The American Express
La Quinta, CA
Winner’s Share: $1,206,000
Event Type: 3-course rotation
This was the 61stplaying of the AmEx, fifth straight with the current 3-course rota:
Stadium Course (SC) host: 7,113 yards; par 72 (36-36)
Nicklaus Tournament (NT): 7,159 yards; par 72 (36-36)
La Quinta CC (LQ): 7,060 yards; par 72 (36-36)
SC: 70.36 (four rounds)
NT: 69.23 (three rounds)
LQ: 69.17 (three rounds)
Playing out of the final threesome, overnight co-leader and World No. 240 Andrew Landry (SC-LQ-NT), a pre-tourney 200/1 outright, rebounded from three consecutive back-nine bogeys with a birdie-birdie finish for a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in Sunday’s final round for a 72-hole tally of 26-under 262, good for a two-stroke victory over runner-up Abraham Ancer (63), three better than first-timer and PGA TOUR rookie Scottie Scheffler (70), who finished solo 3rd after being a 36- and 54-hole co-leader.
It’s Landry’s second TOUR title in 80 events, first since the 2018 Valero Texas Open 48 starts ago as a pre-tourney 125/1, and also as a 54-hole co-leader.
FUN FACT: All four of his wins, two TOUR, two Web.com, have come on par-72 courses and all as 54-hole co-leader. The Arkansas alum closed out those W’s with 69-67-68-67.
Ancer, born in Texas, raised in Mexico and a San Antonio resident, joined Landry (Austin) and Scheffler (Dallas) to sweep the podium for the Lone Star State.
Final Leaderboard (DraftKings pre-tourney odds outright):
1- (-26) Andrew Landry (200/1)
2- (-24) Abraham Ancer (45/1)
3- (-23) Scottie Scheffler (35/1)
4- (-20) Bud Cauley (70/1)
4- (-20) Sepp Straka (160/1)
Note: Consecutive top-10 finishers in the event: NONE
This was a course form win versus a current form one.
Landry arrived just 1-for-8 on the season (T23, Safeway Open) and off five consecutive missed cuts, including by 12 at last week’s Sony Open in Hawaii.
But, he’s now 3-for-4 at the AmEx with two top 25s, both doubling as top 5s, and avenges a playoff loss two tries ago in 2018 (as a 36-hole leader).
Interestingly, when Landry won the Valero in 2018 in his home state, he checked in that week off four missed cuts on the season in his last five.
Consider, he’s only made 41 of 80 cuts in his career (51.2%), but half of his eight top 10s have now been top-3 finishes, so when he hits, he hits.
Rostering the Port Neches-Grove native at the correct time, however, is a moving target.
He finished 96th in the FedExCup standings last season with just one top 10 (John Deere) in 25 starts. But it was another podium (solo 3rd) and also as a 54-hole co-leader.
Landry, who earns a two-year exemption, was not, and is not, in the published field at this coming week’s Farmers Insurance Open.
Landry’s Position by Round:
R1: T6 (2 back)
R2: 3 (1 back)
Leader/co-leaders by Round:
R1: Zac Blair (finished: T55): Drops to 0-for-2 as 18-hole leader/co-leader
R1: Grayson Murray (T10): Drops to 0-for-2
R2: Rickie Fowler (T10): Drops to 1-for-10 as 36-hole leader/co-leader
R2: Scottie Scheffler (3rd): Drops to 0-for-3
R3: Scottie Scheffler (3rd): Drops to 0-for-1 as 54-hole leader/co-leader
R3: Andrew Landry (Won): Improves to 2-for-3
How Landry Won the Tournament:
Ranked 1st (or T1) in: Total Birdies; Birdie or Better Percentage; Par-4 Scoring; Putts per GIR; Total Putts; Total Par Breakers
Ranked 2nd(or T2) in: N/A
Note: See “Leaders in Selected Stats” at the bottom, along with his full stats.
