28 May '12, 10pm

Our @GolfweekLavner says that the NCAAs have gone Hollywood, and Riviera CC is the perfect backdrop:

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Hello, paradise. The high temperature Monday at Riviera Country Club, site of this week’s NCAA Championship, was 72 degrees. The sky looked like blue construction paper. A comfortable wind blew off the Pacific. Might as well take a photograph, add a postage stamp in the top-right corner and sign it, “Wish you were here!” This year’s national championship has gone so Hollywood, with team vans driving down Sunset Boulevard and players staying at the glamorous Loews Hotel near Santa Monica and everybody seemingly watching the first-place Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. Now, those uniquely L.A. experiences are rendered mere footnotes. For the next six days, Riviera takes center stage at college golf’s biggest event. “Why are majors played on these kind of courses?” Illinois coach Mike Small asked Monday during a practice round. “It’s the magnetism. The ex...

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