It was a well-deserved break for the top players in the world and for us as tipsters last week as the PGA Tour headed to the Dominican Republic for one of the smaller tournaments of the season. Some big names will be back in action this week as we return state-side for the annual Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi.
The action gets underway on Thursday morning and as usual, we have you covered with a full preview, power rankings and betting tips for the $6,000,000 tournament below.
2020 PGA Tour: Sanderson Farms Championship Betting Picks
It was a solid event in the Dominican last week although most of the top players in the world opted to take the week off after a gruelling U.S. Open. The tournament was won by Hudson Swafford, his first PGA Tour victory since the 2018 season and a much needed one for the 165th ranked player in the world.
It’ll be a bit tougher this week, as the field gets a little more talented with some of the more well-known players returning to action to compete for the raised $6,000,000 prize-pool in Mississippi.
While it’s far from a star-studded field this week, there will most certainly be some more interest surrounding the tournament with some top line players returning to action. The field will be headlined by the likes of Louis Oosthuizen, Sungjae Im, Scottie Scheffler, Chez Reavie, Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia.
Columbian Sebastian Munoz took out the event last season for his maiden PGA Tour victory and he will be returning to defend his title. Other previous winners of the Sanderson Farms Championship who will be competing this season include the likes of Ryan Armour, Peter Malnati, Nick Taylor, Scott Stallings and Chris Kirk.
The Country Club of Jackson in Mississippi opened in 1914 and was originally designed by Dick Wilson. The course underwent significant renovations in 2008 to help it cater to the modern day golfer, and those redesigns were headed up by famous golf course designer John Fought.
The club is made up of 27 holes and the championship course is a composite of some of the best and most intriguing holes from the lot. It plays as a Par 72 at just over 7,420 yards. Scoring is the aim of the game at Jackson, and an average score in the high teens or low twenties under par usually get the job done. Driving won’t be a massive factor, but strong iron play and putting to maximise birdie opportunities will be crucial.
1 – Scottie Scheffler (+1000)
The No.30 ranked player in the world was in a rich vein of form before COVID-19 cruelly struck him down in the wake of the U.S. Open. He was forced to withdraw from the tournament after five straight results of T15, T4, T4, T20 and a performance at the Tour Championship that saw him finish with the second best non handicapped score. Is a class above most of the field here.
2 – Louis Oosthuizen (Withdrawan)
Has never really been one to dominate these smaller PGA Tour tournaments, instead buttering his bread in the majors, where he has a fantastic record. However, like Scheffler, Oosthuizen is a class above most of this field, and is coming off an impressive third place finish at the U.S. Open.
3 – Sebastian Munoz (+3100)
Last year’s champion is one of the few players in this field to have played a lot of golf at the Country Club of Jackson in the past. Prior to a T59 at the U.S. Open, the Columbian was in some great form in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, finishing T18 at the Northern Trust, T8 at the BMW Championship and 7th (non-handicapped) at the Tour Championship.
4 – Sung-jae Im (+1300)
On the contrary to Oosthuizen, the Korean has made his living out of these smaller tournaments, particularly last season where he racked up 1,633 with just one win across a mammoth 23 tournaments played. The guy just plays, and plays, and plays, and with so every tournament he competes in, he gets more experience and looks better and better.
5 – Will Zalatoris (+1600)
Korn-Ferry one week, spotlight the next. Zalatoris had a season so remember on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2020, finishing in the top 10 on 10 different occasions in 16 events played. It was unfortunate circumstances that there was no graduating class from the Korn-Ferry this season due to COVID-19, unlucky considering he topped the points list. After earning 130 points with a top 10 at the U.S. Open, he needs only a few more solid finishes to earn a temporary card.
Love the value of the defending champion in Munoz this week. Has genuine pedigree at the course and despite a tough results at the U.S. Open, he brings some solid form into the tournament with a really impressive run in the FedEx Cup playoffs. Back him to finish in the top few this week or even to go back to back at the Sanderson Farms if you’re hunting a bit more value.
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