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Will Zalatoris, Tony Finau among best bets

The American Express 2022

After a few weeks in paradise, the PGA Tour heads to the desert of California for the American Express. Lucky for us, most of the top players in the world have made the trip.

Ten of the top 19 in the Official World Golf Ranking will be battling in the event, including No. 2 Scottie Scheffler and No. 4 Jon Rahm. Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele and Will Zalatoris round out the top 10 players in the field. Rahm, who recently won the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Maui, captured the title at this event in 2018.

Players will rotate between three golf courses during the first three rounds before the final round is played at the Pete Dye Stadium Course. There will be a 54-hole cut.

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Golf courses

The 16th hole during the first round of The American Express on the Stadium course at PGA West on January 20, 2022, in La Quinta, California. (Photo: Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

PGA West (Stadium Course) | 7,187 yards | Par 72
PGA West (Nicklaus Tournament Course) | 7,147 yards | Par 72
La Quinta Country Club | 7,060 yards | Par 72

Data Golf Information

Course Fit (compares golf courses based on the degree to which different golfer attributes — such as driving distance — to predict who performs well at each course – DataGolf): 1. The Reinassance Club, 2. Caves Valley Golf Club, 3. TPC Lousiana

Trending (the players’ last three starts): 1. Jon Rahm (1, T-8, 1), 2. Tony Finau (1, 7, T-7), 3. Scottie Scheffler (T-9, 2, T-7)

Percent chance to win (based on course history, fit, trending, etc.): 1. Jon Rahm (10.8 percent), 2. Scottie Scheffler (9.7 percent), 3. Patrick Cantlay (6.5 percent)

Betting preview

2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions

Tom Kim reacts after missing his putt on the 10th hole during the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions golf tournament at Kapalua Resort – The Plantation Course. (Photo: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

Not too much to report from the second week in Hawaii. Tom Kim missed the cut at the disappointment of all of America, Corey Conners had a nice final round to finish T-12 and Taylor Montgomery struggled on Saturday and also finished T-12.

If you’re interested, follow me on Twitter (@rileyhamel_) and TikTok (@twilight9podcast) for my picks posted every Wednesday.

Let’s get a winner this week.

Player Odds Player Odds
Jon Rahm (+550) Tom Hoge (+3100)
Patrick Cantlay (+950) Si Woo Kim (+3400)
Scottie Scheffler (+1000) Brian Harman (+3400)
Tony Finau (+1500) Cam Davis


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