Those days are gone. Long gone.
This year's fearsome foursome that will gather Thanksgiving weekend in the California desert include defending champion Stephen Ames, Masters champion Zach Johnson, Skins Game regular Fred Couples and Brett Wetterich.
How did Wetterich make the field?
One of the criteria is for the highest available player from the 2006 PGA TOUR money list, and Wetterich finished at No. 10. Among those who turned down invitations were Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk, Adam Scott and Vijay Singh. One spot goes to the winner of THE PLAYERS Championship, but Phil Mickelson rarely plays in the offseason. That pick was used on Johnson.
Couples has been out all year with a severe back injury, and there's no guarantee he will play. No telling whom organizers will pick to take his spot, or who is even available to create interest.