The PGA Tour stays in California this week for the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club. Bubba Watson defends the title and a strong field has assembled, including Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth.

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The PGA Tour stays in California this week for the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club. Bubba Watson defends the title and a strong field has assembled, including Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth.

Designed by Captain George C. Thomas, and updated by Tom Fazio in 2008, Riviera is a well bunkered, undulating layout where creative shot-making is key to success. This will be the 52nd year Riviera has been the venue for the Northern Trust Open. Back in 1983 Riviera was also host to the PGA Championship.

The event began life as the Los Angeles Open back in 1926 and has been won by some big names over the years including Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Johnny Miller. Riviera became known as “Hogan’s Alley” as the Texan won here three times in the late 1940s.

Last season Bubba Watson closed with two straight 64s to win by two from Dustin Johnson. Both men will start amongst the favourites this time out.