We head to the great state of Mississippi for the Sanderson Farms Championship this week. It’s not a stellar field, with most of the big names resting up after the Ryder Cup, but still a highly competitive affair and one offering several small stakes, but big value, opportunities.
Sanderson Farms Championship
The first time this event was played was in 1968, as a makeweight in the schedule the same week as the US Masters at Augusta (early April). And it filled this role until 1993 when, as the Deposit Guarantee Golf Classic, it became a fully fledged PGA event, this time played alongside the Open Championship. Three more name changes later (Southern Farms, Viking and True South Classic), and several more placements on the schedule, the Sanderson Farms now finds itself towards the end of the year… but at the start of a new season! So we might not see a host of household names this week, but we will find a mixed bag of emerging talent, seasoned pros and would-be winners… also one of the best sporting trophies around (a stuffed chicken, well rooster to be exact, on a plinth).
Sanderson Farms Championship: The Course
This week’s it’s the Jackson Country Club in Mississippi. It’s a 7,421 yard par 72. The club itself is over 100 years old but this course design dates back to 1962 when Dick Wilson planned 27 holes on land newly acquired by the club. The layout was updated in 2008 by John Fought to bring it in line with modern day standards.
264: Scott Stallings (2012)
62: Roberto Castro (2015)
Sanderson Farms Championship: Past Winners
2020: Sergio Garcia
2019: Sebastian Munoz
2018: Cameron Champ
2017: Ryan Armour
2016: Cory Gribble
Sanderson Farms Championship: The Field
A regular PGA line-up this week with 156 players. Sam Burns is the the $19 favourite with TopSport.
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) September 29, 2021
Sanderson Farms Championship: Weather
Certainly good to start, but changing towards the weekend with a daily precipitation forecast of 10%-10%-50%-40% over the course of the tournament. Temperatures will be hig 70s dipping to low 70s as a result, and as cloud cover thickens. The wind will be of little consequence, reaching a maximum of 8-10mph during the event..
Sanderson Farms Championship: Outright value bets
These are two each-way outright bets from the Golf Insider. Members receive all of his best bets for all markets – win and each-way, Top 10, Top 20, Round 1 Leader and 3-Ball groups. He covers every tournament on the PGA and European Tours.
Chez Reavie ($111 with TopSport)
I am utterly convinced that Reavie remains a winner-in-waiting. And while the 39-year-old continues to hit the ball well, albeit without much recent success, he remains firmly on my radar. Coming after the Ryder Cup, and at the start of a new season on the PGA Tour, this tournament has a very open look about it – as shown by the names at the top of the market. And two-time winner in the States, Reavie has been playing good enough golf this Summer to land an event such as this – in fact he ranks 15th for Strokes Gained: Tee-To-Green. We backed him last time out in the Fortinet Championship, when he led the field after Round 1 – the hope is that this week he can string four good rounds together to lead on Sunday night! Reavie still looks genuinely over-priced IMO at anything above 66/1.
Brendon Todd ($95 with TopSport)
The man from Pittsburgh is a three-time PGA Tour winner, and is another dangerous player in a field of this quality. He’s thrown in some sketchy performances this year, but Top 10s in the Charles Schwab Challenge and Wyndham Championship demonstrate the fact that the straight-hitting Todd retains the game that saw him win the last two of those titles back-to-back (in 2020). Last time out in Napa he closed with a 67 for a share of 22nd place, and despite bringing with him a poor record at Jackson CC (missing his previous four cuts in Mississippi), I believe Todd, who comes out well on my personal ratings, is hugely under-rated by the market here this week. Only small stakes for me, like all this week’s bets, but a value one never the less.
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