It has been an incredible start to the 2022 PGA Tour season and it’s set to continue with The American Express this week.
PGA West hosts some of the world’s best players, including top-ranked Jon Rahm, who is a previous winner of this event.
He headlines golf betting markets at +650, but looking to launch their claim are Patrick Cantlay, Sungjae Im and Tony Finau.
Spaniard: Class Act
Jon Rahm is the class act of The American Express field and he’s out to increase the lead for his world ranking.
The 27-year-old made a terrific return to golf when finishing second behind Cameron Smith at the Tournament of Champions. Shooting -33 and losing isn’t something you see every day, so he can be proud of his performance.
Despite his low score, Rahm credited the easy setup at Kapalua and paid tribute to the low scores posted by the likes of Ernie Els in years gone by.
“It’s kind of weird when you look forward in the records that there’s two of us that beat that score and lost by one and two,” Rahm told Golf.com. “I know we did a really good job and we shot low, but I think those 30- and 31-unders deserve a lot more credit than my 33-under.”
Rahm hadn’t played a solo tournament since the Andalucia Masters in October, where he missed the cut, so it was an excellent comeback performance after a rough end to 2021.
It looks as though Rahm has shortened his swing even further, which is incredible to see. He is hitting the ball sweetly and bettors could cash in.
Rahn has played well in La Quinta in the past, so that experience holds him in good stead. The +650 is a fair price at the sportsbook for the best golfer in the world, so include Rahm in your golf selections.
Pick: Jon Rahm +650
Cantlay Makes Presence Known
Patrick Cantlay might be one of the most underrated players on the Tour, but it depends on who you ask.
The 29-year-old doesn’t come with the flash of a Bryson DeChambeau or a loyal following like Jordan Spieth, but he’s every bit just as good.
He ended last season with wins in the BMW Championship and TOUR Championship, which resulted in a FedEx Cup victory.
Cantlay took it easy in the off-season, but returned with a quality effort for fourth at the Tournament of Champions. Shooting -26 after a few months off is an excellent score from one of the best golfers in the world.
“I still think I’m a little rusty and I saw that in my start,” Cantlay said. “I got away with a couple of loose swings and one flier on the sixth hole where I was able to make a par, but maybe shouldn’t have.”
Betting online markets haven’t missed him. He’s on the second line of betting at +900, and it would take a brave bettor to leave him out.
Pick: Patrick Cantlay +900
Power Hitting Stride
Seamus Power isn’t the most recognizable face in golf, but the Irish professional looked good at the Sony Open last week.
He recorded a T3 finish behind Hideki Matsuyama and Russell Henley, which saw him enter the top 50 in the world rankings for the first time.
Already a winner on the PGA Tour (2021 Barbasol Championship), Power will look to add another title to his record at The American Express.
His last three tournaments have netted positive results, including a T4 finish at the RSM Classic and a T15 finish at the Tournament of Champions.
Bettors get juicy odds for Power, who is paying +3000 to win. He could be worth backing on an each-way basis, so cover him in tournament winner and top-10 betting markets.