Spieth’s special Riviera goal
Jordan Spieth admitted it would be very special to pick up a win at the famed Riviera Country Club on Sunday.
The PGA Tour stops off in California for the Northern Trust Open this weekend at a course steeped in history, and Spieth is the overwhelming favourite in the golf betting odds to walk away with the victory.
The legendary Ben Hogan won the event three times in the 1940's, as well as the 1948 US Open at the same course. Past champions include the likes of Tom Watson, Sam Snead and Byron Nelson.
Additionally, given the number of feature films shot at the venue, it boasted a number of famous Hollywood stars as members, such as Humphrey Bogart and Walt Disney.
While Spieth has won two major championships, it is this history that motivates him to pull out all the stops for a victory.
"It's one of the very few with the history that it has, past champions, not only just the champions, but just those who have walked these fairways," the 22-year-old told the PGA Tour website.
"And then for me to win on a golf course that I consider one of the top few in the world, I mean, that's always a goal. Yeah, it would be amazing."
Adding fuel to the fire is the fact that Spieth was just one shot off securing a place in the playoff in the 2015 event.
The American's approach on the last hole settled on the fringe and he opted for a chip, which he was too aggressive with. Spieth missed the return putt and carded a bogey.
In hindsight, a par would have seen him enter a playoff with eventual, winner James Hahn, Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey.
"So a little bizarre, but that just kind of teaches you how it works sometimes," said the Texan.
"Sometimes it's not birdies to win. Sometimes on harder golf courses, even on a Tour event and it's a non-major championship, sometimes par is a really good score.
“Unfortunately it's rare, but fortunately, it happens here. So it would mean a lot to win this tournament."
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