The Mercury News
THIS WEEK’S GOLF TOURNAMENTS PGA TOUR
THE AMERICAN EXPRESS
Site: La Quinta
Courses: PGA West, Stadium Course (Yardage: 7,147. Par: 72) and Nicklaus Tournament (Yardage: 7,181. Par: 72).
Prize money: $6.7 million. Winner’s share: $1.134 million.
Television: Today-Sunday, noon-4 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Andrew Landry.
Last week: Kevin Na won the Sony Open.
Notes: For the first time since the tournament began in 1960, it will not feature a pro-am format during the competition. It also has been reduced to two golf courses instead of three . ... No spectators will be allowed. ... Brooks Koepka is playing the tournament for the first time . ... Defending champion Andrew Landry is among nine players who competed in both Hawaii events . ... Patrick Cantlay is the only player from the top 10 in the world, though the field also includes Patrick Reed (No. 11) and Koepka (No. 12).
Next week: Farmers Insurance Open.
LPGA TOUR DIAMOND RESORTS TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Site: Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Course: Tranquilo GC at Four
Seasons Golf and Sports Club. Yardage: 6,630. Par: 71.
Prize money: $1.2 million. Winner’s share: $180,000.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m. to noon (Golf Channel); Saturday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. (Golf Channel),1:30-4:30 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, 11 a.m.-noon (Golf Channel), noon-2 p.m. (NBC).
Notes: The season opener features a 25-player field.
... The tournament features only three of the top 10 players in the world, all from North America: Danielle Kang, Nelly Korda and Brooke Henderson.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CHAMPIONSHIP AT HUALALAI
Site: Ka’upulehu-Kona, Hawaii.
Course: Hualalai GC. Yardage: 7,107. Par: 72.
Prize money: $1.8 million. Winner’s share: $310,000.
Television: Friday-Sunday, 4-7 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Bernhard Langer.
Notes: This is the first tournament of the year, but the season is a continuation from last year . ... Jim Furyk and Ernie Els are in the field. They were two of the three players with multiple victories last year. The other was Phil Mickelson . ... One of the sponsor exemptions went to 71-year-old Tom Watson.