Sanderson Farms Preview And Picks: We’re Talking Fall Golf In Mississippi, Folks
The PGA Tour’s fall-swing makes a stop in Jackson, Miss. this week for the new-look Sanderson Farms Championship. It’s a new-look due to the fact that it is no longer an alternate-field event meaning bigger names in the field this year compared to years past, an invite to the Masters going to the winner, a $6.6 million purse and full FedEx Cup points on the line.
In recent years the tournament has been played in late-October meaning cooler temperatures. Given that mother nature has been extra bi-polar this year in the South, those Fall temperatures haven’t hit and players and fans will be battling 90-degree temps all week.
Nothing like some late September heat in Mississippi.
The Country Club of Jackson has hosted the event since 2014 and the classic designed Par 72 will stretch out just over 7,400 yards.
If someone said to imagine a country club course in Jackson, Miss. chances are you’d be picturing what we’ll see this week at the CC of Jackson. It’s an old-school type layout with tree-lined fairways and greenside bunkers playing guard to shelved Bermuda greens that will play quick. It’s Bermuda in the South, they can cut those things pretty much as short they want to.
It’s been a gettable track in year’s past and that trend shouldn’t change this year. Cameron Champ won the event last year at 21-under while Ryan Armour won it back in 2018 at 19-under.
Picks To Win
The 2019 Rookie of the Year is certainly a name you’ll find on pretty much anyone’s list of ‘guys I’d put money on to get their first win on Tour this season’ and this could be the week we see it happen.
The 21-year-old is coming off of a T-19 finish last week at The Greenbrier where he finished fifth in strokes gained: putting. He played 35 events last year, more than any other player on Tour, and recorded seven Top 10 finishes.
The Nashville native is arguably the biggest name in this week’s field and thanks to a strong finish in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, he’s a name to circle in a major way.
He’s never played in this event, but this course couldn’t set up much better for Sneds. He loves old-school courses and fast Bermuda greens and that’s what he’s getting this week.
The putter is always a lightning rod and if the driver is working this week he will no doubt be towards the top of the leaderboard come Sunday. He had two Top 10 finishes over his last four events of last season.
The 25-year-old finished T-8 here back in 2016 after holding the lead after Friday, so he has some experience under pressure in Jackson.
He played solid golf in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals with T-11 and T-7 finishes in the final two events and finished T-36 last week at The Greenbrier.
Murray murders the ball off the tee and averaged 338 yards at The Greenbrier and was able to finish fifth in strokes gained: tee-to-green. He’s one guy in the field that can try to overpower this course, just as Champ did a year ago en route to the win.
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