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The American Express
PGA West TPC Stadium Course and Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course
La Quinta, CA
The PGA Tour heads to California as the "rotating course" portion of the schedule gets underway.
This event has historically held a pro-am alongside the main event, but that will not be the case this year due to COVID-19 protocols. In addition, there are only two courses in use this year instead of the normal three. Unlike some other tournaments in this segment of the schedule, there isn't a lot separating the two tracks, and although there are sure to be some golfers who prefer the remaining two courses over the one the La Quinta track that got the boot, it will be tough to figure out who will actually have an advantage, as all three courses have historically played pretty similar. With that in mind, I'm completely comfortable leaning on course history this week. Even though that history includes La Quinta, it only made up a quarter of the rounds played at best.
As for the field, it's not bad. There aren't many elite players on hand, but there are plenty of guys on the verge of breaking into that club.
Patrick Cantlay (14-1)
Cantlay is one of the golfers close to breaking into the top tier, but he needs more success in better fields. A win this week would look very good