LOS ANGELES — Dustin Johnson went to No. 1 in the world with a world-class performance at Riviera. Johnson turned a marathon finish into a Sunday stroll in the Genesis Open. All he cared about Sunday was winning at Riviera, one of his favorite courses where he has had chances in four of the last five years. There was no doubt this time. Johnson had a one-shot lead when he arrived Sunday at Riviera, which lost 10 hours the previous three days to fog and torrential rain. Johnson had such command of his game that his longest par putt in the third round was from 4 feet, and he closed with three straight birdies to make the final round in the afternoon more of a coronation. Johnson went 49 straight holes without a bogey, a streak that ended on No. 9 in the final round, and he was sloppy down the stretch when it no longer mattered. It capped off a strong stretch that elevated Johnson to the top.
Inbee Park is making her return after a six-month absence. Inbee Park makes her return to the LPGA Tour this week, ending a six-month absence from the circuit with her first 2017 start at the Honda LPGA Thailand. Park struggled throughout 2016 with a left thumb injury that forced her to withdraw several times and shoot uncharacteristic high scores when she was able to play.
At The Honda Classic, the famed three-hole stretch called the Bear Trap tests the mettle of the game’s best. Here’s everything you need to know about the Bear Trap. Course: PGA National (The Champion Course), Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Holes: 15 (par 3), 16 (par 4), 17 (par 3) “It’s not about length,” says Jack Nicklaus, the golf legend who designed these holes (15, 16 and 17). It’s about guts.” Some players have taken that quote to heart and played aggressively through the Bear Trap.