UPDATE: 6:27 p.m.: At the end of round three, Phil Mickelson was tied for first with Keegan Bradley, both currently at seven under par. We didn't get to post as many up-to-the-minute updates this time around. We were running around trying to catch up with Phil! An interview with Phil coming up tomorrow!
When Patch arrived at the parking lot at Paul Revere Middle School Saturday morning, you could see the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades would be full of fans over the weekend.
The lot at Paul Revere Middle School was packed, both at the entrance off of Allenford Avenue and the field along Sunset Boulevard. Needless to say, there was quite a traffic jam—both of the car and foot variety—slowing down the roads on Allenford Avenue between Sunset Boulevard and Jonesboro Drive.
"If you think this is bad you should've seen earlier this morning," said our shuttle driver. "The buses were dropping people off at all of these corners and it was just a big group of people walking across this intersection."
The second round of the tournament was suspended due to darkness at 5:50 p.m. Friday. So, eight players were unable to finish. They will continue their round Saturday.
By the end of the second round on Friday, Phil Mickelson was still in the lead with six under par, followed by Pat Perez at five under par.
Going into Saturday morning, Hunter Mahan, who was born in Orange and attended USC teed off at 8:25 a.m. He is currently tied for 21st. John Mallinger of Long Beach is currently tied for 63rd and teed off just before Mahan at 7:54 a.m. Charlie Wi of Westlake Village teed off just before 9 a.m. and is currently tied for 39th.
Of course the big name on the block is still Phil Mickelson of San Diego. He teed off at 10 a.m. and is holding on to the number one spot. Watching him at the 10th hole, the fans were cheering, "Phil! Go Phil!" He made par that hole.
After the second round, 76 of the 145 golfers were cut.
More competition to come!
- For a story about how some Southern Californians make attending the tournament a tradition each year, click here.
- For a live blog from Day Two at the Northern Trust Open, click here.
- For reaction from Southern Californians about Day One at the Riviera, click here.
- For a live blog from Day One at the Northern Trust Open, click here.
- For the story about military moms-to-be who were honored at the Riviera during the practice round, click here.
- For a story from the LA Times about the buzz surrounding this year's tournament, click here.