THE AMERICAN EXPRESS
Site: La Quinta, California.
Courses: PGA West (Stadium). Yardage: 7,158. Par: 72. PGA West (Nicklaus Tournament). Yardage: 7,147. Par: 72. La Quinta CC. Yardage: 7,060. Par: 72.
Prize money: $7.6 million. Winner’s share: $1.368 million.
Television: Today-Sunday, 3-7 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Si Woo Kim.
FedEx Cup leader: Hideki Matsuyama.
Last week: Hideki Matsuyama won the Sony Open.
Notes: The field features Jon Rahm and Patrick Cantlay from among the top five in the world ranking. Also in the field from the top 20 are Scottie Scheffler, Tony Finau and Abraham Ancer. ... Phil Mickelson is the tournament host, though the tournament does not have elite status as other player-hosted events like the Genesis Invitational (Tiger Woods), the Memorial (Jack Nicklaus) and Arnold Palmer Invitational. ... Cantlay last year closed with a 61 and finished one shot behind Si Woo Kim. ... Ancer, Lucas Glover and Sungjae Im are among six players who are competing in the first three PGA Tour events of the calendar year. ... Rickie Fowler makes his first start of the year and will be playing for the first time since his wife gave birth to their first child in November.
Next week: Farmers Insurance Open.