A loaded field consisting of 10 of the 19 best players in the world has arrived in the California desert for the American Express at PGA West.
World No. 2 Scottie Scheffler and No. 4 Jon Rahm are the two betting favorites, while Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele and Will Zalatoris are the other top 10 players to play on Thursday.
With a three course rotation used in the first three rounds, the cut will be made after 54 holes. Pete Dye’s Stadium Course will host the final round on Sunday.
We’ve already covered some of the best bets of the week, highlighted by Zalatoris and Tony Finau, but now it’s time to take a look at some long shots.
Jason Day (+7000)
Jason Day plays his shot from the ninth fairway during the third round of the Memorial Tournament. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
The swing changes Jason Day has made over the last year to take the stress off his lower back are finally starting to pay off.
In six official starts this season (he tied for 10th in the QBE Shootout), Day has missed two cuts, yet come the weekend he finished T-21 or better with two top-10s.
Day sits ninth in Strokes Gained: Approach, while his usual strength, rock rolling, is lacking a bit as he ranks outside the top 100 in SG: Putting. If he can heat up that red TaylorMade Spider of yours, watch out for the Aussie.
Denny McCarthy (+8000)
Denny McCarthy of the United States plays his shot from the 11th hole during the first round of the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club on January 12, 2023 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Jon Rahm went viral on last year’s American Express when a fan caught him saying “It’s a fucking putting contest,” voicing his frustration regarding the course setup.
So if that’s the case, why not support one of the best putters on Tour?
Denny McCarthy tied for 32nd at Waialae last week without having his best material, iron-wise. He missed the cut at PGA West in three of his last five appearances, however McCarthy tied for sixth in 2022.
Rickie Fowler (+9000)
Rickie Fowler hits from the fairway during the FedEx St. Jude Championship at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee on Friday, August 12, 2022.
I don’t want to alarm anyone, but Rickie Fowler might be back.
He’s gotten off to a solid start to the 2022-23 campaign thus far, finishing T-6 at the Fortinet Championship and T-2 at the Zozo.
The 34-year-old has made substantial changes to his swing, most notably getting rid of his patented firing position at the top. It’s rare to see a textbook move produced by a fan favorite.
Fowler missed the cut at PGA West last season, however in 2021 he tied for 21st and finished T-10 the year before.
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