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Power rankings from the American Express: Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay lead the way

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The American Express is not a scheduled event, but it would be hard to tell from the stacked field that is lined up for this week’s game in the California desert.

The headliners were Jon Ram, Scotty Scheffler and Patrick Cantley, with other celebrities including Tony Finau, Will Zalatoris, Xander Schauffele, Sungjae Im and Cameron Young.

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This week the field is filled with 156 players and they will compete alongside an amateur partner. This means that the pace of the game will be long and will require the use of several fields. In fact, each player is guaranteed three rounds of play as they play three courses before the 54-hole cut is made. The top 65 and tie will then head back to the host venue, the Stadium Course, on Sunday.

Players to watch

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John Ram

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His mission is to prove that he is the best player in the world, whether OWGR agrees or not. The Spaniard has won three of the last five world tournaments. He has a victory (2018), the sixth solo and T-14 in the tournament resume in four visits.

Xander Schauffele

The California lad doesn’t want to miss swinging on the West Coast, but he also pulled out of Sentry TOC due to back problems that started in December at the Hero World Challenge. In full health, he is one of the top 5 names in the field. Instead, we need to keep an eye on his status before the event to see if he can even play on Thursday.

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Patrick Cantley

The UCLA star missed his tournament debut in 2013 but came back with three top 10s in three tries. This includes second place in the 2021 edition where he scored 61 goals but still couldn’t lift the equipment. He remains a model of consistency, finishing in the top 16 in 12 of the last 14 tournaments played.

Taylor Montgomery

Speaking of consistency, Montgomery finished in the top 15 in seven of his eight starts opening his rookie season. With roots in Vegas, desert golf should appeal to him, making it an attractive option in all fantasy formats this week at PGA West.

Adam Hadwin

Looking for a course horse? Hadwin has a trio of top 3s in addition to T-6s on seven trips to the Coachella Valley. A few years ago, he said of his love for the event: “The last few years, living in Phoenix, I play golf every day. So sown fields are exactly what we play in Scottsdale. So I would suggest that this may add some comfort. It’s really hard to define. For some reason, as soon as I get here in the desert, I start playing good golf. I’ll probably be here every year.”

Sahit Tigala

One of the first names to fall out of my top 20 rankings, Tigala continues to erupt in controversy as he aims for his breakout victory. The California native and Pepperdine product would no doubt want his first win to come in the Golden State. Last year he was spinning a T-33 here in his tournament debut.

Field Rating

1. John Ram
2. Patrick Cantley
3. Scotty Sheffler
4. Will Zalatoris
5. Tony Finau
6. Cameron Young
7. Taylor Montgomery
8. Sungjae Im
9. Aaron Wise
10. Brian Harman
11. Tom Kim
12. Xander Schauffele
13. Si Woo Kim
14. Adam Hadwin
15. Sam Burns
16. Cam Davis
17. Taylor Pendrith
18. K. H. Lee
19. Andrew Putnam
20. Danny McCarthy

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