This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
The PGA Tour heads to the mainland this week, but unfortunately, few big names will take part in what was once the Bob Hope Classic. This event has been known for two things — 90 holes and abundant birdies. While they no longer play 90 holes, it's still a birdie fest, and those unaccustomed to going low, need not apply this week. There are three courses in play this week, but fortunately, they are all familiar to the golfers in the field, which means course history can be considered. With so few big names in the field, going off the beaten path might be the smartest course.
This Week: The American Express – PGA West TPC Stadium, La Quinta, Calif.
Rickie Fowler (11-1)
Right off the bat, it's easy to see that this is a different week. No top-tier golfers in the field and nobody in single-digits odds. The biggest issue with Fowler being the favorite is he has almost no track record here. He's only played this event twice and hasn't played here since 2014. He's the biggest name in the field, which is why he's atop the odds list, but he has no value at this price.
Sungjae Im (16-1)
Im is quickly morphing from the guy who plays all the time, to the guy who plays well all the time.