Preview: Sanderson Farms Championship

Week No. 2 of the new season follows the Ryder Cup. Only Sergio Garcia, the event’s defending champion, will be in attendance.

Plenty of angles and interest for gamers and gamblers though!

via @PGATOUR

2021 Sanderson Farms Championship

Country Club of Jackson

Jackson, Mississippi

Yards (per official scorecard):7,460
Par:72 (36-36)
Greens:Champion Bermuda; 6,200 square feet on average.
Stimpmeter:12.5 feet.
Rough:Bermuda and Zoysia at 2inches.
Bunkers/Water Hazards56/7 (water in play on 5 holes).
Architects:Opened 1914. Redesign: John Faught (2008).
Purse:$7 million ($1.26 winner) plus 500 FedExCup points.
Defending Champion (event):Sergio Garcia.
Fact of the Week:Garcia is the only winner in seven who has won before on TOUR.
Fact of the Week II:Host since 2014; results prior do not matter as the event was NOT contested here.

Notes:

  • Full field, 144 players
  • Top 65 and ties play the weekend.

2021-2022  Season Winners

*- First-time winner

**- First-time winner AND rookie winner

EventWinner
Fortinet ChampionshipMax Homa

Check out HORSES FOR COURSES for more details on those who play well here.

Event Winners:

Calendar Year/Player/ScoreNotes
2020 – Sergio Garcia, -19Stuffed it to 3 feet on the final hole to make birdie and avoid a playoff.
2019 – Sebastian Munoz, -18Holed a 15-footer at the last to force and win a playoff over Sungjae Im.
2018 – Cameron Champ, -21Tournament record set and won by four (not entered this week); won his second event with a TOUR card.
2017 – Ryan Armour, -19Won by five, a tournament record.
2016 – Cody Gribble, -17Won his second event with a TOUR card.
2015 – Peter Malnati, -18Held off veteran David Toms and William McGirt to win by one in November.
2014 – Nick Taylor, -16Posted the highest winning total as he won by two shots at the first event at CCofJ.

Facts and Figures:

Tournament Record:267 (-21); Cameron Champ.
Course Tournament Record:63 (multiple times): 2020 Peter Malnati, Round 4. 2020 Cam Davis, Round 3.
Recent Defending Champion(s):n/a.
Multiple Winners (event or course):n/a.
First Time TOUR:Every winner minus Garcia.
Oldest Winner:Ryan Armour, 41. Sergio Garcia, 40.
Youngest Winner:Cameron Champ, 23.
Odd Fact:Of the seven winners, five have never played in the event previous.
Odd Fact II:The last three winners have been 1-3-1 in Driving Distance (all drives).
Odd Fact III:Garcia is the only winner outside of the top five the last five years in SG: Putting (28th).

Time for Chicken!

Sanderson Farms and the Country Club of Jackson will make it eight straight seasons but this will only be the third consecutive as a stand-alone event. Bigger prize pool, bigger exemptions and obviously a bigger field greets the TOUR players in Week No. of the new season.

John Faught is a Donald Ross disciple so we can look for clues there. He also designed Detroit Golf Club so there’s another angle, albeit non-Bermuda.

Champion Bermuda greens will be the first on TOUR since East Lake and before that Memphis so time to adjust. They get slick and run hot as well so hit it closer for easier 2 putts!

Length is hardly an issue anymore for these guys but CCofJ stretches almost 5,000 yards. With minimal rough (2 inches) and a dry September it should shrink a bit. Thunderstorms today/tonight might keep that from completely happening.

Par-5 holes are the easiest, usually, and this week isn’t much different. Taking advantage will help push the total around 20-under again this time around.

Garcia won last year because he absolutely destroyed the place tee to green. Most of the other winners have had a hot putter do the work. A combo of both would suffice this week.

With the “new” event and field I’m not defaulting anymore to up-and-comers. This is real money and a real trip to the Masters. Stakes are up and so is the field. Getting ahead and staying ahead in the FedExCup standings will also allow for schedule adjustments as the season goes along so that’s another perk for doing werk early.

Chalk

Sam Burns (+1400): One TOUR win makes you the favorite this week! His victory is on the same surface at Valspar and was T3 here in 2018. Looooooooseeanna native should have plenty of support as well. I’d be surprised if he wasn’t in the top 10.

Sungjae Im (+1600): He’s one of my few on the list of OAD plays to get beat in a playoff. Falling to Munoz two years ago won’t be a pleasant memory but he trashes places like this for fun and will make a shit-ton of birdies.

Corey Conners (+1600): I buy the Valero angle this week as well and Conners is a winner on that track too. Super ball-striker will give himself plenty of chances to keep up. Will his putter? First event since T17 East Lake but a great finish to last season.

Will Zalatoris (+1600): Of the three at 16-1, I’m landing here. All of the tools and the strength to carry that toolbox. First of many this week. Win ticket.

Sergio Garcia (+2000): Justin Ray had the great stat about his performances following the Ryder Cup and the results are very good. Won’t have any issues as defending champ as this isn’t his first rodeo. Surely will find a way into the weekend and top 25.

Cameron Tringale (+2500): Would have loved him more in the “old” days here! His last top 10s were Valspar and Valero (both Bermuda) so I can see why he’s up here.

Charley Hoffman (+2500): Steady spaghetti everywhere but the Valero connection is real here as well. His last top 10 was Colonial and before that Valero. Write him down for the spring in Texas. Write him down this week for a top 10 and top 20.

Mito Pereira (+2800): Top six in four of his last six includes the Olympic games. If you stretch back he’s 8 of 10 across both TOURs with T6 or better (2 wins on KFT) in six of those! Gotta run hot horses! Top 10, Top 20.

30-1 and beyond

Cam Davis (+3500): Hasn’t MC since his win in Detroit. First event since BMW at Caves Valley (T29). 66 and 63 on the card last year suggest he’s figuring it out. Nibble win ticket.

Si Woo Kim (+3500): Loves Bermuda and Ross (Wyndham), loves a tough driving track. Don’t love the price but his T11 last week wasn’t gonna help. Top 10, Top 20.

Kevin Streelman (+3500): If the requirement is pounding GIR to keep up, he qualifies quite easily. One of the few to have multiple top 10s here. Add another. Top 10, Top 20.

CT Pan (+6500): Big Olympics, top 10 last week, T12 here last year. Always pesky at Wyndham.

Chad Ramey (+6500): Local lad back for more. Hopefully got the MC out of the way last week. Read HFC for more.

Adam Schenk (+8000): 16 straight of par or better here.

Funny Money

John Augenstein/Mattias Schwab: Vandy boys playing well.

Peter Malnati (+10000): If there’s ONE place, this might be it.

Sahith Theegala (+13000): Hit it GREAT last week but no love.

Austin Cook (+15000): Flashed lately and is a super putter on this surface.

Davis Riley (+15000): Mississippi native, third time playing this event. I’ve made dumber long shot selections.

Dawie van der Walt (+150000): T22 last time out, Bermuda no biggie.

Chesson Hadley (+20000): Play all 72 is the next step. Bermuda trumps.

Matthew NeSmith (+20000): Flushes it.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out through Twitter or email me mikeglasscott@gmail.com.

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