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Northern Trust Open: Rain is heavy, golf still happening

February 18, 2011 |  4:03 pm


The rain forecast for Southern California has arrived at Riviera Country Club, which is bad news for the caddies who must towel off clubs, wring gloves dry and hold large umbrellas over the heads of their golfers, some of whom are still playing the second round.

Fred Couples is the leader in the clubhouse after two rounds of the Northern Trust Open. Couples is at eight-under-par 134. Two of the nine first-round leaders, J.B. Holmes and John Senden, are tied for second, two shots back. Holmes has also finished for the day but Senden still has Nos. 15, 16 and 17 to play. Five more men are at five under, including Kevin Na, who matched Couples' five-under 66 Friday. Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington is also at five under through 10 r this afternoon.

The weather forecast just delivered by the tournament says light rain will increase in intensity and will soon include gusty winds. This sort of weather is expected to continue through tomorrow with clearing not coming until Sunday.

The golfers will play on unless there is lightning or flooding on the course which most of the golfers have universally praised for being in great condition and draining well.

-- Diane Pucin

Photo: Phil Mickelson watches his tee shot at No. 14 on Friday during the second round of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club. Credit: Stuart Franklin / Getty Images