura rallied on her final nine holes carding a 32 to finish 7-under-65. She logged a three-shot victory over the tournament’s defending champion and Rolex Ranking No. 1.
- Women’s Australian open five-time champion Karrie Webb was alone in third place at 9-under, while Charley Hull, Ha Na Jang and Brooke Henderson were among those logging Top 10 finishes.