Fantasy Golf Picks for the American Express

Jason Schandl
Sungjae Im follows through on a tee shot at the Sony Open.
Sungjae Im follows through on a tee shot at the Sony Open. / Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

The PGA Tour is finally making its way back to the continental United States after spending its last two weeks in Hawaii.

The American Express, formerly known as the Desert Classic, represents one of the more unique tournaments on the PGA schedule, with the pro-am format lasting three days and the final round being just pros.

Let's take a look at some of the pros to watch out for in fantasy golf this week at the La Quinta, CA-based tournament that is played on three different courses.

Fantasy Golf Picks This Week

Sungjae Im
Sungjae Im is rolling. He returned with a T21 last week in Hawaii after closing out his 2019 with a T3 and T11 in his last two events. That gives him top-25 finishes in five of his last seven. Im is second in birdies or better gained among this week's field, and his solid putting and consistently strong finishes give him some big upside this week.

Russell Knox
A three-under at Waialae was only good for T32 last week for Russell Knox, but that does mean he hasn't finished outside the top 36 in any of his last five events, also cracking the top 20 twice in that stretch. Knox is nothing special off the tee, ranking 145th on the Tour in driving distance this season, but he still checks in at 19th with a 75.0 percent green-in-regulation rate. This week brings some short courses that shouldn't punish his lack of distance, putting Knox in a strong spot.

Phil Mickelson
This week's tournament host, Phil Mickelson has shown that he still has plenty in the tank as he approaches his 50th birthday. He finished T2 in this event last year, on the back of shooting a 60 at La Quinta, tying his career best for the course. His last few events of 2019 weren't anything special, but back on the West Coast on a course he dominates gives Lefty a great shot at a bounce-back week.

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