The Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, CA is a tournament that Bubba Watson knows very well. Last season, Watson shot 15-under par and notched his first win of 2014. Some of the PGA’s top talent will come to Riviera this season.
Fans looking to stick around this weekend will be able to find Carlsbad hotels available at Hipmunk with rooms for as low as $75. Hipmunk provides a detailed guide on all available hotels, as well as other events and activities to do near Riviera. One of the closest hotels to the course is the Grand Pacific Palisades Resort & Hotel. Rates begin at just $119 so it’s not too much higher than the other hotels that are located a little further away from the course.
Fans who stick around are sure to see some very entertaining golf. Bernd Wiesberger has been tearing up the European tour for quite some time now. The Austrian has had top-5 finishes in three tournaments so far this season. He’ll have to fend off Harris English, who finished second in the Farmers Insurance Open. He also tied for third place at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
If Watson wants to repeat in the Pacific Palisades, he’ll need to use every club in his bag. He’ll especially need to putt well if he wants to take the tournament. Watson is one of the biggest drivers on the tour, but he’ll need to nail his putts if he wants to contend in the tournament. Riviera is loaded with bunkers and obstacles which will make the short game difficult.
Bill Haas will look to right the ship after finishing 76th in Phoenix and 19th at the Farmers Insurance Open. Since his victory at the Humana Challenge, he has not played his best golf. Haas won the Northern Trust Open in 2012.
Dustin Johnson should also be expected to make a push for the championship this weekend. He had a good showing at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am after a poor showing at the Farmers Insurance Open. All of the golfers in the field will want to close this tournament with a win, as 500 Fed Ex Cup points go to the winner, not to mention the $6.7 million purse that comes with the victory.
Watson sits in third place in the Fed Ex Cup chase. With a victory in California, he’ll put himself in position to climb the leaderboard and set himself up for the major season. Watson’s game tends to hit its stride at this time of the year, as the former two-time green jacket winner is going to want to be playing his best golf when Augusta comes around.