February 18 2011
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – The two Champions Tour players in the field for the Northern Trust Open are teaching the young guys a thing or two on Thursday.
Corey Pavin, who won back-to-back at Riviera in 1994 and ‘95, just eagled the first hole – his 10th of the day – and has moved into a tie for the lead at 4 under. Pavin, who captained last year’s U.S. Ryder Cup team, played his first PGA TOUR event at Riviera and is making his 29th start.
Fred Couples, who will captain the U.S. Team at the Presidents Cup in November, had a bit of up-and-down start with two bogeys and a birdie in his first four holes. He birdied three straight as he made the turn, though, and is now 2 under through 15 hole.
Couples, also a former champ making his 29th start, is playing with two prospective members of his Presidents Cup team and beating both soundly. Anthony Kim is 2 over and Bubba Watson is 4 over.