The brand-name golfers are in short supply in the
He has played this tournament seven times previously, missing the cut four times and never shooting better than 68.
"I've never played very good here, but I love it," he said.
"I love the old-school layout," he said. "I love the history. I love that they haven't tinkered with it too much.
"But," he added with a smile, "if they want to change No. 10, they can."
Watson birdied the infamous 10th hole Saturday, but he had a double-bogey there Thursday, one of his three in the first two rounds. On Saturday, he had a par or birdie on every hole.
"Just made a few putts, got some balls to bounce my way on the greens, and here I am talking to you," he said.
Back in the swing
On the day after Jason Allred shot the round of his life, he did not turn into a pumpkin.
Allred, 33, qualified for the Northern Trust Open on Monday, his first
He shot a 64 on Friday, then a 67 Saturday. He is three shots off the lead, tied for fourth.
He thought about giving up golf last summer. Now he is one solid round away from a spot in the
"I need to be honest," he said. "It has totally blown them out of the water."
Allred graduated from
"That meant the world to me," Allred said.
Jimmy Walker, whose victory at Pebble Beach last week gave him wins in three of the first eight tournaments this season, is tied with Watson and six others for sixth place.
One complication: He and his family travel by RV, and he said the utility hookups are not sufficient.
"We are kind of rationing the water consumption," he said.
That was the delicate way of answering an inquiry about whether his wife, Erin, really had to use the public showers at the RV facility.
"She's taken a couple there," Walker said at Riviera. "I've been coming in here and showering."