2018 Sanderson Farms Championship Preview
It’s a rarity, but there is no European Tour event this week, given the co-sanctioned nature of the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.
There is, however, an alternate event on the PGA TOUR, the Sanderson Farms Championship, and DraftKings is running a nice juicy slate for it.
Played at the Country Club of Jackson in Mississippi, this parklands layout measures 7,200 yards for its Par 72 and features wide enough fairways that are lined with trees as well as small(ish) Bermuda greens, however these are likely to be receptive given that there’s rain in the weather forecast.
This is a weak field event, and the fact that winning scores have ranged from -19 (Ryan Armour last year) to -20 (Cody Gribble in ’16) would suggest that this is an easy enough layout to tame.
Armour picked his way around, ranking third for Driving Accuracy and Greens in Regulation last year, which is a strategy that will naturally create chances if you putt well….which he did.
But there appears to be more than one way to skin a cat at CC of Jackson. Chesson Hadley, who finished T2 last year, averaged 303 yards off the tee but only found 63% of fairways. His high GIR count owed much to scrambling, while in T3 Jonathan Randolph found just 63% of GIR but putted like an absolute demon.
The bad news is that there is no obvious template for success here!
The confusion is franked by the sportsbook odds of the most recent winners of this event: none of Armour (100/1), Gribble (80/1), Peter Malnati (175/1) or Nick Taylor (200/1) can exactly be described as a likely candidate.
All of which makes drafting a six-man roster tricky, but nevertheless here’s a half-dozen that we believe in at the Sanderson Farms Championship.
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