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Fore! Avoid Ace at The American Express

The American Express offers bettors plenty of value outside of the normal tournament winner wagering.

We have scoured the golf betting markets to find the best value at PGA West, which has had some great renditions of The American Express.

Avoid the Ace at The American Express
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A hole-in-one is our favorite market and bettors can reap the rewards this week.

We Don’t Want to See It!

Every golf fan loves seeing a player make a hole-in-one. It’s a 1-in-12,500 occurrence for the average player, but we’re backing against it at The American Express.

Despite Jim Furyk’s heroics at the Sony Open, we don’t think lightning will strike twice. However, bookmakers disagree and they have a hole-in-one being scored at -170.

“I thought I was in-between clubs, but (caddie) Fluff assured me it was a 6-iron for me,” Furyk told PGATour.com. “It was the right club and I had it teed up a little bit, trying to get the ball in the air, and hit down on it. Caught it just a smidge high in the face.”

It’s an incredibly short price for something that happens so rarely, so we’re jumping on the other side. Taking “No” pays +130 and we’ll take that price to the bank.

Bettors typically see the odds heavily in favor of there not being a hole-in-one. PGA West is often dominated by low scores, but that doesn’t mean there will be an ace.

The sportsbook is pulling us in by offering +130 and we’re taking the value.

Pick: No Hole-in-One +130

Charles Howell III is Consistent

We were keen on Charles Howell III playing well at the Sony Open last week and he did enough to impress.

The consistent American finished T36, which was good enough to make the cut easily, and we like his chances of a repeat.

Betting online markets have Howell at -175 to make the cut, which is a value price for a quality golfer.

Howell might not win tournaments all that often, but his best form comes early in the year and playing at PGA West suits him.

Getting -175 is a fair price and we wouldn’t leave him off our American Express exotic tickets.

Pick: Charles Howell III -175

No Room For Scheffler

We’re taking a risk by picking Scottie Scheffler to miss the cut, but we can’t turn down the value.

The American is making his 2022 debut after finishing second in the Hero World Challenge, which is tough to ignore, but we’re choosing to.

Scheffler might need time to find his groove after a few weeks off and we don’t think the course suits his playing style. We haven’t forgotten that he’s not yet a PGA Tour winner, so he could be slightly overrated.

He barely made the cut at the RSM Classic in November and he missed the cut at the Shriners, so he’s not a sure thing to make the cut.

Bettors get +250 for the Texan to head home before the weekend, which is a value price. He can throw in the odd poor tournament and he might need time to start striking the ball pure.

Pick: Scottie Scheffler +250

Tringale’s Time?

Cameron Tringale is a player bettors love to hate. He is a solid player, but yet bettors continue to back him with little success.

However, The American Express could be the ideal time to jump on Tringale at mammoth odds.

The American, who used to room with Rickie Fowler, is paying +5000 to win. He represents a better chance and we wouldn’t want to leave him off our ticket.

He’s just a guy that bettors will always need to back in case he wins, so take your chances this week.

Pick: Cameron Tringale +5000

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