Long Time Running: The PGA Tour Arrives In L.A.
By Scott MacLeod, via Flagstick Golf Magazine (www.flagstick.com)
When “Lighthouse” Harry Cooper beat out George Von Elm by three strokes for the first place prize of $3,500 at the first L.A. Open in 1926, few could have likely imagined that the event would be still being played 85 years into the future.
But that is definitely the case as the fourth oldest event on the PGA Tour, now the Northern Trust Open, kicks off this week at the Rivera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. Only this time, the winner will earn a substantially higher reward for his success, to the tune of $1.17 million.
Famed Riviera has been the permanent host of the tournament since 1973 and that has become an integral reason why so many top tour players look to the play the event. The George C. Thomas, Jr. / William Bell P. Bell design is much beloved as it is fair, puts emphasis on accuracy and old school shot-making. Add in a mix of old Hollywood styling and the legacy of Ben Hogan victories at the course and you have a pretty intoxicating event.
Defending this week is Steve Stricker, who rode a hot putter to a sixteen under par total. He will be trying to be the third back-to-back winner in the last ten years, following the standard set by Mike Weir in 2003/2004 and Phil Mickelson in 2007/2008. Six players have accomplished the feat in the full history of the tournament.
Stricker is still a strong contender for many reasons. Ahead of last year’s victory he took second place in 2009 and so far this year he has two top ten finishes and has not recorded a round over par. His consecutive cut streak, at 25 events, is the current standard on the Tour.
Other veteran players of note in the field include Jim Furyk, making his 15th appearance at the event, Phil Mickelson, and two-time winner of the 2011 Tour, Mark Wilson.
Leading the charge for the younger set will be Dustin Johnson, Jhonnatan Vegas, Rickie Fowler, Ryo Ishikawa and 2010 British Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen.
It is the first PGA Tour start of the year for Oosthuizen and just his third start ever in a non-major or World Golf Championship event. He missed the cut at the 2008 Shell Houston open and finished tied for 64th at the 2009 Arnold Palmer Invitational.
PGA Tour rookie Joseph Bramlett received the Northern Trust Open Exemption. The exemption was started in 2009 to promote diversity in the game of golf. Bramlett has just made one cut so far this season in three events played. He finished in a tie for 68th at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Dates: February 14-20, 2011
Where: Riviera Country Club; Pacific Palisades, CA
FedExCup points: 500
Format: 72-hole stroke play
Purse: $6,500,000; Winner’s Share: $1,170,000
2010 Champion: Steve Stricker, 268 (-16)
This report provided to GolfWRX.com by Canada’s Flagstick Golf Magazine (www.flagstick.com)
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Photos from the 2023 Valero Texas Open
Ah, the Valero Texas Open — a tournament as rich in history as it is in Texan charm. The event has been around since 1922, making it one of the oldest on the PGA Tour calendar.
Over the years, it’s been held at a variety of courses across the Lone Star State, but it’s found its home at TPC San Antonio in recent years. Some of the biggest names in golf have taken home the title here, including Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan, Lee Trevino, and Ben Crenshaw. But the real star of the show? That would have to be the legendary Texan wind, which can turn a benign par-4 into a 500-yard monster faster than you can say “y’all.”
Per usual, GolfWRX was on site to check out what the pros are playing with the Masters just a week away.
Check out links to all our galleries, below.
- 2023 Valero Texas Open – Monday #1
- 2023 Valero Texas Open – Monday #2
- 2023 Valero Texas Open – Tuesday #1
- 2023 Valero Texas Open – Wednesday #1
- 2023 Valero Texas Open – Wednesday #2
- Chandler Phillips – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
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- Brandon Wu – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Rickie Fowler – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Paul Haley II – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Kevin Chappell – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Austin Truslow – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Peter Lansburgh – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
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- Ricky Barnes WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
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- S H Kim’s custom Cameron putter – 2023 Valero Texas Open
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- Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K Three – 2023 Valero Texas Open
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Spotted: Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K Three “anti-right” prototype putter
Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K putters have really taken off on tour, and we have seen a handful of models in tour player’s bags. The latest version we spotted out on tour is a very unique design.
Odyssey makes this putter head with a standard flow neck that offers plenty of toe hang for golfers who prefer or need that weighting. This prototype has a long slant neck installed more near the center of the putter head that lets the toe sit slightly up in the air when held horizontally. This is pretty different since most putters sit with the toe hanging down towards the ground or are face balanced (face sits parallel to the ground). A full shaft offset looks to be achieved with the slant neck and the look at address is definitely different.
We spoke to Callaway PGA Tour manager Joe Toulon about the putter and he had the following to say
“On course [we had a player who] had a little push bias that didn’t necessarily show up in practice but it is something that he felt on course. So we wanted to build something that was a little easier to release and maybe not necessarily open the toe as much in the back stroke and not have to work as hard to release it in the through stroke. That was kind of designed to give a little offset and when you rested it on your finger it would rest toe up a little bit. We thought for that player it would help him square the putter face at impact rather than leave it open a little bit.
“It was more of a concept we had and will continue to work on it. When we had it on the truck and we were hitting some putts with it we noticed that you had to work really hard to push this putter. We wanted to make an anti-right putter. Just a fun little concept that we have an idea and work with our tour department to test things out.
“It isn’t something that ended up in a player’s bag but we learned some things in that process and will keep in mind for future builds and projects.”
The finish also looks to be a little different than the standard Tri-Hot 5K putter’s black and silver motif. The face and neck are finished in silver and the rear done in more of a blueish-gray tone. The White Hot insert looks to be standard and the sole still contains two interchangeable weights.
The shaft looks to be painted in the same metallic red as their standard Stroke Lab shaft, but we don’t see a steel tip section. Not sure if this putter has a full graphite shaft or painted steel.
Check out more photos of the Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K Three Putter.
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