The Northern Trust Open is one of the longest-running tournaments on the PGA TOUR. Debuting in 1926 at LA Country Club, the event had been staged at various courses throughout the Los Angeles area before permanently settling at The Riviera Country Club in 1973. The Northern Trust Open boasts an impressive list of past champions that includes 25 World Golf Hall of Fame members such as Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, and Phil Michelson. City of Hope was named the official charity of the Northern Trust Open beginning with the 2013 event. The total generated for Los Angeles charities since the event’s inception in 1926 is now more than $60M.
Fans were treated to a thrilling tournament featuring the likes of Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar, Fred Couples, Luke Donald, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, and Bubba Watson.
The weekend also drew celebrities from music, TV, and film. The English Beat entertained fans after play on Saturday, and the likes of Mark Wahlberg, Chris O’Donnell, and U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team players were in attendance.
In addition to title sponsor Northern Trust the Northern Trust Open is sponsored by MasterCard, Mercedes Benz, Grey Goose, United Airlines, Tiffany and Co., City of Hope, and the FedEx Cup. CSQ was the tournament’s official executive publication.
For the second time in just three years, long-hitting Bubba Watson tamed The Riviera Country Club and won his second Northern Trust Open by one shot over Jason Kokrak and Adam Scott. Watson brought his own star power to Hollywood, collecting his ninth PGA TOUR victory against a field of the PGA TOUR’s best, including Rory McIlroy, who made his first start at the Northern Trust Open. With Watson’s unique blend of power and shot making, he proved to once again be the man to beat at The Riviera Country Club.
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