A Californian Tale: Rickie Fowler at Riviera
This week, the PGA tour stops off at Riviera for it’s latest installment. The tournament takes place at Riviera Country Club. The Club is located in Pacific Palisades, California, a community within the city limits of Los Angeles and is home to a particularly picturesque course. The club is sandwiched between the bustling city and the beautiful beaches and is a great image of what it means to be Californian.
The tournament, previously sponsored by Nissan is not known as the Northern Trust Open. The tournament has seen some changes in recent years but it dates back in one form or another to 1926. It is played annually and has been sponsored by Northern Trust since 2008. The tournament remains a firm favorite among fans.
Californian Rickie Fowler is taking part in the tournament and is every bit the perfect example of California that the tournament itself is. Fowler was born and raised in Murrieta, California located just outside of Los Angeles in the Riverside County. Fowler is young, stylish, almost entirely self-taught and making waves on the PGA Tour.
Fowler’s first PGA Tour win came in 2012 when he won the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina. While he has only had one PGA win thus far in his career, he has a number of second places and has a promising future.
Fowler opened the tournament strong but as it currently stands, Fowler is +2 over par and is projected to miss the cut. This may not be the Californian fairy tale that so many will be wishing for but they should not be disheartened, a Fowler win at a Californian tournament is surely inevitable in the near future.