The final player field has been released for the upcoming American Express golf tournament right here in the desert. There are many changes this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but on a positive note... the field is stacked!
The tournament will be played at the Stadium and Nicklaus Tournament Courses at PGA West in La Quinta from January 21-24.
The American Express final field (156 players):
An, Byeong Hun
Augenstein, John +
Baddeley, Aaron +
Bhatia, Akshay +
Block, Michael #
Hall, Harry +
Howell III, Charles
Kim, Joohyung +
Kim, Si Woo
Potter, Jr., Ted
Rahm, Jon (withdrew Monday, January 18)
Teater, Josh +
Van Pelt, Bo
van Rooyen, Erik
Varner III, Harold
Watney, Nick +
1 Sponsor-Members (TBD)
+ - Sponsor Exemption
# - Section Champion
Notable facts regarding The American Express’ 2021 player field:
The field features 12 major champions, led by five-time major champion, World Golf Hall of Famer and tournament host Phil Mickelson and also including American Express debutante Brooks Koepka (a four-time major winner between 2017-19), 2019 U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland, 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed, 2018 Open Championship winner Francesco Molinari, Charl Schwartzel, Zach Johnson, Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Jimmy Walker, Lucas Glover and Steve Jones.
The field includes nine players in the top 26 of the Official World Golf Ranking – Jon Rahm (No. 2), Patrick Cantlay (No. 9), Patrick Reed (No. 11), Brooks Koepka (No. 12), Matthew Wolff (No. 15), Sungjae Im (No. 18), Tony Finau (No. 20), Abraham Ancer (No. 24), Paul Casey (No. 26) – and 12 of the world’s top 39 golfers.
The field includes 14 past champions of The American Express: Andrew Landry (2020), Adam Long (2019), Jon Rahm (2018), Hudson Swafford (2017), Jason Dufner (2016), Bill Haas (2010, 2015), Patrick Reed (2014), Brian Gay (2013), Mark Wilson (2012), Pat Perez (2009), D.J. Trahan (2008), Charley Hoffman (2007), Phil Mickelson (2002, 2004), Steve Jones (1989).
The field includes 14 players in the top 30 of the 2020-21 PGA TOUR FedExCup standings, and 10 players who competed in the 30-player field at the 2020 TOUR Championship.
Youngest player in the field – Akshay Bhatia (18 years old). Oldest player in the field – Steve Jones (62 years old).
News Channel 3 will have coverage all tournament long!