Riviera home to years best field


NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West didn’t lure Tiger Woods to the Northern Trust Open at Riviera, but he’s attracted the strongest field in the world so far this year based on the top-50 world ranking.

The Northern Trust Open features five of the top-10 players in the world and 30 of the top 50. That’s one more top-10 player and nearly four times the number of top-50 players than the much-hyped Dubai Desert Classic featured last week.

Here’s how the best fields this year compare in top-10 and top-50 players at the time the event began:

                                                        Top-10 players   Top-50 players

Northern Trust Open                             5                           30

Hyundai Tourn. of Champs                 3                           18

Abu Dhabi Championship                   6                           17

Waste Management Phoenix              1                           17

Farmers Insurance Open                     2                          16

Sony Open                                               2                          14

Commercialbank Qatar Masters        4                           12

Dubai Desert Classic                           4                             8