LOS ANGELES — The sun wasn’t the only scarce thing at Riviera Country Club on Day 2 of the Northern Trust Open. Birdies were hard to come by as well, and some may say the course is to blame.
“The greens are so firm and so bouncy,” said Ryan Moore, who sits at 5-under-par and tied for second after two rounds, expressed of the conditions on Friday.
No changes are set to be made to the course, however. Officials spent over two weeks carefully preparing the conditions of the greens and the roughs to create a challenging-yet fair-course, according to David Wharton of the LA Times. And so far, the officials are pleased with their work.
Although few birdies were seen in Round 2, Round 1 saw several impressive shots under par throughout the day. Spectacular play with a few hiccups here and there are exactly what officials wanted to see, and through two rounds they’ve seen just that.
“We’re not going to jack anything up,” Steve Rintoul, who was in charge of the course’s preparation, stated about the conditions. “And we’re not going to go the other way and lay down.”
Current loan leader Retief Goosen didn’t fall victim to a bouncy Riviera in Round 2. He now sits at 6-under-par, one more shot below than Thursday.
Defending champion Bubba Watson wasn’t fazed by the conditions on Friday either. He shot a 2-under-par to climb the leaderboard into a tie for sixth at 3-under, which is up 11 spots from his Round 1 finish.
“It’s very consistent throughout the whole golf course,” More continued about the bouncy conditions. “That’s all I look for. If there’s consistency, I’m happy with it.”
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