Top DFS Picks for the 2022 The American Express

| January 17, 2022 6:13 pm PDT

Last week, we had a respectable DFS lineup in the Sony Open in Hawaii. Kevin Kisner and Matt Kuchar score top 10 finishes to lead the way. Talor Gooch and Charles Howell III finished mid-pack, while my other two picks missed the cut.

I like our chances to have another successful week. The PGA Tour will play at the Pete Dye Stadium Course for The American Express. Let’s check out my favorite DFS lineup.

Tony Finau ($10,200)

Tony Finau leads our DFS lineup for The American Express. Finau only has one top 10 finish in five starts this season, but I like his chances to have a big week.

Finau wasn’t a major factor in the 2020 tournament, but he shot a 10-under 62 in the second round. Last season, he was a much bigger factor.

  • First Round: 68 (-4)
  • Second Round: 66 (-6)
  • Third Round: 67 (-5)
  • Fourth Round: 68 (-4)

He was consistent throughout the tournament, but it wasn’t enough to win. Finau finished fourth, four shots behind Si Woo Kim.

Finau is trending in the right direction for The American Express. I have him as a sleeper to win the 2022 PGA Tour money list, so this is a great opportunity for him to start a breakout season.

Sungjae Im ($9,900)

I feel like my selections favor golfers that are good in this tournament, but also have had a rough start to the season. Well, Sungjae Im doesn’t fall into the latter.

In six starts this season, Im has a win and three top 10 finishes. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Im has a solid track record in The American Express.

  • 2019: -17 (12th)
  • 2020: -18 (10th)
  • 2021: -13 (12th)

He doesn’t have a great finish, but he puts together consistent finishes. He was in contention last season, but a one-over 73 in the third round ended his chances. Im is playing too well right now to have a bad finish.

Im might be playing the best golf of his career. He should have his best performance in The American Express.

Adam Hadwin ($7,900)

Adam Hadwin scored a sixth-place finish in the Shriners Children’s Open in October. That’s his only finish better than 45th in six starts this season. Thankfully, The American Express might be his best tournament.

Hadwin didn’t play in 2020 and finished a disappointing 32nd in 2021. However, we can’t forget about his results from 2016-2019.

  • 2016: -20 (6th)
  • 2017: -19 (2nd)
  • 2018: -20 (3rd)
  • 2019: -25 (2nd)

It’s not hard to figure out why I have him in my lineup. Hadwin has come close to winning four times. In the third round of the 2017 tournament, Hadwin shot a 59 with 13 birdies. In 2017 and 2019, Hadwin fell one shot short of forcing a playoff.

I know he isn’t playing well right now, but it doesn’t matter. He plays way too well in this tournament not to pick him.

Michael Thompson ($7,500)

Last week, Michael Thompson shook off a rough start to the season with a fifth-place finish in the Sony Open in Hawaii. That should give him momentum for The American Express.

Thompson was a non-factor in the 2016 and 2017 tournament. He didn’t participate in 2018 but returned with a great performance in 2019. He shot 68 or better in his first three rounds. Thompson failed to make a charge in the final round, finishing ninth at 18-under.

In 2021, Thompson had another impressive performance.

  • First Round: 67 (-5)
  • Second Round: 72 (E)
  • Third Round: 68 (-4)
  • Fourth Round: 66 (-6)

He failed to win, but he scored a fifth-place finish. Thompson is trending in the right direction for The American Express. It wouldn’t surprise me if he scored another top 10 finish.

Andrew Landry ($7,200)

Andrew Landry’s 2021-22 season has been a roller coaster. He has two top 10 finishes and four missed cuts. There hasn’t been a middle for him. It’s either one extreme or the other. Hopefully, he’ll be on the right side of things this week.

He missed the cut in his first start in The American Express, but he returned two years later with this impressive performance.

  • First Round: 63 (-9)
  • Second Round: 65 (-7)
  • Third Round: 70 (-2)
  • Fourth Round: 68 (-4)

Landry had a great battle with Jon Rahm. Ultimately, Rahm won after a birdie on the fourth playoff hole. That’s a big reason I have Rahm as one of my top picks for The American Express.

In 2020, Landry avenged his loss with a two-shot victory. That was his most recent victory on the PGA Tour. Can he pick up another win in the 2022 tournament?

Francesco Molinari ($7,000)

It’s been a tough fall from grace for Francesco Molinari. A few years ago, he was among the top contenders in almost every major. It’s been nearly a year since Molinari scored a top 10 finish. Can he bounce back in The American Express?

He had a very respectable 12th place finish in the 2017 tournament. Molinari didn’t play the next two years and missed the cut in 2020. Last year, Molinari had one of his best performances of the season.

  • First Round: 69 (-3)
  • Second Round: 66 (-6)
  • Third Round: 69 (-3)
  • Fourth Round: 70 (-2)

His eighth-place finish was his best result since the 2019 Masters. I know it’s not great, but it’s a positive sign for Molinari. You won’t find many golfers at this price with his upside.

My DFS Lineup for The American Express 

  • Tony Finau ($10,200)
  • Sungjae Im ($9,900)
  • Adam Hadwin ($7,900)
  • Michael Thompson ($7,500)
  • Andrew Landry ($7,200)
  • Francesco Molinari ($7,000)

I feel pretty good about my lineup this week. Most of these players have a lot of success in this tournament, and a few will look to continue a good start to the season. Fans can watch the event on Golf Channel from Thursday to Sunday.

Feel free to check out these golf betting tips for future PGA Tour events.

Nicholas Sterling

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