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PGA Tour best bets: The American Express

By Wes Reynolds  (VSiN.com) 

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Kevin Na shot 61-65 on the weekend to win the Sony Open in Hawaii at as high as 80-1 odds. Na (40-1) will attempt to win in back-to-back weeks this week at the American Express. This week's field took a bit of a hit Monday morning as 2018 tournament champion and odds-on favorite Jon Rahm withdrew. Therefore, we do not have a clear-cut favorite for this week's tournament in Palm Springs. 

Patrick Cantlay (14/1) won the last tour event held in Southern California last fall at the Zozo Championship at Sherwood. Patrick Reed was the 2014 winner here and is priced at 16-1 along with Scottie Scheffler, who finished third here in 2020 in his course debut. Tony Finau and Sungjae Im (20-1) have registered top-10s in the past at this event, while Brooks Koepka (22-1) and Matthew Wolff (25-1) make their 2021 calendar-year debuts this week. 

Abraham Ancer (30-1) is hoping for one better this year as he finished runner-up at the 2020 American Express. Defending champion Andrew Landry won here as a 200-1 shot last time and is currently priced at 130-1. 

THE EVENT

The American Express has had many names since its inception in 1960 when it was established as the Palm Springs Classic. Most remember and still refer to this event as the Bob Hope because it bore the entertainer’s name from 1965 to 2011. Hope served as the event’s host and chairman of the board for many years, and the event carried his name eight years after he died at age 100. 

The tournament’s winners are a who’s-who of golf legends, including Arnold Palmer (1960, 1962, 1968, 1971, 1973), Jack Nicklaus (1963), Billy Casper (1965, 1969), Johnny Miller (1975, 1976) and Phil Mickelson (2002, 2004). In 1995, history was made as three U.S. presidents (Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford) teed it up in the pro-am with Hope and defending champion Scott Hoch. 

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