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Local boy John Merrick made good last year at Riviera
Local boy John Merrick made good last year at Riviera

Ben Hogan won at Riviera Country Club. So did Byron Nelson and Sam Snead too, all before the Dodgers or Lakers ever showed up here. This is the week when Los Angeles shares its cherished course with the PGA Tour, and all that history and tradition generally matters little to the traveling circus. On Sunday, the golfers will pack their bags and head to the Arizona desert, another tournament in the books, another weekend of work done. It isn't like that for John Merrick. He grew up in Long Beach, went to UCLA, then moved back to Long Beach. So, about a month ago, after one of his Long Beach friends became a member at Riviera, Merrick joined him for a round. "I just kind of...

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