The American Express is a tournament that seems to play into Scottie Scheffler’s game. The three courses in rotation are all very gettable from the fairway.
Despite his unorthodox swing, Scheffler is one of the best drivers of his generation. Last season, he was first on the PGA Tour in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee (1.021). He was incredible at blasting it off the tee without spraying it.
His irons were nothing to sneeze at, either. Scheffler was also tops in SG: Approach (1.194).
If he can just roll a few in on these tame greens, Scheffler can win for the second time in the last month if you count his exhibition victory in December at the Hero World Challenge.
He pointed out in 2023, as transcribed by ASAP Sports, that it takes different strategies to compete at the three courses in rotation this week.
"I think every course is a little bit different, so you kind of have a game plan for each course," Scheffler said. "I'll approach a lot of 'em pretty similar. Just try and hit good shots and make the right decisions off the tee."
"La Quinta there's a few places where you can be aggressive. Then there's a few places where you have to be a little bit more patient off the tee. But if you're in the fairway on that golf course you're going to have a lot of opportunities. So most importantly just getting the ball in play and going from there."
Scheffler is coming off a T-5th finish a couple weeks ago at The Sentry. He shot 66-64-71-66 to end up four back.
His history in Palm Springs shows three made cuts in four attempts. His lone miss was by a shot in 2021 when he was 1-under.
Scheffler was tied for the 54-hole lead in 2020 when he opened in 65-64-66. A Sunday 70 dropped him to third place.
The former Texas Longhorn took T-25th in 2022 with 3-under 69 at La Quinta, 2-under 70 at Nicklaus, and 2-under 70 at Stadium. He ended with a 67 at Stadium.
Last year resulted in T-11th. Scheffler carded 68 at La Quinta, 65 at Nicklaus, and 66-67 at Stadium.