2018 Sanderson Farms Championship

2018 Sanderson Farms Championship at Country Club of Jackson

 

THE COURSE

The Country Club of Jackson was founded in 1914 and in the century since its inception has undergone multiple re-designs, the most recent being in 2008 by John Fought. The par-72 will be playing about 7,421 yards and consists of Bermuda fairways and Champions Bermuda greens. Putting is going to be a key to winning this week as the greens are small and tricky.

Due to all of the tour’s big names playing in Shanghai, the Sanderson Farms field features a bunch of great players that don’t often get mentioned as favorites to win, making this event both extremely fun and slightly more chaotic and challenging than most other weeks. Keep in mind that for the past three winners of this event, it was the first tour win for all of them. So, don’t be afraid to pick someone who’d otherwise be considered unproven.

 

PAST WINNERS

2017   -20  Cody Gribble   (Runners Up:  -16  Chris Kirk, Luke List, Greg Owen)

2016   -28  Peter Malnati   (Runner Up:  -17  William McGirt, David Toms)

2015  -16  Nick Taylor   (Runner Up:  -14  Jason Bohn, Boo Weekley)

2014  -20  Woody Austin  (Runner Up:  -20  Cameron Beckman, Daniel Summerhays)

ODDS   ( Bovada 10/23/2017)

Chesson Hadley  +2000

Jason Kokrak  +2000

Bronson Burgoon  +2500

Kevin Streelman  +2500

Chris Kirk  +2800

William McGirt  +2800

Austin Cook  +3300

Ben Martin  +3300

Jonathan Byrd  +3300

Robert Garrigus  +3300

Luke Donald  +3500

Andrew Landry  +4000

Brandon Hagy  +4500

Davis Love III  +5000

Brice Garnett  +5000

 

WHO’S HOT   (PGA & EURO)

Chesson Hadley  +2000

Brandon Hagy  +4500

Davis Love III  +5000

Scott Stallings  +5500

 

HORSES FOR THE COURSE

Cody Gribble  +5000

Peter Malnati  +10000

Chris Kirk  +2800

William McGirt  +2800

Tyrone Van Aswegan  +5500

Vaughn Taylor  +6600

Aaron Baddeley  +6600

 

LONGER SHOTS

Ricky Barnes  +8000

Smylie Kaufman  +6600

Jason Bohn  +25000

Matt Every  +12500

D.J. Trahan  +40000

 

FAITHFULS

Robert Garrigus  +3300

Ben Crane  +8000

 

WHO WE LIKE

Chesson Hadley – It isn’t often that we like to take the absolute favorite odds-wise, but Hadley is just too hot not to take. If his second-round 61 at the Safeway Open isn’t convincing enough, look at his last 5 starts: Safeway Open (T3), Web.com Tour Championship (T46), DAP Championship (T2), Albertson’s Boise Open (Won), Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship (10). Granted, most of those are mini-tour events, but Chesson Hadley is playing really, really well. And, in a light field, with how confident he must be with his game at the moment, we really, really like his chances.

Note: Going with this reasoning, Bronson Burgoon is a solid pick as well. Last three events: Safeway Open (T17), Web.com Tour Championship (4), DAP Championship (5).

Luke Donald & Brandon Hagy – In the middle of the pack we are going with Luke Donald and Brandon Hagy. Donald is a risky pick given that he’s only made the cut in 6 of his last 14 starts. However, he showed really well at the Alfred Dunhill Championships in Scotland a couple weeks ago and this light field (where superior putting can make the difference) might just be the venue he needs to spark a little momentum back into his career. Hagy , on the other hand, is a steal at 45/1. He is fresh after taking a few weeks off and was playing well this past summer with three top-20 finishes in July/August, including a T5 at the RBC Canadian Open.  Being long off the tee won’t help that much this week, but his length means he’ll be using shorter irons on approach and his putting is solid.  (We cannot believe we aren’t taking Davis Love III here. His performance at the CIMB was fantastic and he’ll look at this field as one where he knows he has the veteran advantage).

CORRECTION: Luke Donald IS NOT playing in Jackson this week. PGATour.com had him listed as in the field up until Wednesday, October 25th.

Tyrone Van Aswegan – Speaking of a veteran advantage, this South African is well-seasoned and has displayed some good recent form. His accuracy off the tee and on approach will only be complimented by a solid short game. Look for Aswegan to have a good showing this week.

 

Gavin’s Picks

Top Tier – Jason Kokrak

Mid-Tier – Robert Garrigus & Cody Gribble

High-Odds – Derek Fathauer

 

John’s Picks

Top Tier – Chesson Hadley

Mid-Tier – Robert Garrigus & Tyler Duncan

High-Odds – Peter Malnati