The American Express
Date: January 21st – 24th
Course: PGA West Stadium
Purse: $6.7MM ($1.2MM to winner)
2020 Winner: Andrew Landry (-26)
OWGR Points: 46
PGA West Stadium Course — This 7,300 yard course was created by Pete Dye. It’s largely barren outdoors of the fairways which I discover useful at protecting a bifurcation of greens vs. tough however the golfers may assume in any other case once they land in each the tough and the very deep bunkers. It’s largely constructed for an extended straight hitter and rewards the strong putters within the course of. Gap Four has a bunker that competes with the perfect of them. It’s well-known for the 17th “island” gap which is equal elements deadly for golfers and breathtaking to have a look at. It is a harder course with a course score of 76.1 and a slope score of 150, accuracy is vital.
My Beginning 4
Andrew Landry (first choice this 12 months) — Landry completed within the prime 30 every of the final three years at Stadium Course. Landry has struggled a bit this season with three missed cuts and two different finishes 50th or worse. He has only one prime 25 end however I see a second one coming this weekend.
Abraham Ancer (third choice this 12 months) — Ancer’s final three years have proven continued enchancment: 76th, then 18th then second. After eight consecutive made cuts to start out the season, he missed the lower final week on the Sony Open in Hawaii. Ancer does tend to have again to again missed cuts however I feel he rebounds robust right here given the energy throughout all elements of his sport. He’s seventh in driving accuracy, 75th in strokes gained placing, and 87th in whole strokes gained.
Brendan Steele (second choice this 12 months) — Steele’s strong in driving accuracy, greens in regulation and approaching the inexperienced. He’s completed within the prime 60 every of the final 4 years right here. He comes into this event contemporary off a fourth place end final week at Sony Open in Hawaii.
Chez Reavie (third choice this 12 months) — Reavie completed among the many prime 40 right here in 2017-2019 earlier than a good spherical (-8) however not ok had him miss the lower final 12 months. I consider he’s nonetheless a strong play right here and his photographs gained tee to inexperienced (42nd) and approaching the inexperienced (21st) good indicators. His drives are actual brief however he’s fairly correct (one thing wanted for it’s 17th gap).
My Bench 2
Andrew Putnam (second choice this 12 months) — Putnam has been a prime 35 finisher every of the final three years right here. Putnam is robust approaching the inexperienced (86th in strokes gained) and placing (62nd) however he’s not getting sufficient distance off his drives. He has additionally missed the lower in 4 of the final 5 tournaments.
Sean O’Hair (first choice this 12 months) — O’Hair completed ninth right here in 2017 and 2019. He didn’t take part right here final 12 months. He was out a lot of 2019 with a torn indirect earlier than returning in early 2020 for a handful of tournaments earlier than taking the rest of the 2020 season off. This season he began rusty lacking the lower in three of the primary 4 tournaments. Since then, he’s completed 66th, 59th, and most lately second on the QBE Shootout. I feel he’s trying higher and may very well be a prime 25 golfer at a course the place is his traditionally snug.
Enjoyable Reality: This event was once performed throughout 5 days as a substitute of the common Four till 2012.
Beginning 4: avg end 36th (29th p.c)
Bench 2: avg end 49th (40th p.c)
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