UPDATE: 5:30 p.m.: The sun is setting and it's about that time. We're packing up and will have video highlights in the morning. Mickelson ... still in the lead!
UPDATE: 5:25 p.m.: Just uploaded video of Jonathan Byrd teeing off from the first hole. Check it out!
UPDATE: 5:20 p.m.: Just heard over the PA system here in the media tent ... Los Angeles-born Anthony Kim was disqualified this evening for signing for a lower score.
UPDATE: 5:14 p.m.: After interviewing General Manager Mike Bone, we watched Jonathan Byrd tee off from the first hole. He's currently tied for third. We also watched Southern Californian Rickie Fowler tee off from the 17th hole. Fowler is from Murrieta, CA. He is currently tied for 54th.
UPDATE 1:58 p.m.: The day started off warm and sunny at the Riviera, but it's starting to get a little nippy. Mickelson finished the day one under par, so he's still in the lead! Heading off to go interview the Northern Trust Open General Manager. More to come!
The media tent has been busy since practice rounds for the Northern Trust Open kicked off Tuesday at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. However, on Friday, and with Phil Mickelson drawing quite a crowd, television stations, reporters and photographers are starting to set up for a weekend of heavy competition.
Thirty players didn't finish their first round after play was called due to darkness at 5:42 p.m. Thursday. The first-round leaderboard had San Diego-born Phil Mickelson at the number one spot, finishing five under par.
The rest of the leaderboard was as follows:
- J.B. Holmes, 67 (-4)
- Hunter Mahan, 67 (-4)
- Jonathan Byrd, 68 (-3)
- Carl Pettersson, 68 (-3)
- Troy Matteson, 68 (-3)
Another fan favorite, Freddie Couples, teed off at 7:16 a.m. Friday, kicking off the second round of the tournament. Couples was accompanied by Sergio Garcia and Jason Day. Hunter Mahan, who was born in Orange and went to USC, also teed off at 7:16 a.m. with Geoff Ogilvy and Vijay Singh.
Mickelson teed off at 7:27 a.m., followed by Ernie Els and Justin Leonard at 7:48 a.m.
Northern Trust Open defending champion Aaron Baddeley, Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson teed off shortly after noon.
We'll see if Mickelson can hold the lead. Wouldn't it be perfect for a SoCal player to win at a SoCal course?
- For reaction from Southern Californians about Day One at the Riviera, click here.
- For a live blog from Day One at the Northern Trust Open, click here.
- For the story about military moms-to-be who were honored at the Riviera during the practice round, click here.
- For a story from the LA Times about the buzz surrounding this year's tournament, click here.
City News Service contributed to this report.