The Links: Phil Mickelson loves Riviera

Riviera will host one of the few African-Americans to play this year. (Getty Images) 

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Amazing read on 24-year-old Jeremiah Woodling, one of the very few African-American golfers who will tee it up on Tour this year: 

Jeremiah avoids swing instructors. To build his game, he has studied hours of golf swings, including those of Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and, most recently, Rory McIlroy. After watching these videos, he takes a golf club in front of a big mirror to figure out the difference between "feel and real." (ESPN)

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Phil Mickelson on how much he loves Riviera. (Golf Channel)

Fred Couples on how he loves it more than Mickelson. (Golf Channel)

This is awesome. James Hahn used to tell people that he was working with Butch Harmon and David Leadbetter when he was really just watching YouTube videos. (GolfDigest)

I honestly just kind of want the Vijay Singh story to end. (Golf Channel)

Carl Pettersson's wife says he's in better shape than you think. (PGA TOUR)

Agree with this -- LeBron James is playing basketball on Tiger Woods-in-2000 levels right now. (Golf Channel)

Tiger Woods in 2006: "I’d be seriously upset if I went my whole career and never won [the Northern Trust Open]. It’s one of the oldest events on our tour. It’s played every year on one of our best courses. It always attracts a strong field. These are exactly the tournaments you want to win." He hasn't played since. (The New York Times)

The celeb watch at Riviera is good. (GolfDigest)

Jerry West has tried (and failed) to get Tiger Woods to play the Northern Trust Open. (Golf Channel)

Fred Couples used to tell his caddie to "write down a three" when they arrived at the par-4 No. 10 hole at Riviera. (GolfWeek)

Phil Mickelson keeps switching clubs. (GolfWeek)

The vice president struck fans multiple times with drives ... this time in 1971. (Golf Channel)

Adam Scott didn't know about Mickelson's lipout 59 until Wednesday. (AP)

Time to get to know Jimmy Walker. (

Keegan Bradley on last year's heroics. (PGA TOUR)

Why Brandt Snedeker can get to No. 1. (


Ernie Els is anti-banning anchored putters. Els won the British Open last year with an anchored putter. (CBS Sports)

This girl is out of her mind. Somebody get Phil Knight on the phone. (BBC)


3-6 p.m. ET on Golf Channel -- Northern Trust Open


Gary Player sends this tweet? Awesome. Tiger Woods sends this tweet? Not awesome.

I linked this on Wednesday. But if you didn't see it, you should. It's spectacular.

Brian Gay gets player of the month.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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