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Thursday
Feb162017

Fog Lifts, Riviera Gets Lit Up, And Now Here Comes The Storm

Riviera's never been in better condition and the players took advantage of the perfection on a windless, beautiful day for golf. A staggering 73 players were under par when play was suspended.

Following a 75-minute fog delay, play resumes Friday at 7:10 am PT but an expected storm may cut play short in Genesis Open round two.

The first tee view when fog persisted after seemingly moving out:


Sam Saunders posted a bogey-free 64 and did something his grandfather never could: dominate Riviera.

Nice Tweeted photo by the Genesis account of Arnold Palmer and Sam Saunders teeing off on the first decades apart.

Billy Hurley (67) is grappling with many emotions after releasing a letter to his late father.

Here is Hurley's Players Tribune piece.

Phil Mickelson hasn't lost a step on Riviera's greens after a three year hiatus from LA, also posting 67 despite an un-Phil-like day with his irons (10 of 18 greens).

Sergio Garcia nailed a cameraman with his 8th hole tee shot.

Dustin Johnson was stung by a bee on the first green and because he can all but sleep walk his way around Riviera at this point and still break par, Johnson posted a 66 (Rex Hoggard reports).

Kevin Hall struggled in round one but as Ben Everill notes, he still inspired.

PGATour.com's round one slideshow.

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Reader Comments (7)

Phil is currently 192nd in GIR in the 2017 season. Hitting 10/18 greens in the first round is close to his average round so far in 2017. Stats show Phil doesn't hit as many GIR percentage wise as many people think.
02.16.2017 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan
Fantastic, ground level, TV pictures from Riviera being beamed across the ocean to us tonight - it's an even better golf course than I had thought. Why the sudden, dramatic, improvement in the way golf is covered on the PGA Tour? There is a noticeable change in policy at TV Director level. Let's have more of it, please.
02.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterIvan Morris
I am- the answer to your question is...because Fox entered the fray.
02.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJS
Nice shot of the King and Sam. One is ripping it, the other testing the range of his spine.

Not as good as the commentary from down under, Ivan. They know it isn't necessary to have 250 camera shots of the beach and prose about walking dogs on it during play. Viewers get a taste of the local flavor at the start and then straight to golf action.
02.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
Big golf clap for Sam Saunders.
In regards to the Saunders comment, it should be noted that Arnie never played Riviera until well after his prime! It was always held at Rancho Park during his prime.
02.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterRandy
So Sam Saunders shot 64 at Riviera, a week after Jordan Spieth shot 65 at Spyglass. Gee, nothing is wrong, governing bodies, am I correct?

I would like to see these players play Spyglass and Riviera without lift/clean/place (especially Spyglass), and with the greens running at US Open speeds. Goodbye to the 64/65 nonsense...
02.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterRandom Fan

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