The 18-year-old Stanford freshman played every Sony Open from 2004-07, never making the cut, but was not offered a sponsor's exemption this year. There is some doubt as to whether she would have accepted one if she had been.
For the players who will be on hand, this weekend's tournament marks the second of the 2008 season for the PGA TOUR, and first with a full field.
Daniel Chopra opened the campaign with a four-hole playoff win over Steve Stricker at the Mercedes-Benz Championship on Sunday, collecting $1.1 million to jump to the top of the money list as well as the FedExCup points list.
This week's winner will receive $936,000 of the $5.3 million purse.
Last year, Paul Goydos won for the first time on tour since the 1996 tournament at Bay Hill. Goydos outlasted two younger, higher-ranked foes in Charles Howell III and Luke Donald to win by a stroke
The GOLF CHANNEL has live coverage of all four rounds beginning Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.
Next week, the PGA TOUR leaves the 50th state and heads to California for the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, which was won last year by Charley Hoffman.