2024 The American Express: Top 10 power rankings in Palm Springs

A look at the 10 best players equipped for success this week as the PGA Tour begins its West Coast swing.
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7. OWGR: 37th. FedEx Cup: T-109th. Min Woo Lee. AmericanExpress/PowerRankings/7

Min Woo Lee is making his debut at The American Express. The talented 25-year-old Aussie has played a smattering of PGA Tour events in his globetrotting career, but this is one he’s yet to check off the list.

He’s got a full PGA Tour card, so expect to see Lee stateside more often.

Lee is a popular pick to click wherever he goes these days. The brother of LPGA star Minjee Lee is making a name for himself with two worldwide wins in his last five starts.

The first was on the Asian Tour at the SJM Macao Open. It was far from a star-studded field, but it was a confidence booster for Lee, who rolled to an eight-shot victory.

The stakes were raised in his next win in late November at the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship. Lee won by three in his home country, finishing ahead of the likes of Marc Leishman, Joaquin Niemann, and Adam Scott in the top 10.

This is Lee’s season debut on the PGA Tour. We last saw him take solo third at the ISPS Handa Australian Open. Lee couldn’t quite pull off the Aussie double-dip in consecutive weeks.

He’s seeking to earn his sixth straight top-15 worldwide this week in Palm Springs. That streak includes T-6th at the Zozo Championship. Lee hasn’t missed a cut on any tour since the AT&T Byron Nelson in May.

The next step is to win on the PGA Tour. He probably wishes he could retroactively count his 2021 Abrdn Scottish Open win as one, but this wasn’t a co-sanctioned event with the DP World Tour until 2022.

Lee had four top-10s in limited action in 2023 on the PGA Tour. The highlights were T-5th at the U.S. Open and T-6th at the Players Championship.

He’s short in stature but can smoke the ball. Lee was 10th last season on the DP World Tour in driving distance (315.85). He was also 10th in scoring average (69.81) and 20th in putts per green in regulation (1.75).