Note: Strokes gained stats are only recorded on the Stadium Course.
Lowest-Ranked Stat(s): Total Bogeys (T27); Scrambling (T26)
Landry’s TOUR Career:
Cuts Made: 41 (51.2%)
Top 25s: 13 (16.2%)
Top 10s: 8 (10.0%)
Top 3s: 4 (5.0%)
Wins: 2 (2.5%)
Wins by Season:
2017: 1 (Web)
2015: 1 (Web)
Landry at AmEx:
Top 25s: 2
Top 10s: 2
Top 5s: 2
Cuts Made: 2
Top 25s: 2
Top 10s: 1
Note: Landry’s form prior to his last win at the 2018 Valero: 42-MC-MC-MC-MC
Landry on Sunday:
After opening with 66-64-65, he co-led with playing competitor Scheffler and hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation.
Landry lost 1.859 strokes around-the-green but gained 1.289 off-the-tee and 2.755 on approach.
He rang up eight birdies at holes 3, 6, 7, 10-12, 17 and 18, three from between 11 and 15 feet, outflanking three bogeys at 13 (3-putt from 62'5"), 14 and 15.
Landry posted 1.533 putts per GIR and 1.221 SG: Putting with 27 total putts.
OUT: 3-under 33 (3 birdies); Leader by 3
IN: 2-under 34 (5 birdies, 3 bogeys); WINS by 2
He ended the week with 31 birdies, No. 1 in that stat, versus five bogeys.
By the Numbers:
9/4: Landry’s revised outright betting entering R4.
3: Ancer, who matched a career best with solo 2nd, played the first three rounds with Presidents Cup teammate Sungjae Im, who finished T10 this week. Five weeks ago, in Australia, the duo were the top point-getters for the Internationals (as rookies) with identical 3-1-1 records, and teamed up to beat Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele 3&2 in Saturday morning Four-Balls.
56: Straka paced the field in bogey-free laps with three, and altogether, played his final 56 holes blemish-free for a season-tying-best T4 (Houston Open).
59: Cauley’s T4 was his second top 10 at the AmEx in eight tries, joining a career-tying-best T3 in 2017. It’s his first top-5 finish on TOUR since the 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson 59 starts ago.
63s: Sam Burns (finished T6) and Ancer matched the Stadium Course record with Sunday 63s, both bogey-free. Burns, a LSU product, is a Louisiana native, same as last year’s winner Adam Long. #GeauxTigers
15: Tony Finau, the top-ranked OWGRer in the field at No. 15 and an AmEx ambassador, finished T14, highlighted by a week-low, course- and career-tying-low 62 (NT) in R2.
2: Through 14 (non-team) events this season, the pre-tourney fave/co-fave has won two times: Rory McIlroy (6/1) at WGC-HSBC, and Justin Thomas (13/2) at THE CJ CUP. Last season, two fave/co-faves won (in 45 non-team events): McIlroy (12/1 co-fave) at THE PLAYERS, and Collin Morikawa at the opposite-field Barracuda (10/1).
12/1: Rickie Fowler (LQ-NT-SC) a pre-tourney 12/1 fave outright, co-led at the midpoint (65-64) but fell to T10 with 70-71 on the weekend.
19: 19 (of 21) TOUR rookies were in the field with 36- and 54-hole co-leader Scheffler taking top-rookie honors with a career-tying-best solo 3rd (65-64-66-70). He improves to 8-for-8 on the season with four top 10s, two straight, and matched a best of T3 at the opposite-field Bermuda three starts ago.
29: Of 29 first-timers, Scheffler was also top debutant. He’s now tied for the season lead in top 10s (4), and is also tied for lead/co-leads after any round (5).
Field Scoring Average:
Cumulative scoring averages:
Note: Had there been strokes gained stats for all four rounds: Landry: 17.152 SG: Total.
