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Golf: American Express Betting Preview – January 20-23


After two weeks in Hawaii, the PGA Tour whistles over to Southern California for The American Express, which will be hosted by Phil Mickelson. This week could be a week where drivers will thrive, and we could see some low scores posted.

Patrick Cantlay and Jon Rahm will lead a field, which contains 14 past champions of the event. But who will get their hands on the trophy come Sunday evening?

We have picked out three tips to keep you tuned in.

Jon Rahm to win his first PGA Tour event of 2022

The world No.1 lifted the American Express four years ago, and he would love to etch his name on the trophy once again. Rahm came agonisingly close to registering his seventh PGA Tour victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, but he was pipped to the post by Cameron Smith, who finished one shot ahead of the Spaniard at -34.

Rahm carded a seven-under-par round on the Sunday, and he rattled in 32 birdies over four rounds. At times, Rahm can be relentless, and he always looks assured with the putter.

If he has put his near-miss at the Sentry Tournament of Champions to the back of his mind, he could take some stopping this week. Paddy Power could convince you to tempt you with your hard-earned cash, as they have offered odds of 11/2 for Rahm to come out on top.

Patrick Cantlay to earn another top-5 finish

Cantlay is often a man for the occasion. Last season’s FedEx Cup champion blitzed the final round at this event last year, shooting a course record of 61. However, it wasn’t to be as he finished second, one shot behind Si Woo Kim.

Winning on the PGA Tour is never easy, and at the Tournament of Champions earlier this month, the American came home in fourth. He is generally quite reliable, but in such a tough field, a top-5 finish is in the realms of possibility. With bet365, you can get a tasty looking price of 9/4 to finish in the top 5 once again.

Justin Rose to finish as the highest-placed Englishman

With the bulk of the homegrown talent in the Middle East for the Abu Dhabi Championship this week, The American Express is rather light in terms of English players.

However, Justin Rose is one of the most experienced players in the field from these shores, and in his last outing, he finished T9 at the Hero World Challenge. And he is currently 11/8 with William Hill to be the highest-placed Englishman at The American Express.