Henrik Stenson

Pros get ready to tackle Riviera in the calm before the storm

Pros get ready to tackle Riviera in the calm before the storm

If you were to listen to the pros talk about this week’s Genesis Open, you would think you were at a testimonial dinner for the Riviera Country Club.

No doubt the gushing adjectives will come close to equaling the number of birdies as 143 professionals and one amateur tee off in Thursday’s first round. For at least one day, the talk will be about the elevated tee box on No. 1, the bunker in the middle of the sixth green, the 315-yard 10th hole, which Bubba Watson calls the most demanding par four he’s ever played in his life.

And who can forget the 475-yard finishing hole, seemingly all uphill, with its blind fairway and amphitheater-style green in the shadow of its...

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