Final Round –PGA Tour – Northern Trust Open – Riviera Country Club – Pacific Palisades, California –
Riviera Country Club yielded the best finish of the season thus far on the PGA Tour at the Northern Trust Open near Los Angeles.
As many as a dozen players seemed to have a shot to win. At one point, five players were 7-under on the homeward nine holes. But, Riviera’s difficult wet conditions and major-track layout knocked out challengers one at the time down the stretch.
Fending off plenty of star power at the top of the leader board, James Hahn outlasted Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey in a playoff to win his maiden PGA Tour victory. All three finished 6-under through 72 holes, but Hahn made birdie at the par-3 14th on the third playoff hole to steal the victory.
Casey, who won the European Tour’s KLM Open last September, was eliminated after the second playoff hole.
For Johnson, he finished runner-up at Riviera for the second straight season. He also had three Top 4s and T-10 in his previous seven appearances here.
World No. 7 Sergio Garcia seemed destined for his first victory since 2012 on the PGA Tour until a bogey-bogey finish dropped him a stroke back of the playoff. Garcia shot 71 after being alone in the lead at 8-under following a chip-in birdie at No. 12.
The 54-hole leader Retief Goosen, 46, and Vijay Singh, celebrating his 52nd birthday, were both in position to win on the back-nine as well. Singh fell off with a bogey-double bogey-bogey run late on the back nine, while Goosen slipped up starting with a double bogey at the 13th hole. He shot a final-round 75.
Keegan Bradley, Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama ended up T-4 at 5-under and shot outside of the playoff.
Other Golf news:
- Lydia Ko became the youngest at age 17 to triumph at the LPGA Tour’s ISPS Handa Women’s Australian. Ko, Rolex Ranking No. 1, finished 9-under overall to win by two shots over Amy Yang. She entered the week as a 4-1 betting favorite.
- Hahn, who played his college golf at California, entered the week at 297th in the world ranking. He was best-ever finish on tour prior to this week was a T-2 at Pebble a few seasons ago.
- Anirban Lahiri won for the second time in three weeks on the European Tour. The rookie, who entered the week 39th in the world, logged a 12-under tally to win the Hero Indian Open. He was a 6 ½-1 betting favorite to start the week. The victory earns him a spot in the Masters.
- The PGA Tour moves to the Florida Swing next week at The Honda Classic, featuring the Bear Trap, at PGA National. Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer make their 2015 U.S. debuts.