The Northern Trust Open will be played this weekend at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Pallisades, CA, and one of my favorite video game courses play at a par 71 and 7298 yards.  With a purse of $6,300,000 with the winner will taking home a smooth $1,134,00, and with that kind of coin on the line you’re going to have a nice field.

Last year Phil Mickelson took home the top prize, finishing with a score of -12. His second round -7/64 was the low round of the tournament. Schneid’s recent man crush, Paddy Harrington, finished tied with Luke Donald at -7. K.J. Choi, Steve Stricker, J.B. Holmes and Stuart Appleby also earned  top 10 money by finishing T7/-5. I can definitely see the top scores staying in the same general range (-10 to -12 for the winner) as last year with the usual big names making some noise. This year we will get to see the Japanese prodigy Ryo Ishikawa make his PGA Tour debut. This kid is only 17 and he is the youngest player ever to enter the top 100 Official World Golf Rankings. Some of this year’s other notables: Jim Furyk, Mike Weir, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, and Retief Goosen.

Well, all of our previous picks have basically been for not because we have nothing to pick for. We are going to have a  point value assigned to each player we picked based on how they finished that week’s tournament. I will go through and look at all of the previous picks and get the points updated for all of our past picks as well. The breakdown is as followed:

1st Place: 15 points

Top 3 Finish: 8 points

Top 5 Finish: 6 points

Top 10 Finish: 5 points

Top 25 Finish: 3 points

Making the Cut: 1 point

This point system is subject to change and we are yet to determine what is on the line for the end of season winner. We will get that all figured out and get the standings up shortly.

On to the picks…

TheRealAC says:

I’m pulling a Schneid and going back to back with the only acceptable Canadian: Mike Weir. Weir already has 2 victories at Riviera CC in his career and has to be real juiced about not getting a final round shot at the title last week. I don’t mean to take anything away from Dustin Johnson, but I really liked Weir’s odds of pulling out a W last weekend. He finished T2 in the weather shortened stint at Pebble Beach.

spencer096 says:

I’m sticking with Phil until he wins.  That’s it.

Danfinuc says:

I’m going with Luke Donald this week. His golf has been pretty solid the past few weeks since his return from the wrist injury. He has played well in the past at Riviera so I don’t think it is unrealistic to expect a high finish for Luke.  The only downside is the one hole fubars he’s been playing, especially the par 3s. We’ll see how he does.

Get Off The Schneid says:

Damn. AC stole my pick for this week. Then again, since he writes it, I guess he has first crack. Eventhough there are no rules against picking the same dude, I won’t be the first. I’ll wait until everyone is drooling over Tiger’s return. If my picks stay true to form, last week’s unlucky ball-chaser should probably be in the Top 5 this week. Paddy. With that, I am going with Kentucky’s own, Kenny Perry.