UCLA alums Pavin, Cantlay among Northern Trust Open sponsor’s exemption recipients

February 01, 2013

LOS ANGELES -- Corey Pavin, a two-time Northern Trust Open champion and University of California, Los Angeles alum, was announced Thursday as a sponsor’s exemption to the Northern Trust Open, which returns to famed Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., February 12-17. Fellow Bruin Patrick Cantlay, who shot the lowest round in PGA TOUR history by an amateur at the 2011 Travelers Championship (60), will join Pavin as a sponsor’s exemption and will make his second start in the event.

Pavin and Cantlay will have plenty of support at Riviera Country Club, especially on Saturday, February 16, which has been designated as “UCLA Day” at the Northern Trust Open. Fans can utilize a special offer code (BRUINS) to purchase a $65 ticket, which allows for access to the tournament grounds and Palisades Club. The Palisades Club is a new, open-air and tented hospitality venue with patios overlooking the signature par-4 10th hole and practice range. Upgraded food and beverage are available for purchase, and UCLA coaches and staff will make appearances throughout the day. The first 300 people in attendance for the third round will be provided a special “UCLA Day” Northern Trust Open hat, and $30 from each ticket purchased with the BRUINS code will be donated back to UCLA Athletics. 

Kevin Chappell, Brandt Jobe and John Merrick, UCLA alums, are also in the Northern Trust Open field.

Not to be ignored, University of Southern California fans can celebrate “USC Day” on Friday, February 15. The same offer and benefits as listed above for UCLA are available to USC supporters by using the special offer code “TROJANS.” Kevin Stadler, a USC alum, is scheduled to make an appearance in the Palisades Club on Friday, along with Athletic Director Pat Haden and Senior Associate Athletic Director J.K. McKay, USC coaches, staff, men’s and women’s golf teams and the USC Song Girls.

Pavin will be making his 29th start at the Northern Trust Open; he is a two-time champion (1994-95) and has recorded a total of 10 top-25 finishes at Riviera. Pavin is a 15-time winner on the PGA TOUR, including the 1995 U.S. Open, and owns five additional wins internationally. Pavin recorded his maiden victory on the Champions Tour at the February 2012 Allianz Championship. A three-time Ryder Cup participant, he served as captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup Team in 2010. 

As a junior at UCLA in 2011, Cantlay was the No. 1-ranked amateur in the world and made headlines after firing a tournament-record, 10-under 60 in the second round of the Travelers Championship, en route to holding the 36-hole lead. The 60 is the lowest round ever recorded by an amateur on the PGA TOUR. Cantlay eventually finished T21 and made the cut in his next four starts on TOUR, highlighted by a T9 at the RBC Canadian Open. Cantlay finished second at the 2011 Western Amateur and U.S. Amateur. He was low amateur at the 2012 Masters Tournament. Cantlay turned professional in June 2012.

Two-time champion Fred Couples will return to Riviera Country Club in less than two weeks to make his 31st start at the Northern Trust Open after receiving a sponsor’s exemption, tournament officials also announced. Couples, who won the Northern Trust Open in 1990 and 1992 and finished T7 in 2011, will surpass Gene Littler for the most starts in tournament history when he tees it up at Riviera.

Couples will look to add to an already impressive resume at the Northern Trust Open. In addition to his two victories, Couples has collected a dozen other top 10s, including runner-up finishes in 1993, 1994 and 1996. He held the 36-hole lead in 2011 at 8-under and was in contention in the final round after three-consecutive birdies to open the round, but fell off the pace after a double bogey at No. 7 and eventually finished T7.

The tournament previously announced Jeremiah Wooding as the 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. Wooding, a graduate of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas with conditional status on the Web.com Tour, is following in the footsteps of his big brother, Joshua, who was awarded the Northern Trust Open Exemption in 2010. The Northern Trust Open will be Wooding’s first-career PGA TOUR start.

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.