The American Express Tournament Preview 2022

The American Express Tournament Preview 2022

2022 American Express

  • January 17-23, 2022
  • La Quinta, California
  • Host PGA WEST (Stadium)
  • Other courses PGA WEST (Nicklaus Tournament), La Quinta CC
  • Purse $7.6 million
  • Winner $1,368,000 + 500 FedExCup pts.
  • 156 players
  • 72-hole stroke-play
  • 54-hole cut
  • Defending champion Si Woo Kim

How To Watch The American Express On TV

  • Thursday – Sunday
  • ESPN+ 11:30-3 pm EST
  • GOLF 3-7 pm EST

The American Express Format

  • Unique Pro-Am Format
  • Each professional will be grouped with amateurs for the first three rounds
  • The low 70 professionals (and ties) will play their final round at the Stadium Course at PGA WEST.

Tournament Notes

  • The La Quinta Country Club and pro-am portion return for the 63rd annual The American Express after being eliminated in 2021 due to COVID-19 restriction
  • Si Woo Kim will look to be the first player to successfully defend his title at The American Express since Johnny Miller won back-to-back in 1975 and 1976.
  • California native Patrick Cantlay, the 2021 FedExCup Champion, will make his fourth start at The American Express after his 2021 runner-up finish. Cantlay set the 18-hole record at the Stadium Course at PGA WEST with 11 birdies en route to a final-round 61, but the 22-under 266 fell one shot short of Si Woo Kim’s winning total.
  • World No. 1 and 2018 American Express champion Jon Rahm enters the week in top form having finished runner-up to Cameron Smith at the Sentry Tournament of Champions to open the 2022 calendar. Rahm marks the first World No. 1 to tee it up at The American Express since former FedExCup Champion Justin Rose in 2019.
  • Since The American Express became a 72 hole event in 2012, ten tournaments have been decided by two strokes or less
YearWinnerScoreMargin of VictoryRunner(s)-up
2021Si Woo Kim265 (-23)1 strokePatrick Cantlay
2020Andrew Landry262 (-26)2 strokesAbraham Ancer
2019Adam Long262 (-26)1 stroke2 players
2018Jon Rahm266 (-22)PlayoffAndrew Landry
2017Hudson Swafford268 (-20)1 strokeAdam Hadwin
2016Jason Dufner263 (-25)PlayoffDavid Lingmerth
2015Bill Haas266 (-22)1 stroke5 players
2014Patrick Reed260 (-28)2 strokesRyan Palmer
2013Brian Gay263 (-25)Playoff2 players
2012Mark Wilson264 (-24)2 strokes3 players

Notes On The Field

John Rahm

  • No. 28 FedExCup
  • No. 1 OWGR
  • 34th week as World No. 1, ranks 12th-most all-time
  • Defeated Andrew Landry on the fourth extra hole (18th hole) for victory in 2018
  • Leads the TOUR in Greens in Regulation Percentage at 81.48
  • Results This Season
    • 2nd Sentry Tournament of Champions
    • Missed Cut at the Fortinet Championship

Patrick Cantlay

  • No. 76 FedExCup
  • No. 4 OWGR
  • Reigning FedExCup Champion after four wins in 2020-21
  • Seeks third top-10 at the event (MC/2013, T9/2019, 2nd/2021)
  • Holds Stadium Course at PGA WEST 18-hole record of 61 (R4/2021)
  • Results This Season
    • 4th Tournament of Champions

Talor Gooch

  • No. 2 FedExCup
  • No. 31 OWGR
  • Earned first career PGA TOUR victory at The RSM Classic
  • Highest FedExCup position of any player in the field
  • Making fifth tournament start (best: 4th/2019)
  • Results This Season
    • Won The RSM Classic
    • T4 Fortinet Championship
    • T5 The CJ Cup @ Summit

Sungjae IM

  • No. 5 FedExCup
  • No. 25 OWGR
  • Making seventh start of the season
  • Three top-25 finishes in three event starts (T12/2019, T10/2020, T12/2021)
  • Has posted 20 scores at par or better in 22 rounds this season
  • Results This Season
    • Won Shriners Children’s Open
    • T8 Sentry Tournament of Champions
    • T9 The CJ Cup @ Summit

Phil Mickelson

  • No. 160 FedExCup • No. 35 OWGR
  • Tournament host and reigning PGA Championship winner
  • Winner of the event in 2002 and 2004
  • Making 19th tournament start and seeks 11th top-25 finish
  • Results This Season
    • T30 Sentry Tournament of Champions
    • T36 Fortinet Championship

Top Odds

Jon Rahm6/1
Patrick Cantlay9/1
Scottie Scheffler20/1
Sungjae Im22/1
Abraham Ancer25/1
Corey Conners25/1
Tony Finau25/1
Talor Gooch28/1
Russell Henley 28/1
Matthew Wolff 28/1

2021 Leaderboard

FinishPlayerTo ParR1R2R3R4Total
1Si Woo Kim-2366686764265
2Patrick Cantlay-2269716561266
3Cam Davis-2068706664268
4Tony Finau-1968666768269
T5Abraham Ancer-1569657366273
T5Doug Ghim-1567686969273
T5Michael Thompson-1567726866273
T8Byeong Hun An-1465736769274
T8Paul Casey-1472656869274
T8Brian Harman-1468686771274
T8Francesco Molinari-1469666970274

Strength of Field Stats

Top 30 Fedex Cup14Talor Gooch (2) — highest ranked
Top 125 FedEx Cup84
Top 50 OWGR16John Rahm (1) — highest ranked
Top 100 OWGR31
PGA TOUR Winners85Phil Mickelson – most at 45
Past Champions13Defending: Si Woo Kim
FedExCup Champions4Defending: Patrick Cantlay (2021)
Major Winners12Phil Mickelson most at 6

Tournament Records

Low 18 Hole score 592 players; most recent: Adam Hadwin2017 (R3)
Low 36 Hole Score124Pat Perez2009
Low 54 Hole Score189Patrick Reed2014
Low 72 Hole Score255Steve Stricker2009
Holes In One54Most recent: Martin Laird2020 (R1, #6)
Largest 18 Hole Lead34 players; most recent: Phil Mickelson2019
Largest 36 Hole Lead6Craig Stadler1983
Largest 54 Hole Lead7Patrick Reed2014
Largest Margin of Victory62 players; most recent, Tom Kite1993
Best Come From Behind Win7David Duval1999
Playoffs21Most Recent: John Rahm def. Andrew Landry2018
Wire to wire winners2Most Recent: Patrick Reed2014

American Express Tournament Preview information is via PGA TOUR

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