Most of the nation's 3,000,000 golfers were in hibernation. Last week,
except for a burst of New Year's Eve celebrating, country clubs from
Maine to Medicine Hat were silent and windswept, their fairways and
greens deserted. One that was not lay in a small coastal canyon about a
mile from the Pacific Ocean. Golf balls by the dozens whizzed down
Riviera's lush fairways; crowds of gawkers hustled along among the
eucalyptus trees; caddies were busy as bird dogs. The $15,000 Los
Angeles Open, which puts golf's winter circuit in high gear, opens...
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