PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2016) -- Today
at Riviera Country Club there was hardly a gallery,
and most of the spectators that were in attendance
were following World No. 1 Jordan Spieth and his
partner Beau Hossler, representing Texas. (Hossler
posted 1-over 71.)
Starting on the back nine with his coach Mike
Small (a former Tour player 3-time PGA National
Club Pro champ) on the bag, Charlie Danielson of
Illinois (paired with PGA Tour player and Illinois
alum Scott Langley) quietly went about his business,
picking the Riviera layout apart without a single
At 2-under par on his last hole, he faced a shot
of 114 yards to a tucked pin on the 9th green. Leave
it in the bunker and it could plug; go long and face a
tough downhill two putt or up-and-down.
"We had a perfect yardage there,"
said Danielson. "Coach said we should try and
make birdie so we went right at it."
birdie putt on the 9th hole, his last
After hoisting a gap wedge to 7 feet, Danielson
drained a tricky left to right downhill putt, putting the
icing on a 3-under 68 -- three clear of the next two
players, last year's winner Will Zalatoris of Wake
Forest and Jonathan Garrick of UCLA who posted 71.
On Thursday, Danielson will play in the
Northern Trust Open, his first PGA Tour event.
“It means a lot to play this week at the Northern
Trust Open because I was fortunate enough to be
able to come on the trip because our team had such
a great year," Danielson told Golfweek.
"And to come play with donors and coach
Small, it was a treat. To play in my first PGA Tour
event and have it be at Riviera, here at the Northern
Trust Open, I am just grateful for the
Danielson's 68 was especially noteworthy since
players did not get the chance to play a practice
round at Riviera on Sunday.
the four-person team title behind Jordan Spieth and
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