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5 Things: D. Johnson leads; Walker shines; more

Riviera's firm greens were the talk of the first round as Dustin Johnson shot 66 in the morning, then remained in the lead until the sun set. Here are 5 Things to know from the Northern Trust Open.

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Tour Tracker: D. Johnson leads at Riviera

Dustin Johnson leads Jimmy Walker and 10 others by a shot as play was suspended due to darkness, with Keegan Bradley, Rickie Fowler and Jim Furyk among six players another shot back. Recap the first round's top developments right here.

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Beware 'Jamzilla,' potentially a Riviera nightmare

Three of five lanes on Interstate 405, the major artery around L.A. that leads to Riviera, will be closed during the day, and all five will be shut at night. The 405 normally accommodates more than 300,000 cars per day, according to LA Metro. Uh-oh.

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Early sales indicate Americans have Ryder Cup fever

During the recent PGA Merchandise Show, Golfweek talked with Premier Golf's Jim Ward and Wide World of Golf's Bill Hogan about the Ryder Cup and the golf travel market.

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FootJoy introduces Tour Compression Golf Sock

FootJoy’s release of the new FJ Tour Compression Golf Sock will come on Feb. 14.

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Call out for ‘Local Legends’

Golfweek wants to hear about golfers with impressive amateur records on the state and local scene. Several will be highlighted in our annual Amateur Issue on May 9.

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'Snowman,' bad back lead to Verplank's WD

After a quadruple-bogey to start his day, Scott Verplank withdrew from the Northern Trust Open citing a bad back, not to mention being 10 over in the opening round.

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Spieth's caddie has flashback to amateur days

Jordan Spieth's caddie, Michael Greller, flashed back to the 2012 Northern Trust Open -- when he took a week off from his job as a sixth-grade math and science teacher to watch Spieth compete as an amateur.

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Florida State Match-Up couples teams in strong field

Golfers will couple up this Valentine's Day weekend at the Florida State Match-Up Friday through Sunday at the Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla.

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Florida State looks to repeat at Gator Invitational

The Florida State Seminoles will look to repeat at the Gator Invitational Saturday through Sunday in Gainesville, Fla.

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Top seed Illinois looks for Big Ten Match Play title

All 12 Big Ten men's golf teams will get a taste for what the conference has to offer at the Big Ten Match Play Friday through Saturday in Bradenton, Fla.

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62 carries Santos to Africa Open first-round lead

With a 9-under 62, Ricardo Santos opened up a two-shot lead during the first round of the European Tour's 2014 Africa Open, with four players T-2 two shots back.

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Player Diary: Ashlan Ramsey (Part 15)

Clemson freshman Ashlan Ramsey joins the Golfweek.com staff as a player blogger for the 2013-14 college golf season.

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Martin (No. 21, 2015) commits to Vanderbilt

Patrick Martin of Hoover, Ala., has given a verbal commitment to play golf at Vanderbilt in 2015.

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SCORES: Northern Trust Open, Round 4

Follow the live leaderboard from the Northern Trust Open in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

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Kim (No. 85, 2015) commits to Boston College

Katie Kim of Riverwoods, Ill., has given a verbal commitment to play golf at Boston College in 2015.

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Pettersen leads Australian Open; Korda, Ko lurking

Norway's Suzann Pettersen birdied her last three holes in a 6-under 66 on Thursday to lead the women's Australian Open by a shot after the first round at the Victoria Golf Club.

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In this issue: Jan. 31, 2014

Inside the Jan. 31, 2014 issue of Golfweek:

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Adjustments in store with anchoring on way out

On Jan. 1, 2016, the anchored putting stroke will be abolished under the Rules of Golf. Golfers who anchor their putters will be forced to adopt alternative methods. The big question: What are the options?

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Seniors fuel UAB's quest for NCAA Championships

Alabama Birmingham looks to turn its hot fall into complete season behind seniors Sam Love, Wilson McDonald and Thomas Sutton and make a run to the NCAA Championship.

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Choi's Sunday run at Torrey Pines yields wait

No one had a longer wait to see how the tournament unfolded than K.J. Choi, who waited more than two hours until it was determined that his effort was one stroke shy of a win -- but still his best finish in about two years.

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La Costa makeover heralds playability, conditioning

Perhaps more down-to-earth renovations such as the one done at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa’s Legends Course will get golf back to what it’s supposed to be: interesting and enjoyable, rather than a chore.