Sanderson Farms Championship – Country Club of Jackson live on Sky Sports 4
The PGA Tour heads to Mississippi this week for the Sanderson Farms Championship, an event which has been a part of the PGA Tour schedule since 1968. It plays opposite the WGC HSBC Champions, which is why the field isn’t a particularly strong one, however the Sanderson Farms Championship is a much better betting heat. It also provides a good opportunity for the lesser players on the PGA Tour to wrap up their playing rights early on in the season, and that was the case for Web.com graduate Nick Taylor last year, who recorded his first victory as a professional in this event.
The Sanderson Farms Championship remains at the Country Club of Jackson this year, after hosting the event for the first time in 2014. The golf course was re-designed by John Fought in 2008, who is a fan of course designer Donald Ross and Fought’s re-design “incorporates classic Donald Ross flavour”. The greens are small, the fairways are tree-lined and the course is a par 72 that measures 7,354 yards and last year’s results suggest that both big and short hitters can go well around this track. There’s a premium on approach shots due to the tricky small greens and those that putt well on Bermuda grass are also at an advantage.
Graham DeLaet – Graham DeLaet is undoubtedly one of the better players in this extremely weak field and at 40/1 he’s a value bet this week. Admittedly, Graham is yet to win on the PGA Tour, but there is no doubt he has the talent to win. He’s finished 2nd on three occasions at this level and was in contention after three rounds of the Frys.com Open not so long ago. A final round of 77 resulted in DeLaet plummeting down the leaderboard, and the bookmakers don’t appear to have factored in how well he played for 54 holes. The Country Club of Jackson should really suit DeLaet’s game, he’s a very good driver of the ball and ranks well in the proximity statistic.
2pts each way @ 40/1
Ollie Schniederjans – Ollie Schniederjans only has a limited number of starts to earn his PGA Tour card, therefore he has all the motivation in the world to perform well this week. He turned pro throughout last season, but before that recorded a 12th place finish in the Open Championship which shows what an exciting prospect he is. After turning professional, Ollie finished 22nd in the Canadian Open and 15th in the Quicken Loans National. In the American’s most recent start two weeks ago, he played well but a third round of 74 really let him down. In a really weak field this week, Schniederjans is more than capable of winning and the 50/1 on offer is on the generous side.
1.75pts each way @ 50/1
Tyler Aldridge – One thing we’ve learnt from the first few events of the season is not to write off those who played on the Web.com Tour last season. Smylie Kaufman won a couple of weeks ago and Patton Kizzire finished in second position, both players also won on the Web.com Tour earlier this year. Another winner on the Web.com Tour this year was Tyler Aldridge and he’s well worth chancing at 250/1 in my opinion. He’s made a steady start to the season, he’s made the cut in both of his opening two events and was leading after two rounds two weeks ago which suggests his games actually in pretty good shape.
0.25pts each way @ 250/1
Prices correct at time of writing.
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