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Long Beach native, UCLA product John Merrick wins Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles

John Merrick

30-year-old John Merrick growing up in the Los Angeles area always wanted to play in the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club.

He realized a dream last week.

On Sunday, the native of Long Beach, California made a couple of clutch shots that led to two pars in a sudden-death playoff and an eventual win in the Northern Trust Open when Charlie Beljan missed a 5-foot par putt on the second extra hole.

After a 169 starts on tour, the win could not have come at a better place for Merrick. He grew up in the LA suburb of Long Beach and went to college on the westside of town at UCLA.

Merrick closed the tournament at 2-under-par 69, to become only the ninth player to win this tournament at Riviera in Los Angeles, earning his first PGA Tour victory.

Merrick finished at 11-under-par 273.


Info compiled from PGA Tour

Fowler falls out of contention with 84 in final round of Memorial

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Usually if a golfer has a bad round of golf, he will not spend time with the media or the gallery of fans.

Rickie Fowler was most gracious talking to the media after Sunday's round ( photo)

But fan-favorite Rickie Fowler showed his professionalism by spending time with the media and spent 30 minutes signing autographs for the fans. Nobody would’ve blamed the former Oklahoma State product if he wanted to go to the clubhouse and hide out after a disappointing Sunday at the Memorial.

Fowler was 3rd after Saturday’s third round, three shots from the lead held by Spencer Levin.

But on Sunday, he fell faster than Haley’s Comet in the final round, shooting a whopping 12-over-par 84 to drop from third place at 5-under-par to a tie for 52nd place with three other golfers at 7-over par. That 84 matched the fourth-highest final round in the 37 years of the Memorial’s history. The highest was back in 1981 by Gary Hallberg with an 88.

Fowler shot a 40 on the front nine and a 44 on the back nine.

Rickie Fowler wonders what happened in his final round on Sunday (photo courtesy of Columbus Wired)

His troubles started early in the round at number-2 where he pulled a drive and on number-3 where he missed a three-putt from 5 1/2 feet missed.

The collapse would indicate fatigue, but Fowler said “no”.

His collapse was really stunning considering that he has been one of the hottest and most consistent PGA Tour golfers the past two months, winning once and finishing in the top ten in four tournaments.

The 84 is Fowler’s highest score on the PGA Tour. His previous high score was a 79 in the final round of the Northern Trust Open earlier this season.


Stuart Mason & Monica Steele contributed to this story

Baddeley wins Los Angeles golf tourney

Aaron Baddeley (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Golfer Aaron Baddeley came back to win the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles, his first win in four years.

The tournament came down to the 29-year-old Baddeley, 48-year-old Vijay Singh and 51-year-old Fred Couples. Baddeley, an Australian held off the two veterans by closing with a 2-under-par 69.

Baddeley wound up with a two-shot win over Singh, Singh closed with a 69 for his best finish in more than two years. Couples, bogeyed two of the last three holes and shot a 73 to tie for seventh in his bid to become the PGA Tour’s oldest winner in more than 35 years.

This was the third PGA Tour win for Baddeley, whose golf game had slipped so bad, that he was at #224 in the world at one point. The win helped him get an invitation to the Masters in April.

The Australian, who finished the tournament at 12-under-par 272, won for the first time since the 2007 Phoenix Open.

compiled from PGA Tour news

Baddeley takes lead at Riviera

Aaron Baddeley shot a 4-under-par 67 to grab a one-shot lead over Fred Couples (70) and Kevin Na (69) in the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles.

Aaron Baddeley (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Baddeley, seeking his first win since 2007, is at 10-under-par 203 at Riviera Country Club.

Couples is trying to become the oldest PGA tour winner in more than 35 years.

Couples leads Northern Trust tourney

Fred Couples (file photo)

Riviera Golf Club is one of Fred Couples’ favorite courses.

The 51-year-old started his round of golf with an eagle putt from nearly 100 feet, threw in several 30-foot birdie putts and wound up with a 5-under-par 66 to take the lead in the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles.

The popular Couples is a two-time winner at Riviera. He enjoys playing the course so much that he made plans to play in this PGA Tour event instead of defending his title in Florida on the Champions Tour, the ACE Group Classic.

Couples is at 8-under 134 and is two shots ahead of J.B. Holmes and John Senden.

compiled from PGA Tour