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Gone are the whales and the palm trees of Hawaii, and desert golf is ushered in as the PGA Tour heads to California for the start of a month-long west coast swing. The American Express starts this week in Palm Desert, but it will only be played on two courses instead of the traditional three because the annual pro-am portion of the event has been canceled on account of COVID-19.

The course that was eliminated from the rotation this year is La Quinta Country Club, which traditionally played as (by far) the easiest track, so scoring should be up a bit from past iterations of this tournament. That's not saying much considering nothing worse than 20 under has won the tournament since it flipped to a four-round event in 2012.

After one round, Brandon Hagy leads at 8 under. Most of the stars in this tournament struggled to keep pace on Thursday, with Patrick Reed, Sungjae Im and Tony Finau coming closest at 4 under. There's going to be plenty of competition for Hagy on Friday with 12 golfers within three shots of his lead.

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Regardless, we should get some good drama, great storylines and hear from a few players we haven't heard from in a while throughout the entire week at PGA West.

All times Eastern; streaming start times approximated

Round 2 -- Friday

Round starts: 10 a.m.

Live TV coverage: 3-7 p.m. on Golf Channel
Live stream online: 3-7 p.m. on fuboTV (Try for free) and NBCSports.com 

Radio: 1-7 p.m. on PGA Tour Radio

Rounds 3-4 -- Saturday and Sunday

Round starts: 10 a.m.

Live TV coverage: 3-7 p.m. on Golf Channel
Live stream online: 3-7 p.m. on fuboTV (Try for free) and NBCSports.com 

Radio: 2-7 p.m. on PGA Tour Radio