1/10/13 Field coming together for 2013 Northern Trust Open
November 06, 2013
LOS ANGELES - With the first event of the PGA TOUR season in the books - albeit a bit of a delayed conclusion - the countdown to the 2013 Northern Trust Open is underway. Dustin Johnson won the weather-shortened Hyundai Tournament of Champions on the island of Maui for his seventh PGA TOUR victory since 2008. Johnson is one of many top names who have committed to the Northern Trust Open for when it returns to Pacific Palisades, Calif., and historic Riviera Country Club, February 14-19 (please note - field is not official until the commitment deadline of 5 p.m. ET on Friday, February 8).
Johnson has not missed a Northern Trust Open start since joining the PGA TOUR in 2008. His owns three top-10 finishes, with his best a T3 in 2010. Johnson finished T4 at last year's event, won by Bill Haas.
Also currently committed to the field is two-time Northern Trust Open champion and World Golf Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson, who will be making his 15th start in the event. Mickelson won back-to-back titles at Riviera, in 2008-09, and owns two runner-up finishes, including a T2 at last year's event after a thrilling playoff with Haas and Keegan Bradley. Another Northern Trust Open win would put Mickelson in elite company, as only Macdonald Smith (4), Lloyd Mangrum (4), Ben Hogan (3) and Arnold Palmer (3) have won this historic event three or more times.
PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year John Huh headlines a strong contingent of players of Korean descent who will take on Riviera Country Club. At the age of XX, Huh would be the youngest winner of the Northern Trust Open, a record held by Pat Fitzsimmons, who was 24 years, 2 months and 8 days old when he won in 1975. Huh will be making his first Northern Trust Open start. The last player to win the event in his first appearance was Adam Scott in 2005.
Other top names currently committed to the Northern Trust Open field include a trop of World Golf Hall of Fame members: two-time champion Fred Couples (to be inducted in May); reigning British Open champion Ernie Els; and Vijay Singh, who finished runner-up at the 2011 Northern Trust Open.
The 2013 Northern Trust Open Exemption, which provides an opportunity for a top golfer who represents the advancement of diversity in golf and wouldn't otherwise be eligible to compete in the event, will be announced on January 22.
"With the holiday season in the rearview mirror, the 2013 Northern Trust Open is only a few short weeks away and we couldn't be more excited for this year's event," said Executive Director Jerry West. "We look forward to welcoming a strong field to Riviera Country Club, as well as what we expect to be record crowds for this great Los Angeles tradition."
For Northern Trust Open ticket information, visit www.northerntrustopen.com. Fans are reminded that each year, youth 18 and younger are admitted free of charge to the Northern Trust Open when accompanied by a ticketed adult. There is no limit to the number of youth 18 and younger who can attend with a ticketed adult.
About the Northern Trust Open
The Northern Trust Open is one of the longest-running tournaments on the PGA TOUR. Debuting in 1926 at Los Angeles Country Club, the event had been staged at various courses throughout the Los Angeles area before permanently settling at Riviera Country Club in 1973. Outside of the major championships, the Northern Trust Open is the fourth-oldest event on TOUR, trailing only the BMW Championship, the Canadian Open and the Valero Texas Open. The 2012 Northern Trust Open raised $1.7 million for non-profit organizations in the Los Angeles area, bringing the total generated for Los Angeles charities since the event's inception to nearly $55.2 million. City of Hope was named the official charity of the Northern Trust Open beginning with the 2013 event. For ticket information, visit www.northerntrustopen.com.
About Northern Trust
Northern Trust Corporation (Nasdaq: NTRS) is a leading provider of investment management, asset and fund administration, banking solutions and fiduciary services for corporations, institutions and affluent individuals worldwide. Northern Trust, a financial holding company based in Chicago, has offices in 18 U.S. states and 16 international locations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. As of March 31, 2012, Northern Trust had assets under custody of US$4.6 trillion, and assets under investment management of US$716.5 billion. For more than 120 years, Northern Trust has earned distinction as an industry leader in combining exceptional service and expertise with innovative products and technology. For more information, visitwww.northerntrust.com or follow us on Twitter @NorthernTrust.
About City of Hope
City of Hope is a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope's research and treatment protocols advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope is based in Southern California and is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics. For more information, visit www.cityofhope.org or follow City of Hope on facebook, twitter, youtube or flickr.