LOS ANGELES – Much like the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass is always on players’ minds no matter where they are on the golf course, Riviera’s par-4 10th hole holds a similar distinction.
Rory McIlroy, who is playing the Northern Trust Open for the first time, took a few moments after putting out on No. 10 on Saturday to examine the Sunday hole location (back right) for the final round.
“The 10th hole, both [caddie J.P. Fitzgerald] and I were sort of looking at a couple of different ways to play it,” said McIlroy, who is 1 under for the week on the drivable par-4. “Where the pin is tomorrow, you can try to go straight at that pin and leave it in that bunker, but that's a pretty risky play, or you take it left.”
Adam Scott, who won at Riviera in 2005, said he’s played the course enough to know there’s only one thing that matters when it comes to the 10th.
“The thing with the 10th hole is, one of your first two shots has to be a great shot," he said. "That's how you make a ‘4’ or a ‘3.’ That's it. There's no average shots. Especially tomorrow with that pin back there. The green being soft helps a little but not that much. I mean, it's such a small green. So that's just the facts on the 10th hole.”
For the week, just one drive (Dawie van der Walt's on Thursday) out of 242 attempts has found the putting surface.