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Pass the Geritol: Corey Pavin, Fred Couples in contention at Riviera

Jonathan Wall
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Pass the Geritol and flip on the Golden Girls, because the old guys are taking over the Northern Trust Open.

Even with the bottleneck on the leader-board -- there was a nine-way tie before play was called due to darkness -- it was hard not to notice Fred Couples and Corey Pavin's names lurking near the top.

For a moment on Thursday, it felt like we were back in the early 90's, when Pavin and Couples were in their prime.

Both former champions of the event, they know a thing or two about winning at famed Riviera. But their past success didn't mean people were pegging them to make a run at this year's event.

Pavin spent most of his early week interview time talking about his Ryder Cup experience, while Couples discussed his aching back.

Even with the little fanfare, here they are, sitting just couple shots off the lead. It just goes to show you that age doesn't matter on the PGA Tour; it's all about experience.

Having played the tournament 27 (Pavin) and 29 (Couples) times, respectively, it's safe to say they have the local knowledge part down on a course where knowing the subtle nuiances can give you a distinct advantage.

While it's still early, it looks like both could be in for great weeks. Even though the tour has passed both players by, it's always great to see some of the marquee names that pushed the tour to new heights during the 90's doing well.

So long as they pop a couple Advil and remember to get to bed by 9 p.m., don't be surprised if you see one or both in contention on the weekend.

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