The 2024 PGA Tour season is on to week three with its first event in the continental United States.
We're at The American Express, known to the OGs as the Bob Hope Desert Classic, or simply the Desert Classic.
However you slice it, we're dealing with a tournament with a field of 156 players divided between three courses for the first three rounds before the cut of top 65 and ties is made.
The field size increased from 144 last week at the Sony Open in Hawaii. That's good news for a host of rookies and others down the PGA Tour status list who finally get to make their season debut.
The courses in rotation are all in the greater Palm Springs area. They're La Quinta Country Club and the Stadium and Nicklaus courses at PGA West.
The Stadium course hosts the final round. This course came onto the scene in 1986. The Pete Dye layout was extremely difficult when it debuted, leading to an outcry from the players.
The PGA Tour acquiesced by making the course less daunting. It's now one of the more feeble tests in golf with low scores aplenty.
Players will be treated to dome-like conditions this week. The forecast calls for temperatures in the 50s-70s Fahrenheit with light winds and no rain.
The American Express has one of its best fields in recent memory.
Four of the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking and 11 of the top 25 are in attendance.
Plenty of those guys are in the power rankings. Let's see who those 10 are: