American Express 2022 Picks, Field Rating, Odds, Best Bets, PGA West Golf Tournament Predictions


The Hawaiian swing has been pushed aside, but what should be an exciting round of golf along the west coast of the continental United States ahead of the Players Championship in March is just ahead. It starts this week with The American Express, which has its best course in nearly two decades and features two of the world’s top four players, both of whom have played some of the best golf on the planet over the past six months.

Let’s take a closer look at this week’s contest with odds provided via Caesars Sportsbook.

Event Information

Event: The American Express | Appointment: January 20-23
Site: La Quinta Country Club, PGA West Stadium Course and Nicklaus Course – La Quinta, CA.
Through: 72 | Stock Exchange: $7.6 million

Three things to know

1. Wait, 373 meters? I am fascinated by the story of James Hard du Preez, a South African player on the pitch this week. He’s longer than Bryson DeChambeau with a grace and poise reminiscent of another South African legend. It hits a ball speed of 200 MPH (or more) without even really trying that hard, it seems. It won’t win you a golf tournament, but in a world of golf obsessed with speed and distance, it will be an intriguing follow-up this week at this event. According to Golf Channel, he averaged (AVERAGE) 373 yards from the tee last year on the Sunshine Tour.

2. Can Rahm stay warm? The world No. 1 player is going to be hard not to choose this week. In his last nine PGA Tour starts, he has finished in the top 10 seven times, and one of those not was his retirement at the Memorial Tournament where he led by six after 54 holes. On top of that, he won that event in 2018 over Andrew Landry and is protecting his world No. 1 spot, which Collin Morikawa – who is playing on the DP World Tour this week in Abu Dhabi – can slip from him with a win there. Every tournament Rahm is in right now runs through him until further notice, including this one.

3. Point Attack: One scenario that has prevailed so far this year that I may not have expected has been whispers about low scores. That’s not going to change this week with two of the easiest courses on the PGA Tour slate – La Quinta and the PGA West Nicklaus course – in the mix. These two are offset, of course, by the much more difficult PGA West Stadium Course. Yet since the PGA Tour added the Stadium Course into the mix in 2016, every winning score has been 20 or better lower for the four-round event. This murmur will grow louder if leaders approach 30 cents this weekend.

4. Debut for 2022: Among others, Matthew Wolff, Rickie Fowler, Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris will all make their 2022 debuts at this event. The expectations for these players run rampant, but all are interesting side stories to the tournament as a whole, as all have enjoyed varying levels of success over the past five years. Wolff and Fowler both fell in 2021 and are trying to restore some momentum. Zalatoris and Scheffler are both looking for their first PGA Tour victories. It would be a great time in the season to get it.

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Land classification

In addition to Rahm (No. 1) and Cantlay (No. 4), four other top-25 golfers – Scheffler, Tony Finau, Abraham Ancer and Sungjae Im – are on the course. Add big names like Wolff, Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed in addition to quality players like Corey Conners, Russell Henley and Talor Gooch, and this field is better than expected before the grueling period that follows. Grade: B+

American Express Choice 2022

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