The PGA Tour concludes the West Coast Swing with the Northern Trust Open, the 14th event of the wraparound season. A field of 144 players will tackle Riviera Country Club this week, which hosted the PGA Championship in 1995.
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1. Bubba Watson: The defending champ is making his first start since a T-2 finish at TPC Scottsdale. Watson has three top-10 results in his first three starts this season, including a WGC win in China, and last year led the field in driving distance at Riviera.
2. Jimmy Walker: Walker quietly finished T-21 in defense of his Pebble Beach title, ending a run of three straight top-10 finishes. He lists Riviera among his favorite courses on Tour, and it's easy to see why: Walker has cracked the top 20 each of the last four years in L.A., including T-4 finishes in both 2011 and 2012.
3. Jordan Spieth: Spieth helped Texas win an NCAA title at Riviera in 2012, and he logged a T-12 finish here last year mid-week including rounds of 66 and 67. He tied for seventh last week at Pebble, including four rounds of 68 or better, and is 11th on Tour in strokes gained tee-to-green.
4. Dustin Johnson: Johnson finished second at Riviera a year ago and recorded a T-4 finish last week in his second start back from a six-month hiatus. DJ has been feast-or-famine recently at Riviera, with three top-five finishes sandwiched around a pair of missed cuts since 2010.
5. Jim Furyk: Furyk was unable to end his victory drought at Pebble Beach, but he still logged a T-7 result in his first stroke-play start since September. He has six top-25 finishes at Riviera since 2006, including each of the last three years.
6. Bill Haas: Haas won here in a playoff in 2012, the highlight in a recent run of four straight top-25 results at Riviera that also included 2013 when he missed a playoff by one shot. He has three top-25 finishes already this season, including a win last month at the Humana Challenge and a T-19 finish at Torrey Pines in his most recent start.
7. Hideki Matsuyama: The Japanese phenom has been hit or miss in 2015: a pair of top-three finishes to go along with a T-78 finish at Sony and a missed cut his last time out at Farmers. He should bounce back at Riviera, where he finished T-23 last year in his NTO debut after four straight rounds of par or better.
8. Sergio Garcia: The Spaniard is making his first start in the U.S. since the Tour Championship, but he is a familiar face at Riviera. Garcia has played in this event eight times prior, recording six top-25 finishes including T-4 (2012) and T-13 (2013) in his two most recent appearances.
9. Charl Schwartzel: Schwartzel hasn't won in the U.S. since his breakthrough at the 2011 Masters, but the South African feels comfortable on the kikuyu grass at Riviera. Schwartzel tied for third in his 2012 debut, then followed with a fifth-place showing last year. He has broken par in each of his eight rounds at Riviera, including five rounds of 68 or better.
10. Keegan Bradley: Bradley has been slow out of the gates in 2015, but his track record at Riviera suggests he may contend this weekend. Bradley has top-20 finishes at this event in each of the last four years, including a playoff loss in 2012. He carded bookend rounds of 68 last year and has been over par in only one of his last 12 trips around Riviera.