EXPLAINED: How many golf courses are used at American Express?

The 2022 PGA Tour has had an exciting start so far. And the first PGA Tour 2022 event in continental America began recently with a unique American Express event. Notably, it’s not a regular PGA Tour event that has a 36-hole cut. Instead, there is a cut after 54 holes with professionals and amateurs competing.

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There is a 54-hole cut for the event due to the format of play. More importantly, there are three courses where each player plays once on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Even if they associate amateurs and pros, they do not form a team like in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. However, what are the three courses for American Express? Let’s find out.

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What are the three routes of the American Express 2022?

The three courses for the American Express 2022 are La Quinta Country Club, PGA West Nicklaus Course and PGA West Stadium Course. Notably, Jack Nicklaus designed the PGA West Nicklaus course, while Pete Dye designed the PGA West Stadium course.

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The PGA West Stadium course is considered more difficult than the other two. And only the best 65 matches will make it to the final day on the stadium course itself. Therefore, players need to get off to a good start on the course at La Quinta and Nicklaus.

January 20, 2022; La Quinta, California, USA; Patrick Cantlay plays his shot from the 15th tee during the first round of the American Express Golf Tournament at La Quinta Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez – USA TODAY Sports

In particular, this year the field has some star players like Patrick Cantlay, Jon RahmJason Day, Phil Mickelson, and a few others. Additionally, Cantlay is co-leading the event with a score of -10 while playing at La Quinta Country Club. While Jon Rahm, who was on the same course, remained at -6 for the day.

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However, Phil Mickelson had a horrible first round, as he is T154 with a score of +6. He shot a 9 on the par-4 eighth hole and a double bogey on the second hole. Therefore, even an eagle and a few birdies couldn’t prevent him from finishing tied last with Matthew Wolff.

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