Of course, the headliner is the Buick poster-boy and the defending champion, Tiger Woods. The worlds greatest golfer hasnt teed it up on Tour for five weeks ' to this point, playing the same number of PGA Tour events as Michelle Wie.
Since we last saw Tiger at the Mercedes Championships in Hawaii, Ernies won, Phils won and so has Vijay. Woods number must be up.
During Wednesdays Pro-Am, Tiger wasnt as sharp as he could be; but as we all know, that can change in a day. Lest we forget, Woods won here last year following a long layoff and knee surgery.
Tiger says he just loved his extended break ' the longest hell take all year. But he wasnt just relaxing and having fun. Woods played a lot of golf. Now hes fresh and ready to get back into the fray. Hes as fit as ever and his remarkable swing looks, well, remarkable.
The only noticeable change in Tiger was the goatee. Yeah, it took me four weeks to grow, but it could be gone as soon as tomorrow. Of course a clean-shaven Tiger means the opposition can see his intimidating game-face more clearly.
One guy who certainly doesnt seem intimidated by Mr. Woods, is last years --and this years -- leading money-winner, Vijay Singh. Vijays coming off a dominating win at Pebble Beach as he extended his streak of top-10 finishes on Tour to twelve. The key to his amazing run of consistency: Focus.
Athletes will tell you confidence is also critical to success; and Phil Mickelson is brimming with it. This weeks hometown boy has every reason to be as confident as hes ever been on Tour.
After a miserable year in 2003, Phils started this season by winning the Bob Hope and then coming close to winning in each of the next two weeks. Now Phils back at a course that he loves ' a course where hes won thrice before. His game looks as sharp as it can be and Phil says hes improving with every round.
Tiger, Phil and Vijay. It should be quite a week. Those three and about 150 more of the worlds best players.