Northern Trust Open

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Northern Trust Open
Tournament information
Location Pacific Palisades, California
Established 1926
Course(s) Riviera Country Club
Par 71
Length 7,298 yards (6,673 m)
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $6,700,000
Month played February
Tournament record score
Aggregate 264 Lanny Wadkins (1985)
To par −20 Lanny Wadkins (1985)
Current champion
United States Bubba Watson

The Northern Trust Open, is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour, first played in 1926. Formerly known as the Nissan Open and originally known as the Los Angeles Open, it is played annually in February in Pacific Palisades, California. The tournament has been contested at the Riviera Country Club on a near-continuous basis since 1973. Northern Trust Corporation, based in Chicago, has been the title sponsor of the event since 2008, following a 21-year sponsorship by Nissan. Entertainer Glen Campbell was the celebrity host of the Los Angeles Open from 1971 to 1983.

History[edit]

Prior to World War II, the event led a nomadic existence in southern California, moving from course to course. The inaugural event in 1926 was played at Los Angeles Country Club in Los Angeles; in 1927 the event moved to El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana for the only time. In 1928 the event moved again to Wilshire Country Club, also in Los Angeles. 1929 and 1930 saw the event's first foray to Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades before returning again to Los Angeles for the next decade. From 1931–33, the event alternated between Wilshire CC and Hillcrest Country Club, before returning to Los Angeles CC from 1934–36. From 1937–39, the event was played at Griffith Park before returning to Los Angeles CC in 1940. Babe Zaharias played in the 1938 event, being the first woman to play in a professional golf tournament for men.

In 1941, the event returned to Riviera CC and in 1942 was played again at Hillcrest CC before World War II intervened.

The event started up again in 1944 at Wilshire CC before spending the next 9 years (1945–53) at Riviera CC. In 1954 the event was played at Fox Hills Country Club on land that is now in Culver City, California and in 1955 moved to Inglewood Country Club in Inglewood, California. From 1956–72, the event returned to Los Angeles, being played at Rancho Park Golf Course, with the exception of 1968 when the event was played at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena, California.

In 1973, the event began its current relationship with Riviera CC, where it has been played every year since except 1983 and 1998. Riviera CC played host to the 1983 PGA Championship, and the 1998 U.S. Senior Open. In an effort to preserve the course, the 1983 event was played at Rancho Park Golf Course, and the 1998 event was contested at Valencia Country Club in Valencia, California.

In 1992, the Nissan Los Angeles Open at Riviera CC was the site of Tiger Woods' first PGA Tour event as an amateur player.

In 2005, the tournament was shortened by 36 holes due to rain. Adam Scott defeated Chad Campbell on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff on a Monday. Due to the event's length, this win is counted as unofficial for Scott.

In 2007, Rich Beem made a hole-in-one at the 14th hole on Saturday to win a new red Altima coupe, which he immediately ascended, embraced, and sat atop of in triumph. The sequence was later made into a Nissan commercial. (video) Beem credited Peter Jacobsen for inspiring his reaction; Jacobsen aced the same hole in 1994 and hopped into the nearby 300ZX convertible and pretended to drive it.[1][2][3]

In September 2007, it was originally announced that Bearing Point, a consulting firm based in McLean Virginia, would become the new title sponsor of the tournament. However, on October 15, 2007, Northern Trust became the title sponsor beginning in February 2008.

The five-year agreement, which extends through the 2012 event, was announced October 15, 2007, by PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem and William A. Osborn, Chairman and CEO of Northern Trust Corporation.[4] The tournament is currently known as the Northern Trust Open, and the new partnership marks the beginning of a process of transformation for this high-profile tournament. As part of the initial move to enhance the tournament, the Northern Trust Open increased its purse to $6.2 million in 2008, an increase of $1 million over 2007. Additionally, the tournament pro-am will go from four amateurs to three per group.

