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Riviera Expected to Get 1995 PGA Tournament

From Staff and Wire Reports

Riviera Country Club is expected to be named host golf club for the 1995 national PGA tournament, according to information sent to members of the Pacific Palisades club.

“We notified the membership with a letter of intent to host the tournament,” Riviera executive Nancy Pearl said.

No contracts have been signed, but a formal announcement may be made this week in Carmel, Ind., where the 1991 championship will start Thursday.

The 77th PGA, scheduled for mid-August 1995, will be the second time for Riviera and the third in Southern California. In 1983, Hal Sutton shot a first-round 65 at Riviera and went on to win despite a 66 in the final round by Jack Nicklaus. The tournament was held at Hillcrest Country Club in 1929.

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Riviera was the site of the 1948 U.S. Open when it became known as “Hogan’s Alley,” after Ben Hogan won with a record score of 276. He also won the 1947 and 1948 Los Angeles Opens, giving him three victories at Riviera in 17 months.

The 1992 PGA will be at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, but no site has been announced for 1993. The Aronimink Golf Club of Newton Square, Pa., which was selected, withdrew when officials said it could not comply with new PGA regulations regarding minority membership. Oak Tree Country Club in Edmund, Okla., will be the host club in 1994.


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