2022 American Express Latest Odds & 5 Betting Picks: Back Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Russell Knox, More

2022 American Express Latest Odds & 5 Betting Picks: Back Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Russell Knox, More article feature image

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  • The PGA TOUR is in California for the 2022 American Express this week.
  • PGA West hosts Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay and a host of other top players this week.
  • Joshua Perry breaks down his bets for this week below.

Latest 2022 American Express Odds

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Jon Rahm+600
Patrick Cantlay+900
Scottie Scheffler+2000
Sungjae Im+2200
Abraham Ancer+2500
Corey Conners+2500
Talor Gooch+2500
Tony Finau+2500
Matthew Wolff+2800
Russell Henley+2800
Seamus Power+3000
Patrick Reed+3500
Justin Rose+4000
Will Zalatoris+4000
Cameron Tringale+5000
Rickie Fowler+5000
Si Woo Kim+5000
Christiaan Bezuidenhout+5000
Alex Nroen+6600
Jhonattan Vegas+6600
Luke List+6600
Brian Harman+6600
Carlos Ortiz+6600
Michael Thompson+6600
Adam Hadwin+8000
Charles Howell III+8000
Chris Kirk+8000
Gary Woodland+8000
Lucas Glover+8000
Russell Knox+8000
Sebastian Munoz+8000
Taylor Moore+8000
Cameron Champ+8000
Harold Varner III+8000
Jason Day+8000
Andrew Putnam+10000
Chez Reavie+10000
Denny McCarthy+10000
K.H. Lee+10000
Kevin Streelman+10000
Lanto Griffin+10000
Phil Mickelson+10000
Tom Hoge+10000
Vince Whaley+10000
Brendon Todd+10000
Hayden Buckley+10000
Adam Long+12500
Adam Svensson+12500
Alex Smalley+12500
Brendan Steele+12500
Danny Lee+12500
Doug Ghim+12500
Dylan Frittelli+12500
Emiliano Grillo+12500
Kramer Hickok+12500
Patrick Rodgers+12500
Patton Kizzire+12500
Rory Sabbatini+12500
Troy Merritt+12500
Wyndham Clark+12500
Aaron Rai+15000
Adam Schenk+15000
Andrew Landry+15000
Davis Riley+15000
Henrik Norlander+15000
Hudson Swafford+15000
John Huh+15000
Matthew NeSmith+15000
Scott Piercy+15000
Scott Stallings+15000
Taylor Pendrith+15000
Zach Johnson+15000
Brandt Snedeker+15000
C.T. Pan+15000
Dylan Wu+15000
Francesco Molinari+15000
Greyson Sigg+15000
Robert Streb+15000
Ben Kohles+20000
Chad Ramey+20000
Hank Lebioda+20000
Harry Higgs+20000
J.J. Spaun+20000
J.T. Poston+20000
James Hahn+20000
Joseph Bramlett+20000
Max McGreevy+20000
Nick Hardy+20000
Nick Taylor+20000
Ryan Moore+20000
Sepp Straka+20000
Tyler McCumber+20000
Cameron Young+20000
Sahith Theegala+20000
Tyler Duncan+20000
Andrew Novak+25000
Brian Stuard+25000
Bronson Burgoon+25000
Graeme McDowell+25000
Jason Dufner+25000
Nate Lashley+25000
Pat Perez+25000
Peter Uihlein+25000
Richy Werenski+25000
Roger Sloan+25000
Wesley Bryan+25000
Brice Garnett+25000
David Lipsky+30000
Doc Redman+30000
Jonathan Byrd+30000
Justin Lower+30000
Kevin Chappell+30000
Kevin Tway+30000
Lee Hodges+30000
Luke Donald+30000
Sam Ryder+30000
Anirban Lahiri+35000
Austin Smotherman+35000
Brandon Hagy+35000
Brandon Wu+35000
Camilo Villegas+35000
Michael Gligic+35000
Nick Watney+35000
Trey Mullinax+35000
Joshua Creel+35000
Austin Cook+40000
Brett Drewitt+40000
Chan Kim+40000
Chesson Hadley+40000
David Skinns+40000
Jim Herman+40000
John Pak+40000
Paul Barjon+40000
Peter Malnati+40000
Seth Reeves+40000
Bill Haas+50000
Brian Gay+50000
Chris Stroud+50000
Curtis Thompson+50000
Dawie van der Walt+50000
Jimmy Walker+50000
Kelly Kraft+50000
Kurt Kitayama+50000
Scott Gutschewski+50000
Seung Yul Noh+50000
Sung Kang+50000
Callum Tarren+50000
T.J. Vogel+75000
Davis Love III+100000
James Hart du Preez+100000
Jonas Blixt+100000
Kyle Mendoza+100000
Mark Wilson+100000
Martin Trainer+100000
Scott Stallings Jr.+100000
Jared Wolfe+100000

The Sony Open held true to form.

