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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: The American Express

Twofer Tuesday leaves sunny Hawaii for the West Coast and the American Express.

Defending champion Si Woo Kim

The American Express is one of those multicourse events, using a grand total of three (the yardages come from and are, as they say, "subject to change"):

  • PGA West (Stadium Course): 7113 yards, par 72
  • La Quinta Country Club: 7060 yards, par 72
  • PGA West (Nicklaus Tournament Course): 7159 yards, par 72

The cut, of course, takes place on Saturday evening after everybody's had a chance to play all three, which does make for an interesting dynamic at this event. The defending champion is Si Woo Kim (who won last year when they only used two of the courses) but I suspect most eyes will be on Jon Rahm, who won this event in 2018, and on Phil Mickelson, who is... well, Phil.

While I usually give reasons for who I pick, they don't seem to be making much of a difference in the performance of my picks lately. As a result, I'll make it short and sweet this week -- I'm simply taking some different picks from normal.

  • I'm picking Corey Conners, who has been scoring pretty well in his last events although he hasn't won lately.
  • And I'm picking Patrick Cantlay, who has only played one event since the Ryder Cup but scored pretty well in that event.

We're still getting primetime golf this week, with GC's coverage beginning at 3pm ET Thursday. However, if you have PGA TOUR LIVE you can see all kinds of coverage -- so many times and groups that I'll just link you to the page with the info. Check the rather large grid at the bottom of the page for the details.

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