The 2022 American Express: 3 Bets To Win

Patrick Cantlay and Jon Rahm TOUR Championship Final Round
Jon Rahm and Patrick Cantlay on the 7th green during the final round of the TOUR Championship at East Lake GC on Sept 5, 2021 in Atlanta, GA. (Photo by Sam Greenwood via Getty Images)

The 2022 American Express tees off on Thursday morning at PGA West in La Quinta, California. It will be the 63rd edition of the former Bob Hope Classic.

The event’s headliners are world No. 1 Jon Rahm and 2021 PGA Tour Player of the Year Patrick Cantlay. Rahm is a former winner here, while Cantlay finished runner-up last season.

Note: Each week, we make our picks based on the odds offered by DraftKings Sportsbook. The picks we make MUST offer payouts of at least +200. (We are looking for the best return.)

The 2022 American Express

Top-5 Betting Favorites

Book Rank-Player (Odds)
1. Jon Rahm (6-1)
2. Patrick Cantlay (9-1)
3. Scottie Scheffler (20-1)
3. Sungjae Im (20-1)
3. Tony Finau (20-1)

3 Bets To Win

Outright Winner
Jon Rahm
Jon Rahm celebrates after winning the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge in a playoff over Andrew Landry at PGA West. Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images

Jon Rahm (+600) – After a two-edition layoff, the world No. 1 returns to La Quinta as the reigning U.S. Open champion. Rahm enters off a runner-up finish at Kapalua, where his final score of 33-under par was the second-best 72-hole total in PGA Tour history.

The 27-year-old Spaniard was first on tour last season in scoring average, birdie average, strokes gained: tee-to-green, and strokes gained: total.

He won The American Express in 2018 in a playoff against Andrew Landry, and then posted a T6 the following year.

Three other outright picks we like: Patrick Cantlay (+900), Scottie Scheffler (+2,000), Sungjae Im (+2,000)

Top-5 Finish
Patrick Reed Pneumonia
Patrick Reed plays a shot on the first hole during the first round of the TOUR Championship at East Lake GC on Sept 2, 2021 in Atlanta, GA. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox via Getty Images)

Patrick Reed (+650) – After battling an illness late last season, the former Masters Champ seems to be rounding into form in 2022, posting two top-3 finishes in the wrap-around portion of the season.

In his most recent start, he opened the Sentry Tournament of Champions with a 1-over 74, but was much better the rest of the way, shooting 64-68-66 to post a respectable T15.

Three other top-5 picks we like: Corey Conners (+400), Abraham Ancer (+450), Si Woo Kim (+1,000)

Top-10 Finish
Seamus Power Wins Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace GC
Seamus Power prepares to play his shot on the 18th hole during the first playoff hole during the final round of the Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace GC on July 18, 2021 in Nicholasville, KY. (Photo by Andy Lyons via Getty Images)

Seamus Power (+500) – The newest member of the OWGR’s top 50 is Seamus Power. At No. 49, he sits just one spot behind fellow Irish countryman Shane Lowry. Power has been tremendous in the new season, finishing T15 or better in five of his last six starts, including a T3 at last week’s Sony Open in Hawaii.

If it seems like the 34-year-old has gotten hot before, it’s because the same thing happened in the latter portion of the 2021 season, when he reeled off six straight top-20s, starting in May, culminating with a win at the Barbasol Championship in July.

Three other top-10 picks we like: Justin Rose (+800), Rickie Fowler (+1,000), Gary Woodland (+1,600)

Odds To Win: 2022 Amex

PGA West Stadium | La Quinta, CA | Jan 20-23, 2022

Joel Cook contributed to this report.


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