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Northern Trust Open Recap: Back to Being Bubba

Len Hochberg

Len Hochberg

Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years, covering the Washington Capitals. He co-authored a book on the history of hockey.

As Saturday drew to a close, the vibe at storied Riviera Country Club seemed out of sorts. The leaderboard was filled with such surnames as McGirt, McNeil, Beljan, Bae and Harman. The Northern Trust Open felt more like some opposite-field tourney than the venerable 88-year-old Tour jewel won by Golf Gods Hogan, Snead, Nelson, Palmer, Casper and, more recently, Mickelson.

Heck, the biggest name on CBS's third-round telecast may have belonged to the 1997 champion, only Nick Faldo was in the booth.

Now to be sure, this year's tournament was missing many of the present day's top stars. But what marquee names there were in the field restored order by making a charge on ...

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