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Youth might beat experience this year at Riviera

Youth might beat experience this year at Riviera

There’s a growing youth movement on the PGA Tour that will challenge the classic, demanding layout at Riviera Country Club this week in the Genesis Open.

Traditionally, Los Angeles' annual stop on the tour has gone to a veteran who has become familiar with the intricacies of the 90-year-old George Thomas design and learned where to hit the ball … and more important, where not to hit it. This year? Who knows?

The last seven winners on the tour have been in their 20s, and 10 of the 13 events in the 2016-17 season have been won by players under 30. In fact, the average age of the last seven winners is just under 25.

“This course definitely requires...

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