Steele plays Riviera this week

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After taking last week off, Brendan Steele will play in this week’s Genesis Open on the Riviera Country Club course in Pacific Palisades, a community in West Los Angeles.

The Idyllwild native has played Riviera every year since joining the PGA Tour, with mixed results. He garnered a top-10 in 2014 tying for 10th, and a top-20 in 2015 tying for 14th. He tied for 39th in both 2016 and 2017, and posted T46 in 2013 and T69 in 2012. He missed the cut in only one year: 2011, his rookie year on the tour.

The Riviera Country Club course has a fabled history. It has been home to three major championships and is one of two courses bearing the nickname “Hogan’s Alley” because that’s where Ben Hogan captured the 1948 U.S. Open and three Los Angeles Opens in the 1940s, winning three times on the course during an 18-month period. A statue of Bantam Ben, aka The Wee Iceman, graces the grounds near the clubhouse.

Drive on down and enjoy some golf history while rooting Brendan on. He tees off Thursday from no. 10 at 7:43 a.m. and Friday from no. 1 at 12:23 p.m. He’ll play with Greg Chalmers and Sangmoon Bae both days.

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