This week we head to La Quinta, California for the start of the West Coast swing. The American Express tournament is a very unique one indeed, with it being played over 3 different courses. The AmEx is a Pro-Am event meaning the 156 top professionals are joined by “celebrity’ playing partners for the first 3 rounds. It then features a cut after 54 holes, the final round being held at The Stadium Course with the top 65 players and ties. There is definitely more of a party feel than your standard golf event with Maroon 5 playing a concert at the driving range!
Despite its idiosyncrasies the tournament itself is taken just as seriously as ever by the pros given the substantial prize pool on offer. We have a very strong line up that includes World Number 1 Jon Rahm and FedExCup Champion Patrick Cantley. Rahm won the event in 2018, whilst Cantlay finished as runner up last year.
PGA West (Stadium Course): 7,113 yards, par 72
La Quinta Country Club: 7,060 yards, par 72
PGA West (Nicklaus Tournament Course): 7,159 yards, par 72
Despite it being played on three courses they are all of a similar difficulty and length. Once again Strokes-Gained: Approach-the-green will be a key stat to look for when rostering your lineups this week with the undulating greens placing an importance on positioning onto the green.
Once again there might be an advantage gained in playing players who have played in Hawaii in recent weeks. 10 out of 11 previous champions have played in the weeks leading up to the AmEx.
We could not have been any happier with the uptake from our first week of contests so a big thank you to all who participated. Over 3000 entries entered our freeroll and our €5K event was just a few seats short of a complete sell out! With this in mind we are pleased to say that we are upping the €12 contest to a €6K guarantee this week. Replacing the freeroll will be a €2 contest as planned with a €1500 guarantee set.
Single Round Event
New this week will be our Single Round events. It’s a very similar format to our Main event. The only changes are it’s played over 18 holes and positional points do not count. However, given the unusual set up of this tournament the player pool will be playing on 3 courses. This might be worth taking into consideration when you pick. For example, If you believe one course is playing softer than the other two, you may want to pick from players playing on that course. The Stadium Course is considered the slightly harder of the three but we still see very low scores achieved here including Cantlay’s final round 61 last year so it may not be worth worrying about it too much!
Thank you for reading our preview and we hope to see you again this week in our contests. Make sure to also check out our player matchups, sportsbook markets and player props to see if anything tickles your fancy. See you on the 1st tee.
The Fanteam Golf Crew