With the 3-course rotation, in effect since 2016, and a scheduled 54-hole cut, there wasn’t a traditional draw this week, so we’ll look at the course rotation for the top-5 finishers:
1- Landry: SC-LQ-NT
2- Ancer: LQ-NT-SC
3- Scheffler: LQ-NT-SC
4- Cauley: LQ-NT-SC
4- Straka: NT-SC-LQ
Note: Landry is the first winner on this rotation.
2020 winner: Andrew Landry: SC-LQ-NT
2019 winner: Adam Long: NT-SC-LQ
2018 winner: Jon Rahm: LQ-NT-SC
2017 winner: Hudson Swafford: LQ-NT-SC
2016 winner: Jason Dufner: NT-SC-LQ
74 pros from a field of 155 pros and one amateur made the cut of 9-under 207:
Top 10s: 13
8 (of 14) tourneys so far this season with a traditional draw:
Strength of Field:
With a Strength of Field rating of 219 (down 14 from last season), Landry banks 40.00 world-ranking points and 500 FedExCup points:
OWGR: From 240 to 107 (up 133)
Note: Landry’s career-high OWGR is 64th (after 2018 Zurich).
Note: When he won the 2018 VTO (SOF 212), he was OWGR No. 114.
FEC: From 178 to 17 (up 161)
(LQ): 64: Zac Blair
(NT): 65: Hank Lebioda
(SC): 64: Grayson Murray
(NT): 62: Tony Finau
(SC): 64: Ben Martin
(LQ): 63: Harry Higgs
(NT): 63: Max Homa
(SC): 64: Chesson Hadley
Multiple bogey-free rounds (8 players):
(x3): Sepp Straka
(x2): Seung-Yul Noh-CUT
6 winners were in their 20s
7 were in their 30s (Landry age: 32)
1 was in their 40s
Season Leaders in Top-10 Finishes:
Consecutive Top 10s on TOUR:
4: Xander Schauffele (P2-P2-10-2)
3: Webb Simpson (3-P2-7)
3: Gary Woodland (7-5-3)
3: Rory McIlroy (P1-3-1)
2: Scottie Scheffler (3-5)
2: Rickie Fowler (10-5)
Consecutive Top-10 Streak Ended at:
2: Henrik Norlander (68-9-5)
Landry’s Weekly Stats (ranking of 74 players):
Birdies: 31 (1st)
Bogeys: 5 (T27)
Birdie or Better Percentage: 43.06% (1st)
Birdie to Bogey Ratio: 6.20 (5th)
Par-3 Scoring: 2.94 (T23)
Par-4 Scoring: 3.65 (1st)
Par-5 Scoring: 4.31 (T3)
Driving Accuracy: 42/56 (T3) at 75.00%
Putts per GIR: 1.455 (1st)
Total Putts: 99 (T1)
Putts by Round: 27-24-21-27
Scrambling: 13/17 (T26) at 76.47%
Leaders in Selected Stats:
Total Par Breakers:
1. Andrew Landry (31)
2. Grayson Murray (27)
3. Abraham Ancer (26)
3. Talor Gooch (26)
5. Scottie Scheffler (25)
5. Tony Finau (25)
5. Sungjae Im (25)
Birdie or Better %:
1. Andrew Landry (43.06)
2. Grayson Murray (37.50)
3. Talor Gooch (36.11)
3. Abraham Ancer (36.11)
5. Scottie Scheffler (34.72)
5. Tony Finau (34.72)
5. Sungjae Im (34.72)
Birdie to Bogey Ratio:
1. Abraham Ancer (13.00)
2. Sepp Straka (7.67)
3. Paul Casey (6.67)
4. Scottie Scheffler (6.25)
5. Andrew Landry (6.20)
1. Abraham Ancer (79.17)
2. Paul Casey (77.78)
2. Ryan Moore (77.78)
2. Cameron Champ (77.78)
2. Tony Finau (77.78)
2. Sepp Straka (77.78)
7. Andrew Landry (76.39)