Greg Chalmers is bracing for a pre-major environment at this week's Wells Fargo Championship with Tiger Woods headlining a star-studded field in North Carolina.
The US PGA Tour's event in Charlotte returns to Quail Hollow Club after relocating last year as the golf course prepared to host the 2017 US PGA Championship.
With the Players Championship looming next week, the tournament's return to the 7,554-yard brute track has attracted 14 of the world's top 25 golfers, including two-time Quail Hollow winner Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas, as well as 14-time major champion Woods.
"It's a really strong field this year, with Justin, Rory, Tiger and Phil (Mickelson) as well as a lot of good European players," Chalmers said.
"It's definitely got that lead-up-to-a-major feel about it; I'm sure there will be a real buzz on Thursday and then by Saturday it will be nuts."
Woods, who won at Quail Hollow in 2007, hasn't played the event since 2012.
But Chalmers isn't counting out the former world No.1, who is playing the seventh tournament of his comeback from spinal fusion surgery last year.
"Tiger has been phenomenal; I've been amazed at his ability to come back from what he has been through," said Chalmers, who shared 10th at last week's Zurich Classic.
"I played through his glory years and was lucky to watch first-hand how good he was, and he hasn't lost any of that talent.
"Can he win this week? It's hard to pick winners in golf, but nothing would surprise me when it comes to Tiger Woods."
Joining Chalmers in the field - which preludes next week's Players Championship - are fellow Australians Jason Day and Adam Scott.
Like Woods, Day will make his first visit to the tournament since 2012 when he tied ninth, while Scott has contested the last three editions.
Former Masters winner and world No.1 Scott has continued his slide down the world rankings to No.68 while searching for his first win in more than two years.
Rounding out the Australian contingent is 20-year-old Ryan Ruffels on a sponsor's invitation, as well as veterans Aaron Baddeley, Geoff Ogilvy and Rod Pampling.