The Hyundai Tournament of Champions and the Sony Open are in the books, and it's time for the PGA Tour to hit the continental United States for the West Coast swing.
Torrey Pines, Pebble Beach and Riviera are three of the most iconic courses on tour and have hosted PGA Tour events since the days of Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Sam Snead.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson do not disrupt their winter vacations and venture to the land of pineapple and palm trees. They wait until the tour hits the mainland before they normally make their season debuts.
The West Coast swing is comprised of the Humana Challenge, Farmers Insurance Open, Waste Management Phoenix Open, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the Northern Trust Open.
It starts in Palm Springs, moves over to San Diego, heads east to Phoenix and then back to the Monterey Peninsula before finishing at the historic Riviera in Los Angeles.
With very few exceptions, all of the big names make an appearance or two during these five tournaments, and the golf season seems to begin in earnest.