The American Express Golf Tournament (AMEX) returns for 2022 and is ready to welcome fans back to the fairways of Greater Palm Springs for world-class golf and world-renowned music acts.
Ready for its 63rd annual playing this January 19-23, 2022, the AMEX will see the world’s best PGA Tour players back in La Quinta to vie for the title, while returning to the dual-site, tri-course rota.
As for safety and health measures for 2022, attendees will need to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken 72-hours prior to entering the tournament grounds at either PGA WEST or La Quinta Country Club. For further details on the event’s health & safety protocols, please visit the AMEX home site.
The historic La Quinta Country Club is back in the AMEX rotation for this year’s tournament, and doing so with dual anniversaries – celebrating its 50th year as part of the event and the club is observing its 60th anniversary.
Universally-renowned for its premier greens and classic design elements, La Quinta Country Club is also reputed for a course where players can go low – as in really low. In 2020, the course was charted as the easiest on the PGA Tour schedule, playing at an average of 2.824 strokes under par.
Host site PGA WEST sports the adjacent, public-access plays of the The Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West (which ranked as the Tour’s second-easiest course in ’20) and the mounded, water-laden spread of the PGA WEST Pete Dye Mountain Course, the latter of which is played for a second time in the rota on the final day by those making the three-day cut.
The popular AMEX Concert Series returns this year with an impressive marquee. On Friday, January 21, pop rock band Maroon 5 will take the stage and on Saturday evening country music star Brad Paisley will perform. The concerts will be held on the PGA WEST driving range following play on Friday and Saturday. Access to the concerts are included with purchase of tournament ticket.
Venues and Fan Experience
General admission, daily tickets provide access to the gold grounds, all public venues and viewing areas and the concerts.
For an enhanced AMEX week, fans should check out Champions Club tickets. Along with preferred parking and exclusive access to the 18th green viewing on the Stadium Course, the Champions Experience includes hosted breakfast and lunch, plus access to an upgraded, stage-adjacent viewing section at the post-round concerts (with hosted bar).
The open-aired seating experience at Casamigos Club 18 is available to ticket holders of all levels and provides a prime perch to enjoy a refreshment while taking in the action.
On the Stadium’s famed island par-3 known as “Alcatraz” – fans can enjoy the Michelob Ultra Beers for Birdies venue where, anytime a pro makes a birdie, beers are discounted.
Other unique on-site hot spots at PGA WEST include the Bushmills Whiskey Lounge overlooking the 9th green and 10th tee of the Stadium Course, and the Corona Premier Par-Tee Lounge, situated with a view of the Stadium’s opening hole.
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Tournament host and World Golf Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson, still fresh off his historic PGA Championship major win at Kiawah Island, returns to The American Express playing field. Seeking his third career AMEX win (after claiming desert victories in 2002 and 2004), the San Diego-native concurrently aims for his 46th PGA Tour title.
Also returning to this golf haven is the top-ranked player in the world and reigning U.S. Open winner, Jon Rahm. The event's champion in 2018, Rahm hasn't appeared in the AMEX since a tie for sixth in '19; his entry for 2022 makes him an instant tournament favorite.
Competing alongside Mickelson and Rahm is the world’s 14th-ranked player, Tony Finau. Coming off a superb ’21 in which he authored a win and two runner-up showing amid eight top-10 finishes (including a solo 4th at the AMEX), Finau seeks his third PGA Tour win.
Still seeking his maiden PGA Tour victory, 25-year-old Texan Scottie Scheffler may well find his breakthrough victory in this Southern California oasis. Trending toward the winner’s circle with 17 top-10s in just 68 career events played, Scheffler, the 19th-ranked player in the world, will undoubtedly rebound from his missed cut at the AMEX last year.
Adding to a particularly-stellar field this year, Long Beach, California native Patrick Cantly – the defending PGA Tour Player of the Year and winner of the FedEx Cup in '21 – makes his fourth career AMEX appearance, and will look to ride the wave of the record-setting 61 he authored in last year's AMEX final round. Providing further depth to the playing field, 2016 PGA Championship winner Jason Day will make his American Express debut, while 10-time Tour winner Justin Rose returns to the event for the first time since 2019. Also committing to play are Abraham Ancer, the world's No. 17-ranked player, and South Korea's Sungjae Im, who has placed in the top-12 of the AMEX leaderboard each of the past three years.
Aiming to become the tournament’s first repeat winner since Johnny Miller (1975-76) defending AMEX champ Si Woo Kim returns to the fray after corralling his third career win in ’21 with four rounds in the 60s.
Other commitments to the AMEX field include: Murrieta, California-native and five-time Tour winner, Rickie Fowler; up-and-comer Will Zalatoris; 2018 Open Championship winner Francesco Molinari; Jhonattan Vegas (2011 champ) and Adam Long (2019 champ), three-time PGA Tour winner Charles Howell III; Emiliano Grillo of Argentina; and SoCal native, Cameron Tringale.