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PGA Tour advance man adds difficulty and drama to Riviera course
PGA Tour advance man adds difficulty and drama to Riviera course

Three hundred yards down the fairway, Steve Rintoul stops his golf cart and hops out for a closer look. Faint lines show in the grass where mowers have recently passed through. Rintoul kneels to run his hand over the short, bristling surface. "Pure kikuyu," he says. The subject of turf varieties can start calculations — launch angles, spin rates — fluttering through his head. Rintoul tries to imagine the world's best golfers hitting tee shots on this first hole at Riviera Country Club. How hard will the ball bounce on kikuyu? How far will it run across this stuff that grows in a tight, sticky weave? "This is like Bermuda grass on steroids," he...

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