15 February 2007

The Course Tiger Can't Tame

Nissan Open started today. I'm not all that intimate with the actual Riviera course (though used to eat that thing up on the old Links golf game, an updated fan-created Riviera course can be found here, for those still rocking the old Links 2001/2003 golf games).

Tiger's never won at Riviera, his very first PGA Tour event at the age of sixteen was a sponsors exemption for the Nissan Open (then still the LA Open, I think). He's skipping the tournament this week.

It's considered one of the premiere golf courses in the world, and has hosted its share of US Opens.

It's the only course where Tiger has competed more than 4 times in which he's failed to win. That's pretty remarkable in a sport where most players win a handful of tournaments at most and even the very elite players feel lucky to win a couple dozen tournaments in their lifetime.

I expect Tiger will tame this course at some point in his career, though if he never does, that will be a distinction that will add considerably to the legend of this course.

(did he duck this course to keep his PGA Tour win streak alive?)

My only personal experience at the Riviera Country Club was attending my Senior Prom there (not a golfer, or a person you'll likely to find at any country club, so not my cup of tea).

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