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Vijay, Goosen in 6-way tie at Riviera

First Round –PGA Tour – Northern Trust Open – Riviera Country Club – Pacific Palisades, California –

Six players are tied at the top of the leader board after round one of the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust Open.

Riviera Country Club near Los Angeles yielded rounds of 5-under-66 to some of the game’s most decorated players including Hall of Fame member Vijay Singh, 51, and 46-year-old, two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen.

Younger players including Daniel Summerhays and Derek Fathauer are also 5-under along with five-time PGA Tour winner Nick Watney, who is contending for the third time on the West Coast Swing.

Watney, who is trying to earn a spot in the Masters Tournament with a strong finish, was runner-up last week at Pebble on the heals of a T-7 at Torrey Pines.

Defending champion Bubba Watson is T-17 after a 1-under round. He is one of 30-plus players within five shots of the lead, so expect a rapidly changing leader board over the next 54 holes. Top 10 headliners Jim Furyk, World No. 6, and seventh-ranked Sergio Garcia logged even-par rounds.

Other Golf news:

  • Tiger Woods will not compete in the Honda Classic next week. At No. 66 in the world ranking, Woods will not qualify to play in the World Golf Championships – Cadiallac Championship at Trump Doral in early March. Only the Top 50 players in the world after the Honda qualify.
  • Danny Willett, who is 51stin the world rankings, leads the European Tour’s Race to Dubai standings. Willett captured the season opener at the Nedbank Challenge back in early December.
  • Il Hee Lee, a 66-1 betting pick, leads the LPGA Tour’s ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. Lee fired a 5-under-68 at Royal Melbourne to take the opening-round lead by a shot over Ariya Jutanugarn. Lee finished 2014 at No. 29 in the Race to the CME Globe standings.