Northern Trust Open
|Location||Pacific Palisades, California|
|Course(s)||Riviera Country Club|
|Length||7,349 yards (6,720 m)|
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||264 Lanny Wadkins (1985)|
|To par||–20 Lanny Wadkins (1985)|
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.
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.
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. 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. The first exemption recipient was Vincent Johnson of Portland, Oregon. The most notable is 2011 recipient Joseph Bramlett, who was a PGA Tour rookie.
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.
2012 course layout
|Northern Trust Open|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|2002||Len Mattiace||United States||269||–15||666,000||3,700,000|
|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|
|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|||
|1956||Lloyd Mangrum||United States||272||–12||6,000||32,500|||
|1955||Gene Littler||United States||276||–8||5,000||25,000|||
|1954||Fred Wampler||United States||281||–3||4,000||20,000|||
|1953||Lloyd Mangrum||United States||280||–4||2,750||20,000|||
|1952||Tommy Bolt||United States||289||+5||4,000||17,500|||
|1951||Lloyd Mangrum||United States||280||–4||2,600||15,000|||
|1950||Sam Snead||United States||280||–4||2,600||15,000|||
|1949||Lloyd Mangrum||United States||284||E||2,600||15,000|||
|1948||Ben Hogan||United States||275||–9||2,000||10,000|||
|1947||Ben Hogan||United States||280||–4||2,000||10,000|||
|1946||Byron Nelson||United States||284||E||2,667||13,333|||
|1945||Sam Snead||United States||283||–1||2,666||13,333|||
|1944||Harold "Jug" McSpaden||United States||278||–6||4,300||12,500|||
|1943||No tournament due to World War II|
|1942||Ben Hogan||United States||282||–6||3,500||10,000|||
|1941||Johnny Bulla||United States||281||–3||3,500||10,000|||
|1940||Lawson Little||United States||282||+2||1,500||5,000|||
|1939||Jimmy Demaret||United States||274||–10||1,650||5,000|||
|1937||Harry Cooper||United States||274||–10||2,500||8,000|||
|1936||Jimmy Hines||United States||280||E||1,500||5,000|||
|1935||Vic Ghezzi||United States||285||+5||1,075||5,000|||
|1933||Craig Wood||United States||282||–2||1,525||5,000|||
|1931||Ed Dudley||United States||285||+1||3,500||10,000|||
|1930||Denny Shute||United States||296||+12||3,500||10,000|||
|1926||Harry Cooper||United States||279||–7||3,500||10,000|||
- * rain-shortened to 54 holes
- ^ rain-shortened to 36 holes
- PO - won in playoff
Fifteen men have won this tournament more than once through 2012.
- 3 wins
- 2 wins
- "Northern Trust Open Official Program". 2012. p. 97. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
- "An Interview with Rich Beem". Sports Transcripts.com. February 17, 2007. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
- "Rich Beem - profile". PGATour.com. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
- "Beem may be '1' to watch again". Los Angeles Times. February 18, 2007. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
- "Northern Trust Press Release". Retrieved November 12, 2007.
- "Oregon State Beavers Graduate Receives the First Sifford Exemption". ESPN.com. February 2, 2009. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
- "Ford Wins LA Open". Ottawa Citizen (Ottawa, Canada). Associated Press. January 8, 1957. p. 9. Retrieved February 5, 2010.
- "Mangrum Sets Course Mark In Los Angeles Tournament". Ottawa Citizen (Ottawa, Canada). Associated Press. January 10, 1956. p. 12. Retrieved February 5, 2010.
- "Gene Littler Winner of Los Angeles Golf". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. January 10, 1955. p. 17. Retrieved February 5, 2010.
- "Fred Wampler Wins Los Angeles Open". The Tuscaloosa News (Tuscaloosa, Alabama). Associated Press. January 12, 1954. p. 8. Retrieved February 6, 2010.
- "Lloyd Mangrum Winner In Los Angeles Open". Daytona Beach Morning Journal (Daytona Beach, Florida). Associated Press. January 6, 1953. p. 6. Retrieved February 6, 2010.
- "Bolt Cops L.A. Open Playoff". The Milwaukee Sentinel (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). Associated Press. January 9, 1952. p. 5. Retrieved February 6, 2010.
