Sport: Little Ice Water

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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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