In 2009, the Northern Trust Open created an exemption for a player who represents the advancement of diversity in golf; it is named in honor of pioneering black golfer and 1969 tournament winner Charlie Sifford and is referred to as the Charlie Sifford Exemption.[5] The first exemption recipient was Vincent Johnson of Portland, Oregon. The most notable is 2011 recipient Joseph Bramlett, who was a PGA Tour rookie.

Year Player Result
2009 Vincent Johnson[5] Cut
2010 Joshua Wooding Cut
2011 Joseph Bramlett Cut
2012 Andy Walker Cut
2013 Jeremiah Wooding T42
2014 Harold Varner III T70

Phil Mickelson won the 2008 tournament and successfully defended the title in 2009 with a 1-stroke victory over Steve Stricker. In 2010, Stricker came back to win the Northern Trust Open and secure his ranking of the number two player in the world.

2014 course layout[edit]

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total[6]
Yards 503 471 434 236 434 199 408 433 458 3,576 315 583 479 459 192 487 166 590 475 3,746 7,328
Par 5 4 4 3 4 3 4 4 4 35 4 5 4 4 3 4 3 5 4 36 71

Winners[edit]

Year Player Country Score To par Winner's
share ($)
Purse
($)
Ref
Northern Trust Open
2014 Bubba Watson  United States 269 −15 1,206,000 6,700,000
2013 John Merrick  United States 273PO −11 1,188,000 6,600,000
2012 Bill Haas  United States 277PO −7 1,188,000 6,600,000
2011 Aaron Baddeley  Australia 272 −12 1,170,000 6,500,000
2010 Steve Stricker  United States 268 −16 1,152,000 6,400,000
2009 Phil Mickelson  United States 269 −15 1,134,000 6,300,000
2008 Phil Mickelson  United States 272 −12 1,116,000 6,200,000
Nissan Open
2007 Charles Howell III  United States 268 −16 936,000 5,200,000
2006 Rory Sabbatini  South Africa 271 −13 918,000 5,100,000
2005 Adam Scott  Australia 133^ −9 864,000 4,800,000
2004 Mike Weir  Canada 267 −17 864,000 4,800,000
2003 Mike Weir  Canada 275 −9 810,000 4,500,000
2002 Len Mattiace  United States 269 −15 666,000 3,700,000
2001 Robert Allenby  Australia 276PO −8 612,000 3,400,000
2000 Kirk Triplett  United States 272 −12 558,000 3,100,000
1999 Ernie Els  South Africa 270 −14 504,000 2,800,000
1998 Billy Mayfair  United States 272 −12 378,000 2,100,000
1997 Nick Faldo  England 272 −12 252,000 1,400,000
1996 Craig Stadler  United States 278 −6 216,000 1,200,000
1995 Corey Pavin  United States 268 −16 216,000 1,200,000
Nissan Los Angeles Open
1994 Corey Pavin  United States 271 −13 180,000 1,000,000
1993 Tom Kite  United States 206* −7 180,000 1,000,000
1992 Fred Couples  United States 269 −15 180,000 1,000,000
1991 Ted Schulz  United States 272 −12 180,000 1,000,000
1990 Fred Couples  United States 266 −18 180,000 1,000,000
1989 Mark Calcavecchia  United States 272 −12 180,000 1,000,000
Los Angeles Open presented by Nissan
1988 Chip Beck  United States 267 −17 135,000 750,000
1987 T. C. Chen  Taiwan 275 −9 108,000 600,000
Los Angeles Open
1986 Doug Tewell  United States 270 −14 81,000 450,000
1985 Lanny Wadkins  United States 264 −20 72,000 400,000
1984 David Edwards  United States 279 −5 72,000 400,000
Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open
1983 Gil Morgan  United States 270 −14 54,000 300,000
1982 Tom Watson  United States 271 −13 54,000 300,000
1981 Johnny Miller  United States 270 −14 54,000 300,000
1980 Tom Watson  United States 276 −8 45,000 250,000
