2023 American Express leaderboard, scores: Jon Rahm seeks his second straight victory

2023 American Express leaderboard, scores: Jon Rahm seeks his second straight victory

The most loaded American Express in several years we all thought it would be with three top players inside the top seven on the leaderboard, including Sam Burns, who is currently second alongside West Davis Thompson who shot an amazing 62 on Thursday. .

Jon Rahm and Xander Schauffele are among the other top stars in the hunt after 18 holes at Palm Springs. More on them in a bit, but first we have to look at how Thompson jumped out to an early two-stroke lead over this impressive field and whether he can sustain it over the next three days.

The leader

T1. Davis Thompson (-10): The former Georgia star went out in 28 with a vision of a dancing 59, but came home in an estimated 34 to shoot 62 and take the lead. Thompson is a good young player who won last year on the Korn Ferry Tour and had a pair of top-12 finishes on the PGA Tour in the fall. I’m not sure if he can keep up this pace considering who’s on his heels, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see him in the mix all weekend.

“Yeah, kind of my biggest challenge today was staying mentally present and trying to put one foot in front of the other,” Thompson said while trying not to think about shooting a 59. “It definitely starts your mind wanders a little bit. But I’ve played a lot of rounds to where I try to teach myself over and over again you can’t get ahead of yourself.”

Other competitors

T2. Sam Burns, Matthias Schmid, Taylor Montgomery, Jon Rahm, Tyler Duncan (-8)

T7. Xander Schauffele, Harrison Endycott, Erik Van Rooyen, Denny McCarthy, Dean Burmester, Eric Cole, JT Poston, Michael Block, Sungjae Im (-7)

Schauffle will be very interesting the rest of the week. He withdrew from the Tournament of Champions to start the year with a bad back but played impressively on Thursday with one bogey in a 7-under 65. Rahm, on the other hand, is looking for his second win of his meet and it seems. threat I have intended it to be. I don’t know if he will win this week, but if he does then we could be in for Rahm’s six win season that I have been predicting for the past five years.

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Contextualizing the golf courses

As this tournament is played on three different courses, it’s worth looking at the average courses for each during Round 1. Here’s a look.

  • Stadium Course — 69.5
  • La Quinta — 69.3
  • Nicklaus — 69.0

These are all par 72s so there won’t be much of a discrepancy in the par scores after Round 1. Perhaps a little more surprisingly, the three tracks were separated by half a stroke so the leaderboard is on Thursday more or less a real leaderboard.

The best stroke

Lucas Glover’s backstroke almost broke me here. I don’t think he took it back more than a millimeter! Of course, when you come in after losing strokes and having 18 of your last 21 rounds, you’re likely to try anything. Glover shot 3 under on the Stadium Course on Thursday although… he missed putting strokes.

Updated 2023 American Express options and options

  • Jon Rahm: 12/5
  • Taylor Montgomery: 9-1
  • Sam Burns: 9-1
  • Xander Schauffele: 11-1
  • Davis Thompson: 16-1
  • Sungjae IM: 18-1
  • Scottie Scheffler: 18-1
  • Patrick Cantlay: 22-1

You have to think that the ultimate winner is coming from this list. I like Burns at 9-1 more than I like Rahm at 12/5 or, say, Cantlay at 22-1. Burns shot a 64 on the hardest course, and hit the ball beautifully in the process. He hasn’t been playing his best golf lately, but I think he will be in this game on Sunday afternoon, and I think his odds going into the weekend will be much shorter than 9-1.

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