Riviera Country Club often appears near the top of everybody's list of best golf courses. Essentially unaltered, the 1926 George Thomas design and routing make Riviera a classic course that is still a great test of golf for the modern player.
Riviera is called "Hogan's Alley" because Ben Hogan won there three times in 1947 and 1948, collecting two L.A. Open titles and notching a U.S. Open victory.
Many other golf greats also won at Riviera, including Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Tom Watson, Johnny Miller and Hale Irwin. And, more recently, Ben Crenshaw, Nick Faldo, Fred Couples, Corey Pavin, Davis Love and Ernie Els.
Surprisingly, two players who have never won at Riviera are Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Both have finished second, including Jack's runner-up finish to Hal Sutton in the 1983 PGA Championship.
Woods played his first professional event at Riviera at the tender age of 16. This year he isn't competing in the Nissan Open, but you can bet he'll be back to Riviera.
Will Tiger break the jinx and one-up Jack by winning at "Hogan's Alley"?
The Armchair Golfer