Exciting final day of golf in southern California

What a beautiful day in southern California for the final round of the Northern Trust Open!  Temperatures were a bit “cool”, high sixties (gee, highs in the low 40’s here) and an exciting finish culminating in a playoff with a local boy winning his first golf tournament.  Bill Haas started the day with a two shot lead but faltered.  When all eighteen holes were completed, two finished at -11, John Merrick and Charles Beljan (who holed a birdie putt on 18 to put himself into the playoff).  After the first playoff at #18, still dead even.  Then they moved on to the 10th hole and Merrick took the victory with a beautiful putt and Beljan missed his par putt.  Great first win for Merrick who hales from southern California and played his college golf at nearby UCLA.  Bill Haas finished tied for third at -10 along with Fredrik Jacobson and Charles Schwartzel.  Webb Simpson and Josh Teater finished at -9 and Hunter Mahan came in at -8.  Phil Mickelson closed out his four rounds at -3.  Beautiful day of golf on a beautiful golf course (golf scenes from the movie Tin Cup with Kevin Costner were filmed on this course!)

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