It's one of the annual post-round rituals at the
A golfer finishes his round at Riviera Country Club and a reporter asks: "How did you play No. 10?"
It is hard to imagine a more talked-about hole on the
It helps that Jack Nicklaus, long ago, called No. 10 one of the greatest par fours in golf.
The 10th is unique because it is only 315 yards, which makes it reachable to most touring pros.
Do you try to drive the green, or lay up?
Thursday's difficult pin position didn't make No. 10 any easier.
"I don't know how to play it," defending champion
Watson, one of the longest hitters on tour, choose a four-wood Thursday, chipped up to 30 feet and made the birdie putt.
Watson walked away feeling like he had stolen something.
"I'm so scared to death of the hole," Watson said. " It just looks worse and worse. As I get older, it looks worse. It's very difficult."
Not that he's complaining. He made par Thursday.
"It's hard to criticize such a good hole," Ogilvy said. "It's a lot harder than it used to be, especially when the pins are at the back like today."
Ogilvy said it's best to pay your respects to No. 10 and move on.
"It's one of the top four or five holes we play all year on tour," he said. "It's a joy to play, even when you're putting a five on the card."
Ogilvy said, for years, he hit driver on the hole.
"It's clearly the wrong play and we all still do it," he said.
Thursday, though, Ogilvy changed his thinking. He laid up and walked away unscathed.
Young tour star Jordan Spieth has warm memories of Riviera. In 2012, his University of Texas claimed the
"Yeah, my freshman year, we won it as a team here," Spieth said Thursday after his round of two-under 69.
Spieth didn't do as well in the NCAA individual championships at Riviera, finishing tied for 54th with rounds of 73-79-69.
He made up for that last year by shooting eight-under and finishing tied for 12th at the Northern Trust.
Sorry about that
It was a rough first day for several former Northern Trust winners:
Two-time champion Mike Weir (2003-04) and
Never gets old
Vijay Singh won the first day 50-and-over contest.
His five-under 66 was five shots better than Fred Couples' even-par-71. The four other players over 50: