Want to play in the American Express pro-am? A spot could be yours for $30,000

“We’re not taking out ads,” said tournament director Pat McCabe, who noted that the field is made up of returning business, inquiries from word of mouth, and current players bringing clients and friends along. There are various sponsorships and packages available, but the off-the-street buy-in is $30,000 (a portion of which is tax deductible). Other than the AT&T Pebble Beach, which tends to be on an invite-only basis, there’s no other opportunity to play alongside a Tour pro during competitive rounds.

Pretty exclusive club to play in a PGA Tour Pro-Am.

Patrick Cantlay, Lee Hodges continue birdie bonanza on PGA Tour at the American Express

Adam Schupak

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Patrick Cantlay stepped on the pedal early, threatened to shoot in the 50s, and settled for shooting 10-under par 62 at La Quinta Country Club.

K.H. Lee shot the lowest round at the Stadium Course, a 64, and was tied for third with rookie Cameron Young, who posted his 64 at La Quinta.

Hodges, 26, did two better than Young, his fellow Korn Ferry Tour grad, carding eight birdies and an eagle at the par-5 fifth en route to his lowest round of his career on Tour. After a missed cut last week, he said tried to enjoy the walk and that was the key to his success.

“I knew that my game was there to play really well, so just got to try to change a little bit of my attitude,” he said. “I think that was a big help.”

Lee Hodges is from Huntsville, Alabama and played junior golf with the Alabama Junior Golf Association.