Hideki Matsuyama took the event in a playoff from Russell Henley, again capturing the title for another TOC participant. We were able to get a couple of third-place finishes from Seamus Power and Kevin Kisner to make sure the week ended on a good note.

Overall, four of the top six played the week before, again showing we might not always hit the winner, but focusing on that core group can usually lead to finding a good place bet or two and coming out ahead.

Now we move on to California and the American Express. The tournament will shift back to its pro/am, three-course format this year after using just two courses and leaving the amateurs on the sideline in 2021.

The Course(s)

PGA West is the primary course, designed by the late, great Pete Dye. It measures out around 7,200 yards for a par 72, and there’s water in play for about half the holes. Overall, it’s the most difficult of the three, playing around two strokes harder than the two resorts courses.

Players will also see La Quinta and the Nicklaus Course for one round apiece. Both really don’t provide much of a test for the players, measuring under 7,200 yards. Most sportsbooks won’t offer first-round leader odds with the multi-course set up, but if yours does, La Quinta is the spot to target with maybe one or two players from the Nicklaus.

Twenty-under par is a requirement here if a player wants to be in contention.

The Favorites

Jon Rahm tops the board at +500. He's the 2018 champion of the event and was runner up a couple weeks back to Cam Smith at Kapalua. Patrick Cantlay is right behind him at +900. Cantlay was the runner-up last season in the altered format and was fourth at the TOC.

With the top two players in good form and playing an event in which they've had a lot of success, it will put me in a spot where I'm not going to be as aggressive in the outright market.

Next, we have a group including Scottie Scheffler, Tony Finau and Sungjae Im coming in at +2000. Finau and Scheffler have both finished in the top five here before while Im has never been worse than 12th in three starts.

The Mid-Tier

I've only got one play in this range before I pepper in a handful of longshots. I'll take my chances with Christiaan Bezuidenhout at +6000 on DraftKings. He's coming off a good ball striking week at the Sony where he finished 17th. He's been playing consistently well for the past year now, missing just one cut in his last 32 starts bouncing between four different tours.

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The Longshots

We've got four plays here starting with Russell Knox at 100/1 on DraftKings. Knox was seventh last week and has three top 20s here at an event where he's been fairly solid during his career. The Sony was also the first time in 16 months that he gained strokes in all four categories.

I'm also going with Hayden Buckley at 140/1 on FanDuel. Buckley was 12th last week and had a couple top 10s during the fall after earning his PGA Tour card last year. It was the third time in five starts he'd gained strokes in each category.

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Next, I'm playing Dylan Wu at 200/1 on DraftKings. Wu is another guy coming off a good week at the Sony. He finished 20th and gained over five strokes on approach.

One thing I'll look at with these recent Korn Ferry grads in this type of event is their result in the BMW Charity Pro/Am on that tour. It's got a similar multi-course format with slow rounds from a bunch of amateurs. Some players don't like the style so I'll check those results to make sure they've at least played well in it at some point. Buckley was eighth last year and Wu was 13th.

My last play will go to Joseph Bramlett at 280/1 on FanDuel. He gained a little over 7.5 strokes with his ball striking at the Sony to finish 20th. That was his best result on tour in six months. He's also finished inside the top 20 at Pebble Beach and fourth at the BMW Pro/Am, so the format has suited him in the past.

The AmEx card

  • Christiaan Bezuidenhout +6000 (.55 units)
  • Russell Knox +10000 (.33 units)
  • Hayden Buckley +16000 (.21 units)
  • Dylan Wu +20000 (.17 units)
  • Joseph Bramlett +28000 (.12 units)

Total Stake: 1.38 units

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