- "Mangrun Wins Golf Tourney At los Angeles". The Times-News (Hendersonville, North Carolina). United Press. January 9, 1951. p. 8. Retrieved February 6, 2010.
- "Snead Victor in Golf Playoff; He Praises Hogan". The Owosso Argus-Press (Owosso, Michigan). Associated Press. January 19, 1950. p. 16. Retrieved February 6, 2010.
- "Mangrum Wins First 1949 Event". Reading Eagle (Reading, Pennsylvania). United Press. January 11, 1949. p. 14. Retrieved February 6, 2010.
- "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.
- "Hogan Worries Over Shoulder". Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania). Associated Press. January 7, 1947. p. 3. Retrieved February 6, 2010.
- "Lord Byron Nelson Wins Los Angeles Open the First Time". The Owosso Argus-Press (Owosso, Michigan). Associated Press. January 8, 1946. p. 6. Retrieved February 7, 2010.
- "Sam Snead with 283 Wins Los Angeles Open". The Florence Times (Florence, Alabama). Associated Press. January 9, 1945. p. 5. Retrieved February 7, 2010.
- "Jug McSpaden Adds Another Golf Prize". The Milwaukee Journal (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). Associated Press. January 11, 1944. p. 4. Retrieved February 7, 2010.
- "Hogan Is Favorite In Los Angeles Open". The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). United Press. January 9, 1942. p. 32. Retrieved February 7, 2010.
- "Wee Ben Hogan's Deadly Putter Cuts Down Jimmy Thomson to Capture Play-Off Of Los Angeles Open Meet". Daytona Beach Morning Journal (Daytona Beach, Florida). Associated Press. January 14, 1942. p. 5. Retrieved February 7, 2010.
- "Bulla Wins Los Angeles Open Tourney". Toledo Blade (Toledo, Ohio). Associated Press. January 7, 1941. p. 14. Retrieved February 7, 20107.
- "Lawson Little Wins Tourney". The Owosso Argus-Press (Owosso, Michigan). Associated Press. January 9, 1940. p. 7. Retrieved February 7, 2010.
- "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.
- "Jimmy Thomson Wins In Open Golf Tourney". The Gazette (Montreal, Canada). Associated Press. January 11, 1938. p. 11. Retrieved February 7, 2010.
- "Cooper Captures Los Angeles Open". The Spartanburg Herald (Spartanburg, South Carolina). Associated Press. January 12, 1937. p. 7. Retrieved February 7, 2010.
- "Hines Captures Los Angeles Open". Eugene Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon). Associated Press. January 13, 1936. p. 6. Retrieved February 7, 2010.
- "Ghezzi Wins Golf Title". The Gazette (Montreal, Canada). January 16, 1935. p. 16. Retrieved February 7, 2010.
- In 1935, Vic Ghezzi and Johnny Revolta split first and second place money after both finished at 285, Ghezzi won the 18-hole playoff
- "Mac Smith Wins In Los Angeles Open". The Gazette (Montreal, Canada). Associated Press. January 8, 1934. p. 11. Retrieved February 7, 2010.
- "Another Rich Winter Golf Prize For Wood". Reading Eagle (Reading, Pennsylvania). Associated Press. January 10, 1933. p. 12. Retrieved February 7, 2010.
- "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.
- "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.
- "Denny Shute Wins Rich Los Angeles Open Tourney". The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). United Press. January 15, 1930. p. 12. Retrieved February 7, 2010.
- "MacDonald Smith Again Wins Los Angeles Open". The Miami Daily News (Miami, Florida). Associated Press. January 14, 1929. p. 11. Retrieved February 7, 2010.
- "Mac Smith Is Los Angeles Open Winner". The Miami Daily News (Miami, Florida). Associated Press. January 9, 1928. p. 9. Retrieved February 7, 2010.
- "Cruickshank Wins Prize". Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, Nevada). Associated Press. January 10, 1927. p. 1.
- "Texas Golfer Wins Tourney". Nevada State Journal (Reno, Nevada). Associated Press. January 11, 1926. p. 2.
- Northern Trust Open - 83 Years of Past Champions - at www.northerntrustopen.com
- Northern Trust Open - Winners - at golfobserver.com (1970-2011)
- Sal Johnson and Dave Seanor, ed. (2009). The USA Today Golfers Encyclopedia. New York, New York: Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60239-302-8. (for 1960-69)