Northern Trust Open: Who's in and Who's out at Riviera

Fred AltvaterContributor IIFebruary 15, 2013

Luke Donald is making his first start of 2013
Luke Donald is making his first start of 2013Harry How/Getty Images

On a perfect day for scoring in southern California, Riviera kept her reputation as one of the best courses on the PGA Tour.

Sang-Moon Bae and Fredrik Jacobson share the 36-hole lead at the Northern Trust Open at nine-under par.

The cut came at one-over par with some familiar names leaving Los Angeles early and heading over to Tuscon, Arizona to prepare for the WGC-Accenture Match Play next week.


Who’s out

Padraig Harrington has been playing well of late, but evidently Riviera did not fit his game this week—after rounds of 77 and 71, he is trunk slammin’ and moving on.

Dustin Johnson got off to a poor start on Thursday with a 76, and even though he carded a two-under par 69 Friday, he will miss the cut.

Graeme McDowell made his first start this year and his game showed a little rust. Posting 73-72 for the first two rounds, McDowell can move on to Tucson for the WGC-Accenture next week.

Tour rookie Patrick Cantlay found it much easier to make cuts on the PGA Tour as a college student. He shot 70-75 and will miss the cut.

Charles Howell III finished at three-over par for the first two rounds and will miss the cut. He qualified for the match play next week as the No. 63 seed and will face Tiger Woods in the first match.

Bubba Watson recovered nicely on Friday with a 71, but his ugly 77 from Thursday will let him get to Arizona early to practice for next week.


Who’s In

The top of the leaderboard includes some big names; Luke Donald, Charl Schwartzel, Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar, Bill Haas and Lee Westwood are all in the Top 10 heading into the weekend.

Matt Kuchar led after his first round 64 but had a rough day on Friday with two double-bogeys on the card—he hung in there to post a second round 73 for a total of five-under par and is tied for ninth.

Luke Donald is making his 2013 PGA Tour debut this week. He is at seven-under par and is only two shots off the lead. He appears ready to challenge Tiger and Rory for the No. 1 ranking and win a major this year.

Lee Westwood is now a United States resident and is striking the ball with confidence and accuracy. He is three shots back at six-under par after 36 holes.

Adam Scott, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson are positioned well for the weekend and are in the group at four-under par just five shots back of the leaders.

Sergio Garcia shot a 73 on Friday to go with his 65 from Thursday. He is just outside the Top 10 at three-under par—with a good round on Saturday, he could be a factor.

Fred Couples has won here twice and is making his 31st appearance at Riviera. He is tied with Jim Furyk at two-under par and will be playing on the weekend.

2012 Northern Trust runner-up, Keegan Bradley turned in rounds of 71-70 and is at one-under par for the tournament. He will need to go low tomorrow to be among the leaders on Sunday.

 Vijay Singh will make the cut at one-over par. He has been in the headlines recently when he announced use of illegal performance enhancing drugs and will be relieved to let his clubs do the talking this week.

79 players made the cut at two-over par including Jerry Kelly and Ryo Ishikawa.