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February 14-17


Riviera Country Club (Par 71/7,279 yards) Pacific Palisades, California


NORTHERN TRUST OPEN


TALK ABOUT A HOLLYWOOD ENDING. Things looked dim for Bill Haas on the second hole of a playoff with Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley at last year’s Northern Trust Open at historic Riviera Country Club. His ball was in the difficult rough behind the 10th green. He wisely played away from the hole, hoping to salvage a par and move on to the next hole. Instead, he wound up holing a 40-foot birdie putt for the win.


“A part of me was saying, ‘I’ve done this once, let’s do it again,’” Haas said. “Another part of me was saying, ‘Don’t screw this up.’” With Haas warming up on the practice tee,


“To beat guys of that caliber is amazing,


something I will never forget.” – Bill Haas


Mickelson and Bradley provided the fireworks on the 72nd hole just to force the playoff. Mickelson struck first, making a 25-footer for birdie.


“I kept fighting, and I was giving away shots 4


Bill Haas holed a 40-foot birdie put to win the Northern Trust Open.


Bill Haas won his fourth PGA TOUR event in his 195th start. His father, Jay, won his fourth


and was trying to let it go and move on and see if I could capture one, and I finally got one to go on 18,” said Mickelson, coming off his victory the previous week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. “It felt great.” A few minutes later, Bradley followed with a 12-footer that trickled into the hole for a birdie of his own and the playoff was on. It began on No. 18 and it nearly ended there as well, as Bradley’s 15-footer just missed on the right side of the hole.


tournament in his 180th start. The elder Haas


then won his fifth event on TOUR the following week in his 181st start. Jay Haas’ best finish in 25 career starts at the


Northern Trust Open was a tie for third in 1992.


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Then it was onto No. 10, a short par 4 that is a classic “risk-reward” test. It can be driven by most players today but they run the risk of leaving themselves in any number of challenging places.


Haas drove into the rough behind the green.


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