The PGA Tour returns to the mainland with the 2022 American Express and a return to the tournament’s three-course format. Tournament play begins on Thursday, January 20th, and concludes on Sunday, January 23rd. Si Woo Kim is the defending champion after a 23-under score bested Patrick Cantlay by one stroke last year.
Kim’s victory was his third PGA Tour triumph and first since his historic win at THE PLAYERS in 2017. The 26-year old Kim fired an eight-under final round, fending off a charging Cantlay who posted an 11-under on Sunday. Both are back in the field this week.
The winner of the events garners 500 FedEx Cup points and $1.368 million of the total $7.6 million purse. The pro-am portion of the golf tournament returns after not taking place last year. Each professional in the field will be grouped with amateurs for the first three rounds before the low 65 pros play the final round on Sunday at the PGA West Stadium Course. Here’s our Golf Betting analysis for the upcoming The American Express event so you can bet against the PGA Tour odds.
Golf Betting Preview for The American Express Tournament
Pros will play each of the three courses, PGA West (Stadium Course), La Quinta Country Club, and PGA West (Nicklaus Tournament Course), over the first three days of the event. All three locations play as a traditional par-72 at various distances.
The Stadium Course, which will host the final round on Sunday, is known for its toughness and for years was not a part of the tournament’s rotation until it returned in 2016. A Pete Dye design, the course was inspired by Scottish links-style courses.
The top player in the world and 2018 tournament winner Jon Rahm returns to the field. Joining Rahm is tournament host and fan-favorite Phil Mickelson. 2020-21 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Will Zalatoris makes his 2022 debut.
Rickie Fowler will also be making his 2022 debut and first appearance in a tournament since becoming a father. Other notable players listed to participate include Tony Finau, Abraham Ancer, Justin Rose, Scottie Scheffler, and Jason Day.
There are 14 past winners of the event teeing it up this week in the 156-man field.
American Express Betting Favorites
Not a surprise but the world no. 1 Rahm is the betting favorite heading into Thursday start at (+500). Rahm hasn’t played much this season after taking time off in the fall to be with his family, but the Spaniard locked up a solo second two weeks ago in Hawaii at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Following Rahm is last year’s runner-up Cantlay at +900. Like Rahm, Cantlay used the fall to take some time off and has only played in the Sentry Tournament of Champions this season, earning a solo fourth.
Scheffler (+1600) is next, still looking for his first PGA Tour victory. The 25-year old and Ryder Cup participant had a solid fall season with a solo fourth at Mayakoba and a T2 at the Houston Open.
Rounding out the top betting favorites are Sung-Jae Im (+1800), Talor Gooch (+2000), and Tony Finau (+2000). Rickie Fowler (+5000) and Mickelson (+10000) are a pair of other notable longshots.