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Top-ranked players finish prep, address media on eve of American Express tournament play

We're just one day away from the start of play for the 63rd American Express in La Quinta.

The first round of play tees off Thursday morning. 156 players will take part in the 72-hole event, all battling to win $1.3 million and 500 FedEx Cup points.

Check out our American Express section for full coverage of the tournament

The tournament will be held on January 20-23 in La Quinta.

Some of the PGA TOUR pros were out for the Pro-Am on Wednesday, headlined by Rickie Fowler.

On Wednesday, we heard from several players, including two of the favorites to win it all, World No. 1 Jon Rahm and World No. 4 Patrick Cantlay. They spoke about why this tournament, and this area, is always circled on the golf calendar.

"It's almost like the closest home away from home," Rahm told reporters.

Rahm, a superstar in the sport from Spain, now lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

"I've always liked the tournaments that are in California, closer to home. I think, just growing up, junior golf and then going to college here in California, I have an affinity for it and the golf courses," Cantlay said.

Cantlay was born in Long Beach and went on to attend UCLA.

The American Express tees off tomorrow starting at 8:40 a.m. across the three courses. Notable groups at thee La Quinta Country Club include:

  • Rahm is playing with Tony Finau at 8:50 a.m.
  • Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler are off at 9:20 a.m.
  • Cantlay is playing with Scottie Sheffler at 10:30 a.m.

Check out the full tee times for the first three rounds of play below.

News Channel 3's Blake Arthur and Bailey Arrendondo will have complete coverage of the American Express all throughout the week.

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Blake Arthur

Sports Director Blake Arthur joined the KESQ/CBS Local 2 team in August of 2015. Learn more about Blake here.

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Bailey Arredondo

Bailey Arredondo is a Sports Anchor/Reporter for KESQ News Channel 3. He joined the Desert’s News Leader in January 2022 here.

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