To Love and Golf In L.A.

Another L.A. love story.

Fred Couples and Riviera Country Club.


This is Freddie’s 31st Northern Trust Open appearance and, barring a health issue, it won’t be his last. Couples loves Riviera, where he won twice in the early ’90s. And while time has moved on, the feelings haven’t changed for the 53-year old.

“I personally think it’s one of our top three courses on tour, I really do,” Couples said. “I think the TPC in Jacksonville is up there and I think Memorial (Muirfield Village) is one of my all-time favorite courses.”

And of course, Augusta National, but Couples puts that in a separate category.

Can Couples contend at Riviera?

He thinks so. That’s why he’s planning to be back next year, having been told he can play on a sponsor exemption as long as he wants.

“There are some tournaments where I feel like people deserve to play and I feel like I deserve to be in this field,” Couples said.

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