1979 Lanny Wadkins  United States 276 −8 45,000 250,000
1978 Gil Morgan  United States 278 −6 40,000 225,000
1977 Tom Purtzer  United States 273 −11 40,000 225,000
1976 Hale Irwin  United States 272 −12 37,000 185,000
1975 Pat Fitzsimons  United States 275 −9 30,000 150,000
1974 Dave Stockton  United States 276 −8 30,000 150,000
1973 Rod Funseth  United States 276 −8 27,000 135,000
1972 George Archer  United States 270 −14 25,000 125,000
1971 Bob Lunn  United States 274 −10 22,000 110,000
Los Angeles Open
1970 Billy Casper  United States 276 −8 20,000 100,000
1969 Charlie Sifford  United States 276 −8 20,000 100,000
1968 Billy Casper  United States 274 −10 20,000 100,000
1967 Arnold Palmer  United States 269 −15 20,000 100,000
1966 Arnold Palmer  United States 273 −11 11,000 75,000
1965 Paul Harney  United States 276 −8 12,000 75,000
1964 Paul Harney  United States 280 −4 7,500 50,000
1963 Arnold Palmer  United States 274 −10 9,000 50,000
1962 Phil Rodgers  United States 268 −16 7,500 50,000
1961 Bob Goalby  United States 275 −9 7,500 50,000
1960 Dow Finsterwald  United States 280 −4 5,500 44,500
1959 Ken Venturi  United States 278 −6 5,300 35,000
1958 Frank Stranahan  United States 275 −9 7,000 35,000
1957 Doug Ford  United States 280 −4 7,000 37,500 [7]
1956 Lloyd Mangrum  United States 272 −12 6,000 32,500 [8]
1955 Gene Littler  United States 276 −8 5,000 25,000 [9]
1954 Fred Wampler  United States 281 −3 4,000 20,000 [10]
1953 Lloyd Mangrum  United States 280 −4 2,750 20,000 [11]
1952 Tommy Bolt  United States 289 +5 4,000 17,500 [12]
1951 Lloyd Mangrum  United States 280 −4 2,600 15,000 [13]
1950 Sam Snead  United States 280 −4 2,600 15,000 [14]
1949 Lloyd Mangrum  United States 284 E 2,600 15,000 [15]
1948 Ben Hogan  United States 275 −9 2,000 10,000 [16]
1947 Ben Hogan  United States 280 −4 2,000 10,000 [17]
1946 Byron Nelson  United States 284 E 2,667 13,333 [18]
1945 Sam Snead  United States 283 −1 2,666 13,333 [19]
1944 Harold "Jug" McSpaden  United States 278 −6 4,300 12,500 [20]
1943 No tournament due to World War II
1942 Ben Hogan  United States 282 −6 3,500 10,000 [21][22]
1941 Johnny Bulla  United States 281 −3 3,500 10,000 [23]
1940 Lawson Little  United States 282 +2 1,500 5,000 [24]
1939 Jimmy Demaret  United States 274 −10 1,650 5,000 [25]
1938 Jimmy Thomson  Scotland 273 −11 2,100 5,000 [26]
1937 Harry Cooper  United States 274 −10 2,500 8,000 [27]
1936 Jimmy Hines  United States 280 E 1,500 5,000 [28]
1935 Vic Ghezzi  United States 285 +5 1,075 5,000 [29][30]
1934 Macdonald Smith  Scotland 280 E 1,450 5,000 [31]
1933 Craig Wood  United States 282 −2 1,525 5,000 [32]
1932 Macdonald Smith  Scotland 281 −3 2,000 7,500 [33]
1931 Ed Dudley  United States 285 +1 3,500 10,000 [34]
1930 Denny Shute  United States 296 +12 3,500 10,000 [35]
1929 Macdonald Smith  Scotland 285 +1 3,500 10,000 [36]
1928 Macdonald Smith  Scotland 284 E 3,500 10,000 [37]
1927 Bobby Cruickshank  Scotland 282 −6 3,500 10,000 [38]
1926 Harry Cooper  United States 279 −7 3,500 10,000 [39]
  • * rain-shortened to 54 holes
  • ^ rain-shortened to 36 holes
  • PO - won in playoff

Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Main sources[40][41][42]

Multiple winners[edit]

Fifteen men have won this tournament more than once through 2014.

