As consolation prizes go, the Giants and the 49ers aren't a bad option.
Tiger Woods isn't playing this week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. But the festivities will include the World Series champions and former members of the Super Bowl participants squaring off in Tuesday's third annual Chevron-Charity Shootout.
The Giants' lineup is expected to feature manager Bruce Bochy and ace Matt Cain along with pitcher Ryan Vogelsong, pitching coach Dave Righetti, former stars Will Clark and J.T. Snow and broadcasters Dave Flemming and Mike Krukow.
Among those tentatively scheduled to participate for the 49ers are former stars Brent Jones, Dwight Clark, Harris Barton and Steve Bono. No current 49ers are expected to participate.
The shootout, which begins at 1:30 p.m., encompasses holes 1, 2, 3, 17 and 18 and should help offset the absence of the two biggest draws in golf, Woods and Rory McIlroy.
While the field of professional players isn't quite star-studded, it is as deep as ever: Tournament director Steve John said 13 of the top-50 players are involved, a tournament record.
The group includes Pebble Beach regular Phil Mickelson as well as Lee Westwood, Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker, No. 6 in the world rankings.
The course switch from Poppy Hills to the Monterey Peninsula Country Club has been well-received by the golfers. But timing continues to work against the tournament.
"Our challenge is Dubai," John said.
Pebble Beach takes place the week after the Dubai Desert Classic, which usually attracts a top-tier field.
Rather than flying halfway across the world, John said, many of the biggest names at Dubai stay on that side of the Atlantic and participate in this week's Joburg Open.
"We're more than satisfied with the pros we've got," John said. "It's our strongest field ever, even without Tiger."