Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 12:50 PM (PGA West Stadium Course)
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The third round of the PGA Tour’s 2021 American Express begins on Saturday.
For those readers that are not aware, the first two rounds of the 2021 American Express occurred on two different golf courses. Over the course of two days, the entire field of 156 golfers played one round on the TPC Stadium Course at PGA West and one round on the Nicklaus Tournament Course.
Now that the field has been cut from 156 players to the top 65 golfers and ties, the remainder of the tournament will be played on the TPC Stadium Course. This article is specifically focused on matchup bets for the third round of this event. Having stated that, keep in mind that the entire field will play the TPC Stadium Course at PGA West in round three.
*As of this writing, the current weather forecast indicates a 50% chance of rain beginning at 1:00pm PT. Make sure to pay attention to the weather forecast closer to the beginning of the third round on Saturday before placing your wagers.
Here are my favorite matchup bets for the third round of the American Express.
Adam Long -110 over Byeong Hun An
Since competing at the 2020 U.S. Open in September, Adam Long has played eight golf tournaments on the PGA Tour. In those eight events just mentioned, Long has five top 30 finishes, including a third place result at the Mayakoba Golf Classic last month. Additionally, it should be noted that Long has performed well at the American Express in the past. Let me be more specific. Adam Long won the 2019 American Express. I recall watching the final round of the 2019 American Express. Long outdueled Phil Mickelson down the stretch. Let's just say that I was impressed.
Now let's turn our attention to Long's opponent, Byeong Hun An. An started off the American Express playing some quality golf in Thursday's first round. However, An fell apart in Friday's second round. Byeong Hun An shot a back nine 39 on Friday. Frankly, it was hard to watch. I just can't see An turning things around on Saturday. I am taking Long in this matchup with absolute confidence.
Patton Kizzire -120 over Tyler Duncan
Kizzire certainly checks the box for me when it comes to current form. Let me provide some clear data to support my previous statement. Patton has three top 11 finishes in his last four tournaments played on the PGA Tour, including a seventh place result at the Sony Open. Unfortunately, Tyler Duncan has not been playing consistently good golf lately. Duncan has missed the cut in three of his last four events played on the PGA Tour. For those reasons, I am rolling with Patton Kizzire in this matchup.