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Northern Trust Press Release". Retrieved November 12, 2007. 
  5. ^ a b "Oregon State Beavers Graduate Receives the First Sifford Exemption". ESPN.com. February 2, 2009. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Northern Trust Open Course". 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
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  12. ^ "Bolt Cops L.A. Open Playoff". The Milwaukee Sentinel (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). Associated Press. January 9, 1952. p. 5. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Mangrun Wins Golf Tourney At los Angeles". The Times-News (Hendersonville, North Carolina). United Press. January 9, 1951. p. 8. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
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  16. ^ "Ben Hogan Captures $10,000 Los Angeles Open Meet". Daytona Beach Morning Journal (Daytona Beach, Florida). Associated Press. January 6, 1948. p. 6. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Hogan Worries Over Shoulder". Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania). Associated Press. January 7, 1947. p. 3. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
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  19. ^ "Sam Snead with 283 Wins Los Angeles Open". The Florence Times (Florence, Alabama). Associated Press. January 9, 1945. p. 5. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Jug McSpaden Adds Another Golf Prize". The Milwaukee Journal (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). Associated Press. January 11, 1944. p. 4. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
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  24. ^ "Lawson Little Wins Tourney". The Owosso Argus-Press (Owosso, Michigan). Associated Press. January 9, 1940. p. 7. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Jimmy Demaret Takes Top Prize Los Angeles Open". The Lewiston Daily Sun (Lewiston, Maine). Associated Press. January 7, 1939. p. 9. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  26. ^ "Jimmy Thomson Wins In Open Golf Tourney". The Gazette (Montreal, Canada). Associated Press. January 11, 1938. p. 11. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  27. ^ "Cooper Captures Los Angeles Open". The Spartanburg Herald (Spartanburg, South Carolina). Associated Press. January 12, 1937. p. 7. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  28. ^ "Hines Captures Los Angeles Open". Eugene Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon). Associated Press. January 13, 1936. p. 6. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  29. ^ "Ghezzi Wins Golf Title". The Gazette (Montreal, Canada). January 16, 1935. p. 16. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  30. ^ In 1935, Vic Ghezzi and Johnny Revolta split first and second place money after both finished at 285, Ghezzi won the 18-hole playoff
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  32. ^ "Another Rich Winter Golf Prize For Wood". Reading Eagle (Reading, Pennsylvania). Associated Press. January 10, 1933. p. 12. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  33. ^ "Mac Smith Wins Los Angeles Open; Never Loses Lead". Palm Beach Daily News (Palm Beach, Florida). United Press. January 10, 1932. p. 1. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  34. ^ "Dudley's Finish Wins Golf Title L' Angeles Open". Palm Beach Daily News (Palm Beach, Florida). United Press. January 13, 1931. p. 4. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  35. ^ "Denny Shute Wins Rich Los Angeles Open Tourney". The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). United Press. January 15, 1930. p. 12. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
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  38. ^ "Cruickshank Wins Prize". Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, Nevada). Associated Press. January 10, 1927. p. 1. 
  39. ^ "Texas Golfer Wins Tourney". Nevada State Journal (Reno, Nevada). Associated Press. January 11, 1926. p. 2. 
  40. ^ Northern Trust Open - 83 Years of Past Champions - at www.northerntrustopen.com
  41. ^ Northern Trust Open - Winners - at golfobserver.com (1970-2011)
  42. ^ Johnson, Sal; Seanor, Dave, eds. (2009). The USA Today Golfers Encyclopedia. New York, New York: Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60239-302-8.  (for 1960-69)

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